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Interfaith Study Group - September 11 

Engagement Corner - August

Dear PJTC Family,

I can't believe it's already time to prepare for the High Holy Days! The office is abuzz and I can't wait to share some of the new programming we'll be having, while also bringing back old favorites. Here's a snapshot of what you can look forward to:

NEW!

Shema Circles: monthly discussion groups, each comprised of 8-10 people, starting during Elul but running September-May. If you want a space to...Read more...

Torah Discussion Starter: August 2022

This month’s Torah portions commence the beginning of the end. We begin Devarim (also known as Deuteronomy), the fifth and final book of the Torah, with its namesake parasha, and continue with Vaetchanan, Eikev, and Re’eh. Most of Devarim is a summary of the journey from Egypt and the lessons learned along the way, but of course, there’s always more to the story. Much of these first four parshaot are Moses speaking to the Israelites in...Read more...

July 28, 2022 Board Report

Strategic Planning Update: Andrea Mark announced that she and her committee will postpone all efforts until Spring of next year due to the financial impact due to the budget situation. Nancy Carlton expressed disappointment about this decision. Stacey thanked Andrea for all of her hard work. Melissa Levy reminded everyone that many efforts/information are still happening, but anything financial will be postponed.

Financial Update: Joe...Read more...

Men's Club - August

by Jack Singer, Men's Club President

     As we entered July the Men’s Club kicked off it’s annual membership renewal and new member signup period. We encourage all of our current members to renew their membership and welcome all other PJTC congregants to join us to help continue the Men’s Club support for our Jewish youth activites. In addition, we started...Read more...

Sunday Center

Shema Circle

PJTC is starting a new monthly opportunity for small group connection and learning! "Shema" comes from the Hebrew root "to listen." 

When you sign up for Shema Circles, you are making a September-May monthly commitment to a special group of 8-10 congregants. You'll spend the academic year learning, sharing,...Read more...

Sisterhood Scoop - August

By Nancy Carlton

Sisterhood begins its 2022-23 year under amazing, dedicated and strong leadership with a fresh vision and new goals.  We have an active and committed Sisterhood board and committee chairs who need your help and support to guarantee the success of Sisterhood programming.  Become a dues paying member.....become connected.....become involved.  Watch for announcements of activities and programming in the...Read more...

Sisterhood Rosh Chodesh Elul

Please join us and gather 4:30pm Wednesday August 31st for Rosh Chodesh Elul.  (Please note earlier start time due to our invited speaker being on east coast time.)

We are thrilled to welcome back Rabbi Lisa Goldstein who has been leading us for our weekly Shabbat Jewish mindfulness meditations by zoom for the past two years.  

Her topic for this Elul Rosh Chodesh:

Summer is almost over and it's time...Read more...

Bat Mitzvah - August

Lillian Igancia Olin
 

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Sisterhood Membership

Kol Yisrael Arevim Zeh Bazeh

We are Here for Each Other

 

It is Time to Join or Renew Your Annual Sisterhood Membership for 2022-23!

 

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Get the Sisterhood Scoop!

Sisterhood begins its 2022-23 year under amazing, dedicated and strong leadership with a fresh vision and new goals.  We have an active and committed Sisterhood board and committee chairs who need your help and support to guarantee the success of Sisterhood programming.  Become a dues paying member.....become connected.....become involved.  Watch for announcements of activities and programming in the Flame, weekly synagogue...Read more...

Interfaith Study Group - August

    Since it’s founding PJTC  has been a key member of the Interfaith study group comprising PJTC, Pasadena’s All Saints Church and the Islamic Center of Southern California. 
   The outgoing chair, PJTC member Carol Rader-Meislin, is relocating out of state. While rotating chair responsibilities now rest with John Hyde of All Saints, the ISG is seeking to enhance the programming committee with...Read more...

In the Community

Did you know?

