Joyful Judaism! 

Weekly E-Newsletter 

March 7-14, 2024

Job Posting at PCS!

Great job, great people, flexible hours!

Maybe for you or for someone you know?

Click here for the listing.


Please note that while PCS continues to search for candidates,

Marcy Gray will be in the office only on Mondays and Wednesdays. Responses to emails and phone messages might be delayed

on other days.

Community Blood Drive

Pleasantville High School Library

TODAY, Thursday, March 7

11 am to 7 pm

Appointments are preferred but walk-ins are accepted. Call (800) 933-2566

Saturday, March 9

Rabbi-led Shabbat morning service, 10 am, and

Havdalah service, 6 pm.

All are welcome!


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

If you are not feeling well or have been exposed to someone not feeling well,

please do not attend in person.

The wearing of masks is according to personal preference.

*NEW!* Play Time at PCS! Sunday, March 10, 10:30 am
For babies to 5 years old.
Music with Rabbi Ben, open play and more!
All are welcome to join this new initiative at PCS!
Please contact PCS Educational Director Galit Messman, or call PCS, 914-769-2672.


March 15!

Another awesome PCS Friday night celebration!

Our Friday night musical monthly Shabbat gatherings are not to be missed, and all are welcome!

Come to all of the evening or any part of it! 

Please click here to RSVP for the dinner!

(Suggested donation, $18; children under 18, free)

5:30 pm: Shabbat Roots for the Little Ones and their siblings - with the help of PCS's K-2nd graders! RSVPs appreciated.

6 pm: Warm, catered dinner for all

(suggested donation, $18; children under 18, free)

RSVPs requested.

7 pm: Musical and heartwarming service led by

Rabbis Ben and Shosh.

Supporting Israel events in the area

Support Israel and Israelis: Buy Israeli on ThursdayMarch 14, 

4:30 - 8:30 pm at Shuk to the Core at Beth El Synagogue in New Rochelle. Register at There is a $5 fee.

Help the bereaved in Israel on Sunday, March 17, 7 pm at Comedy for Koby (benefitting the Koby Mandell Foundation) at Congregation Kol Ami in White Plains.

A personal request from Marcy Gray

On behalf of my friend, the amazing mother of an amazing young woman, who needs help.

Please click on the link below, read it, contribute whatever you can and/or share this with everyone.

Thank you.

Coming Up...

Two People, One Land, One Set of Resources
Sunday, March 17, 10 am via Zoom
With Dr. David Lehrer, Director of International Development at the  Arava Institute.
Please click here to attend via Zoom. Meeting ID: 830 4305 6419 ~ Passcode: 548736
Dr. Lehrer will speak about the current situation in Israel, what can happen the day after the war ends, and what it means for organizations like the Arava Institute, which work for peace and reconciliation.

Adding one more!

"Embracing Unity:

Judaism without Tribalism"

Monday, March 18, 7 pm 

You do not need to have attended the previous sessions but if you'd like to listen to them, please click here.

All are welcome to join Rabbi Ben Newman for an enlightening series on Rabbi Rami Shapiro's "Judaism Without Tribalism,” challenging and deepening our understanding of what it means to be Jewish in today's world. 

Via Zoom only. Click here to attend.

Meeting ID: 880 9324 1111 ~ Passcode: 542743


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 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.

PCS SoundCloud!

PCS has created a 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.

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.

The PCS office is open Tuesday to Friday, 10 am-3 pm.

Please feel free to leave a message, send an email, be in touch, set up an appointment!



Rabbi Shoshana Leis,

Rabbi Ben Newman,

Educational Director Galit Messman,

Executive Director Marcy Gray,