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Education At PJTC

A strong focus at PJTC is enriching our Jewish lives and spirituality through education of both our youth and adult members, as well as our larger Jewish community. Our staff and clergy are continually building our programming to fulfill your needs with both in-person and online offerings. 

Youth Studies | B’nai Mitzvah Preparation | Adult Studies | Interfaith Study Group | Scholarships


The Louis B. Silver Religious School (LBSRS) is PJTC’s youth education program. Headed by the warm and inspiring Rabbi Aimee Gerace, the LBSRS faculty is focused on developing each student’s life-long commitment to Judaism through learning and social engagement. With over 120 students enrolled in PreK through 12th grade classes, our community represents a range of Jewish observance and identities that we cater to and embrace. For more information or to register, click here.

PJTC hosts an award-winning chapter of United Synagogue Youth, offering a USY program to Jewish 7th-12th graders and a Kadima program to 4th-6th graders, with Jewish education organically infused into each fun-filled youth event and activity. Whether it be a sleepover in the Sukkah, a day of volunteering, jumping at a trampoline park or making a Purim music video, our local chapter has created a haven for any young Jew to build their Jewish foundation and feel at home with both old friends and new. For more information, click here.

B'nai Simcha is a developmental preschool that shares the PJTC campus. They encourage children to explore the world while developing gross and fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, language skills, and a strong sense of self esteem. B'nai Simcha's approach is total integration — there are no "Jewish" times or "secular" times. Their goal is to present a program in which developing a Jewish identity is a natural and enjoyable process. Click here to visit the B'nai Simcha website.



The B’nai Mitzvah (Bar for males, Bat for females) is a rite of passage in Judaism when the person “comes of age” and is obligated to perform the Jewish mitzvot (commandments). This generally occurs at age 13 for boys and age 12 for girls, but many adults who convert to Judaism or choose to affirm their commitment to Judaism can also become B’nai Mitzvah at any age.

PJTC’s religious school builds the knowledge-base and foundation for B’nai Mitzvah, and during 5th grade, our clergy and Youth Director will work with your family to begin planning and study and to set their date for the big day. The B’nai Mitzvah student’s obligations will include:

  • 10-12 months of tutored study, leading prayers according to their inclination and ability
  • Reading/chanting Torah and Haftarah text
  • Delivering a d’var Torah (sermon)
  • A Mitzvah Project fulfilled by the student and, at times, as a group with other students.
  • Supporting each other by attending each other’s B’nai Mitzvah and leading mincha (afternoon prayer service) together

Our clergy and staff are here to make sure your family is supported during this transition and ready when your special day arrives. For more information, contact our B’nai Mitzvah Coordinator.

Are you a PJTC B'nai Mitzvah student preparing for your big day? Click here for resources



There are always opportunities to learn and grow at PJTC, no matter your age or interest. Our staff and clergy, along with our Adult Education Committee, have designed educational programming to meet the needs of our very diverse congregation and the Greater Pasadena Jewish community. We are always listening for new, exciting courses to pursue, and welcome your input and participation (just email our Adult Education Committee). Our current curriculum offering includes:

Exploring The Torah

Take a tour of the Bible with Rabbi Jason Mann. Class is ongoing and meets Thursdays at 9:45 AM. Click here to inquire/register

Hebrew Language Class

It’s never too late to learn Hebrew! People of all ages are encouraged to join Nurith Brier as she teaches Beginner and Advanced Hebrew language classes. Click here to inquire

Jewish Meditation Group

Silent meditation, Jewish learning, and mindful reflection are used to find balance of mind, body and spirit. Groups meet Tuesday's at 8:45 AM, Wednesday's at 9:00am, and Saturdays at 12:45 PM for a special Shabbat Meditation. Click here to email for more information

Miller Intro to Judaism Class

Join Rabbi John Carrier as he goes over the basics or Jewish history, tradition, spirituality, culture and relevance today. Classes are generally on a weekday evening and can be audited/joined anytime. Click here to inquire about current and upcoming sessions. 

Melton Classes

The Florence Melton School of Jewish Learning engages adult learners in a life-enhancing study of Jewish texts and ideas that nurtures and deepens Jewish community worldwide. Through classes (both in-person and online) and travel seminars, Melton learners find Jewish texts and ideas accessible and relevant to their lives. PJTC is the sponsoring organization of Melton's Pasadena Community chapter, and hosts an ongoing variety of classes that interest our community. Click here to find information about current classes. For further information, contact



PJTC is part of the Interfaith Study Group, a joint effort by All Saints Church, the Islamic Center of Southern California, and PJTC to learn and appreciate the commonalities and differences between our faiths. To learn more or get involved, click here.



The Rabbi Maurice T. Galpert Memorial Scholarship Award:

The Rabbi Maurice T. Galpert Memorial Scholarship Award is given annually to stimulate and support meritorious scholarly pursuit of higher education. Applicants should submit proposals for a specific project or activity characterized by breadth and depth, having a long-range goal, and leading to their scholarly development. Eligibility is restricted to Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center members, their children and grandchildren.

The award consists of a sum of $3,000 to be used towards implementation of the selected project or academic activity, and a certificate designating the awardee as a Galpert Scholar.

Applications should include the following materials:

  1. An autobiography describing activities, interests, and accomplishments.
  2. A description of project and/or academic goals.
  3. Academic records to be sent directly from the academic institution(s) to the scholarship award committee.
  4. Two letters of recommendation attesting to the personal and academic excellence of the applicant, to be sent directly by the persons writing such letters to the scholarship award committee at the address below.


Click here for application guidelines.

Click here for letters of recommendation guidelines.

The deadline for submissions is August 20 each year. Selection and announcement of the awardee(s) will be made by the Awards Committee and announced during the subsequent month of September. Submissions should be sent to the address below:

Jan Pais
Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center
Pasadena, CA 91107

Thu, January 20 2022 18 Shevat 5782