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Weekly Announcements

November 20, 2023

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PJC Events - Mark Your Calendars!

Shabbat - November 17-18

LAST CHANCE! Thanksgiving-in-a-Box 2023 - Nov 18 - 21

TONIGHT! PJC Book Group - Nov 20

TONIGHT! Interfaith Thanksgiving Service - Nov 20

Social Action/Breakfast Run - Nov 26

First Friday Dinner - Dec 1

Hanukkah Party - Dec 10

Social Action/Welcome Corps Refugee Program

Synagogue News


PJC Library

Treasurer's Report

Odds and Ends

Shabbat: Parshat Vayetzei

Erev Shabbat, November 24 Light Shabbat Candles 4:13 pm

Kabbalat Shabbat 6:00 pm

Shabbat, November 25

Shabbat Services 9:30 am

Havdalah 5:20 pm

We are looking for a sponsor for Kiddush this week as well as future dates. If you are interested, please reach out to Andrea Rothberg. Absent sponsorship, lighter fare for lunch will be served.

The PJC Stands with Israel

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The PJC is sharing ways you can support Israel in this profoundly challenging moment. Several options for giving, and events as they happen, can be found here: LINK.

Details for two events this week can be found on our website:

  • Tue, Nov 21 at 8:00 pm: Or Yelin, an Oct 7th survivor, will be at Young Israel of New Rochelle to discuss what happened that day and plans to restore Kibbutz Be'eri.
  • Wed, Nov 22 at 1:00 pm: A virtual conference featuring Major General (Ret.) Amos Yedlin will discuss what led to Oct 7th, the current status of military operation, and other topics. Please note that sensitive graphical content related to recent atrocities will be displayed.

To learn more and register, click here.

Adult Education Program

The PJC's Adult Education program, "Big Ideas in Liberal Judaism," is a weekly 90 minute discussion at the PJC featuring questions about the modern choices affecting the lived Jewish experience. It is held on Tuesdays at 4:30 - 6:00 pm at the PJC.

Weekly Lunch and Learns will be held via Zoom on Wednesday, 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.

Thanksgiving-In-A-Box 2023

The Pelham Jewish Center once again joins with the broader community in donating boxes of food to help a family in need this Thanksgiving. Donations are due by Tuesday, November 21st. For more details, please see the flyer.

TONIGHT - PJC Book Group - "Jerusalem Beach"

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The next PJC Book Group will be held on Monday, November 20 at 8:00 pm on Zoom. A link will be sent separately.

We will discuss "Jerusalem Beach" by Iddo Gefen, winner of the 2023 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature, Fiction. It is a book of short stories about modern Israel.

TONIGHT - Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

The Pelham Interfaith Council's Community Thanksgiving Service is Monday, November 20 at 7:30 pm at Christ the Redeemer Church.

For full details, please click here.

Social Action - Breakfast Run

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The PJC is going on a Breakfast Run – a morning version of a Midnight Run - in New York City. The Breakfast Run involves distributing a hot breakfast, clothing, and toiletries to the homeless and needy at a location designated by

We'll meet at the PJC at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, November 26 and will caravan to the location. Volunteers are needed to come on the run and or to help with preparation beforehand!

We are also collecting:

  • NEW men’s underwear, undershirts and socks
  • Men’s clothing (especially jeans and sweatshirts/ sweaters)
  • Winter coats, hats, gloves, boots and sneakers
  • Blankets, bags and toiletries

Please contact Michael Dvorkin to volunteer, donate, or if you have any questions.

REGISTRATION OPEN! First Friday Dinner

Our next First Friday Dinner will be on Friday, December 1. 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 November 27 to receive the reduced price:

Adult: $15 ($18 after 11/27)

Child: (Ages 3 to 12): $7, ($9 after 11/27)

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. 

Hanukkah Party

The PJC will be hosting our annual Hanukkah Party on Sunday, December 10 from 4:30 - 6:00 pm. Featuring crafts, games, music by Zev, and the much anticipated dreidel competition, all are invited to join the fun! Click here to see a larger version of the flyer.

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.


Saturday, November 25

Celia Castiel, Mother of Mercedes Castiel

Sunday, November 26

Henry Herman, Grandfather of Darren Lee

Aaron Rossman, Son of Robert and Brother of Naomi and Talia Rossman

Tuesday, November 28

Christopher Penrose, Brother of Diane Cohen

Thursday, November 30

Charles Saunders, Father of Barbara Saunders-Adams

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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