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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


Purim and Pre-Pesach schedule


  • Shabbat, February 20 - Shabbat Zachor -  This is a very important Torah reading, and we would ask for all those who are planning on coming to come earlier.  I will be importing a few guests in order to ensure that we have a minyan, but with the Thursday snow anything can happen.
  • Sunday, February 21 - There will be the Community Purim Carnival in our parking lot in the morning
  • Monday, February 22 - Evergreen Run
  • Thursday, February 25 - Purim eve - There will be Mincha (with the fast day Torah reading) at 5:10 with Maariv and Megilla at 6pm.  There will be an additional Parking lot Megilla reading where you can sit in your car) at 7pm.
  • Friday February 26 Purim day - Shacharit and Megilla reading at 7:30am
  • 10:30 -11am we will be having a Shaloach Manot Exchange.  This will be a great opportunity to catch up (with Social Distancing) and drop off Shaloach manos.  We will likewise be reading the Torah reading for all who have missed Zachor - Please help us have a minyan as well.
  • There will be an outdoor Megilla reading at 11am (where you can sit in your car)
  • There will be another reading at 4pm indoors for those who were unable to make the earlier reading 
  • March 5-6 - Shabbat Across America with a Chazzan in Residence 
  • Sunday March 7 -  Live from Jerusalem - Zoom Scholar-in-Residence R Aaron Goldscheider  The Night that Unites - 10Am
  • Sunday - March 14 - Rosh Chodesh Breakfast
  • Monday - March 15 - Evergreen Truck Delivery
  • Friday March 26 - 8:30-10:00am - Burn your chometz bonfire
  • Shabbat March 27 - Shacharit will be at 8:45am, there will be an outdoor kiddush and meal before the Torah meal


Note from Rabbi Krasner


Many of you have taken advantage of the Evergreen orders and delivery and have enjoyed the convenience and process.  Please note the following:


We will be iy"H having one more delivery before Purim, scheduled for February 22nd.  This will be the usual order, where you select Store pickup, either 1-2 or 2-3, and write "Poughkeepsie Order" in the comments.


For Pesach, as we are anticipating a larger order, we will be having an Evergreen refrigerated truck come up to us and deliver to our doors (and to the Schomre Building) on Monday, March 15th.  This is how this will work:

When placing your order, select March 15th. There will be an option to select Deliver to Poughkeepsie. If you live in Zip Codes 12601, 12603, or 12604 then place your address, and the truck will deliver directly to your house (we will email you on the exact time of the day later). If you live outside of those codes, then place for the delivery address "18 Park Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY, 12603", and it will deliver to Schomre (where you can pick it up). (Please also email me that you made an order, so I can let people know if there are any changes).

Please note: I will not be making any Evergreen trips during the month of March (as we will be having a truck coming up).  Also note: there is a ~$10 delivery charge for the pre-Pesach order.


Please let anyone in the neighborhood know about this opportunity. Please call (443-388-0033) or email me if you have any questions or concerns.


Thank you,


                    Programs & Events

Service Schedule

Fall / Winter Davening Schedule

·  Shacharis (weekdays): 7:30 AM

·  Shacharis (Sundays and Holidays): 8:30 AM

·  Maariv (winter, weekdays): 6:40 PM (Zoom)

·  Kabbalat Shabbat: around candle lighting time

·  Shacharis Shabbat: 9:00 AM

All zoom events will be using:  pwd- 2448  |      646 558 8656   ID: 2448244824

Classes and events



Schomre Israel

 15  Adar  5781

Parshat Tetzaveh

Shushan Purim

February 26 - 27,  2021 

פרשת תרומה

 שושן פורים

ט"ו אדר  תשפ"א 




Candle lighting 5:24 (earliest 4:34)  *   Mincha 5:10 

Shabbos concludes  -  1 minute after 6:28


Purim Schedule:

Thursday, February 25 - Purim eve

· 5:23am – fast starts

· 7:30am – Shacharis (with Avinu Malkeinu and Torah reading)

