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Weekly Announcements

February 26, 2024

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Shabbat - Mar 1-2

PRICES INCREASE FEB 26! - First Friday - Mar 1

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

REGISTER! - Purim Mishloach Manot Bags

Purim: Carnival Mar 21, 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: March 14

Shabbat: Parshat Ki Tisa

Erev Shabbat, March 1

Light Shabbat Candles 5:28 pm

Kabbalat Shabbat 6:00 pm

Shabbat, March 2

Shabbat Services 9:30 am

Havdalah 6:29 pm

Kiddush this week is sponsored by

Lisa and Andy Neubardt

Sponsoring a Shabbat Kiddush is a great way to celebrate a simcha or honor a yahrzeit. Please contact Andrea Rothberg for more information.

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. 

The PJC Players

The PJC Players return on

March 17th at 2:00pm

performing "The Band's Visit."

The performance is free, with donations welcomed after the show.

The PJC Celebrates Purim!

The PJC Purim Carnival will be held on Thursday, March 21 4:00-6:00 pm. All children and their parents are welcome!

Please fill out this quick form to let us know who will be in attendance:

For any further questions, please contact

The Pelham Jewish Center will celebrate Purim with the Megillah reading on Saturday, March 23, starting with Havdalah at 7:45 PM. Jenny Labendz returns with her unique, spirited version of the Megillah reading, interspersed with mini spiels by congregants. Come in costume if you wish, bring friends, enjoy pizza and drink.If you are interested in participating or for more information, please contact Jeremy Schulman.

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, March 3

Morton Schwarz, Father of Matthew Schwarz

Joyana Steinberg, Mother of Mimi Steinberg

Tuesday, March 5

Harold Levy, Father of Jerry Levy

Wednesday, March 6

Dina Kromberg, Grandmother of Meryl Druckerman

Friday, March 8

Rabbi Theodore Stampfer, Father of Morris Stampfer

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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