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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


Shabbat schedule

Candle lighting: – 4:07pm *  Mincha 4:05pm *  Shabbos concludes  -  1 minute after 5:08

Earliest time for the evening Shema – 5:08  *   Latest time for the morning Shema – 9:26


The earliest time to light the Chanukah menorah is 3:28pm, and it should be lit before the Shabbos candles (preferably before 4:07, but up until a few minutes before sunset (4:24))
The candles must be large enough, or there must be enough oil to burn at a minimum until 5:39

After Shabbat, the custom is to pray Maariv, light the menorah, and then Havdallah.

Please Remember to say Shema before coming to Shul on Shabbat Morning

We start saying Vesain Tal Umatar on Maariv after Shabbat

Last time to eat Jelly Donuts – Monday night 5:07pm


Annual Chanukah Dinner

Sisterhood's annual chanukah dinner will be held on Sunday, December 5, 2021 at 5:00 pm. For more information and reservations please click here.

Thirty-ninth Hamentashen Sale

Sisterhood is beginning its planning for its 39th hamentashen sale. To order please click here for all the details and order form.

Classes and events



· Sunday, December 5, ~9:30am – Talmud 5th Chapter  (live only)

· Tuesday, December 7, 10:30am – Daniel 12 – The Concept of Resurrection

· Thursday, December 9, 6pm –  Clothes of the Rightous (w a light dinner

· Sunday, December 12, ~9:30am – Talmud 5th Chapter  (live only)

· Tuesday, December 14, 10:30am – Daniel 12 – The Era of the Resurrection



· Sunday, December 5, 5pm - Chanukah Dinner

· Monday, December 6, 7pm – Board Meeting

· Thursday, December 9th 6pm – Hands-on JudaismClothes of the Righteous - Learn hands on how one checks to ensure that their clothes do not have a mix of wool and linen.

· Sunday, December 12th 10am – Hands-on JudaismClothes of the Righteous –  repeat


Shabbat Covid Policy(5/25/21)


As we are all aware, as more and more people are becoming vaccinated, the CDC and other government agencies have eased up the advice and standards for gathering.  The Board has met this evening, and the Board has agreed upon the following new guidelines:

  • Masks:  Anyone who is fully vaccinated (2 weeks after their second shot) can come into Schomre without wearing a mask.  Anyone who is not fully vaccinated, must continue wearing a mask while they are in the Schomre building.  This is both for Shul members and for guests that we trust.  Noone should be discouraged from wearing a mask, even if they were vaccinated.
  • Kiddushes and other -potential events - We will start having kiddushes indoors, but for the meantime the foods will be individually wrapped.
  • Sefer Torah Procession - We will be reinstating the procession of the Sefer Torah, while people may caress the Torah, they should still not kiss it, nor kiss any holy items
  • Alcohol - We still require that when people come to shul that they alcohol their hands (or wash them with soap and water) right away.
  • We are hoping to start a kiddush and mini meal after Arvit on Friday evening.  This will be indoors.
  • Anyone who has fever or symptoms, or who has been in contact with someone who has covid must refrain from attending for two weeks.
  • In the event that someone comes to shul, and finds out that he has contacted covid (even lightly) we will return to the original guidelines for the next two weeks.  This will also be true if there is Heaven forbid another spike.
  • Anyone who comes to shul who learns that they have covid should notify Rabbi Krasner, in order to assist in assessing what steps to take
  • While people are now socializing, we are still very particular that you do not socialize during davening.

Sisterhood Fund Raiser

 These are just a sample of the handmade cards available.   






                     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.

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.

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.

Purim Dinner  

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

Sat, December 4 2021 30 Kislev 5782