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Welcome to Congregation Schomre Israel, a modern orthodox synagogue located in  Poughkeepsie, New York in the scenic Mid-Hudson Valley.

To see the shul's mission statement click here


                    Programs & Events

Schedule for week of 8/7

Reminder: Please follow all of the Schomre Israel precautions and guidelines when attending minyan.

Mincha, Kabbalat Shabbat & Maariv: 7:00pm | Indoors - Schomre Israel Sanctuary and Zoom Pswd - 2448 | 646 558 8656 ID: 2448244824 


Shabbos morning Shacharit 9:00am


Schomre Prayers

All weekday davenings (weather permitting) will be in the Schomre Parking lot as well as on Zoom

Sunday August 9 – Shacharit 8:30am

Monday - Thursday August 10-13 - Shacharit 8am 

Mincha and Maariv 7:00pm

Tuesday August 11 6:45 – We will be gathering (in person and zoom) for a group Tehillim for our community

Friday Erev Shabbat August 14 – Mincha with Kabbalat Shabbat 7:00pm



Sunday August 9 - 9:15am – Talmud 4th Chapter

Tuesday August 11 – 10:30am – Of gods* and beasts – Chapter Four of the Book of Daniel

Sunday August 16 - 9:15am – Talmud 4th Chapter

Tuesday August 18 – We are fortunate to be having famed speaker Mrs. Michal Horowitz, presenting at 7:30pm. As such, there will not be a Daniel class this day


All classes (for now) will use - pwd- 2448 | 646 558 8656 ID: 2448244824



· Thursday August 13, 7:30pm - Ashley Blaker is an internationally acclaimed comedian, seen and heard on TV and radio across the world. He has performed on five continents including tours of the UK, USA, Canada, South Africa, Israel and Australia. His 2018 Off-Broadway run was called ‘a slickly funny stand-up show’ by the New York Times and in 2020 he returned with ‘Goy Friendly’ which ran at the prestigious SoHo Playhouse.
And he will be creating a special Comedy hour, just for Schomre Israel. You do not want to miss it.

· Tuesday August 18 7:30pm – Save the Date. We are fortunate to have Mrs. Michal Horowitz, senior Yeshiva University Lecturer, address Schomre Israel, as a scholar in residence

· Thursday August 20 – Rosh Chodesh breakfast and getaway.
This Rosh Chodesh, we will be having davening and breakfast in a beautiful secluded cottage in Rhinebeck. Breakfast will be socially distanced (with each breakfast individually wrapped), with a talk and discussion title, “Israel – Who are her Allies, who are her Foes”.
This event is very limited, and on a first come first serve basis.

· Sunday August 30 – 4k Club, save the date.


4K Customs of the week

· Find a natural waterfall, mountain stream or spring, and go swimming inside, or picnicking by it.

· Go in a copper or iron mine tour
For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land with streams and springs and fountains issuing from plain and hill; A land of wheat and barley, of vines, figs, and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey; A land where you may eat food without stint, where you will lack nothing; a land whose rocks are iron and from whose hills you can mine copper. When you have eaten your fill, give thanks to the Lord your God for the good land which He has given you. Devarim 8


Shul reopening schedule and protocol

With much thanks to Hashem, we opened on Thursday, July 9, and for the first Shabbat day, July 11.


Schomre will have two sets of policies, one for indoor minyanim Shabbat Day, and one for the "By your car" minyanim during the week and Kabbalat Shabbat (Friday).

Classes will continue being through Zoom, clubs will continue being postponed.


Everyone who comes should feel comfortable coming together. Anyone who does not feel comfortable coming should continue to serve Hashem at home. No one should feel that they need to come, just because the shul is open.


Please read the entire email carefully before attending services.


Shabbat Day:

· Shacharis will be starting at 9:00am with Yishtabach. Everyone should daven the beginning prayers (and Shema before 9:10am) at home, and then come to shul. The prayers will be shortened, and likely be completed at 10:30ish.

· Everyone must take their temperature before coming to Shul, by Friday. The shul may also deploy various Shabbat thermometers. Anyone who has a fever or is not feeling well must stay home. Anyone who has been in contact with a Covid patient must stay home.

· Everyone must bring their own mask (preferably N95), and their own hand sanitizer, and if they plan on drinking, their own water bottle. No masks with one way valves.

· Everyone must wear their mask from before the time that they enter the shul, until after they leave, including when they are in the bathroom.

· Bathrooms should be used at a minimum. You must clean the areas that you touch. Cleaning sprays will be placed in the bathrooms. You must sanitize your hands before and after using the bathroom.

· Everyone should sanitize their hands or gloves often, especially if they touch their face or before they touch anything else.

