Vassar Temple Creates Hineni Fund to Honor Memory of Former President, Seth A. Erlebacher

Hineni Fund in Memory of Seth A. ErlebacherVassar Temple has created a fund to honor the memory of Seth A. Erlebacher, who served as the temple’s president until his untimely death last year. Because education was so important to Seth, the fund will benefit Vassar Temple’s religious school, which now also bears Seth’s name.

Called “Hineni” (Hebrew for “I am here”), the fund reflects Seth’s eagerness to stand up and contribute. So far, upwards of $70,000 has been raised from a wide range of sources, even before the temple’s major fundraising campaign planned for the fall.

Contributions to the fund can be made most conveniently by check, payable to “Vassar Temple” and earmarked for the Hineni Fund, sent to 140 Hooker Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. For larger gifts or more information, contact Andi Ciminello (845-452-1190 or

Seth left behind his wife and two daughters, and is survived by both of his parents.

More information about the Seth A. Erlebacher Religious School can be found on its website:, or by contacting its director, Dr. Joel M. Hoffman (845-454-2570 or More information about Vassar Temple appears on its website: