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 Winter 2021 Events @ thePJC

Book Group -- The Aleppo Codex


Sunday, February 21, 11:00 a.m -- NEW DATE!

Join our group of book lovers for lively monthly discussions about Jewish books.  Our next Book Group selection is Matti Friedman's non-fiction thriller, The Aleppo Codex: In Pursuit of One of the World's Most Coveted, Sacred and Mysterious Books.  We will meet to discuss the book on Sunday, February 21, beginning at 11:00 a.m.  All are welcome.

"Eric Mendelsohn's Synagogues of America"


Sunday, March 7, at 7:00 p.m. -- NEW DATE!

Between the years 1946 and 1953, the American, German-Jewish architect -- Eric Mendelsohn -- built four synagogues in the Midwest.  Mendelsohn’s synagogues were the crowning conclusion of his career through tumultuous times.  In his book, Eric Mendelsohn’s Synagogues in America, photographer Michael Palmer records in detail these four Mendelsohn synagogues -- located in Saint Paul, Saint Louis, Cleveland and Grand Rapids.

Palmer will use his photographs as the foundation for a discussion about Mendelsohn, his Jewish identity and his architectural mission. Palmer will also explain how the founding of the State of Israel in 1948 affected Mendelsohn’s plans, and how Mendelsohn sought to create radically new architectural solutions for American houses of worship that uniquely met the functional, social, and spiritual demands of their respective, diverse Jewish communities.

Israeli Film Club - February/March"Zero Motivation" & "In Search of Israeli Cuisine"



Sunday, March 14, at 8:00 p.m.

Watch the movies at home and then join Mimi Steinberg as she leads the discussion with our club over Zoom. 

Available on Amazon Prime.

Zero Motivation (English Subtitled)   1h 41min 2014 18+  "A smash hit in Israel and winner of the Best Narrative Feature Award at the Tribeca Film Festival, Zero Motivation is a unique, sometimes dark and often hilarious portrait of everyday life for a unit of young female soldiers in a remote Israeli desert outpost."

In Search of Israeli Cuisine  "Award-winning chef Michael Solomonov goes on a journey In Search of Israeli Cuisine. Profiling chefs, home cooks, farmers, vintners, and cheese makers drawn from the multitude of cultures that make up Israel today - Jewish, Arab, Muslim, Christian, Druze - a rich, complex and human story emerges."


The PJC Israeli Film Club Recommends:









Fill The Void (2012) tells the story of a young Haredi girl, Shira, who must choose between her heart's wish and her family duty after her older sister, Esther, dies and her widowed husband threatens to leave Israel. The film is written and directed by Rama Burshtein and features Shtisel star, Hila Feldman.

Fill The Void can be found on Amazon Prime. The discussion was held on Sunday, January 24th at 8:00 pm. 

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We also watched a second Rama Burshtein film, The Wedding Plan. A poignant and funny romantic comedy about love, marriage and faith in life's infinite possibilities.



Discussed on Sunday, December 20th, at 8:00 p.m., Ushpizin (Sukkot Guests) is a warm and touching film. "Moshe (Shuli Rand) and Malli (Michal Bat-Sheva Rand), an Orthodox Jewish couple in Jerusalem, are childless and without means to celebrate the weeklong holiday of Succoth. After much prayer, they receive unexpected money, and Moshe is told about an abandoned shack where he and Malli can properly deprive themselves and receive guests. However, they are visited by two ex-convicts with an unexpected link to Moshe's past, and the celebration becomes a series of emotional trials."

Our first meeting discussed The Other Son, in which complex repercussions face two families – one Israeli, one Palestinian – after learning that their sons were accidentally switched at birth. 

Geneology & Jewish Identity Workshop


Sunday, December 27, at 7:00 p.m

As the seasons change, and we begin spending more time indoors, many of us are looking for new hobbies and interests that lead to personal growth and fulfillment.  Synagogues and Jewish organizations are seeking new ways of engaging their congregants, students and members during this pandemic.

Join us on Sunday, December 27th, at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom as we welcome Rabbi Scott Kalmikoff, who will be offering a Jewish Genealogy Workshop.  This is a wonderful way to enhance your Jewish identity, and begin a journey of self exploration.  Rabbi Scott's goal will be to excite participants about genealogy, and empower you to conduct research on your own.  This 90-minute FREE workshop will give you an overview of online Jewish genealogical resources, so you can learn to use them from the comfort of your own home.


Reflections on Jewish Peoplehood by Madison Cohen

Sunday, December 6, at 5:00 p.m.

