May-June Message from the Board

Dear Congregation: 

The Board hopes that everyone had a safe and happy Passover. We are now wrapping up the  academic year and fiscal year at the Hebrew Congregation of Somers. But before the summer  begins, we have a full schedule of activities coming up. 

We will be having out first hybrid outdoor service Saturday, May 15. Rabbi Shosh will combine  adult and children’s celebration of Shavuot on Sunday May 16th. She will also integrate Shavuot  in some form into the Shabbat service on the May 15th. For the outdoor service there will be no  designated seating areas. All attendees will sit a minimum of six feet apart. All attendees must be  fully vaccinated (to be indicated on the registration form) and will remain masked. Weather  permitting, we will continue with this outdoor hybrid service unless/until there are new guidelines  from the CDC or State DOH. 

We will have a Zoom Yizkor service on May 17th. 

Our HCS book discussion is going strong. The next meeting is May 18th at 2pm and the book is  So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo. The next book scheduled for discussion is  Caste by Isabel Wilkerson. 

Congregational Meeting is set for June 13 at 11am. Attendance is very important for members to  vote on accepting the newly revised Bylaws (whcih will be sent to the congregation to review  before this meeting) and vote on the new Board slate for 2021-2022. Watch for your Zoom link. 

We are continuing with the Essence of Shabbat service on the fourth Saturday of every month.  Check your weekly HCS Happenings for more information and all Zoom links. 

Our active Sisterhood is continuing monthly virtual meeting and the Brick and Pew Plaque  fundraisers. Also, watch for the upcoming new Memorial Board Fundraiser. The new Memorial  Board donated by Susan Gilberg and her brother in memory of their sister Perri, will be installed  in the sanctuary in June/July and plaques will begin to be sold at that time. Details to follow. If  you would like more information, please email HCS Sisterhood at

More Tikkun Olam opportunities are always available. Right now, DeCicco’s in Somers has a Shop ‘n Drop program where you purchase extra groceries when you shop to put in their drop box for  those in Westchester who do not have enough food. The Northern Westchester Community  Center in Katonah has many programs to help feed and clothe many people in Northern  Westchester towns. If you have any ideas, please let Vicki Prusnofsky  ( and Rabbi Shosh ( know. 

We know we all lead very busy lives but if you spare even a few minutes please consider lending  us a hand. Currently we are looking for an HCS member with marketing skills to partner with  Diane Karsch to publicize HCS special events on social media, in local news listings and through  networking within our community. Also if you would like to work on the website committee we can use the help. If you can assist, please email Rabbi Shosh (  

See you at our HCS Zoom services and programs. 

HCS Board of Directors