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Kvelling Over Rabbi Aimee's Mad Working-Mom Skills Witnessed During Rosh Hashanah Service Live Stream

 

For anyone who was at or watching the live stream of PJTC's Rosh Hashanah day 2 morning service...living Rabbi Aimee's stressful mom-moment along with her...we are sure you felt her struggle and admired her ability to parent and "rabbi" (not really a verb) at the same time. We realized after the holiday that this was an experience that needed to be shared beyond the community that supported her efforts during the service. It was a true inspiration for working parents, fans and friends of working parents, and humans in general, actually.

PJTC decided to pull together a captioned clip, telling the story of Rabbi Aimee's struggle - and true achievement - that morning. We shared it on our social media. Not even 24 hours after posting (at the time of this article being published), our Facebook post has over 8,600 views and has been shared over 45 times...in fact, it caught the eye of Kveller.com contributor, Lior Zaltzman, (#tagswork!), who contacted Rabbi Aimee to learn more about it.

We can proudly say that our video (can we call it a viral video yet?) is now showcased in a Kveller.com article, giving visitors an even deeper dive into the work of Rabbi Aimee's working-motherhood. All we can say is it makes you love her even more, if that's even possible.

You are a true inspiration, Rabbi Aimee...particularly on days that end in "Y."


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PJTC featured in Pasadena Now: Yom Kippur Article

Publication "Pasadena Now" made mention of PJTC's services in their Yom Kippur article yesterday, as a key provider of High Holy Day online services options for the Pasadena area. We were so pleased to be able to safely hold in-person services for our members this year, and continue the practice of streaming services for members at home, the larger Pasadena community, and the even larger Jewish community as well. We agree with Rabbi...Read more...

An Ode To Simchat Torah: Favorite Torah Portions

We read from the Torah every Shabbat, plus additional Jewish holidays. Soooo many portions! Usually, there’s one or two that stand out in our memory, whether it be due to a connection to the story told, a derived lesson that hits home, or an occasion...Read more...

Torah Discussion Starter: Judaism Is No Mystery

There is so much to be learned from Torah, but Parashah Zitzavim has been my favorite for years - and I know I’m not the only one. Our sages loved it so much, they included it as a reading on Yom Kippur. What grabs my attention are these lines in Deuteronomy 30:11-20: “Surely, this Instruction which I enjoin upon you this day is not too baffling for you, nor is it beyond reach…No, the thing is very close to...Read more...

Board Report: September 2021

During the month of August, 2021, PJTC's Board had it's regularly scheduled monthly meeting, as well as a special meeting to address a High Holy Days services recommendation from the Security & Safety Task Force. Please find recaps of both below:

Special Board Meeting of August 25, 2021

The special board meeting was convened to address a recommendation from the Security & Safety Task Force’s recommendation...Read more...

Thank You for Donations to Sisterhood

As you may know, Sisterhood has a variety of income sources.  To name a few, membership dues, the New Year Greeting Book greetings and business ads, Tribute cards and Happy Purim Mishloach Manot greetings finance Sisterhood’s ability to support PJTC operating expenses, youth activities and local community needs. Additionally, we are always pleased to receive unsolicited donations throughout the year, but...Read more...

Get the Sisterhood Scoop!

Sisterhood begins its 2021-22 year under amazing leadership, with an active and committed Sisterhood board and committee chairs who need your help and  support to guarantee the success of Sisterhood programming.  Become a member.....become connected.....become involved.  Watch for announcements of activities and programming in the monthly Flame, weekly synagogue emails, weekly Sisterhood email blasts, publicity flyers...Read more...

PJTC Fundraising: Torah Fund

We are beginning our 2021-2022 Torah Fund campaign.  Since last year was challenging in many ways for Torah Fund; especially in the distribution of the pins, Women’s League will be continuing with the same theme as last year.  The pins will also remain the same. 

Once again, this year’s theme is B’Yachad, which means Together.  It signifies the joy of...Read more...

Meet Your Sisterhood Board

I am pleased to present the Sisterhood Board and Committee Chairs for 2021-22 as shown below.  There are still many opportunities for involvement.  If you are interested in learning more about ways to become involved, feel free to contact me.

Nancy Carlton

2021-22 Sisterhood Board

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2021 Holiday Food Drive for Foothill Unity Center

Please join us as we once again collect items for holiday food bags for local families and individuals in need. Please return your filled bags any time between Rosh Hashanah and October 5th at PJTC in the bins outside the lobby Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can also return your filled bag when you return your High Holy Day prayer books if you are observing the holidays from your home. Finally, if you wish to make a...Read more...

Women of Valor Sisterhood Membership Continues to Grow!

A big thank you to the women listed below who made a commitment to our Sisterhood to join or renew at the Woman of Valor $ 500.00 membership level this year. Sisterhood continues to offer opportunities for personal growth and to strengthen ties to other women in our Jewish Community. These women realize how vital their support is to the continuing services we sponsor within our congregation, our local Jewish...Read more...

Men's Club: How Can We Do/Be Better?

The High Holy Days are here and for many of us, as individuals, it’s a time to reconnect with family, get in touch with cultural traditions, attend services for one’s spiritual, emotional and/or social needs (after all, we are a social people) reflect inward, seek forgiveness and strive to do better. But as a group, the PJTC Men’s Club Board constantly asks “How can we do/be better?” For the year 5782, to us it means providing gifts...Read more...

The Social Justice Committee: 5781 In Review

Elul gave us opportunities to reflect on the issues of most immediate concern to members of SJC. Our survey of member interests highlighted Climate Change, Affordable Housing, Immigration and Voter Suppression as among the areas around which we will create sub-committees, interest groups to organize and present programs for the SJC itself, PJTC and the larger community. Combating the scourges of racism, economic...Read more...

