Joyful Judaism! 
Weekly E-Newsletter  ~   M arch 26 - April 2, 2020
While the Pleasantville Community Synagogue is closed, Rabbi Julie and PCS Administrator Marcy Gray remain absolutely available to congregants. They 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 will be checked frequently but you need to leave a message. 
In case of an emergency  call Rabbi Julie at 914-495-3843 or Marcy at 914-844-0189.
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 evening candlelighting:
6 pm: Rabbi Julie will set up a live streaming to welcome Shabbat.  

Saturday morning Torah study
11 am: Rabbi Julie has set up a Zoom link for Torah study every Shabbat until we are able to gather together again at PCS. 

For details, click here or see "From the Rabbi" on the right side.
A virtual second night Seder? 
Maybe not an entire Seder and meal but just sharing some stories, 
songs and blessings? 
Please let us know and we'll see what we can do... together!
Call the PCS office and LEAVE A MESSAGE  for Marcy Gray or Rabbi Julie or email
"Managing Stress  in Scary Times"
PCS' social worker, Jill Schreibman, our partner through WJC's Partners in Caring, is available to any congregant at 914-761-0600, ext. 2170 or at
Click here for some suggestions from Jill on "Managing Stress in Scary Times."
Click here to read the lessons Bill Gates has learned from the Corona virus. 
(With thanks to PCS congregant Howard Spiegelman.)
Looking for Tutoring Help or Teen Community Service?

If you are in need of tutoring help for your children, the UJA, in partnership with J-Teen leadership and Hillels of Westchester, has arranged for volunteer pro-bono tutoring for any child in need of academic help. 
Parents should fill out the Google form below to be matched with a volunteer tutor:

For teens who wish to volunteer in exchange for community service hours,  please click below:

The Kennedys' benefit concert, Sunday, March 29. But  if you'd like to donate to help the Jewish community of Uganda, please go online to .

The Julian Bernstein Service award ceremony at Temple Israel Center in White Plains where TWO PCS congregants - Michael Safranek and Amy Gutenplan!  - will be honored. 
Thursday, June 4, 7:30 pm!
A Search for Rainbows

Live in Pleasantville? Go on a Rainbow Search! Have your kids make a picture of a rainbow and put it in a window that people can see from the street. Take a walk around your neighborhood - of course practicing safe social distancing! - and see who else has a rainbow in the window! 
And if you don't live in Pleasantville, maybe get this started in your area or neighborhood!
What's the difference between a cold, the flu and Covid-19?
here for up-to date information from the 
Westchester County Department of Health or copy and paste:
In the Area
Click here to access PJ Library's Virtual Program! 
Westchester Sprout Jewish Day Camp 
discounts now available
Rabbi Julie has been given very large discounts for Westchester Sprout's summer camp in Croton.*
Contact her asap at
if interested!
Questions? Visit
or email

*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.
Stay Connected!
Click here to see some of the ways to stay connected and engaged with PCS! 
(Also, see "From the Rabbi" below.)
Hebrew School families should have received an email update from Education Director Galit Sperling Messman. If you did not, please contact Marcy Gray,

Shalom and blessings of health and safety to all!

We continue to enjoy our weekly Torah study and we plan to keep it up every Shabbat, God willing, at 11 am, until we can gather together again at PCS.

I recorded the first one and I created a YouTube playlist where you can watch them if you can't come in person:
Please see below for the ZOOM log-on:

Topic: PCS Weekly Torah Study
Time: This is a recurring meeting 

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 206 650 8432

Dial by your location
+1 646 558 8656 US (New York)

ZOOM help:  Do you need help learning how to use Zoom? Email PCS congregant Rachel Friedman at  and s he'll be happy to help you.

Another PCS congregant, Rita Ratner, has offered to pick up groceries or run other errands for PCS seniors and/or those with health conditions.  Please contact her at  if you need this help or know of someone who does.

I will be posting messages regularly on my blog at
  This week's message is about how to help our needy New York neighbors during this difficult time.


 I know that there are a lot of articles going around, but I thought this one - "That Discomfort You're Feeling is Grief" -  captured a sense of what we are going through and gave some good ideas on how to cope emotionally.


AND a special Zoom happening for families with young children!: 

Family Bedtime Story and Shema  with Rabbi Julie!

Log onto Zoom each evening at 7:30 pm for about 15 minutes for a nightly Jewish story, Shema and song with Rabbi Julie.  Open to all families with young kids, and the young at heart. You can wave at your friends, too! 

Topic: Bedtime Story and Shema with Rabbi Julie
Time: March 19 at 7:30 pm 

Every day, same time, until May 7, 2020

Use this link:

Meeting ID: 479 982 933

One tap mobile
+16465588656,,479982933# US (New York)
+13126266799,,479982933# US (Chicago)

Dial by your location
+1 646 558 8656 US (New York)
Don't forget to do this ...