Joyful Judaism! 
Weekly E-Newsletter 
January 7-14, 2021
Pleasantville Community Synagogue 
219 Bedford Road, Pleasantville, NY  
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.

Friday night, January 8: Welcome Shabbat!

8 pm: Join Rabbi Julie to welcome Shabbat 
online for about 30 minutes. 

Click here to join.
Meeting ID: 985 8925 5831
Passcode: Shabbat
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Saturday morning, January 9:
 10:30 am: Short meditation and selected prayers 
11 am: Torah study and interactive discussion 
led by Rabbi Julie. 
Click here to join.
Meeting ID: 919 5393 0765
Passcode: Torah
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Upcoming Events and Programs
PCS Community Hour!
Every Wednesday night at 8 pm.
Something different each week but always fun!
Say hello to old friends, meet some new ones.
All are welcome, all are invited!
Click here to join.
Meeting ID: 998 8473 5449
Passcode: 288760
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  Click here to find your local number.
A New and Important Initiative
We are excited to announce a new UJA initiative - The COVID Relief Hub - designed to assist congregants, and New Yorkers across the five boroughs and Long Island, with the far-reaching impact of the pandemic.
Through the WJCS Hub, clients can access career services, mental health counseling, kosher home delivered meals and referrals to community resources to assist with food insecurity, cash assistance, housing, financial counseling and more.
Click here for the schedule of workshops for those in need of employment services.
Coming soon will be a schedule of this month's mental health workshops.
If you have any questions please email Jill Schreibman, PCS' social worker with WJCS' Partners In Caring.
Join us for Westchester Jewish Council’s 
Israel Connection Series
January 12 at noon
This series is free and open to all.
Click here to register.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
If you would like to make a donation to the Council's
Israel Connection Series, please click here.
The Torah de France!
Are you a Pelaton rider - novice or experienced - looking for some company? Look no further! Join PCS congregant and board member Rita Ratner for fun and exercise!
1. Email Rita at and tell her that you want to participate so we can get an email going that coordinates a group ride.
2. Join the group #TorahDeFrancePCS so that when you're logging in to do your own exercise, you can see if any members are currently working out and be inspired by their class choices or progress.  

Jews, Race, and Religion
A free online lecture series beginning January 2021 will focus on intersections of race and religion, drawing lessons from the history of antisemitism, examining the role of Jews in the racialized culture of the United States, and exploring the role of race in Jewish identity.
Click here for more info and to register.
Thanks to Rabbi Scott Kalmikoff (see box below) for an enlightening and fascinating workshop on Jewish Genealogy. On the spot, he was even able to find a congregant's grandmother's name (with a variety of spellings!) and much more info on her ship's manifest from the early 1900s.
Check him out at

And thanks (again and always!) to PCS congregant Lenora Sealey and the UJA for helping to provide funding for this program.
Ways to Help Repair the World- Tikkun Olam

Ninety-three percent of tenants facing eviction in Westchester housing courts have no legal representation.
Tenants without attorneys typically lose their case – and their homes – within 3-4 minutes. 
No one in Westchester County should be evicted from their home without legal representation. If a tenant cannot afford an attorney, an attorney should be provided free of charge.
Click here to find out how to help. It's very easy!
Sock and Underwear Collection
Underwear and socks are a basic necessity, something we put on each morning as we prepare for the day. It's a daily essential yet, unfortunately, for many children in Westchester, it is a luxury their families struggle to provide.

Over 60,000 Westchester children live in low-income homes, with 36% of public school children qualifying for free or reduced price lunch. For these children, new underwear and new socks are often financially out of reach.

Please help The Sharing Shelf provide this essential to some of the 3,000 children and teens we serve each year. A week's worth of underwear - or 7 pairs - averages about $10 at the local discount store. Your donation will not only help children feel good, it will meet a critical need in our community.

Please click here to sign up, and thank you!

Thanks to Leslie Mack, chair of PCS Social Action Committee, for sharing this.
Looking to volunteer? 
Click here for Volunteer
NY Virtual Volunteer page. 
The PCS office is open Tuesday to Friday, 10-3.
Messages are checked frequently so please leave a message for Rabbi Julie, Galit Messman or Marcy Gray at 914-769-2672