Joyful Judaism! 
Weekly E-Newsletter  ~   May 21-28, 2020
Save the Date! 
PCS Congregational Meeting, Wednesday, June 17, 7:30 pm via Zoom
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.

Shabbat via Zoom 

8 pm, Friday evening Kabbalat Shabbat:
All are welcome to celebrate 
a lay-led warm, joyful and musical Kabbalat Shabbat! 
Click on the link below to celebrate Kabbalat Shabbat:
Meeting ID: 834 0891 3140
Password: 188678
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11 am, Saturday morning Torah study:
Lay-led Torah study via Zoom this Shabbat, May 23. 
Click on link below to join Torah study:
Meeting ID: 832 3483 7992
Password: 724388
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ZOOM help: Do you need help with Zoom? 
Email PCS congregant Rachel Friedman at and she'll be happy to help you.
Stay Connected!
Click here to see some of the ways to stay connected and engaged with PCS! 
Coming Up...

The Westchester Jewish Council's
Distinguished Service (virtual) Award Ceremony
Thursday, June 4, 7:30 pm

Join  the WJC virtually for the 25th Annual Julian Y. Bernstein Distinguished Service Awards to
 celebrate  outstanding local volunteers 
including PCS' own Michael Safranek and Amy Gutenplan!
Please register in advance for this webinar:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information 
about joining the webinar.


"The Sandwich Generation: 
Who is Taking Care of Who?"
Wednesday, June 10, 7 pm 

Jo in Jill Schreibman, PCS' social worker through WJC's Partners in Caring, in  a space for people to come together, to connect with others and to share  ideas on how on e can  deal   with  the current situation.
information and password will be given when you RSVP 
to  Jill at  or    914- 761-0600 ,  ext. 2170 .

Jill is also running a weekly group for seniors and another for those who are unemployed. 

Click here for some suggestions from Jill on "Managing Stress in Scary Times."
At this unprecedented time, many people may find themselves with unexpected challenges. 
Click here to find a consolidated list of Westchester resources so you, your family or your friends can access support easily and quickly.
Jewish Spiritual Healing Center at WJCS
Click here for its virtual program offerings.
Zoom access information will be provided upon registration with Rabbi Wax at Please register at least 24 hours prior to start of program.
Looking to volunteer? 
Click here  for Volunteer NY Virtual Volunteer page. 
AJC's Leaders For Tomorrow program 
is now accepting applications!
Click here for more info on this great program for teens 
or on the link below:
If you're interested in talking to a PCS teen who has participated in Leaders for Tomorrow,  please email Marcy Gray,
 If you need help with food shopping, please contact Marcy Gray, or call 769-2672 and leave a message.
While the Pleasantville Community Synagogue is closed, Rabbi Julie and PCS Administrator Marcy Gray can both be reached by email at or
Calls to the PCS office at 769-2672 can go through to either the Rabbi or to Marcy.  
Calls are checked frequently but you need to leave a message. 
In case of an emergency  please call Rabbi Julie at 914-495-3843 or Marcy at 914-844-0189.

And now for a smile...

Miriam Hempill,  18-month-old daughter of PCS congregants Rita  Ratner and Geoff Hempill, took a nap and woke up with a suspiciously well drawn mustache and goatee. (Because markers are washable now, said her mom ... :)

Please note Hebrew alpahbet hanging up in the background. Could be Miriam's or it could be older sister Julia's... 
Either way, yay! 

What an amazing community is PCS!
With thanks to everyone who participated, acted, donated, helped out, kibbitzed, ran the show, wrote the skit, 
directed the kids, bid and bought, and so much more 
in support of PCS' 2020 virtual Fun-draiser, 
which raised over $26,000, a portion of which 
will be donated to  Feeding Westchester. 

Special thanks to those on the Fun-draiser Planning Committee who put so much time and effort and HEART into making PCS' Fun-draiser fun and successful!
Lisa Nicotra, chair
Oren Cohen
Robin Freedman
Rachel Friedman
Amy Gutenplan
Glenn Liebeck
Leslie Mack
Robert Marshak
Sheila Major
Marty Major
Leyla Nakisbendi
Karen Neuburger
Pam Papish
Ben Serebin

All are invited, all are welcome 
to the following programs and celebrations!

Thursday, May 28, 8 pm 
"Mythic Dimensions of the Book of Ruth:  Guidelines for Living Life in Times of Change and Transition" 
An Open Tent Event  With Dr. Simcha Raphael
(Note: No children's story time on May 28)
We are requesting that people register in advance for this program. Please do so by clicking the link below. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about joining the meeting.
AND... ! Order your special pint(s) of ice cream by Sunday May 24 for delivery on Thursday May 28 to celebrate Shavuot! Check your emails or contact Marcy Gray,, 769-2672.

Friday, May 29,  7:10-7:30 pm 
Mini Tot Shabbat and Shavuot with Rabbi Julie 
(The usual Story time login; contact Rabbi Julie at for the login)

and then....

At 8pm: Kabbalat Shabbat/Shavuot with Rabbi Julie & Aydin Mayers 
(with the usual Friday login; if you need the log-in info, email 
Rabbi Julie at

Saturday, May 30, 10:30 am
Shavuot online service (simplified), including the 10 Commandments and Yizkor (Memorial) service. 
Log-in info below.
With Rabbi Julie and Cantor Abbe Lyons! 

Click link below for May 30, Saturday Shavuot service, 10:30 am:
Meeting ID: 931 3194 3818
Password: 1818 

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The Pleasantville Neighbors' Fund is a community fund dedicated to supporting the Pleasantville Food Pantry and helping Pleasantville residents and members of the PUFSD family in need of rent or mortgage assistance.
Click here  for more info on how to help.  

"Hometown Hero!" 

PCS President  and mask-maker extraordinaire Leyla Nakisbendi!