Weekly Announcements

March 13, 2023


Learning Center Calendar

PJC Website


PJC Events -- Mark Your Calendars!

Calendar Dates 

March 17-18 -- Shabbat

March 14-15-- Adult Ed Classes

March 15 -- Shalom Hartman Institute program on

Boundaries and Belonging

March 16 -- PJC Soup Kitchen

March 19 -- PJC Players "How to Succeed in Business"

March 20 -- PJC Book Club

March 23 -- "Can We Talk about Israel & the US?",

First of PJC Conversation Series

Synagogue News

PJC Celebrations

PJC Yahrzeits

Social Action 

PJC Library

Treasurer's Report

Odds and Ends

See below for details and RSVP links.


March 17-18, 2023

Erev Shabbat,

March 17

Kabbalat Shabbat

6:00 p.m.

Light Shabbat Candles

6:46 p.m.

Shabbat, March 18

Shabbat Service 9:30 a.m.

Parashat Vayakhei-Pekude

Shabbat Ends 7:45 p.m.

Havdalah 7:46 p.m.

Kiddush this week in being sponsored by

Hildy Martin in honor of the yahrzeit of her mother, Beatrice Kelber.

Thank You!

Share your Simchas!

Please reach out to Lisa Neubardt with any celebrations or happy occasions to share with

our PJC community.

Adult Ed with Rabbi Resnick

March 14 and 15

Tuesday evenings:

"An Introduction To Hasidism"

Last Class: Tuesday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m.

(Stay tuned for weather related issues.)

Hasidim 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.

Anyone can jump in at any point, but the classes will build from one to the next. Please email the office as soon as possible if are interested in attending. There is a $75 suggested donation.

Wednesday Lunch and Learn:

Our Zoom parashah and mishnah reading group will meet on March 15 at 12 noon. A zoom link will follow.

Shalom Hartmann Institute Series on Belonging

Final Session, March 15 at the PJC!

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

The final session will take place at the PJC on March 15 at 7 pm. Building on questions explored in the prior three sessions, presenter Lauren Berkun will lead a group discussion about how we build and nourish synagogues that reflect our highest aspirations for Jewish life and community. How can synagogues embody the richest possibilities for flourishing Jewish life in the 21st century?

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

PJC Soup Kitchen - March 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.

Please drop meals at the Goldenbergs, 40 Saldo Circle, New Rochelle, starting Monday, Mar 13 until Thursday, Mar 16 by 10 am.

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 Players present How to Succeed in Business

March 19, 2 pm

PJC Book Club - March 20, 8 pm

Discussion with author Oren Kessler,

April 9, 11am

The next PJC book club meeting will be held,

Monday, March 20 at 8:00 pm on zoom.

The next book will be Oren Kessler's Palestine 1936: The Great Revolt and the Roots of the Middle East Conflict. In spring 1936, the Holy Land erupted in a rebellion that targeted both the local Jewish community and the British Mandate authorities that for two decades had midwifed the Zionist project. The Great Arab Revolt would last three years, cost thousands of lives—Jewish, British, and Arab—and cast the trajectory for the Middle East conflict ever since.

As a special follow up, Oren will visit the PJC to discuss his book on Sunday, April 9th at 11:00 am. Details will follow. Please save the date for now.

Can We Talk About Israel & the US?

PJC Conversation Series, March 23 (First Session)

Throughout the Spring, leading up to Yom Ha’atzmaut, the PJC will host a series of lectures devoted to contemporary issues in Israeli society and the relationship between Israel and the diaspora. We will hear from a variety of contemporary thinkers and leaders, both Israeli and American, with the goal of deepening our engagement with our shared homeland. While some of the conversations may be challenging, we hope they will also be productive and clarifying. Join us for as many as you can.


Shabbat, March 18

Harold Levy, Father of Jerry Levy

Sunday, March 19

Dina Kromberg, Grandmother of Meryl Druckerman

Aaron Perkis, Father of Daniel Perkis

Tuesday March 21

Rabbi Theodore Stampfer, Father of Morris Stampfer

Jody Stevenson, Grandmother of Emily Pauley

Wednesday, March 22

Ines DiGioia, Mother of Andrea Rothberg

Thursday, March 23

Anne Turok, Sister of Leonard Cooper

Friday, March 24

Claire Hochberg, Mother of Mark Hochberg

Joan Koblenz, Cousin of Eleanor Dreyfus

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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