April 27, 2009


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Issue: 2009/01
18th day of the Omer 
April 27, 2009
Iyar 3, 5769 
This is the first issue of "Jewish in Dutchess", a weekly service of the Jewish Federation of Dutchess Countyto help promote local Jewish activities, opportunities for local Jews to engage in Jewish life. It will include programs organized by local Jewish organizations and congregations as well as items of special interest about Israel and the Jewish world. Help us disseminate these news by asking your friends to subscribe.
Mitzvah Day 2009 - May 3rd
Annual program offers opportunity for being part of "Tikkun Olam"
Mitzvah Day is coming up on May 3 -- the Jewish community's big day of community service in Dutchess County.  The day kicks off  at the JCCDC with a bagel breakfast at 9:00 am, and some rousing tunes led by Cantor Rena Shapiro and local student choirs.  Then everyone sets off to do work on a variety of projects in Poughkeepsie and around the county -- cooking at Dutchess Outreach, projects at the JCCDC, work at Hudson River Housing, and much more.  Don't forget the Blood and Bone Marrow Drive at the JCCDC which takes place from 9 am - 1 pm.  Everyone will gather for a late lunch and more singing with Lynn Gerb at the JCCDC at 3 p.m. There are projects for everyone from age 5 to age 105.     To sign up call 471-9817.  Or visit us online to register today. at http://www.jewishdutchess.org
Mitzvah Day is coordinated by Jewish Family Services of Dutchess County and is partially underwritten by a grant from the Bertha Effron Fund of the Community Foundation.

Yom Ha'atzmaut - Israel Independence Day
  The Community Hebrew School invites the whole Jewish community to join in celebrating the 61st anniversary of Israel's declaration of Independence on Tuesday, May 5th from 5 PM to 7 PM. Join us for games, fun and to learn about Israel today, its minorities and its achievements in Science. For more information, contact the Community Hebrew School.
May 31st  Salute to Israel Parade in New York City
  On May 31st in New York City, Jews from all over the United States will gather to celebrate Israel's Independence Day and express our support for the Jewish state. If you would like to participate, email the Jewish Federation for more information
Opportunities for Jewish Activities
The Jewish Federation of Dutchess County is your tool to invest Jewishly in our future as a community. Our goal is to promote and enhance Jewish life in Dutchess County and foster cooperation among all Jewish organizations, as well as providing moral and financial support for the State of Israel and Jewish communities around the world.

Daniel Chejfec
Executive Director
Jewish Federation of Dutchess County



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