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Weekly Announcements

February 5, 2024

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PJC Events

Shabbat - Feb 9-10

PJC Book Group: "Stranger in the Desert" - Feb 25

REGISTER! - First Friday - March 1

The PJC Players Present: The Band's Visit - Mar 17

REGISTER! - Purim Mishloach Manot Bags!

Purim Megillah Reading - Mar 23

Adult Education

Online Course: Shabbat Prayers for Adults

Social Action/Welcome Corps Refugee Program

Synagogue News


PJC Library

Treasurer's Report

Odds and Ends

Next PJC Board Meeting: Feb 8

Shabbat: Parshat Mishpatim

Erev Shabbat, February 9

Light Shabbat Candles 5:03 pm

Kabbalat Shabbat 6:00 pm

Shabbat, February 10

Shabbat Services 9:30 am

Havdalah 6:05 pm

Kiddush this week is sponsored by

the Barback Family in honor of

Spencer's birthday!

Yom Huledet Sameach!

The PJC Book Group: "Stranger in the Desert"

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The next meeting of the PJC Book Group will be Sunday, February 25 at 11:00 am for a book signing and discussion of Stranger in the Desert with author Jordan Salama.

Inspired by family lore, a young writer embarks on an epic quest through the Argentine Andes in search of a heritage spanning hemispheres and centuries, from the Jewish Levant to turn-of-the-century trade routes in South America.

First Friday

Our next First Friday Dinner will be on Friday, March 1st. Candle lighting and food for children will be available beginning at 5:30 pm. Shabbat services begin at 6:00 pm and dinner will be served immediately following services at approximately 7:00pm.

Please contact Emily Pauley with any questions or concerns and if you are interested in sponsoring the First Friday dinner.

Please RSVP by Monday, February 26 to receive the reduced price:

Adult: $15 ($18 after 2/26)

Child (Ages 3 to 12): $7 ($9 after 2/26)

Toddler: Always Free


If this cost is a hardship, please reach out to Mitchell Cepler. No one should feel they can't attend due to cost. 

Save the Date!

The PJC Players return on March 17th at 2:00pm performing "The Band's Visit."

Purim is Coming!

The Pelham Jewish Center will celebrate Purim with the Megillah reading on Saturday, March 23. More details to come!

We will also be distributing Mishloach Manot gifts and welcome sponsorships to help fund this generous tradition. If you can volunteer to pack or deliver, we welcome the help!

Please go to to fill out a brief survey.

Adult Education Program

A History of Zionist Ideas will explore the history of Zionist thought, beginning with the early writings of Herzl and tracing the development of Zionist ideas through to the present day. Classes have begun and are held Tuesdays from 7:30 - 9:00 pm.

Weekly Lunch and Learns have resumed via Zoom on Wednesday at 12 pm, with topics varying based on the interests of the group.

For more information, please see our website and contact the office to register. Zoom links will be sent separately.

Online Course - Learn Shabbat Prayers for Adults

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Gain comfort and fluency reading Shabbat prayers in Hebrew in this six-session online course from the Union for Reform Judaism. Explore the meaning of the prayers, learn key Hebrew prayer vocabulary, and hear common prayer melodies. Tuition is $150.

Participants should be familiar with the sounds and shapes of the Hebrew aleph bet and be able to slowly sound out Hebrew words. For adults wishing to learn Hebrew, a separate ten-session online course is also offered for $250.

Click here for registration details and more information.

Social Action - Welcome Corps Refugee Program

PJC Members have formed a group to sponsor and support a refugee, participating in a new federal program called Welcome Corps in partnership with HIAS and Hearts and Homes for Refugees. As sponsors, we are helping Bella Nyangabire, a woman from the Democratic Republic of Congo, with all aspects of resettlement, including housing, employment, learning English, education, health care, and legal assistance.


The PJC Refugee Resettlement Group is seeking additional volunteers to assist with Bella's path to self-sufficiency.  Among other things, we need drivers, English/ESOL teachers, shoppers, local guides, and housing/home setup people. Please email Matt Marcus or Rhonda Singer with an indication of your interest area. 

Tax-deductible donations are still welcomed, both to support Bella and possibly other refugees in the future. If you would like to contribute, please visit our GoFundMe page. Every dollar will be used to meet basic needs.


Sunday, February 11

Lillian Knee, Grandmother of Danielle Gretz

Wednesday, February 14

Harry Druckerman, Father-In-Law of Meryl Druckerman

Thursday, February 15

Henriette Herzog, Grandmother of Jonathan Herzog

Friday, February 16

Monroe Freedman, Grandfather of Rebeca Lodhi

Eleanor Goldman, Mother of Robert Goldman

Herbert Taub, Father of Shelley Klein

PJC Library News

The Library is open.

New books can be found on the mantle. To check out a book, write your name and the date on the card in the back of the book and leave the card in the office upstairs.

Return all borrowed books to the blue bin on the window ledge in the library. Please don't shelve returned books!

Treasurer's Message

Billing statements are emailed monthly. 

Credit card instructions are on your billing statement and on ShulCloud. Checks made out to the Pelham Jewish Center can be mailed to P.O. Box 418, Montvale, NJ 07645. 

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 Lisa Neubardt, Treasurer Mitchell Cepler or Rabbi Benjamin Resnick to speak confidentially concerning your ability to pay.

Odds and Ends

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 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 Adam Ilkowitz.

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