Joyful Judaism! 

Weekly E-Newsletter 

January 19-26, 2023

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.

TODAY! 5:30 pm at PCS - Teen Group!

Are you a teen looking for a fun, action-packed community? Look no further!

Join us at today, Thursday, Jan. 19 at PCS for the second session of our brand new teen group. Not only will you have the opportunity to plan and participate in social action projects, play games, and share delicious food, but you'll also be able to connect with a diverse group of teens.

Don't miss out on the fun!

Also— even if you can’t make it, please click HERE to fill out the Google form to let us know about your interests and availability! 


(Feel free to forward the form to all teens in the area, even if they are not affiliated with the synagogue.)

See you there!

Rabbi Ben

And please don't hesitate to be in touch with Rabbi Ben, or call/text him at 917-617-1585.

Shabbat Services

There will be no services Friday night, January 20.

Saturday, January 21

10 am: Lay-led services and Torah study with Michael Safranek, followed by a light Kiddush.


*To attend in-person services at PCS, full vaccinations are strongly recommended.

If unvaccinated, it is required that a test be taken the day of services. 

KN95 masks are required in the sanctuary.

Rabbi Ben (photo left) organized and helped to lead a moving and musical interfaith celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy, Monday, Jan. 16.

Photos by Michael Safranek

"Parenting with Possibilities"

A free and virtual parent coaching session with certified parent coach, Ann Turry, and hosted by Rabbi Shosh.

Monday, January 23, 7:30 pm

Click here to attend via Zoom.

Meeting ID: 860 6485 7831

Passcode: 591605

One tap mobile: +16469313860,,86064857831#,,,,*591605# US+16465588656,,86064857831#,,,,*591605# US (New York)

What is parent coaching? Would you and your child(ren) - from babies to middle school age - benefit from it?

Find out all about it at this free and

open-to-all session!

Contact PCS board member

Rachel Friedman, for more information.

Coming Up...!

The next session of:

"Modern Dilemmas, Ancient Wisdom"  

Led by Rabbi Ben Newman. 

Wednesday, February 1, 7 pm.

 Via Zoom only.

Click here to attend via Zoom.

Meeting ID: 820 8295 3839

Passcode: 746807

One tap mobile: +16469313860,,82082953839#,,,,*746807# US

+16465588656,,82082953839#,,,,*746807# US (New York)

And on the following Wednesday at 7 pm:

February 15


We live in complicated times with unprecedented challenges. From climate crisis to political divides, pandemics to mental health crisis— it is easy to feel set adrift in a sea of uncertainty.


Jewish tradition provides ancestral wisdom that can help us navigate these choppy waters.


Join Rabbi Ben Newman as he guides us on a shared textual and communal journey through profound stories and teachings from the rabbis.


Our time together will serve as a guide to help us plot a course through this complex world that we might rise to meet the challenges of our times, and thrive as individuals and communities.


If you have any questions, please email Rabbi Ben Newman, or call 914-769-2672.

Refugee Shabbat at PCS

Friday night, February 10

Shabbat Roots, 5:30 pm

Shabbat dinner, 6 pm

A special Refugee Shabbat service, 7 pm

Service will be in person at PCS and via Zoom

This year, the 5th annual Refugee Shabbat 2023, powered by HIAS and WJCI, (Westchester Jewish Coalition for Immigration) will provide each of us with a significant opportunity to reaffirm our support for refugees, asylum seekers, and all immigrants looking for safety and a warm welcome in their new homes.

We invite you to PCS to hear from Fardin Ghafoor, a husband and father of three from Afghanistan who served there with the U.S. Army. Fardin will share his and his family's personal experiences about fleeing for safety and coming to the United States for refuge.

Join us for community and connection during ANY part of the evening: 

5:30 pm Shabbat Roots (for ages 0-8 + grownups)

6 pm Shabbat dinner ($18/adult; children under 18 free; requires RSVPs.*

7 pm Soulful, musical, heartwarming Shabbat service with guest speaker 

*Please click here to RSVP

for the dinner. 

(RSVPs to Shabbat Roots and the service

are not necessary but appreciated.)

If you have any questions, please contact Marcy Gray,, 914-769-2672.


*To attend in-person inside PCS, full vaccinations are strongly recommended.

If unvaccinated, it is required that a test be taken the day of services. 

KN95 masks are required in the sanctuary.


Rabbi Ben Newman's Neshama Project

 In this weekly podcast Rabbi Ben explores spiritual tools for human thriving.

Please click here for the link to the most

recent podcast.

If you have any questions or would like to offer feedback and comments,

please email Rabbi Ben Newman.

Please join us to meditate

via Zoom

Led by Rabbi Ben every Thursday morning at 8:25 - 9 am.

Please click here to attend via Zoom.

Meeting ID: 865 7391 7016

If you have any questions, please email 

Rabbi Ben Newman.

Rabbi Shoshana Leis's Four Worlds Torah Podcast

Digging for treasures in the Torah, treasures that matter for our lives and for the world.

Please click here for the most recent podcast (published no later than Thursday each week). 

Feel free to reach out to Rabbi Shosh 

with any comments or questions.

PCS SoundCloud!

PCS has created a new SoundCloud account that will hold prayers, songs and podcasts.

Click here to listen and enjoy!

If you have any questions,

please email Rabbi Ben Newman.

Looking to volunteer? 
Click here for Volunteer
NY Virtual Volunteer page. 
The PCS office is open Tuesday to Friday, 10-3.
Rabbi Shosh is available to meet by appointment, and would love to hear from you!
Messages are checked frequently so please leave a message at
914-769-2672 for
Rabbi Shoshana Leis,;
Educational Director Galit Messman, or
Administrator Marcy Gray,