Weekly Announcements

January 23, 2023


Learning Center Calendar

PJC Website


PJC Events -- Mark Your Calendars!

Calendar Dates 

January 27-28 -- Shabbat services 

Save these Shabbat Dates

February 3 - First Friday Shabbat

February 4 - "PackTheHouse” Shabbat Meshorerim

February 10 -- Refugee Shabbat

January 24 and 25 -- Adult Ed

January 29 -- PJC Blood Drive

February 14 -- Shalom Hartman Institute program on

Boundaries and Belonging

February 16 -- PJC Soup Kitchen

February 27 -- PJC Book Club

Synagogue News

PJC Celebrations

PJC Yahrzeits

Social Action 

PJC Library

Treasurer's Report

Odds and Ends

See below for details and RSVP links.


January 27-28, 2023

Erev Shabbat,

January 27

Kabbalat Shabbat

6:00 p.m.

Light Shabbat Candles 4:49 p.m.

Shabbat, January 28

Shabbat Service 9:30 a.m.

Parashat Bo

Shabbat Ends 5:51 p.m.

Havdalah 5:52 p.m

Kiddush on January 28 is being sponsored by

Len and Judy Cooper IHO of the yahrzeit of Len's father.

Thank you!

Upcoming Shabbat Dates - RSVPs needed!

RSVP now for First Friday Pizza Shabbat on February 3 with special speaker, our own Steve Handelman.

This memorable evening will be followed by "PacktheHouse" Shabbat on February 4. Come enjoy the weekend with your PJC friends and community.

Save the Date for a very meaningful Refugee Shabbat on Friday, February 10 at 6pm. In collaboration with HIAS & The Westchester Jewish Coalition for Immigration, we invite you to come and hear from Oleksander Zabialo during our Friday night service. 

Dinner will follow at the Rabbi’s home, but space is limited so please RSVP here by February 8. Please see flyer below for details.

Adult Ed

January 24 and January 25

Tuesday evenings:

"An Introduction To Hasidism"

Next session: Tuesday, January 24 at 7:30pm

Hasidsm a mystical revivalist movement with roots in 18th century Eastern Europe, is the most recent (and ongoing) “major trend” in Jewish Mysticism (Kabbalah). It is also one of Judaism's greatest recent success stories.

In this course we will explore core elements of classical Hasidic thought–including theological speculation, mystical experience and dekevut (union with God), spiritual fellowship, the nature of the human being, the importance of storytelling, and our relationship nature/physical world–with an eye towards appreciating their enduring relevance to contemporary Jewish spirituality. Focusing mainly on primary sources, we will encounter the major early Hasidic thinkers, such as Israel Baal Shem Tov, Dov Bear the Maggid of Mezritsch, Levi Yitzhak of Berditchev, Shneur Zalmon of Liadi, Nahman of Bratslav and others. Each week there will be suggested secondary readings. These articles will enrich our discussion, though we will mainly focus on the primary texts themselves.

Because we are in the process of preparing materials, please let us know as soon as possible if are interested in attending. As always, anyone can jump in at any point, but the classes will build from one to the next.

If you think you're likely to attend, please email the office. There is a $75 suggested donation. The class will run for approximately 8 weeks. 

Wednesday Lunch and Learn:

Our Zoom parashah and mishnah reading group will meet on January 25 at 12 noon. A zoom link will follow.

PJC Blood Drive - January 29, 9-1:30 pm

Shalom Hartmann Institute Series on Belonging

Third Session, Feb 14 at Temple Israel Center

The PJC is joining other Westchester synagogues for an exclusive conversation with the Shalom Hartmann Institute on Boundaries and Belonging: Creating a Synagogue Community of Meaning.

The next session on February 14 at 7 pm. Join presenter Justin Pines for a conversation about how we can think beyond categories of Jew versus non-Jew. How can we imagine new models of community? This session will be held at Temple Israel Center in White Plains.

For more info and to register, please reach out to shalomhartman.org/boundariesbelonging.

PJC Soup Kitchen - February 16

If you'd like to join our group of cooks, bakers and shoppers, contact Jill or Barry for more details, or sign up here.

The need for help is growing as is the need for more PJC chefs! The meals are easy to make and can make for a great whole family activity. You can sign up to make an entire meal or just one part of it. Please consider coming on board. Thank you!

The next delivery dates are as follows:

Thank you to everyone who has been helping and

supporting this effort.

PJC Book Club - February 27, 8 pm

The next PJC book club meeting will be held on

Monday, February 27 at 8:00 pm on zoom.

Our next book is "Out of Egypt" by Andre Aciman. Aciman's story of Alexandria is the story of his own family, a Jewish family with Italian and Turkish roots, that tied its future to Egypt and made its home there for three generations, only to find itself peremptorily expelled by the Government in the early 1960's.

A zoom link will follow.


Shabbat, January 28

David Kasten, Father of Iris Kasten

Monday, January 30

Angelica Ledesma, Sister of Danielle Gretz

Friday, February 3

Marilyn Braginsky, Mother of Claudia Lee

Social Action: Volunteers Urgently Needed

The PJC is continuing to help Hearts and Homes for Refugees with the resettlement of two refugee families in New Rochelle.

Volunteers are needed!

 If you would like to help or would like more information, please contact

Michael Dvorkin.

PJC Library News

The Library is open.

New books can be found on the mantle. To check out a book, find the pocket with a card in the back. Write your name and the date you borrowed the book.

Please leave the card in the office upstairs. Return all borrowed books to the blue bin on the window ledge in the library. Do not shelve returned books. This will enable the librarians to keep books in circulation and keep track of who is borrowing our books.

Thank you for your cooperation. -- Barbara & Liz

Treasurer's Message
by Mitchell Cepler

Billing statements are emailed monthly. 

Checks made out to the Pelham Jewish Center can be mailed to Pelham Jewish Center, P.O. Box 418, Montvale, NJ 07645. Credit card payment instructions are on your monthly emailed billing statement, or go to https://thepjc.shulcloud.com/member

If you are interested in paying via appreciated securities or IRA distributions, please email Mitch Cepler.

It is the policy of the Pelham Jewish Center to make every effort to assist members experiencing financial challenges. Financial challenges should never be a barrier to being an active member of the PJC community. You can reach out to President Steve Martin, Treasurer Mitchell Cepler or Rabbi Benjamin Resnick to speak confidentially concerning your ability to pay PJC dues and Learning Center tuition.

Odds & Ends

We are always looking for fun PJC photo memories for our website. Please bring to the PJC office or send to Lisa Neubardt.

Please consider being a Kiddush sponsor, there are dates available. We are also looking for one or two congregants to manage the Kiddush program. Please contact Andrea Rothberg for more information.

Do you have an upcoming simcha (celebration) you would like acknowledged in our PJC community? Please reach out to

Barbara Saunders-Adams so she can share via the HaKol.

Have you attended or participated in a virtual PJC event you would like to write about for HaKol? Please let Barbara know!

For any other related communications matters, please contact Lisa Neubardt.

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