Joyful Judaism! 
Weekly E-Newsletter  ~   Jan. 9-16, 2020
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 Services 

Friday night:
7 pm: A beautiful musical service with the amazing Levins! If you missed them the last time you don't want to miss them again. And if you were here with them the last time, you'll know just how special an evening it is! In any case, you don't want to miss this warm and joyful service, followed by a delicious oneg. 

Saturday morning:
9:30 am: Meditation with Rabbi Julie
10 am: Morning Shabbat service, followed by a kiddush lunch and Torah study.
Would you like to spend some time with wonderful people helping to plan PCS' Annual Gala Fundraiser? 
It's important, it's a mitzvah and it's FUN!
If interested, please email Lisa Nicotra at or call  PCS 
at 769-2672, a nd thank you!
Coming up at PCS

Friday, Jan. 10, 7 pm:
The folk duo Levins return to PCS for a wonderful family-friendly service filled with music and joy! To be followed by a special, delicious oneg. All are invited, all are welcome!

Friday, Jan. 31, 5:30 pm:
Tot Shabbat and PJ Library event! Fun, songs, arts and crafts, pizza dinner for the little ones. 

A timely and unusual program for teens
Empathy + Extremism
Sunday, Jan. 12, 11 am - 12:15 pm 
at Temple Israel Center in White Plains

Derek Black and Allison Gornik will be speaking this weekend as part of the "Symposium on Hatred," a three-part series sponsored by the Rabbi Gordon Tucker Fund for Jewish Learning, Thought and Culture. 
Derek, a former white nationalist, and Allison, an instrumental figure in Derek's journey and his denouncing of the movement, will share their story and their wisdom with our teens.   This program will be facilitated by Mara Braunfeld, Director of Learning and Engagement.
Derek's journey is profiled in Eli Saslow's incredible book, 
Rising Out Of Hatred
This Sunday's program, promises to be profoundly engaging.
RSVP  here.

Martin Luther King, Jr., Day
Monday, January 20
10 am - 1 pm
For Teens Grades 8-12
Sponsored by J-Teen Leadership  
Be a part of the biggest Westchester-wide interfaith teen volunteer event of the year.
For more information and to register  Click here
Once again, J-Teen Leadership, in partnership with American Jewish Committee (AJC) and the Westchester Youth Council, will be spearheading a Westchester-wide interfaith teen volunteer event with the Afya Foundation, a medical supply relief organization, in honor of MLK Day. J-Teen Leadership is co-sponsoring shipments of much needed humanitarian supplies to victims of disasters. Teens from all over Westchester will come together to sort and pack supplies provided by teen-run collection drives, and prepare shipments to be sent directly to the victims of these disasters.

Sprout Westchester programs for the little ones!
All events take place at Sprout Westchester, 500 Yorktown Road, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 
Wacky Winter Science!  
Monday, January 20 10-11:30  a.m.  
Join us on a day off from school for some fun with science! I n honor of MLK Day and our mission of  tikkun olam  repairing the world - we will e nd the morning by helping to pack winter care kits for local individuals in need.  
Ages 4 and up.  Tour offered at 10: 15 a.m.  
Superbowl Play Date  
Sunday, February 2 , 2-4:00 p.m.  
Drop by Sprout for a variety of camp activities!  Participate in a winter planting project to take home in honor of  Tu  B'Shevat,  the Jewish birthday of the trees.  Make a winter-themed art project indoors and  take part in  a scavenger hunt before the big game!  Fun for the whole family!  
Tour offered at 2:30 p.m.  
Purim Prep  
Wednesday, March 4 , 4-5:45 p.m.  
Get ready for Purim by baking  hamentaschen  cookies. Participants will make some cookies to take home and pack others in their  mishloach  manot Purim gift baskets to share with family and friends.    
Ages 4 and up.  $18 per child.  
Tour offered at 4:15 p.m.  
Passover Art  
Sunday, March 29 , 1:30-3 p.m.  
Sprout's art specialist will lead this hands - on activity, and each participant will bring home their own handmade piece of  artwork  to use during your Passover celebrations.  
Ages 4 and up.  Tour offered at 1: 45 p.m.  

Jewish summer camp is one of the top ways to build Jewish identity and pride in a fun way. Sprout Westchester is a Jewish Day Camp for young and school aged-children, and is affiliated with Young Judaea.  Rabbi Julie has some $180 discount certificates, and there are also scholarships available.
In need of candy jars and scoops (see photo below) for an upcoming celebration or event? A recent PCS B'nei Mitzvah family would like to find a good home for them (candy not included!).  Contact the PCS office if interested.

Need some help?
     PCS and "Partners in Caring"
Jill Schreibman , a social worker from Westchester Jewish Community Services (WJCS) has recently been assigned as PCS' new Partners in Caring contact.  Jill can be contacted at WJCS at 914-761-0600, ext. 2170 or at All meetings are strictly confidential.
Click  here for flyer.

In addition to Partners in Caring, Rabbi Julie  is always available to talk with about any issues or concerns, and if you need a friendly visit, rides, meals or similar support, please do not hesitate to  e-mail PCS' wonderful Caring Committee chairperson Susan Friedman  or call her at 917-846-3038.  
The Levins Return to PCS!
For more info or to RSVP, contact PCS,, 769-2672.
The 2020 Progressive Dinner is Coming!
Saturday, Feb. 1, 6 pm
And it has a MAJOR new feature - babysitting!
- 3 Courses, 3 Different Places, Priceless Conversations!
- Parents don't need to worry about babysitting. All kids are welcome at PCS from 5:30-9:30 pm for a craft, large screen movie, and dinner.
- If you're interested in hosting (free), attending ($25/guest), or babysitting ($10/child) needs, please complete our survey to gauge interest.
- Invitation Coming Soon!
Ben Serebin & Josh Star (co-organizers)

GoFundMe Help for Diana Benattar

Long-time PCS congregant Diana Benattar has been in hospital and rehab for almost two months following surgery to remove a large brain tumor. She's been progressing well - and is hoping to go home soon - but the road to full recovery is long and filled with many expenses not covered by insurance. 
For more info and if you would like to help out, please click here.
Thank you!

In sunnier days: 
Diana Benattar and PCS pup, Mason, sharing a smile on PCS' front steps.
Stay Inspired. 
Help Repair the World
  Leslie Mack, chair, 
PCS Social Action Committee
How can PCS contribute to repairing the world? What individual and group social action and tikkun olam projects can we participate in throughout the year?
Click here to go to PCS' home page to find the link for the growing list. E- mail Leslie Mack  with any ideas that you would like to share with PCS as part of our mission to become a Lamed Vavnik community. 
We want to hear from everyone!
Looking for a great internship experience for your college student  this summer? 
Click on the link below:

The PCS office is closed on Mondays but messages are checked. Please feel free to leave a message at 769-2672, or send an email. Someone will respond as soon as possible.