PSJC is an egalitarian Conservative synagogue community defined by our inclusive spirit and our range of opportunities for spiritual renewal, growth and participation. Come visit our beautiful, landmark synagogue at 1320 8th Avenue (the corner of 8th Avenue and 14th Street) in Brooklyn. Want to learn more? Contact us!
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Souls on Fire: An Oratorio by Charles Osborne
Come hear a one-night-only presentation of this passionate and poignant musical setting for the words of the renowned Elie Wiesel performed by Shir Chadash, the Brooklyn Jewish Community Chorus and special guests.
In his compiled lectures entitled Souls on Fire, Wiesel captured the history of Hasidism through tales, legends, parables, sayings and deeply personal reflections. In setting these words to music, Osborne transcends spoken language to transmit essence and meaning through the beauty of song.
On Wednesday May 29th, Shir Chadash: The Brooklyn Jewish Community Chorus, under the direction of Rachel Brook, will perform a celebration of this great work narrated by Arthur Strimling, performer, writer, and longtime director of Roots and Branches Intergenerational Theater.
Guests artists include:
· Cantor Lauren Phillips, soprano
· Cantor Ayelet Piatigorsky, mezzo-soprano
· Cantor Josh Breitzer, tenor
· Cantor Eric Contzius, bass
· Brian Gelfand, accompanist
The concert, which will be held at the Union Temple of Brooklyn, 17 Eastern Parkway, begins at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, $10/15 for children under 18. Following the performance there will be a reception to celebrate the chorus’s B’nai Mitzvah season.
Shir Chadash: The Brooklyn Jewish Community Chorus, now in its 13th year, is a four-part inclusive, multi-denominational chorus with 35+ members. The Chorus repertoire is inspired by the richness and diversity of Jewish music from around the globe, ranging from hauntingly rendered liturgical offerings and contemporary Jewish compositions, to updated arrangements of world folk music in many languages.
Shir Chadash’s mission is to challenge, enrich and delight its singing members and audiences through the excellence of its performances. The group has participated in a wide range of concerts, from festivals to solo recitals and fundraising benefits. They have made several appearances at the annual North American Jewish Choral Festival and were featured at LincolnCenter’s Alice Tully Hall.
For more information, or to reserve tickets, please contact Tori Rosen at shirchadashBJCC@gmail.com .
SAVE THE DATE: FRIDAY, JUNE 7th at 7pm at PSJC – A conversation with two PSJC Authors: Ruth Franklin and Joseph Braude
Join two accomplished authors, who also happen to be life partners and PSJC members, for a discussion of their books and their life together as writers. Joseph Braude is a Middle East specialist whose weekly broadcast in Arabic airs on Moroccan national radio. He is the author of The Honored Dead: A Story of Friendship, Murder, and the Search for Truth in the Arab World, a true crime story based on four months he spent embedded with the Moroccan police in Casablanca. Ruth Franklin is a book critic and contributing editor at The New Republic. Her first book, A Thousand Darknesses: Lies and Truth in Holocaust Fiction, which explores the tug-of-war between memory and imagination in works from Survival in Auschwitz to Schindler’s List, has just come out in paperback. Their conversation will move from Middle Eastern politics to Jewish identity and survival to the joys and challenges of sharing both a profession and a home.
Prospect Park Clean-up
Schmooze, play, nosh, and make the world a better place – all at once, right in Prospect Park! It’s PSJC’s annual Tikkun Olam Prospect Park Clean-Up, June 23, from 10 am to noon, at the Park Circle entrance. (That’s the entrance right near the Tennis Center where Coney Island Avenue, Ocean Parkway, and Fort Hamilton Parkway all meet – at the end of Prospect Park SW.) This is for all ages, family-friendly, no skills or tools required, and students can get school community service credit. We will work as always with the Prospect Park Alliance, probably cleaning litter and pulling weeds, and snacks will be provided. Please RSVP to the shul office or to Fran Hawthorne at email@example.com or 718 499 6389.
July Book Group: July 13th
“[Unorthodox] describes an oppressive community in which secular education is minimal, outsiders are feared and disdained, English-language books are forbidden, mental illness is left untreated, abuse and other crimes go unreported . . . a surprisingly moving, well-written and vivid coming-of-age tale.”– The Jewish Week
BPL has 142 print copies, of which 61 are currently available, as well as an ebook version. An audio book version is available on audible.com and downpour.com.
