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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? Join us for services or contact our office.

 

What's Doing?

Shmita challenge

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Rabbi Carter explains Shmita in her sermons over the holidays. Please take a moment to read these talks and about our Shmita Challenge!

 

Shabbat Shmooze

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October 18 | 1:30PM | Home OF Ruth Kaufman

Calling all visitors, shul-shoppers, long-time and new members, singles, seniors, and families with kids or without! Please join us for a get-together the 3rd Shabbat of the month in the home of a PSJC member.  We will walk together over to the Shabbat Shmooze Pot Luck Lunch (formerly known as Get Acquainted Lunch) after the Kiddush following Shabbat morning services. Bring a parve/dairy/veggie pot luck dish to share. If you are coming for the first time, don’t feel like you need to bring anything. Just come! The Shabbat Shmooze offers the chance to get to know some of the PSJC community, and is a great way to keep the Shabbat vibe going all afternoon long. You too can host a Shabbat Shmooze. It doesn’t matter whether you live in a studio apartment or a whole brownstone. All you need is a home that’s walking distance from PSJC and a hospitable heart. Please let us know if you have a kid-friendly space and what pets you might have. Contact shabbatshmooze@psjc.org if you would like to host a Shabbat Shmooze Lunch. This month’s Shabbat Shmooze will be hosted by Ruth Kaufman. Ruth welcomes children (though she encourages children to bring their own toys!) and has no pets.  Hosts’ addresses will be included on the Weekly Flyer handed out in shul on the day of the Shmoozes. Please mark your calendars for the next several Shabbat Shmooze dates on 11/15, 12/20 and 1/17.

Knitting Krew

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Thursday, October 23 | 8:00PM | Member’s home

Join the new knitting crew at PSJC! Knit, crochet, weave, kibbitz and nosh. Everyone is welcome. Please bring your own materials! Contact Marjorie with any questions.

 

Religious Pluralism in Israel with Mickey Gitzin

Saturday, October 25 | 7:00PM
Listen in and join the conversation about the need for religious pluralism in a democratic State of Israel . Tel Aviv City Councilmember and Executive Director of Israel Hofshit, Mickey Gitzin, will speak about his experiences a director of this grassroots organization that works to promote freedom of religion and Jewish pluralism in Israel – including issues around civil marriage, divorce and acceptance of conversion from all streams of Judaism.

Sponsored by PSJC, IsraelBKLYN, Brooklyn Heights Synagogue, CBE and Union Temple of Brooklyn.

Family Photo Day

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Sunday, October 26| 1:00PM – 5:00PM
PSJC member and professional photographer Matthew Septimus will take your photo in the sanctuary. To sign up go to http://vols.pt/TF5B7q to reserve your session. $150 for a complete set of photos on a CD Rom or $225 for the CD Rom and 3 professional prints. Questions? Contact Jackie LeBlanc or Ruth Steinberg:

Lev Tahor

Sarah ZachariaFriday, November 7 | 6:30PM 
Services followed by a potluck dinner and speaker Rabbi Sara Zacharia

Lev Tahor is a lay-led, group-singing Friday night service that blends the traditional liturgy, melodies old and new, and English-language readings and reflections. Please sign up for the potluck dinner so we have an idea of what will be at the dinner.

Rabbi Sara Zacharia: What’s a nice Jewish girl doing in a place like this? The Jews having been telling and retelling their stories for generations. Each of us has a story. Rabbi Zacharia’s is a story from ultra-orthodoxy to becoming a Conservative rabbi and beyond. This talk will explore how the Jewish tradition provides a framework for storytelling and why perhaps in the 21st century there are so many people writing memoirs….more.

 

Book Discussion

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Saturday, November 8 | 1:00PM

Join David Cooper and others for a discussion of The Golem and the Jinni, by Helene Wecker, a novel of history, magic and religion set in the tenements of old New York City.

Mention PSJC at Community Books on 7th Avenue in Park Slope for a 10% discount.  If you plan to purchase the book on Amazon, visit www.psjc.org first and click on the Amazon link to make sure PSJC gets a portion of your purchase price.