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Welcome Circle : April 2022

Dear PJTC Welcome Circle Friends & Supporters:


The Z. family from Afghanistan continues their adjustment to life in Pasadena with good humor and optimism. The big news this month is that, thanks to Joe Widman and Howard Landau’s orientation to American jobs and Ruth Wolman’s contact with a congregant in the business community, Mr. Z. just started a part-time job in the stockroom of a Pasadena store. Mr. Z. is almost as...Read more...

Torah Discussion Starter: May 2022

G-d describes to Moses many ethical and ritual laws aimed at helping the people of Israel live lives of holiness. He tells the people of Israel that if they follow His commandments, they will be provided with rain to feed their crops.

The laws described...Read more...

April Board Report

By: Joe Widman
During the board meeting of April 25, the board and congregation were introduced to our new communications manager, Stefanie Caliri, who succeeded Lori Skope. The board expressed appreciation for Skope's work. The board heard about a recent grant the synagogue received regarding campus security and designated Michelle Masjedi to serve as the backup agent to Beryl Strauss for purposes of administering the grant. Masjedi led...Read more...

Summer Science Day Camp is Hiring!

Summer Science Day Camp - Teachers/Assistant Needed

Gain STEM experience and have some fun this summer.  3-8 weeks of work.  M-F 8am-3:30pm Full Day or Part Time shifts.  Apply Today at Destination Science

 

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Get Involved!

Sisterhood’s Nominating Committee chaired by Judy Callahan is in the process of putting together the board slate for 2022-23.  I encourage all Sisterhood members to consider taking a leadership role and discover the wonderful opportunities of serving on the Executive Committee, Board or becoming an event or program chair or co-chair. We need the support of all women in our congregation.  Your involvement brings strength to our...Read more...

Torah Fund - May

We are coming to the end of our 2021-2022 Torah Fund campaign.  I am happy to announce that we have already exceeded our goal of $6,500.00.  Our current donations are $6,876.73. 

Education is one of the most important means of transferring the wealth of tradition from one generation to the next.  When it comes to Torah Fund, you are investing in the future of...Read more...

Sisterhood Shabbat - Saturday May 14

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Debby Singer Honored with Second Annual Marv Gross Social Justice Award

On behalf of the Pasadena Jewish Temple & Center Sisterhood, it was my honor to nominate  Debby Singer for the Marv Gross Social Justice Award and to stand on the Bimah with this year’s honoree during the Social Justice Committee Shabbat Service on April 22nd.

Debby  has served as Sisterhood’s...Read more...

Congregational Engagement Corner - May

Dear PJTC Congregants, 

What an incredible March and April we've had! 

In early March, USY & Kadima led Shabbat services in person for the first time in two years, AND catered their own kiddush luncheon. They are now available for B'nai Mitzvah catering for a donation. Our youth were also thrilled to be able to gather for an outdoor Purim sleepover on March 20.

Purim at PJTC was bigger and better than...Read more...

Men's Club - May

by Fred Rotenberg, President

Shalom PJTC,

Men’s Club has been busy…very busy…with our end of year events. Our Nominating Committee has submitted a slate of officers and board members to be voted upon at our annual meeting in late June. All members will be receiving the proposed slate this month. Additionally, our Bylaws Committee has completed their proposed revisions to the current bylaws, highlighted by gender...Read more...

Member Recognition Corner - May

Your fellow PJTC congregants wish to recognize:

Sisterhood’s Caring Community Outreach Chair Stacy Ober for her continuing kindness, thoughtfulness and, of course, her delicious home-made Kosher chicken soup that is delivered to many congregants throughout the year.

Ruth Kaye and Judy Callahan for a beautiful Oneg following the Social Justice Committee Shabbat services. Ruth outdid herself with an unbelievable assortment of...Read more...

Jewish Thought Special Contributor: Rabbi Jason Mann

Who is Great?

In my professional career both as a physician and a spiritual care provider I have
had many experiences caring for those who are in the process of dying. It is hard to
choose one important event or moment that merits recounting among a vast array of
very moving and touching experiences that I have had in my professional life. Here is
one very remarkable encounter that I would like to share because of the...Read more...

Sisterhood's Rosh Chodesh: Nisan

Wednesday, April 6th *SPECIAL TIME* 4pm-5:30pm PST via Zoom

Alina Adams, Author of The Nesting Dolls: A Russian-Jewish Family Saga

The Nesting Dolls is the story of three generations of Soviet-Jewish women, each trying to survive and...Read more...

Board Report: April

During the March 28 board meeting, Alan Whitman provided his annual update on the synagogue’s endowment fund. Next, Andrea Mark led a discussion regarding strategic planning, including breakout and full-group discussions regarding visioning and goal development for our synagogue. An opportunity was provided for congregant input. Board president Stacey Sharp and Executive Director Beryl Strauss provided an update on the well-being of Alex...Read more...

Torah Discussion Starter: April 2022

In Parashat Tazria, we learn it was thought that certain skin conditions were the physical manifestation of impurity (So, presumably 99% of teens going through puberty had a lot of spiritual work to do! 😉). While anyone could...Read more...

