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PJTC Community Blood Drive

Sisterhood: April 2021 Rosh Chodesh

April Rosh Chodesh Iyyar is Wednesday, April 21st at 7:30pm.

Many of us were blown away by the beautiful Shabbat service PJTC member, Jill Gold Wright, put together for Sisterhood. A professor of English at Mt. San Antonio College, Jill wrote her doctoral thesis on...Read more...

PJTC Board: April '21 Report & Message From Our New Board President

Board Report  |  Message From Stacey Sharp

April 2021 Board Report

The Board of Directors met on March 22 and approved spending up to $150,000 to repair the Wohlmann Hall roof. The project, which is expected to take about 3-4 weeks to complete, may require B’nai Simcha students to use alternate spaces on the PJTC campus during the...Read more...

PJTC Community: A Message of Thanks

The PJTC community is deeply grateful to Vicky and Brad Balmot, and Elliott and Linda Mazur, for their very generous contributions which enabled us to deliver catered Passover dinners for second-night Seder, to congregants who otherwise might not be able to enjoy this festive occasion.  Brad and Vicky sponsored the meals in loving memory of Vicky's parents, Eugene and Milly Werner.  Elliott and Linda sponsored the seder...Read more...

Mazel Tov! B'nai Mitzvah at PJTC

Sophia Lisette Culver will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on May 1, 2021. Sophia is the daughter of Mike and Julie Culver, and the sister of Zacky Culver. She is a student at High Point Academy where she is currently in 8th grade, and next year, she will be attending La Salle...Read more...

Ohr Tamid Society: Sandy's Story

A few weeks ago I experienced another first in my life. I know my fellow grandparents will relate to this. Our first grandchild, Ayden, became a Bar Mitzvah during a Zoom service at PJTC. I can’t even find the words to express the joy that I felt, sitting in Knell Chapel with my husband Steve, and watching our son, Aaron, present Ayden his tallit. In 1994 we presented our son his tallit in...Read more...

Men's Club: The Madness of March is Over

Hello PJTC:

The Madness of March is over and Men’s Club once again had a busy month. Following the successful landing of JPL’s Mars Rover came the great presentation of the missions to Mars by Lou Friedman and Daniel Zayas. In detailing the missions by China, UAE and the USA, Lou brought us current on the how and the why for each mission. Daniel brought us every thrilling moment...Read more...

PJTC In The News: March 2021

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Pasadena Area Red Cross Blood Drives Coming Up Soon: Patch.com

 

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Torah Study Discussion Starter: Shemini

The parashah that kicks off April is Shemini, which provides a long list of foods that are kosher and defines those that are not...but gives no justification for kashrut (the dietary laws). Why do we keep kosher? Is God the ultimate cosmic doctor, whose all-knowing wisdom...Read more...

Sisterhood: Supporting Women's Room

The Women’s Room at Friends in Deed is starting to accept food from providers to help serve the most vulnerable in our community.  Director Marlene Martinez has reached out to Sisterhood and asked if our group would once again provide homemade...Read more...

Social Justice Committee: April 2021 Updates + Events 

MARCH NEWS

Did social justice play a role in your Seder? We updated the SJC-PJTC Social Justice Haggadah supplement, and while our flight into the desert is still fresh in your mind, we hope you will resolve to continue being mindful of those still struggling under oppression and seeking a better life. To this end, the SJC will be scheduling...Read more...

Rabbi's Message: An Adult B'nai Mitzvah Story

Nine Adult B’nai Mitzvah Find Their Place and Their Voice in a Challenging Time

On a recent Shabbat, nine members of the PJTC community not only found their own place within our tradition that they had been searching for; they each found their own voice in the grand chorus of the Jewish people throughout time.

These are the feelings expressed by our just-celebrated Adult B’nai Mitzvah class as we gathered for them to talk...Read more...

Board Report: March 2021

The Annual PJTC Congregational Meeting was held on February 22.

The meeting featured senior staff presenting reports on the status of the temple and a review of the past year. Attendees unanimously approved the following people for the 2021-2023 Board of Directors: President: Stacey Sharp; VP Management: Michele Masjedi; VP Programs: Tammy Silver; VP Planning: Andrea Mark; Treasurer: Joseph Johnson; Secretary: Joseph Widman; Past...Read more...

Social Justice Committee: Updates + Events

A strategic priority of the Social Justice Committee is to develop partnerships with the larger community. At the February 7 meeting, we were joined by two special guests: Pasadena Mayor Victor Gordo and Allen Edson, President of the Pasadena NAACP. After a welcome by Rabbi Carrier, we spent an hour exploring the broad issues facing the city and the particular challenges faced by the African-American community, with the objective of...Read more...

Men's Club: Doing What We Do Best!

Hello PJTC!

With vaccines on everyone’s mind, Men’s Club hosted the PJTC social hall on February 9, 2021 featuring City of Hope’s Dr. Don Diamond, a leading expert in vaccines for infectious diseases. Did you know that he’s spearheading the research on another Covid-19 vaccine? Well, you do now! We recorded the evening’s discussion and you can access it by following this link:...Read more...

Mazel Tov! Jonah Selig Rose's Bar Mitzvah

Jonah Selig Rose will be called to the Torah to become Bar Mitzvah on February 6, 2021. He is the son of Diana Selig and Meredith Rose and the younger brother of Anya Rose. Jonah is in 7th grade at Flintridge Preparatory School, where he has learned a lot about how to use...Read more...

Torah Discussion Starter: Mishpatim

Parashat Mishpatim shares many of God’s rules for Jewish people. One is “Keep far away from falsehood.” How is this different from “Don’t lie?” One has to do with the conscience of your actions, while the other focuses on your words…after the...Read more...

Sisterhood: Artisan Fair

Sisterhood’s on-line Artisan Fair will continue to provide an opportunity for shopping safely from the comfort of your home and support some of Sisterhood’s favorite local artisans. New artists will be added on an on-going basis in an effort to continue building our new gift shop.

Although on hiatus for the last many months, Sisterhood is gearing up its Caring Community Outreach program, a way to support and connect with...Read more...

PJTC Community News - February 2021

PURIM  |  THE DAY (Teen Leaders)

Purim is in FEBRUARY this year?! Well, at least the masked costumes will fit right in. You can even dress up your vehicle for our Purim CAR-nival, complete with clergy “dunk tank” raising tzedakah; LBSRS, USY and even preschool families can deliver mishloach manot (Purim gift bags, courtesy of Sisterhood!) to congregant doorsteps, dressed in costume for a friendly wave...Read more...

Mon, April 12 2021 30 Nisan 5781