Pasadena has a Convalescent Aid Society which lends

out Medical Equipment for in-home use.

by Edie Taylor

 

    Equipment is available on loan to people of all ages who live within the San Gabriel Valley and who are in need of medical equipment. There is no charge or time...Read more...

Member Recognition Corner - July

Your fellow PJTC congregants wish to recognize:

 

Jan Pais for handling the Oneg Shabbat on behalf of Sisterhood on July 1 (Friday). Aty Rotter for handling the Oneg Shabbat on behalf of Sisterhood on July 8 (Friday). Andrea Kelly and Louise Wannier for handling the Oneg Shabbat on behalf of Sisterhood on July 15 (Friday). The new HAZAK Planning Committee on their successful event on July 24: Carol Sofer, Ruth Kaye, Ira...Read more...

Zikhrono Livrakha, May their Memory be a Blessing

This month's parsha speaks of anger and death. The death of Miriam in...Read more...

Rosh Chodesh - July

Please join us for Rosh Chodesh Tammuz

Wednesday, July 6, 7:00 PM On Zoom

 

Remembering Pearl 

We will be sharing stories and remembering our dear Pearl Tyree, of blessed memory. Please join us for an evening of...Read more...

Men's Club - July

As this is my initial column for the Flame as President of the Men’s Club, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Men’s Club Board for electing me as President for the next two years. I will dedicate myself to try to continue the amazing work my predecessors have accomplished to get the Men’s Club to be a relevant and thriving organization at PJTC and to continue to pursue our mission to support...Read more...

Board Report - July

During the June 28 board meeting, Budget Committee Chair Jack Singer presented the proposed budget for fiscal year 2022-23. Board president Stacey Sharp provided related background and explanation as to the expected deficit for the 2021-22 fiscal year. After lengthy discussion, the board passed the budget. 

The board also passed the Ritual Committee's request to sell an extra Torah scroll owned by PJTC to the Reform Temple of...Read more...

Member Recognition Corner - July

Your fellow PJTC congregants wish to recognize:

Louise Wannier, whose children’s book Tree Spirits has won The Clara J. Johns Literary Award 2022 for “Most Creative Book.” Kristine Garroway, Rabbi Jason Mann, Bert Hayden and Jesse Duker for leading fabulous late night educational sessions at our Tikkun Leil Shavuot Program. The PJTC 20s & 30s group for preparing delicious Shavuot-themed late night...Read more...

USY and Kadima News Update - July

Dear PJTC,

    From our opening Movie Night for USY and Block Party for Kadima to our Purim Sleepover and closing Knott's Trip, it's been one amazing year! Don't just take it from me—take it from Far West USY Region, who awarded us with the Chapter of Excellence award again, among nine other awards for various Programs of Excellence we earned for programs such as the USY Catering and Into the Mitzvah Day. On top of...Read more...

Welcome Circle Update - July

Dear PJTC Welcome Circle Friends & Supporters:

 

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Social Justice Committee - July Update

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Board Report - May

During the board's May 23 meeting, the board approved two requests from B’nai Simcha preschool, namely, (1) a request to install temporary, portable, non-permanent shade sails; and (2) a request to approve the use of the old Weitzman computer lab to be used as a staff lounge. The board considered, but took no action, on the issue of whether the synagogue should require a minimum number of RSVPs for in-person attendance before a hybrid...Read more...

Torah Discussion Starter: June 2022

In this week's Parsha, G-d tells Moses to take a census of the entire community of the twelve tribes of Israel, counting the names of all males of at least twenty years old and able to bear arms. G-d then tells Moses and Aaron to count the Levites from one...Read more...

Men's Club - June

Hello PJTC,

Men’s Club held its annual Hy Vego Man of the Year (MOTY) Award night coupled this year with our Josh Pais Lifetime Achievement Award (LAA) on May 22, 2022. The dinner event was held at the magnificent Flying A Garage, a veritable museum of vintage vehicles, owned by PJTC and MC members Aaron and Valerie Weiss. Here’s a pre event snapshot of a portion of the venue: