Joyful Judaism! 

Weekly E-Newsletter 

February 8-15, 2024


Yearning to connect with others and promote peace and the goodness of all humanity?


Come to an interfaith prayer vigil 

tonight, Thursday, Feb. 8, 7- 8 pm

At St. Paul’s on the Hill, 40 Ganung Drive, Ossining

Representatives of Judaism, Islam, Christianity, and Secular Humanism - including PCS's Rabbi Shoshana Leis - will read classic texts affirming the inherent goodness of all people and the need for peace and justice for all.  Free, and all welcome. 

Refugee Shabbat

at PCS

Friday night,

February 9

All are welcome to join us as we welcome Krystyna Biziaieva, PCS's special guest speaker from Ukraine. Please click here to read about Krystyna. And please click here for a video from Krystyna.

Please click here to RSVP for the dinner!

(Suggested donation, $18; children under 18, free)

PCS's 3rd and 4th graders will help to lead the service!

5:30 pm: Shabbat Roots for the Little Ones

(and their siblings!)

6 pm: Warm, catered dinner for all

(suggested donation, $18; children under 18, free)

7 pm: Musical and heartwarming service led by Rabbis Ben and Shosh, which will include some thoughts from Krystyna.

Please click here to attend service via Zoom.

Meeting ID: 232 026 4721

If you are able to give someone in Briarcliff Manor a ride to PCS on Friday, please be in touch with Marcy Gray,

Shabbat morning service led by Michael Safranek.

Followed by light refreshments and Torah study.

All are welcome!

February 10, 10 am


To attend in-person inside PCS, full vaccinations are strongly recommended.

If you are not feeling well or have been exposed to someone not feeling well,

please do not attend in person.

The wearing of masks is according to personal preference.

Having fun at Hebrew School making challah!

Miss Chocolate Fundraiser!

Dear Congregants,

Our annual Passover fundraising drive starts today and ends on March 17, 2024.

Your participation in this fundraiser will benefit our children and PCS.

Shop online for a variety of OU Kosher for Passover candy, and many more


When shopping you can choose to have your orders shipped to PCS for free or have your online order shipped directly to your home for an additional charge. You can also forward this to family and friends so they can also participate.

To start shopping, please click on the link below:


How Green Can PCS Be?


Join a small Greening Task Force to consider all the ways that PCS can become more environmentally sensitive, greener, and cleaner in light of our changing climate. The Task Force will meet three-to-four times this winter and spring to review current conditions, make recommendations … and maybe take on a project or two.

The Greening Task Force is open to anyone, including members who have not been otherwise active in synagogue matters. We need your good thinking and help!

Please send a note to Rabbi Shosh,

Coming Up...

"It's not just about

the books!"

Come and discuss or sit back and enjoy the discussion, have a nosh, and take pleasure in getting to know your fellow congregants.

Monday, March 4,

 7 pm,

PCS Book Group

at a congregant's home

"The Little Liar”

by Mitch Albom

Contact April Lasher Sanders at for address information/to RSVP or call PCS, 914-769-2672.


Please join us to meditate

via Zoom

Led by Rabbi Ben every Thursday morning at 8:25 - 9 am.

Please click here to attend via Zoom.

Meeting ID: 865 7391 7016

If you have any questions, please email 

Rabbi Ben Newman.

Rabbi Ben Newman's Neshama Project

 In this weekly podcast Rabbi Ben explores spiritual tools for human thriving.

Please click here for the link to the most

recent podcast.

If you have any questions or would like to offer feedback and comments,

please email Rabbi Ben Newman.

PCS SoundCloud!

PCS has created a SoundCloud account that will hold prayers, songs and podcasts.

Click here to listen and enjoy!

If you have any questions,

please email Rabbi Ben Newman.

Pleasantville Community Synagogue is a welcoming Jewish community with people of diverse traditions and backgrounds who want to share a joyous spiritual and cultural home.

The PCS office is open Tuesday to Friday, 10 am-3 pm.

Please feel free to leave a message, send an email, be in touch, set up an appointment!


Rabbi Shoshana Leis,

Rabbi Ben Newman,

Educational Director Galit Messman,

Executive Director Marcy Gray,