· Everyone should either bring their own siddur, chumash, tallis, kippa, lace head covering from home, or take one from the shul and keep it by their seat or take it home. You must sanitize your hands before coming into the shul, as well as before taking an item to your seat. Everyone should print out in large letters their name, and place it over their seat, and items.

· Everyone must sit at least 8-12 feet from each other, and in your same seat every week. People should not go over to greet or converse with others. Family members may sit together. Once someone has taken a seat, they must keep that seat. Others must not sit within 8-12 feet from them.

· No kissing of any articles.

    • The air conditioning will be turned on prior to the services, and during davening. We will also have the windows open during davening as well.
    • Reading the Torah: One person will be given the honors of opening the Aron, taking the Torah, Hagbah and Gelilah. We will be using the smaller Torah. Before and after each aliyah, the reader will step back, and the person receiving the aliyah will make the blessings and then retreat. The gabbaim will orchestrate from their seats. Alternatively, one person will be the reader for all aliyot and for the Haftorah.

· Anyone who touches the Torah must sanitize their hands/gloves beforehand and wear gloves.

· The Rabbi will speak for under 2 minutes, and will not make kiddush.

· The shul office is strictly off limits.

· The shul will be cleaned and sanitized between each shabbat.

· No food shall be brought or consumed in the building.

· All cholim must be called into the office and added in advance.


By-Your-Car Weekday (M-Th) Mincha-Maarivs at 7:00pm, Kabbalat Shabbat starting at 6:30pm, and Sunday Shacharis at 8:30am


While these prayers will be live, they will be broadcasted on zoom as well.


· When each person drives in, they should have at least 2 car spaces between them and the next car.

· People should stay in their car, stand right next to their car, or bring their own folding chair and place it right next to their car. They should not socialize and walk to each other.

· While people are in their car or right outside it, they do not need a mask (as there should be ample space)

· If people go to walk closer or to say hello, they must wear a mask

· If people are feeling sick or have been in contact with one who has been sick, they should not come.

· Bathrooms and the shul building will be locked, and should not be entered.

· Only one designated person can go into the shul to fetch people their belongings if they have left them.

· If members do not have a siddur, chumash, tallis, or the like, that one designated person can go in and take one out and lend it to them. That member should keep that item with them. If they lose the item, they will need to reimburse the shul.

· Leining - The parking lot is considered an extension of the schul. If we have a minyan, the small sefer torah can be taken out by that one mentioned person. (He will have hagbah and gelilah). All Torah reading rules will be the same as Shabbat. We will only read the Torah if there is 0% chance of rain. We will endeavor to read the Torah Monday and Thursdays at mincha.

· There will not be a necessity for a mechitza.

· The person leading the davening must either have a loud voice or use the microphone. Speeches will be allowed.

· If it is raining, then the car minyanim will be on zoom only.


Please contact Rabbi Krasner, if you want to join and cannot obtain masks or sanitizer, at least 3 days before Shabbat.


Please check your email and our website for current information and updates

Annual Raffle and Cocktail Party

The shul's Annual Raffle and Cocktail Party will be held on a date to be determined later in the year. Pease continue to check with this web site for new date.

Sisterhood Fund Raiser

 These are just a sample of the handmade cards available.   






Chair Yoga for Seniors Class

The shul is offering weekly classes in Chair Yoga,  taught by Toni Farkas,  on Monday   mornings from 11:30am-12:30pm.  The classes are open to the community and there is a nominal fee of $5 per class. If you have any questions please call the office at 845-454-2890.


                     Ongoing Activities

* The Sisterhood of Schomre Israel is providing breakfast food(cereal and bananas) to the local homeless shelter once a month. If you would like to assist the Sisterhood by providing four boxes of cereal for a specific month, please contact Sandy Corwin at 845-452-2436.

* Bingo is played every Wednesday night at 7:00 pm. Doors open at 4:00 pm.

* The Private Herman Siegel Post 625 of the Jewish War Veterans of the United States holds its monthly meeting on the first Sunday of each month, at 9:30 am at the shul. For more information please contact the Post Commander, Robert L. Morrison at

              Recent Programs & Events

Sisterhood Annual Hamentashen Sale

Sisterhood has completed baking hamentashen for Purim 2020.


     Last tray of hamentashen for 2020                           Rabbi Krasner and Holly

Respect for Life

On Thursday January 23rd  Dr. Shirley Lapiidus  lead  the discussion in "Healing during Grief", followed by a talk on "the Torah Perspective on Living Wills, Healthcare Proxies and the Value of Life in a Comtemporary Medical Society"

Reading Hebrew 101 Classes   

On November 11th Rabbi Krasner began Monday classes on reading hebrew, starting from the absolute basics, and  focused on being able to read properly and fluently. The classes were held from 6-6:45pm thru the end of January. 

