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Guardians Corner

Welcome back Guardians!

We are gathering together as a group for the first time in years and are reviving a tradition that goes back decades, the Guardian Annual Meeting and State of the Temple Bagel Brunch.

Please save the date: Sunday February 26, 2023 from 10 am to 12 noon.

Rabbi Carrier will serve as our Master of Ceremonies and Temple President Stacey Sharp will share up-to-date information about the State of...Read more...

Board Report - November

During its November 28 meeting, board president Stacey Sharp led an extensive discussion regarding the rabbi search process, including whether to seek an interim rabbi, and displayed Powerpoint slides. A poll was given on the topic, but no results were displayed. Congregants also provided written comments regarding the characteristics they think we should seek in our new permanent rabbi. No motions were made. Next, Treasurer Jack Singer...Read more...

ABC’s of Torah Fund

by Bobbi Sloan
Torah Fund VP

A is for asking ourselves and others to support the education of the future leaders of the Conservative/Masorti  Movement through our donations.

B is for Benefactors whose level of giving starts with a minimum contribution of $180.00.

C is for the Torah Fund Campaign which...

Men's Club - December

Since our last report the Men’s Club has been very active.

   We held a Bagel Breakfast for our MC members on October 23rd, which featured Larry Stewart, who is a nationally well known newspaper sports columnist. All who attended had an enlightening and educational presentation from Larry covering his many years of writing about national and local sports commentators...Read more...

Membership Matters

Have you been to or participated in any of these Sisterhood events in person or on zoom this past year and enjoyed them?

PJTC Sisterhood sponsored: Onegs, Meetings, Rosh Hashanah Challah Sale, New Year's Greetings Book,  Artisan Fair, had fun in the kitchen and more. A mere $36.00 membership fee and volunteer efforts have made it possible to provide these great events to the Temple.

We thank the following Sisterhood...

Member Recognition – October and November

   Susan Auerbach, Linda Mazur and Ruth Wolman - Thank you for your inspiring illustrated presentation on behalf of the PJTC Welcome Circle. With the largest attendance yet for a Rosh Chodesh program, all in attendance at the October Rosh Chodesh enjoyed hearing about the Afghan refugee family and their journey, including challenges and successes.

   Sondra Paskach for handling the Oneg Shabbat on behalf of...Read more...

Get the Sisterhood Scoop - Why Join Sisterhood?

Who knew that joining a community of Jewish women could make such a difference in the lives of so many others, as well as your own?

A common mission of all Sisterhoods has always been to serve as a support group to the host congregation. However, the old stereotype of women relegated to anonymous, tedious kitchen duty is so outdated.  If this is your image of Sisterhood in...Read more...

Torah Dedication Ceremony in Laguna Woods

Jerry Halpert at the Torah Dedication...

Engagement - November

Dear PJTC Family,

As we come off of the High Holy Days, I'm filled with gratitude for this community. We gathered for over a dozen services, for tashlich, for many many Sukkot dinners off and on campus, for a giant Simchat Torah party. The clergy have lifted our spirits at services, and the hoards of screaming/laughing/dancing children at our programming have lifted our smiles and hope for the future. 

Over 60 PJTC...

Thank you for the Foothill Unity Donations

    Foothill Unity Center and the PJTC Food Bank Committee wish to thank everyone who donated groceries and checks to this year's High Holiday Food Drive.

    Foothill Unity Center in Pasadena and Monrovia, California provides over 1 million meals per year to low-income and homeless individuals in the San Gabriel Valley.  

    We recognize how difficult it was for everyone to...

Membership Recognition - November

Your fellow congregants wish to recognize:

Our wonderful backyard sukkot hosts: Jesse Duker, Aviva and David Zierler, the Rhodes/Padlipsky family, Carey McIntosh, Melissa & Jacob Levy, Rabbi Joshua and Franci Levine Grater. Nancy Carlton and Jack Singer for spearheading all the Simchat Torah volunteers for set up, food and beverage. A huge thank you to additional wonderful volunteers not listed last month* (including many LBSRS...Read more...

Mah Jongg Cards

November B’not Mitzvah

Charly Jorban


November Board Report

During the October 24 board meeting, board president Stacey Sharp designated DeBoskey to serve as chair of board Nominations Committee. He is charged with leading a committee to propose a slate of the new board at the November board meeting. Sharp will send an email following the meeting soliciting suggestions for people to serve on the committee. The board designated Jack Singer as backup authorized agent on a security grant...Read more...

MEN’S CLUB   - November

By Jack Singer, President

Since our last Flame column, the Men’s Club has sponsored or co-sponsored several events.

On October 18th. the Men’s Club provided beverages and desserts for the Simchat Torah celebration and we were pleased to have several Men’s Club members attend and participate at the event.

On October 23rd. the Men’s Club sponsored our fall Breakfast meeting with a special guest speaker, Larry...Read more...

What is Torah Fund and Why Give?

For 80 years, Women’s League for Conservative Judaism has been closely linked to the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles, the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, Seminario Rabinico Latinoamericano in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Zacharias Frankel College in Potsdam, Germany through the Torah Fund Campaign.  PJTC Sisterhood participates in these efforts. So, why...Read more...

Sisterhood Membership - November

Thank you to those of you who remembered to send in your Sisterhood membership dues, even before the High Holidays. We already have 155 members who have signed up, but our goal is to to reach 200!

Your membership MAKES A HUGH DIFFERENCE and we need you! Together we can make new friends, socialize with existing friends, support our Temple, and foster Jewish education and help the community at large. Add your voice to over 700...Read more...

October Men's Club Updates

By Jack Singer, President

September kicked off with the start of our NFL Football Pool challenge as the NFL season began early in the month. If you haven’t bought your tickets for this year, you can by contacting Erich Schlecht and letting him know you want to buy them, or you can automatically get tickets by becoming a member of the Men’s Club at the Silver, Gold or Platinum level.

I am also very happy to let you know...

Social Justice Committee - October

By Carl Selkin

As we begin 5783, I want to reflect a bit with gratitude on the transition from 5782. Many of us had the experience of participating in the workday organized by the Men’s Club and Sisterhood. For me, there was a certain primal pleasure in scraping and peeling away paint. Nothing says renewal better than a clean surface ready for fresh paint, and I, for one, more...Read more...

Board Report - October

October Board Report

     During its September 19 meeting, following the resignation of Joseph Johnson as board member and treasurer, the board appointed Adrianna Quinn as a board member-at-large and Jack Singer as Johnson's successor. The board expressed gratitude for Johnson's board service. New treasurer Jack Singer provided a financial update, explaining recent collections and anticipated future reports, as...Read more...

Sisterhood's Women of Valor

Kol Yisrael Arevim Zeh Bazeh

We are Here for Each Other

Women of Valor Sisterhood Membership Continues to Grow!


This special group of women listed below have made a commitment to our Sisterhood to join or renew at the Woman of Valor $500.00 membership level this year. This year...Read more...

Bat Mitzvah - October

Bat Mitzvah of Isabella Kurs