· Bring a minimum of $1.50 for the “3 half shekels”

· 5:10pm - Mincha with Torah Reading (indoors)

· 6:00pm - Maariv followed by the reading of the Megilla (indoors)

· 6:24 – fast completes

· 7:00pm -  Sit in your car Megilla reading in the outdoor parking lot
(This will be after the main reading, if the first reading has not been completed, please wait)

Friday, February 26 - Purim Day

· 7:30am - Shacharit followed by Zachor and Megilla reading (indoor) 

· 10:30 -11am we will be having an outdoor Shaloach Manot Exchange.  This will be a great opportunity to catch up (with Social Distancing) and drop off Shaloach manos. *

· 10:50am - Torah reading for those who missed Zachor (please help us get a minyan)

· 11:00am - Outdoor Megilla reading  (where you can sit in your car) *

· 12:00pm – Rabbi Krasner will be distributing his “Presents for the Poor” at this time.  If you want him to distribute your charities, please give it to him before that time.

· 4:00pm - Additional indoors Megilla reading for those who were unable to attend the earlier readings

· 5:10pm - Mincha

· 5:24pm - Candle Lighting (earliest 4:34pm)



Note: Starting February 11th, we will be starting a mini-series Thursday nights, The Hagadah in Depth.  This will be a hybrid of a class and discussion, including having schul members initiating the topics.

· Sunday, February 28 (9:20am – live only) – Talmud 5th chapter

· Tuesday, March 2, 10:30am –  Daniel Chapter 7 – The Entrance of Moshiach

· Thursday, March 4, 7:00pm – Hagaddah – We were slaves to Egypt long ago

· Sunday, March 7 (9:20am – live only) – Talmud 5th chapter

· Tuesday, March 2, 10:30am –  Daniel Chapter 7 – The Evil Empire

· Thursday, March 4, 7:00pm – Hagaddah – An Aramite tried Destroying my father


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



· Monday March 1 – 7:30pm – Board Meeting on Zoom

· Tuesday March 2 - 1:00pm – Living Room Tours – Shanghai II

· Shabbat March 5-6 - Shabbat Across America with a Chazzan in Residence

· Sunday March 7 - 10Am - Live from Jerusalem - Zoom Scholar-in-Residence R Aaron Goldscheider  The Night that Unites - 10Am

· Tuesday March 9  - 1:00pm – Living Room Tours – Moldova Kishinev

· Sunday - March 14 - Rosh Chodesh Breakfast

· Monday - March 15 - Evergreen Truck Delivery


Rabbi's zoom classes

Talmud Studies with Rabbi Krasner Sunday Morning after Shacharis – Starting with the 4th Chapter of Brachos.

4K (Kvetching, Kvelling, Kibbitzing, Koffee) Club meetings are held the last Sunday of each month at 9:20 AM. A different topic is presented each month.

Is this the End of Days? The Book of Daniel on Tuesdays at 10:30AM.  A personal journey of dedication, yearning, and vision.
Timeless Thoughts on the Parsha - Thursday Nights at 7:00PM where we will study and discuss a topic from the Parsha.


On hold until we can resume our normal routines . . .
Return of the Yiddish Club  -  will be held on the 4th Thursday of the month at 10:00 AM  -   We have reestablished a Yiddush club!  As with all events and programs spearheaded by Schomre Israel, this is intended to be open to all in the community. You don’t need to be fluent in the language. Let us know you are interested in being added to our list, please email or call us at or 845.454.2890. 

All zoom events will be using:  pwd- 2448  |      646 558 8656   ID: 2448244824

Sisterhood Fund Raiser

 These are just a sample of the handmade cards available.   






Chair Yoga for Seniors  

The shul's weekly Chair Yoga classes ,  taught by Toni Farkas,  are held on Monday and Thursday from 11:00am-12:00pm.  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
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* 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
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              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.

Thu, March 4 2021 20 Adar 5781