Mitzvah Workshops

Rabbi Krasner  presented a number of mitzvah workshops from November 5th thru January 7th. Click here for more details.

Siyum Haşhaş Live Hookup

January 1. 2020 at 1:00pm there was a live broadcast of the Siyum Hashas at the shul for members to see and hear the program being held at Giants stadium in New Jersey.

Annual Chanukah Dinner 

The shul's annual chanukah dinner was held on Sunday, December 22, 2019. The dinner of brisket and latkes was enjoyed  by all those attending. 

Shabbat Project - November 14-16, 2019

During the weekend of November 14-16 Schomre Israel participated in the Global Shabbat Project, along with thousands of synagogues and millions of Jews. The weekend included a Challah Bake and a guest speaker, Rabbi Yerachmiel Milstein.


Wiffle Ball Tournament

On October 27th, the shul played host to the Jewish Federation's 2nd annual wiffle ball tournament. A good time was had by all participants.

Jewish Heritage Museum trip

On July 14th the shul sponsored a bus trip to the Jewish Heritage Museum for the Auschwitz Exhibit. This trip was open to the community.  Click here to see the Museum write-up regarding the exhibit.


On June 30th the shul hosted NCSY's annual Hudson Valley bike ride. Click here for more details.

Annual Raffle and Cocktail Party

The shul's annual raffle was held on Sunday, June 23th. 

Annual Purim Dinner 

The Sisterhood's annual Purim dinner was held on Thursday, March 21st .

                   Brisket                                                        Hamentashen


Sisterhood's Annual Hamentashen Sale

The Sisterhood recently completed baking hamentashen for its 36th annual sale. Shown below are some of the bakers.

Scholar in Residence Shabbat

Dr. David Luchins was our Scholar in Residence during the weekend of October 26-27. Details about his presentations are in the flyers here and here

Jewish Heritage Night

This year's Jewish Heritage Night at the ballpark was held on Sunday, August 19th.

Annual  Raffle and Cocktail party

The annual raffle and cocktail party was held on June 24th.

Purim Dinner  

The shul's annual Purim Dinner was held on March 4th. Pictures from the dinner are in the photo album section.

Saturday Night at the Movies

The next to last movie in our Saturday night at the movies series was on Saturday, February 10th at 7:30pm, with the movie being "The Producers".  

Saturday Night at the Movies

On Saturday, January 20th at 7:00pm, as part of the Saturday night at the movies series, the movie - "The Woman in Gold" was shown

A Presentation by Sibyl Silver 

Sunday, January 14th at 7:00PM a presentation was made by Sibyl Silver on her project to rescue Torahs taken during World War 11. Click here for more details. This presentation was underwritten by a grant from the Ann and Abe Effron fund, under the auspices of the Community Foundation of the Hudson Valley.

Chanukah Dinner

The shul's annual chanukah dinner was held on Sunday, December 17, 2017. 

Hanoch Teller presentation

On Sunday morning, September 3rd the shul hosted a breakfast and presentation by Hanoch Teller.

Hanoch Teller is a globe-trotting modern-day maggid (storyteller of yore) renowned as the King of the Storytellers and will be speaking on "Heroic Children," his latest work.  The book which is being called the next Ann Frank, represents every stripe of a young Jewish victim, from every corner of Europe and from every religious, national and socioeconomic background.  What they all shared in common was an iron will to live - but not at all costs.  Their determination to hold onto their dignity and principles make these unforgettable stories a zenith of human achievement.  Heroic Children is a work of prodigious scholarship and spellbinding narrative.      


A Day at the Ballpark

On Sunday, August 13th  Schomre Israel sponsored "Community Jewish Heritage Night" at the ballpark. 


Zmira Langer's 100th birthday party 

The party was held on june 29, 2017. Click here for pictures.

Annual raffle and cocktail party

The shul's annual raffle was held on June 25, 2017.  


Bike ride with BikeNCSY  

On June 25, 2017, the shul hosted the BIKENCSY event with NCSY. Information about the event is here. Photos from the event:


Purim Dinner 2017

The annual Purim dinner was held on March 12th. For pictures from the dinner please click here.

Chanukah 2016

The Sisterhood's annual Chanukah dinner took place on Sunday, December 25, 2016 . For pictures from the dinner click here.  Shown below is Srully Wulliger performing at the dinner.


NYC Bus Trip to Jewish Museums and Janina Synagogue

Schomre Israel had a bus trip to lower Manhattan on Sunday, October 18th. We visited the Jewish Heritage Museum for a guided tour, followed  by a guided tour at Kehila Kedosha Janina Synagogue & Museum.  Pictures from the trip here. Video clips here.

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