Brooklyn Rabbi Sets up Shop in Fishkill
August 2014

Fishkill residents have a new neighbor who is likely to turn a few heads. The Fedora-sporting, bearded rabbi Zalman Sandhaus is one of the area's newest residents, and he definitely stands out among the locals.

Rabbi Sandhaus, wife Goldy and baby Yisrael have newly arrived from their native community in Brooklyn to establish a new center to serve the growing Jewish population of southern Dutchess County.

The Pardess Center for Jewish Life will provide a variety of religious and holiday programs, youth programs, hospital and senior home visitation and other services. "Our goal is to make Judaism more accessible and fulfilling.”

The new center is an affiliate of the global Chabad outreach network. Chabad centers world-wide open its doors to Jews of all stripes—regardless of affiliation or observance level—and provide social and religious services in a traditional Jewish setting.

With Shabbat dinners and home visitations already underway, the Sandhauses are looking forward to their first High Holiday services, beginning with the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, on September 25 & 26 and Yom Kippur on October 4. Services will be taking place at the Van Wyck Hall on Main St. in Fishkill.

“We’re encouraged by the warm welcome we've gotten so far," says Mrs. Goldy Sandhaus, who co-directs the center, “it’s a very exciting time for our family, and we look forward to serving the community."