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The Pelham Jewish Center is an egalitarian, Conservative synagogue
in the village of Pelham Manor, in lower Westchester, New York.
All are welcome! All are invited to participate:
our first successful 65 years were in person, and now we are also virtual!

Upcoming Virtual Connection Opportunities

The following services and programs are offered online.  Please consult your email for participation/access information.

Monday, May 25 -- 8:30 p.m. -- Shavuot -- Making Blintzes with Melanie Stern

Tuesday, May 26 -- 8:30 p.m. -- Shavuot -- Spirit of Shavuot: Songs and Tales of the Desert, Harvest and Torah with Jack Klebanow

Wednesday, May 27 -- 8:30 p.m. -- Shavuot -- Making Cheesecake with Clara Salzberg

Thursday, May 28 -- 5:30 p.m. -- Shavuot -- Mincha and Yizkor Service

Saturday, May 30 -- 9:30 p.m. -- Shavuot -- "A Sip of Torah" with Rabbi Salzberg (byob)

Sunday, May 31 -- 8:00 p.m. -- Shavuot -- Ma'ariv (Evening) Service & Book of Ruth chanted by Jennie Driesen

Monday, June 1 -- 7:00 p.m. -- Book Group (Apeirogon by Colum McCann)

Thursday, June 4 -- 9:00 a.m. -- Thursday Morning Torah Study

Friday, June 5-- 5:00 p.m. -- Interactive D'var Torah

Friday, June 5 -- 5:30 p.m. -- Kabbalat Shabbat

Sunday, June 7 -- 8:00 p.m. -- Ma'ariv (Evening) Service -- Join Our Minyan!

Celebrating Shavuot 5780!

In addition to the opportunities for connection, prayer, and learning available within our community, the wider Jewish community has put together the following Torah learning opportunities to celebrate Shavuot:

Hadar Institute, Sunday, May 24th, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. -- Learn more and register here

Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies (in Israel), Sunday, May 24th, 12:00-4:00 p.m. -- Learn more and register here

USCJ Family Shavuot Program, Thursday, May 28th, 4:00 p.m. -- ​​​​​​​Learn more and register here

Rabbinical Assembly

Pre-recorded materials -- here

Accompanying source sheets -- here

Live Tikkun, Thursday, May 28th, 9:00 p.m.-9:00 a.m. -- here

Schedule of learning -- here

You can set your computer to this website in advance of Yom Tov and the stream will start automatically at 9:00 p.m.  It will be available to watch after Shabbat for those uncomfortable streaming.

Pelham Jewish Center Book Group Continues on June 1st

Our next virtual PJC Book Group has been rescheduled to Monday, June 1, beginning at 7:00 p.m.  The book for discussion is Apeirogon, by Colum McCann.  An apeirogon has an infinite number of sides. McCann's novel looks at the relationship between Israelis and Palestinians with a kaleidoscopic eye.

To participate, contact Barbara Saunders-Adams at

PJC Response to the COVID-19 Health Crisis

The PJC is proud to have moved our community on-line
during this unprecedented situation.
Please join us for on-line classes, t'fillot (prayer) opportunities,
and other creative programming while our building remains closed.

In accordance with an executive order from Governor Cuomo, the PJC building is currently closed. We look forward to opening our doors again as soon as it is safe to do so! We have a wealth of virtual offerings and hope to "see" you soon on Zoom.

While our physical building is closed, our staff members are working remotely and are available: 

Rabbi Alex Salzberg, cell (917) 680-5343,
Education Director Ana Turkienicz, cell (914) 439-4983,
Office Manager Julia Coss, 

Our Learning Center is conducting virtual classes! All Learning Center families should have received notification and instructions.  For more information, please contact: Education Director, Ana Turkienicz, at

Please let us know if you are in need of assistance of any kind or know of anyone who is in need. Kol Yisrael arevim zeh bazeh -- all of Israel is responsible for each other.  Help us to help you by keeping us in the loop. Whether you need someone to talk to, or groceries/medicine delivered, or have a private pastoral matter to discuss, we are here for each other, even if we are not in the same room.

The Rabbinical Assembly's Committee on Jewish Law and Standards has published "Protect Your Family from Corona Virus" and has posted a Google doc with URLs to live-stream Shabbat services.

Blood Donors Urgently Needed

New York Blood Center (NYBC) Urgently requests that healthy donors make appointments to help maintain the region's blood supply at this critical time.

Around 75% of our incoming blood supply was interrupted when schools, businesses and religious institutions closed due to the coronavirus outbreak. In response, they have increased capacity at their donor centers by extending hours and opening for extra days each week.  These modifications will provide controlled, safe environments for healthy donors.   In addition, the U.S. Surgeon General -- Dr. Jerome Adams -- encourages people to donate blood during the coronavirus crisis: "You'll feel good about it, and you'll be helping your country and community  during this crisis. And you might even save a life." 

Healthy individuals are needed to step up and donate blood; it is vital for patients in need of life-saving blood transfusions!  The NYBC asks that you encourage colleagues, friends and the community to make an appointment donate blood if they are able.  Potential donors can:  

If  you have questions or need more information, here is a link to the NYBC website:

Tue, May 26 2020 3 Sivan 5780