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January Board Report

During its January 10 meeting, the board received an update on the Afghan refugee project from Susan Auerbach of the Social Justice Committee. She discussed efforts to furnish an apartment for the family, expected to arrive as soon as late January. She said that the team is looking for additional "core group" members as well as other volunteers, including those with skills in the areas of social work, Farsi language, and employment...Read more...

Safety & Security Task Force Update

Happy New Year! We hope this message finds everyone well. With the recent surge of Omicron cases, the Safety & Security Task Force met last night to update our policies based on the current findings:

A reminder to stay home if you are NOT feeling well.  New masking requirements: Everyone ages 2+ must wear a surgical mask or N95/KN95. Cloth masks are no longer...Read more...

Jewish Thought Special Contributor: Carl Selkin

We are lucky to not only have clergy who can wax philosophical and provoke new thoughts about our Jewish lives, but to also have many community members who have interesting ideas to share. Our goal is to highlight your peers each month by publishing articles written by them on our Flame news page. Our first contributor is Carl Selkin…

A Meditation on The Song of the Sea

I am troubled by the...Read more...

PJTC Hike, December 26

Ten hearty hikers (Ellen Dinerman,...Read more...

Torah Discussion Starter: Feeling Guilty?

There are a number of Torah passages that we wrestle with as modern Jews reading back on this ancient text and one of them is from this week’s parashah, Bo. After the 10 plagues, Pharaoh finally decides to let the Israelites go from slavery and tells them that they may take their livestock with them. Pharaoh also does something surprising and asks for the Israelites to bless him as they leave. At this moment, God...Read more...

Shabbat Shirah Special Guest

Please join us for a special Shabbat Shirah on Saturday, January 15th at 9:30am. Guest Cantor Diego Rubinsztein will share his voice to help us mark the occasion.

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Tikkun Olam: Into the Mitzvah Day AT HOME EDITION

Out of an abundance of caution and concern for our community's health and welfare, we have decided to turn our originally planned in-person Into the Mitzvah Day celebration into an at-home celebration of mitzvot and Tu B'Shvat.

Our "mitzvah team" is pulling together the fullest (and fully free) take-home kit of goodies we can imagine, so you can have a very special Into the Mitzvah...Read more...

B'nai Mitzvah - January

Mazel tov to the families of Dashiell Paper, Nora Carrier, and Charlie Bernstein on their upcoming January B'nai Mitzvah!

 

Dashiell Paper

Dashiell Paper will be called to the Torah as a a Bar Mitzvah on January 8,  2022. .Dashiell currently attends La Canada High School as an eighth grader. He has also...Read more...

Congregational Corner

A wonderful Hanukkah with your PJTC community! We had opportunities to celebrate whether in person or online, whether you preferred an intimate gathering or a big party.

Congregants hosted eight different Hanukkah parties in their backyards/courtyards in neighborhoods across the San Gabriel Valley. A follow up to our backyard Sukkot potlucks, this was a wonderful opportunity in groups averaging 15-20 people to get to know others in...Read more...

Social Justice Committee

Two initiatives of the Social Justice Committee are coming to fruition in January:  The annual MLK Shabbat will be held January 14, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. And,  in response to the Afghan refugee crisis, we are creating a Welcome Circle to resettle a family in our area in January or February, continuing the long PJTC tradition of taking in and caring for the stranger.

The Annual Martin Luther King Day Shabbat is jointly sponsored...Read more...

Youth Update

Hello Everyone!

I can’t believe we’re almost halfway through the school year already! This year, our teens have already created and executed so many programs for USY (like our Test Kitchens and Museum Staff Meetings for the Pop-Up Cafe and Museum at the end of January, Puppy Party, and Israel & Antisemitism Program) and Kadima (such as the Game Show Galore and Juggling Judaism Movie Night). We’ve had a great engagement...Read more...

Member Recognition

Happy new year! Your fellow PJTC congregants wish to recognize:

All our wonderful and generous volunteers who, from the start of 2020, have delivered prayer books, groceries, chicken soup, Rosh Hashana and Pesach gifts, and great warmth to other members of our congregation who have been isolated by the pandemic. There are a LOT of you, whether you made one extra effort or your generosity continues to this day. Thank you, each and every...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...Read more...

Resetting the Table

Recently, PJTC’s Rabbis John Carrier & Aimee Gerace convened a workshop in partnership with Resetting the Table and the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. The goal of the workshop was to develop collaborative deliberation outlooks and techniques in the face of strong differences. We found the event to be a great success and highly inspirational. Attendee, Susan Auerbach, had this to say afterwards: “PJTC is fortunate to have...Read more...

Board Report: December

At the board meeting of November 30, the board unanimously approved gift and fundraising policies developed by Barbara and Ray Bushnell, and Richard Rosenbaum. After receiving a briefing and written materials regarding the Social Justice Committee’s proposed initiative to sponsor an Afghan refugee family, the board unanimously voted to express confidence in the project. The board also heard a presentation by Todd Levine, which included...Read more...

Would You Like to be a PJTC Office Volunteer?

We have some open times and could use some help.  If you would like to come in for ½ day, give me a call and I’ll let you know which times are available.  I’ll be glad to meet with you and give you the lists of instructions so you will be familiar with the questions you might be asked.  You’ll get to meet many of our members this way.  Men and women are all welcome for this position.  Call me at...Read more...