Sisterhood: Time to Renew Membership

Engaging, Enriching and Empowering Jewish Women

Keepers of the flames of mitzvot, family, study and community

It is Time to Join or Renew Your Annual Sisterhood...Read more...

Meet our Staff : Emily Fischer

Meet Emily Fischer, our new Åssistant Director of Youth                                  Engagement and Activities

Hi Everyone! 

   First of all, I’d like to thank you all for welcoming me to PJTC. It has been an absolute pleasure meeting teens...Read more...

Sisterhood: High Holy Day Baked Goods 2021

It's time to order your High Holy Day baked goods.

This year PJTC Sisterhood is offering three varieties of one pound round Challahs, two varieties of Rugelah (@13 count) and an Apple Pound Cake.  All choices are pareve and are all provided by Continental Bakery of North Hollywood.

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Men's Club - Renew Your Membership

Please join or renew your membership by clicking here to go to our online form/payment system. As you will see there, our dues structure is as follows (Note: Silver level is for parents of children registered in any of the listed programs):

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Torah Discussion Starter: August 2021

Are you a rule follower or a rule breaker? Maybe an occasional rule bender? What makes you choose to break a rule?

In this weekend’s Torah portion, Parashat Re’eh, Moses makes the choice very black and white — follow God’s commandments and receive blessings or ignore the rules and suffer curses. However,...Read more...

LBSRS: Registration is Open for 2021-22

Know any Pre-K through 12th grade kids? PJTC's Louis B. Silver Religious School is accepting registrations for enrollment in the 2021-22 school year. Check out our website HERE.

Why send your kids to LBSRS, or any religious school, for that matter? Click here to view a "Top 5 Reasons" video made by our Education Director, Rabbi Aimee Gerace.

Ready to register? Click here.

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PJTC Community: High Holy Days Registration is Open!

PJTC has re-imagined its approach the High Holy Days, taking the best of the creativity we used to approach last year's virtual experience, and combining that with the tried and true High Holy Days programming we are now able to do in person once again (following safety protocols, of course!).

We are...Read more...

Board Report: August 2021

The Board of Directors, which met on July 26, named Nancy Goldstein to serve as VP of Programs. Goldstein is currently a board member-at-large. The board also appointed Phil Callahan to serve as new board member-at-large, succeeding Goldstein.

Board President Stacey Sharp briefed the board on work of the Membership Task Force. Sharp proposed two new kinds of membership, effective next fiscal year (July 1, 2022): (1) virtual...Read more...

Social Justice Committee

We are very excited to hold our first ever SJC theater party on Sunday August 8 dinner at Momed, the popular modern Mediterranean restaurant in Atwater village at 5 p.m. followed by viewing the play “Waiting,” a somewhat shortened version of PJTC member Daniel Olivas’ award-winning play “Waiting for Godinez.” The full-length play had its local, covid-appropriate streaming debut as a dramatized...Read more...

B'nai Mitzvah X4

We are thrilled to celebrate the B'nai Mitzvah of FOUR of its youth congregants: Tova Rosenbaum, Coby Earll, Noah Mukherjee, and Leah Bacigalupi. Mazel tov! Please read about these wonderful PJTC members and join them during Shabbat to support their Jewish journey.

Tova Emma Rosenbaum

Tova Emma...Read more...

Assistant Director of Youth Engagement & Education

We are thrilled to introduce you to Emily Fischer, our new Assistant Director of Youth Engagement & Education!

Emily brings a youthful perspective backed by experience as both a Youth Director and Early Childhood Educator from Congregation B'nai Israel in Tustin, CA to the position at PJTC. While she grew up in NFTY,...Read more...

Sisterhood August 2021: Time to Renew

Engaging, Enriching and Empowering Jewish Women:
Keepers of the flames of mitzvot, family, study and community

It is Time to Join or Renew Your Annual Sisterhood Membership for 2021-22!

Your membership support is vital to the ongoing services Sisterhood sponsors within our synagogue, local community and Women’s League.  If you haven’t already done so, please take the time now to join or renew your annual...Read more...

Thank You for Your Donations to Sisterhood

As you may know, Sisterhood has a variety of income sources.  To name a few: membership dues, the High Holy Day Greeting Book of greetings and business ads, Tribute cards and Happy Purim Mishloach Manot greetings all help to finance Sisterhood’s ability to support PJTC operating expenses, youth activities and local community needs. Additionally, we are always pleased to receive unsolicited donations throughout the year, but primarily...Read more...

In the Community : Arts and Entertainment

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Making Aliyah

Dr. Charles and Barbara Weisman are making Aliyah to Israel in early July 2021. Long time members of PJTC, we wish them the best in this new journey.

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Board Report - July '21

The board held a short meeting on June 28 to address the synagogue’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year. In advance of the meeting, on June 27, the board and congregation received materials regarding the proposed budget. Board President Stacey Sharp described two changes to the proposed budget since that time.

First, there’s a previously unreported account containing $79,000. Second, the board downward revised the net funds to...Read more...

Switching Off Vacation-Mode: Tips To Getting Your Kids Back In A Back-To-School Mindset

We’ve spent countless hours by the pool, played all of the playdates, conquered all of the waves with our boogie boards, and successfully juggled getting our work done and having the kids at home so far this summer...Read more...

Torah Discussion Starter: July

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RABBI AIMEE’S JEWISH PARENTING TORAH TOPIC…Passing The Torch

July's kick-off parashah, Pinchas, holds...Read more...

Sat, September 25 2021 19 Tishrei 5782