Joyful Judaism! 
Weekly E-Newsletter  ~   M arch 19-26, 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 so please 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. 

S ee "From the Rabbi" on the right side for details.
Letter sent from PCS president Leyla Nakisbendi to PCS congregants on Friday, March 13, 2020 (slightly revised):
Sad but necessary...
Protecting the health of the  PCS community and the community at large is our first priority. And so, in  an effort to proactively mitigate the potential spread of Covid-19, the PCS Board of Trustees made the decision last night to close PCS from Saturday, March 14 for an indeterminate period of time.  We will continue to follow the guidelines of the Westchester County Board of Health and the CDC, and toward the end of April we will reassess the situation as to reopening.

The building will be closed for religious services, Hebrew School, and all other programs and events until further notice. 

Hebrew School programming will be offered through an expanded online learning system with Rabbi Julie and our wonderful teachers while Education Director Galit Sperling Messman is on maternity leave. 
[We will be in touch soon with information on online programming options for Hebrew School families.]

We can be strengthened by knowing that we are actively doing a community mitzvah. The primary Jewish mitzvah is the preservation of health and life, and voluntary social distancing is the best contribution we can all make right now for the common good.

At the same time, community is what sustains us; it's what we are all about. So we are going to stay connected with several ways that are facilitated by modern technology! Rabbi Julie will be live-streaming a short meditation and ritual of welcoming Shabbat and offering a Zoom Torah study on Shabbat morning. 
[See details below in "From the Rabbi" column.]

During this time Rabbi Julie and PCS Administrator Marcy Gray are absolutely available to congregants. Questions regarding Hebrew School should be directed to Rabbi Julie while Galit is on maternity leave, and Marcy will be in the office at least one or two days a week. 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 so please leave a message. In case of an emergency please call Rabbi Julie at 914-495-3843 or Marcy at 914-844-0189.

Also, please remember PCS' connection with "our" social worker, Jill Schreibman, at WJC's Partners in Caring. She is available to any congregant at 9 14-761-0600, ext. 2170 or at . Click here for some suggestions from Jill on "Managing Stress in Scary Times."

Wishing you and your loved ones a Shabbat of rest and renewal with good health and peace in the coming days.


Leyla Nakisbendi
PCS President
"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."
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:

A Special Night of Music, Friday, March 20.
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!
What's the difference between 
a cold, the flu and Covid-19? Click  here for up-to date information from the Westchester County Department of Health or copy and paste:
In the Area

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.

Shalom and blessings of health and safety to all!

We enjoyed our first 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.


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

Family Bedtime Story and Shema  with Rabbi Julie!

Log onto Zoom each evening at 7:15 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 7:15 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)
A moment of glory and beauty. 
Don't forget to do this ...