Madison Cohen, a PJC member and Pelham Memorial High School student, spent the month of July this past summer participating in a program run by the Shalom Hartman Institute (SHI).  SHI is a leading center of Jewish thought and education, serving Israel and North America. Its mission is to strengthen Jewish peoplehood, identity and pluralism; to enhance the Jewish and democratic character of Israel; and to ensure that Judaism is a compelling force for good in the 21st century.

As part of the summer program, Madison created a video compiling interviews with a number of people on Judaism and the relationship between American and Israeli Jews.  Join us on Sunday, December 6, via Zoom at 5:00 p.m. as Madison talks about the program, screens the video she created and then hosts a discussion on our thoughts on the relationship.

PJC Book Club Recommends:


 Sunday, December 27th, at 11:00 am

Our own Gloria (Goldreich) Horowitz discusses her latest novel, The Paris Children.  The novel is based on the life of Alfred Dreyfus' granddaughter, Madeline Levy.  It depicts the bravery and selflessness of the Dreyfus family in their attempt to save Jewish children living in Paris during the German invasion.


Sunday, November 29th,  9:00 a.m

Author Matti Friedman to Join November's Book Group! – This month's Book Group selection is Spies of No Country, about a pre-independence Zionist intelligence unit -- the "Arab" Section" -- that operated inside the territory of the French Mandate for Syria and Lebanon towards the end of the British Mandate for Palestine.  On Sunday, November 29th, join us via Zoom at 9:00 a.m. when we will host the author -- Matti Friedman -- for a Q&A and discussion about the book.  For more information, consult the PJC Weekly Announcements, or contact Barbara Saunders-Adams.


October 26th at 8:00 pm

"Between Friends" is  available in the public library system. 

Tikkun Olam - Social Action



PJC Family Program

Outdoor Movie Night

Held on Saturday, Nov. 7 at 5:30 PM

We ended Shabbat together and then watched the movie.





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First Fridays at Five Forty-Five - on Hold

“First Fridays” at the PJC


Dr. Larry Cohen's fantastic idea – to create a large, vibrant Friday night experience at the PJC – came to fruition with the collaboration of Rabbi Alex Salzberg and Audrey Beerman. "First Fridays at Five Forty-Five" was born!


First, our PJC family gathers together for Kiddush, candle-lighting and a delicious Shabbat dinner – sometimes prepared by our own Adam and Magdalena Bukowski, sometimes prepared by our own talented congregants (including Griller-in-Chief Noam and Chef Danielle Gretz) and sometimes catered – always served with love. Everyone takes food – buffet style – from the library, and then moves into the Kiddush room to sit together for schmoozing, catching up and laughing. (It gets very loud very quickly!)


Following dinner, Rabbi Salzberg leads us in song – "Shalom Aleichem" or similar beautiful Shabbat melodies – to shepherd us into the sanctuary, where we enjoy a spirited and spiritual Kabbalat Shabbat and Ma'ariv service. During prayers, children are invited to move upstairs to enjoy special age-appropriate programming. After davening (prayer), we move back into the library for a delicious dessert (including the epic frozen custard of Mikey Dubbs, a.k.a. our own Michael Weissman).


About the Funding


The Natalie and Harvey Shore First Fridays Celebration Fund was founded in memory of the parents, in-laws and grandparents of Audrey, Hal and Ari Roy Beerman.


Natalie and Harvey raised Audrey at Temple Beth Am in Randolph, Massachusetts, under the leadership and lifelong friendship of Rabbi Loel Weiss. "Nat and Harv" were always active in shul life, and spent many wonderful times at synagogue celebrations. Nat loved the TBA Sisterhood, and made some of her very best friends there, often helping make events more beautiful with elaborate, handmade centerpieces. Harv served on the TBA Youth Committee – and briefly in a very lackluster season as USY volleyball coach – and also as Treasurer. Natalie and Harvey always found a reason to celebrate, and no occasion was too small for balloons and fanfare; they were models of making everyone feel noticed, special, important and cared for.


Harvey passed away at 61 years old on April 11, 2010, which enabled him to be at Audrey and Hal's wedding just two weeks prior. Natalie passed away at 70 years old on January 22, 2019, which enabled her to be Ari's Grammy for six wonderful years. The fund was created during shiva for Natalie – when Rabbi Salzberg graciously held a morning shiva minyan, complete with Torah service, at the Beerman home – when Audrey realized a shul-based fund centered around being together and having a good time was exactly the way to honor her parents' memory. They are deeply missed by their family and friends, and certainly would have loved First Fridays!

Thu, January 20 2022 18 Shevat 5782