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!
Feasts and Fantasies Dinner–December 14th and January 25th
Join your fellow PSJC community members on December 14th orJanuary 25th when we will host a series of special dinners at the homes of some of PSJCs finest chefs. These dinners benefit PSJC and the cost is $136 per person. Each dinner will have a different theme- including Medieval Dining, Mushroom Mania, and more. To register click here or visit psjc.shulcloud.com/f&f. Feasts and Fantasies will coincide with Parents Night Out a fun filled evening for children ages 4+, to sign up for Parents Night Out, click here: http://bit.ly/HSKu4c.
Saturday Dec 14th: Parents Night OUT – Fundraiser at PSJC @ 7:30 p.m.
Starting at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday December 14th, the very responsible teens and Teen Advisor, Dina Garfinkel, will be watching your child(ren) while you paint the town or attend Feasts and Fantasies! All money raised will go to the Chai Lifeline Foundation, in memory of Caleb Sande. This will take place at PSJC and the cost is $30/per family or $10 for those attending a Feasts and Fantasies dinner. Parents sign up by December 11th here: http://bit.ly/HSKu4c. For more info email Dina.Garfinkel@psjc.org.
Israel Committee Upcoming Meetings: Dec.11th and Dec.18thWednesday, December 11th at 7:30 p.m.
Tsahal: Military Service in Israel, the Territories, and Around the World. We will share what we know and explore ways to learn more about the Israeli army. Join us for the discussion and to begin to plan a PSJC trip to Israel. Wednesday, December 18, at 7:00 p.m. come hear Fordham University History Professor Daniel Soyer talk about “The History of American Zionism.” Professor Soyer is co-author of Emerging Metropolis: New York Jews in the Age of Immigration, 1840-1920, My Future Is in America, and A Coat of Many Colors: Immigration, Globalization, and Reform in New York City’s Garment Industry, Jewish Immigrant Associations and American Identity in New York, 1880-1939.
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. come hear PSJC former president and Fairleigh Dickinson University Anthropology Professor David Rosen talk about “Social Protest in Israel: A Tale of Three Summers — 2011, 2012 and 2013.” Professor Rosen is the author of Armies of the Young: Child Soldiers in War and Terrorism.
Class on Prayer: Saturdays at 1:30 p.m. starting Dec.14th
“Amud Hatefillah/The Pillar of Prayer.” Drawing on the teachings of the classical Chasidic masters–particularly the Baal Shem Tov–we will explore various Chasidic approaches to prayer, focusing on their contemporary resonances and their potential relevance to the contemplative life. Taught by Ben Resnick. Future dates of the class: February 8th and March 8th.
Sat. Dec. 21st Get Acquainted Lunch @ 1:30 p.m., After Services
What’s a Get Acquainted Lunch? It’s a parve/dairy potluck in the home of PSJC members. It’s a chance to get to know some of your kahal. It’s a way to keep the Shabbat vibe going all afternoon long. The Get Acquainted Lunch will follow services–please contact the office for more information. The PSJC community is invited to enjoy a pot-luck dairy/pareve lunch and lots of quality shmoozing.
Sun. Dec. 22nd ILJB Off-site event—“Like Dreamers…” at 11 a.m.
Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation, a brunch with author Yossi Klein-Halevi, eminent political advisor and author, of whom Michael Oren says, “Halevi has written the Israeli epic.”
Sat. Dec. 28th Advanced Talmud after Services
Our Advanced Talmud class is an on-going self-study group appropriate for people who are proficient in Hebrew and have some prior experience in Gemara study and will meet Saturday, December 28th after services & kiddush (Approximate time 1:30 p.m.) New students who intend to join the group on a continuing basis are welcome. Contact the coordinator Aron Halberstam (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
PSJC Book Club: January 4th after Kiddush
The Innocents by Francesca Segal: We will discuss 2012 National Jewish Book Award fiction winner “The Innocents,” Segal’s brilliant adaption of Edith Wharton’s 1921 Pulitzer prize winning novel of manners “The Age of Innocence.” Ms. Segal takes revenge on Ms. Wharton, who was an anti-Semite, by setting her adaptation in contemporary northwest London’s insular Jewish community, a community as rarified in its own way as Ms. Wharton’s 1870s wealthy WASP New Yorkers. BPL has 25 copies. An audio book version is available on audible.com.
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Shop on Amazon and Support PSJC
Amazon.com has recently launched a new feature called Amazon Smile that will send a portion of any orders you make on Amazon back to the charity of your choice. So now all of the shopping you do on Amazon can benefit PSJC at the same time. In order for your purchases to benefit PSJC you must click on this link or visit http://smile.amazon.com/ch/11-1969905.
PSJC Membership Renewal
Renewing Members: Click here to download the 2013-2014 Membership Renewal Form. Returning Members who renew after August 31st will incur a $40 late fee.
New Members: Click here to download the PSJC Membership Application and click here for the PSJC Membership and High Holiday Tickets Forms. These forms should be completed and returned to the PSJC Office as soon as possible.5
Service Times at PSJC
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PSJC Tzedek Text Project
Join the conversation about Tzedek and Text at PSJC!
A new program designed to bring us together as a community of study and action. Each month we will share a new text on the year’s Tzedek theme, hunger, for you to discuss at your dinner table, at Kiddish, in classrooms, and even on the stoop! As a community we’ll then have opportunities to then put our study into action. Cheshvan 5774
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the PJ Library, please click 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.
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
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.