The Social Justice Committee : April

The Social Justice Committee through the Pasadena-PJTC Welcome Circle has continued to provide support for the successful resettlement of the Afghan Refugee family.  Both parents are now attending ESL classes daily at PCC and the two young girls are at PCC preschool. Enrolling the family in health insurance under Medi-Cal is well along, as is the identification and enrollment n a clinic providing the full...Read more...

NEW Programming! Weekly Shirah on Thursday Evenings

PJTC presents a new weekly Shirah, Thursdays 8:00pm in-person at PJTC begining April 7th, 2022.

Please join Cantor Ruth, Rabbi Carrier, the Davening team, and Cantor’s teacher Yiscah Smith for a weekly communal practice in preparation for Shabbat. We will set aside time to sing,...Read more...

B'nai Mitzvah : April

April brings us two reasons to celebrate: the B'nai Mitzvah of Cyrus Garroway and of Isaac Johnson. Get to know them below and mark your calendar to come together as a community to support them on their big weekends!

Bar Mitzvah of Cyrus Garroway

Cyrus Garroway, son of Rabbi Joshua and Kristine...Read more...

A Message from Cantor Ruth

Dear PJTC, how are you? 

During our March 17th  Social Hall I shared with you not only my experience in Israel during my Sabbatical (so far), but also the excitement of what I’ve learned and what I am bringing back to our community. Click here for video

My vision is to create a new space for all of us to immerse ourselves in weekly communal practice - to intentionally prepare for...Read more...

Women's Seder

Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center Sisterhood

invites you to

A Women’s Seder

-Rediscovering the Journey through the Eyes of Women-

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Member Recognition Corner: April 2022

Your fellow PJTC congregants wish to recognize:

Haley Karish for her tireless work and successful efforts in heading the mishloach manot Purim gift bags for congregants. It Is a huge undertaking and she was remarkable. Haley demonstrated tremendous leadership as well! Thank you also to those who compiled the goodie bags: Shana Levin, Mena Schmidt, Bernice Aoyama, Aty Rotter, Stacie Sulak, Scott Kuhn, Jan Pais, Kate Karish, Sophie Bilu...Read more...

Donations to Sisterhood

Donations to Sisterhood Make it Possible to Completely Furnish Kitchen & Bathroom

We are in awe of our community’s generosity! In less than a two-week period, Sisterhood’s request for kitchen and bathroom items to furnish the apartment for the Afghan refugee family were met.  Our expectations have been surpassed, and monetary donations over and above our need to purchase additional kitchen and...Read more...

Board Report - March 2022

On February 28, in addition to the regularly-scheduled board meeting, the synagogue held its annual congregation meeting. During the meeting, attendees received informational presentations from the following synagogue officials: 1. Beryl Strauss, Executive Director; 2. Rabbi Aimee Gerace, Education Director; 3. Cantor Ruth Berman Harris; 4. Melissa Levy, Director of Congregational Engagement; 5. Rabbi John Carrier; 6. Sandy Hartford,...Read more...

Torah Discussion Starter: March

RABBI AIMEE’S PARENTING DISCUSSION STARTER: Giving credit and kudos

We’ve reached the end of the Book of Exodus and the completion of God’s house- the mishkan. A few parashot ago, we learned that the Israelites...Read more...

Member Recognition Corner

Your fellow PJTC congregants wish to recognize:

Claire Gorfinkel: She is so dedicated and sincere in her reaching out to members such as myself who are disabled and are in need of personal connections. Claire is amazing in her sensitivity and responsiveness. Kristine Garroway for participating in February’s Rosh Chodesh as our guest speaker. Clearly, this was a topic that many of our members and guests found provocative given the...Read more...

What Have We Learned About Aging? - Charles Brenner, PhD

Torah recounts extraordinary lifespans including some numbering in the hundreds of years. Our matriarch, Sarah, was also said to become a mother at the age of 90. Given that Rosh Hashona is celebrated as the birthday of the world and our Hebrew year says we are in 5782, few among us would look to scripture as a source of accurate information about geological or biological time. However, it is always interesting to consider our written...Read more...

B'nai Mitzvah - March 2022

March will be a special month for the families and friends of Marcus Goldman and Sam Bruck, who will become B'nai Mitzvah. Mazel tov! We look forward to celebrating with you.

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Social Justice Committee - March

Susan Auerbach and Linda Mazur were on hand near midnight on February 5th  with welcome signs and flowers to greet the Afghan family of four with whom  the PJTC Welcome Circle has been matched.  A meal from Heidar Baba halal restaurant awaited them in the now fully furnished and supplied apartment in a convenient Pasadena location. Men’s Club and Sisterhood have been amazing partners in making...Read more...

Congregational Corner - March

Dear PJTC Congregants,

We've got a busy couple of months ahead!

We're going all out for Purim this year, with opportunities to connect for all ages, family constellations, and social distancing comfort levels. Check your emails for RSVP links.

We hope to deliver Sisterhood's Happy Purim goodies to every member household, with help from our religious school families. Make a note to be home on Tuesday evening, March 15 to...Read more...
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