The Pelham Jewish Center is a creation of its members. Every aspect of life at the PJC — worship, the Learning Center, adult education, the comfort of mourners and the celebration of simchas, governance, finance, social action, interfaith and community relations — involves leadership and heartfelt participation by the shul community.
Becoming a member of the PJC is an affirmative act. Pelham, and its neighboring towns and villages throughout Westchester, have no scarcity of Jewish resources and institutions. Many members pass at least one other shul on their way to the PJC. They come to the PJC because they have chosen to engage with and build a synagogue that is open, intimate, and authentic.
Openness: to Jews of all origins, colors, levels of observance, and at all stages of their journeys, and to their partners, whatever their gender identification or religious background. Fifteen percent of our congregation consists of interfaith families, many of whose non-Jewish members are regulars at services and active participants in synagogue life.
Intimacy: with people whose acceptance is a given; at melodious services where all of us make up the “choir;” when we attend shiva and, inevitably, sit shiva ourselves; when we linger at kiddush long after the last black-and-whites and rugelach are gone and with a rabbi whom each one of us expects to know and who wants to know each one of us.
Authenticity: the opportunity to be oneself. Our services are in Hebrew and there are transliterated siddurim if you need one. The Shabbat dress code is informal. There are no assigned seats, or even tickets, at High Holiday services and honors don’t bear price tags.
The PJC traces its beginnings to 1953, when a small group of devoted founders established it above a storefront, in a town with few Jews. Fifty years later, our community was hosted by local churches for two years while our building was renovated. The PJC’s growth in size and stature over the generations, while retaining its intimacy and spirit of self-reliance, is a testament to those who created it, and who have continuously nurtured it.
The PJC Stands With Israel
As a community, we offer prayers for our beloved State of Israel and for the valiant military defending our holy land. We lift our voices in affirmation of that which has sustained us for millennia and sustains us now – HaTikvah, our eternal hope.
For more details on how you can show support, click here.
FIRST FRIDAY: MARCH 1
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 RSVP by Monday, February 26th to receive the reduced price:
- Adult: $15 ($18 after 2/26)
- Child: (Ages 3 to 12): $7 ($9 after 2/26)
- Toddler: Always Free
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. Registration: https://forms.gle/dwnPCmQfKUTNq3uA9
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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.
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!
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