A young member of our synagogue, Caleb Sande has been in the hospital this month. He has just come home from Memorial Sloan Kettering, and though he still has a ways to go on his road to recovery, there are some things we can do to help! Caleb’s treatment at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center requires regular blood and platelet transfusions. To benefit Caleb Sande all designated donations must be made in the Blood Donor Room of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Please visit http://www.mskcc.org/giving/blood donations for complete information about donor eligibility and the donation process for blood or platelets. To ask questions and schedule an appointment that is convenient for you please contact: Joe Licata, Manager, Blood Donor Program at 212-639-8177 firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s best to stagger donations so they don’t all expire at once. Put the following in the electronic version but not in paper” So here is a Google spreadsheet for donating blood and platelets for Caleb. You can sign up here:https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0As4ukz2CN6LPdG41NFRaTmo5Y3pNODZ4X1NTV3FjRmc#gid=0
Please note that this sign up is IN ADDITION to making an appointment. You still must call Memorial Sloan-Kettering to schedule an appt.
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Hebrew School Registration for 2013/2014!
Hebrew School registration for the 2013-2014 school year is currently taking place! Click here and here to download the registration forms or contact Elisabeth at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. Returning families must register by June 14th. New families must register by August 1st.
PJ Library is Here!
Park Slope Jewish Center is thrilled to launch PJ LIBRARY. (PJ, as in pajamas), a program that provides families raising Jewish children with a FREE treasury of Jewish books and music! Every month, families enrolled in PJ LIBRARY receive a high-quality, expert-selected and kid-tested (!) Jewish book or CD as a gift from the community.
PSJC is making 200 subscriptions available on a first-come, first-served basis to families connected to PSJC and living throughout Brooklyn. If you have children 6 months through 8 years old, we invite you to sign up today and join a growing global community of more than 200,000 PJ families throughout North America and Israel. Sign up your own family. Then, invite friends and neighbors to enroll and share in the PJ experience as well.
Signing up is simple–just click here. Fill out the form, and before you know it, you’ll be receiving free books and music! If you have any questions, contact Amy Deutsch, Associate Director of Children’s Programming: email@example.com. For more information about the PJ Library, please click here.
Service Times at PSJC
Join us weekly for Shabbat services, Fridays at 6:30 pm and Saturdays at 10am.
Please help us make our minyan and join us every Wednesday at 7:15am. Services over by 8:00am. New!!! online minyan sign up! check it out here
Donating to PSJC Just Got Easier!
Click here to DONATE to PSJC using this easy on-line form. Once you’ve filled out the form you will be directed to our PayPal page. You do not need to have a PayPal account to make a donation on this page.
Renewing Members: Click here for Letter to Congregation and New PSJC Dues Structure and here for the membership renewal form, and a list of membership categories and fees. NEW Members: Click here for PSJC Dues Structure and here for the membership renewal form, and a list of membership categories and fees. The Membership Application is available here.
A Chance to Save a Life
A CHANCE TO SAVE A LIFE–PSJC MEMBER IN NEED OF KIDNEY TRANSPLANT (A member of our shul, Neil Jaffee, is in need of a kidney transplant. His greatest hope for a successful transplant is for him to receive this transplant from a living donor. To learn more about how you might be able to help Neil, click here.
One Step at a Time – the PSJC Teens Blog!
Find out what our teens are up to. Read about their experiences at school, on trips, helping out at the shul and around the community. Welcome to our conversation! Click here for the blog.
Social Hall & Classroom Rentals @ PSJC
The beautiful, new Social Hall classrooms are complete and available for rentals on some evenings and weekends. Click here for details.
B’Yachad Nivneh – Together We Will Build
$800,000 raised¦154 member households participated (out of total 280)¦Approximately 20% raised is from outside donors¦Total Goal: $2.15M¦To donate contact Rachel Levine.
PSJC Joins the Fight against Hunger
We’re continuing PSJC’s “Bring Your Can to Shul” Program. The plan: every time you enter the PSJC building, you bring a can or package of food, and we will arrange to have it delivered to local agencies (e.g. CAMBA, City Harvest, C.H.I.P.S). Non-perishables only, and no glass containers, please.
Grow & Behold Foods– OU-Kosher Chicken Delivery
Grow and Behold Foods delivers their exclusive line of OU-Kosher, pasture raised poultry every 2 weeks in Brooklyn. Orders are due by 4:30pm on Sunday before the delivery day.