Bat Mitzvah - December

Ella Moss Bat Mitzvah

Ella Murphy Moss, daughter of Noah and Emily Moss, will be called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah on December 11, 2021. Ella attended B'nai Simcha Preschool along with two of her current Hebrew school classmates. She attends Washington STEAM Magnet Academy Middle School as a 7th grader and has been in the Dual Language Immersion Program for Spanish since Kindergarten.

A passionate animal lover, Ella takes...Read more...

Torah Discussion Starter: The Unpacking of Dreams

Since I was little, I was always encouraged to share my dreams. I'm not talking about my aspirations (well, I was encouraged to share those too of course), but the actual dreams I had at night or while I was napping. My dad taught me that dreams were the subconscious’ way of dealing with the residue that the day left behind.

When I grew up, I realized that we were not the only...Read more...

Member Recognition Corner

Who Would You Like To Recognize, and Why?

Tis the season of gratitude! Your fellow PJTC members wish to recognize:

Sisterhood & Men's Club members who assisted with food preparation, serving on the buffet or Sisterhood's/Men's Club membership table at the Community Havdalah and BBQ event.  These volunteers were instrumental in insuring that approximately 150 members of our synagogue family were warmly welcomed...Read more...

Site Spotlight: Melton Pasadena

The Pasadena Jewish Temple & Center (PJTC) is home to a thriving Melton site driven by an engaged community of learners. Director Judy Callahan brought Melton to PJTC after 36 years of directing B'nai Simcha Preschool, a role that solidified her belief in the power of Jewish learning.

Since piloting the first Melton program three years ago, Judy has seen significant growth within and beyond the Pasadena Jewish community. The...Read more...

Sisterhood’s Caring Community Outreach is a Spoonful of Comfort

Why are outreach and care packages important? We like to believe they say something beyond words. It can be hard to articulate how much we care for someone, especially during difficult times. Perhaps they haven't been feeling well, they lost a loved one, or in general have just hit a rough patch in life. In those times, it's so important to know that there is support, care, love, and sunshine around you. Sisterhood created a Caring Community...Read more...

Social Justice Committee - December

Save the date!! Our annual MLK Shabbat on January 14 will feature music and stories by Urban Voices. Thanks to the magic of Janice Markham and Leeav Sofer, we will be enjoying an innovative way to celebrate the vision of Dr. King and our Jewish spirit from which he gained inspiration.

Please remember to access the online brochure and nomination form for the Rabbi Marvin Gross...Read more...

Havdalah Honoring New Members

I was thrilled to see over 140 of your smiling faces on November 13 for our Havdalah Honoring New Members! I was amazed and so moved by the diversity of congregants in attendance--from the newest of new members to those who have been members for over 50 years, all schmoozing and sharing their stories with each other. Many thanks to Men's Club and Sisterhood for cooking and serving us a delicious kosher BBQ dinner, and to so many who donated...Read more...

Men's Club December 2021

The Men's Club Veterans Day event was held in person (yay) featuring the US Marine Color Guard, a beautiful rendition of the Star Spangled Banner and Haktikvah performed by Sarah and Jon Weisz and our featured speaker, US Army Veteran and current member of the California Army National Guard, Ethan Morse, who was the writer/producer of the Documentary "The Unknowns," the story of the formation, training and duties of a member of the Ceremonial...Read more...

November Board Report

During the meeting of October 25, the board received a report from treasurer Joseph Johnson regarding the synagogue's financial situation. The board also discussed a proposed gift policy, which was developed by Barbara and Ray Bushnell, and Richard Rosenbaum. No motion was made as to the policy. Andrea Mark updated the board on her efforts to develop a strategic plan for our synagogue. Several upcoming events were briefly discussed, and an...Read more...

Isn’t it Wonderful to Be Back Together?

We waited and waited and waited for that glorious day when we could begin to return to our normal life and enter the sanctuary for the very first time in over 16 months.  This opportunity happened on Friday July 30th when the Safety and Security Task Force led by Michele Masjedi announced the first of several PJTC Covid -19 Safety Protocols for Shabbat services.

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Torah Discussion Starter: Sibling Rivalry

November's first parashah, Toldot, always fills me with dread. Throughout Genesis, there are instances of sibling rivalry - and fratricide! - but the interaction described between Esau and Jacob makes me so, so sad.

Jacob, under the direction of his mother, steals Esau’s birthright and first born blessing. When Esau discovers that he’s "been had," he cries out, “Do you only have one blessing, my father? Bless me too, my...Read more...

Sisterhood Observes Rosh Chodesh

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Men's Club: November

Hello PJTC,

Fall is in full swing and so are Men’s Club activities and programs. Mark your calendars and RSVP for our annual Veterans Day event honoring our local Jewish veterans (of all countries). We will be treating our Veterans to come in person to a complimentary Bagel Brunch (yes we are IN-PERSON and virtual) along with another phenomenal program. Did you know that 2021 is the 100th anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown...Read more...

Congregant's Corner: November 2021

GUESS WHAT?

 

 

No moving parts, no batteries,

No monthly payments and no fees.

Inflation proof, non-taxable,

In fact, it’s quite relaxable.

It can’t be stolen, won’t pollute,

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Thu, January 20 2022 18 Shevat 5782