Joyful Judaism! 
Weekly E-Newsletter  ~   Feb. 13-20, 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 

Please note: There will be no Friday night services, Feb. 14

Saturday morning
9:30 am: Meditation with Rabbi Julie
10 am: Morning Shabbat service, followed by a kiddush lunch and Torah study with Rabbi Julie.
Coming up at and for PCS

Sunday, Feb. 23, 2 pm: 
Another great day of service for teens and adults at the Edenwald Cottage School. For more info or to RSVP, email Social Action Committee chair Leslie Mack or call the PCS office, 760-2672.

Sunday, March 1, 10 am:
Exploring Judaism class with Rabbi Julie. Email Rabbi Julie at or call 769-2672 if interested.

Wednesday, March 4, 7 pm:
5th-6th grade meeting for B'nei Mitzvah families.

Sunday, March 8, 3 pm:
PURIM celebration! No Hebrew school that day so all are invited to come to a party for ALL ages! Click here for flyer.
In the Area

Growing Resilience: A Community Conversation
Thursday, Feb. 13, 7 pm 
at the Pleasantville High School Library
Teens, parents and community members: Our youth are joining us for this meeting and will be providing us with an update on all of the extraordinary work they are doing with their peers.

Spiritual Healing 
Click here to see WJCS Jewish Spiritual Healing Center spring calendar of classes and programs.

Tutors Needed
Literacy Volunteers of The Tarrytowns, Warner Library
Tutor Training Workshop: March 7, 14, 21, 28, April 4, 18
(9:30 am- 12:30 pm, Saturdays)
Click here for more info, call 914-488-4250 or visit
Would you like to spend some time with wonderful people helping to plan PCS' Annual Gala? 
Here are some areas you could help with, even just for an hour or two!
Silent auction
Paddle fundraising
Invitations: Design/stuff/mail
Getting RSVPs
If interested, please email Lisa Nicotra at or call  PCS 
at 769-2672, a nd thank you!
Sign Up for a Meal for Diana Benattar!
Please click HERE or below to sign up, or copy and paste the link below to deliver a meal, if possible. It is so appreciated!

Thank you!

Diana Benattar and PCS pup, Mason, sharing a smile on PCS' front steps.
Sprout Westchester programs for the little ones!
All events take place at Sprout Westchester, 500 Yorktown Road, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 
  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.
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.
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!
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.

 Costume contest with prizes!
Megillah reading, noisemakers, and 
holiday activities!
Live music with Brian Gelfand!

And holiday Tzedakah: 
Please bring in canned goods and/or $   for the Mosholu Montefiore Community Center Food Pantry in the Bronx.
From the Rabbi
Rabbi Julie

Click here to read Rabbi Julie's most recent blog post on how to "vote for your voice in Israel."
See flyer below  or click here
for more info.
Come to PCS to help make a minyan! 

Come enjoy the spirituality, learning, community, and Shabbat Shalom at PCS. Bring a family member or invite a friend! 
Please click on the link below to sign up!

Havdallah service led by the 5th-6th graders, cool recycling projects, planting and plays in celebration of Tu B'Shvat, the "new year of trees"!