Awaken to a Judaism that will infuse your life with purpose and meaning! Come hear speakers, the movers and shakers in the Jewish world, who have undergone spiritual journeys that will inspire and excite your hearts, minds and souls. We thank the family of the late Jacques, Florence and Harold Levine for their generosity and kindness. This series is FREE and open to the entire community.


Temple Sinai: 75 Highland Ave., Middletown 845-343-1861      Temple Beth Shalom: 13 Roosevelt Ave., Florida  845-651-7817


RSVP to sharon@jewishorangeny.org here

Saturday, December 7th     7pm at Temple Beth Shalom

Sunday, December 8th         2pm at Temple Sinai

Rabbi Sally J. Priesand


Rabbi Priesand, America’s first female rabbi, was ordained in 1972 by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati. From 1981-2006, she served as Rabbi of Monmouth Reform Temple, becoming Rabbi Emerita upon her retirement. Nationally, she has served on the Executive Board of both the Central Conference of American Rabbis and the Union for Reform Judaism. Locally, she is President of Interfaith Neighbors, an organization whose primary purpose is to provide rental assistance and support services for the working poor. Join us for Havdalah at Temple Beth Shalom and at Temple Sinai, hear reflections of Rabbi Priesand’s life as a rabbi .

Sunday, November 17th        2:00pm at Temple Sinai

Sara Hurwitz


From 2009 to 2017, Sarah Hurwitz served as a White House speechwriter, first for President Barack Obama and then as the chief speechwriter for First Lady Michelle Obama. She worked with Mrs. Obama to craft a number of widely acclaimed addresses, including her 2012 and 2016 Democratic National Convention speeches and her political speeches during the 2016 campaign. During the 2008 presidential primary, Hurwitz was the chief speechwriter for Senator Hillary Clinton. Hurwitz is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, and is currently a fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School.

Sunday, November 3rd      2:00pm at Temple Sinai

Rabbi Joseph Teluskin


Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, spiritual leader, scholar, ethicist, is the acclaimed author of more than 15 books, including volumes about Jewish ethics, Jewish literacy, and "Rebbe", a New York Times bestseller. Rabbi Telushkin was raised in Brooklyn and attended the Yeshiva of Flatbush. He was ordained at Yeshiva University and studied Jewish history at Columbia University. He lives with his wife Dvorah in New York City and lectures regularly throughout the United States.