Joyful Judaism! 

Weekly E-Newsletter 

May 2 - 9, 2024


All are welcome to join us at PCS for a very special presentation by award-winning journalist and author, Keren Blankfeld.

Thursday, May 2, 7:30 pm

Please click HERE for more info and to RSVP.

Suggested donation, $18. Any donation welcome!

Or contact the PCS office,; 914-769-2672

for Zoom info. See flyer below!


morning service led by Rabbi Ben Newman, including the Bat Mitzvah of Anya McGinley.

May 4, 9:30 am

Mazal tov to Anya and her family!

Click here to attend via Zoom webinar.

Passcode: 507270


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.

Anya McGinley's Community Service Project

For my mitzvah project I helped out at the Ossining Children’s Center, which is a public day care. I was placed in a class of 3 and 4 year olds, and I had a great time playing with them. My favorite part was leading them in the craft that I brought. They were able to bring home a nice framed picture to put on their fridge for the whole family to admire. I had so much fun and will hopefully be going back to volunteer there again soon.

“For the dead and the living, we must bear witness.” - Elie Wiesel

Yom HaShoah

Holocaust Remembrance Day

Service led by

Rabbi Shoshana Leis

Monday, May 6, 7-8 pm

at PCS

Everyone, including PCS teens and students

5th grade and up, are strongly encouraged to come to this most important ceremony.

Patricia Gaston will be sharing her mother Agi’s story. It is a story of friendship, courage and survival. Pat is a member of the Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center of Westchester. She lives in Irvington and has recently joined the PCS community.

“If you come to one service, the service commemorating the Holocaust is the one you should come to.”  - PCS Congregant

Click here to attend via Zoom webinar.

Meeting ID: 868 1092 6738

Passcode: 198569


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

please attend via Zoom.

A Very Green PCS Friday Night Celebration!

May 10

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. RSVPs appreciated.

6 pm: Warm, catered dinner for all

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

RSVPs requested.

Please feel free to bring your own place settings!

7 pm: Musical and heartwarming service led by

Rabbis Ben and Shosh.

Coming up...!

Monday, May 13,

7 pm,

PCS Book Group

At a congregant's home in Briarcliff Manor

"The Women”

by Kristin Hannah

All are welcome to join PCS's wonderful book group!

"It's not just about the books!"

Come and discuss or sit back and enjoy the conversation, have a nosh, and take pleasure in getting to know your fellow congregants.

Contact April Lasher Sanders at for address information/to RSVP or call PCS, 914-769-2672.


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,