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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!).

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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

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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...

FRIENDS IN DEED HONORED

Friends In Deed is proud to announce they have been named 2021 California Nonprofit of the Year for Senate District 25 by Senator Anthony Portantino!  Senator Portantino’s 25th District encompasses portions of the San Fernando and San Gabriel Valleys.   

PJTC is proud to be part of the community that has assisted Friends in Deed for many years, and continuing to do so with continuing support from Sisterhood.

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B’nai Mitzvah of Ethan and Eliana Masjedi

Ethan Elliot & Eliana EsterRose Masjedi will be called to the Torah together for their B’nai Mitzvah on July 31, 2021. Ethan & Eliana are the children of Michele & Yehouda Masjedi and siblings of Elijah. They both attend South Pasadena Middle School where Ethan will begin eighth grade and Eliana seventh in the Fall. Eliana is looking forward to being on campus at Middle School as she has only attended virtually thus...Read more...

Men's Club - July

Admittedly I don’t read much for recreational purposes given that reading was what I needed to do professionally, but the opening paragraph from “A Tale of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens could be used to sum up the pandemic year we all experienced: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”

While the underlying meaning which prompted Dickens to write these words might best be left to...Read more...

A heartfelt THANK YOU 

from Mena Shapiro

for all the caring messages and cards

Following the passing of her beloved sister

Betty Rose Rossman

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Back to School with Foothill Unity Center

Join us for Back to School with Foothill Unity Center

We know its scorching hot and the kids just got out of school but Foothill Unity is busy collecting for their back to school drive that is scheduled August 9-13. Help Foothill to meet its ambitious goal of providing 2,000 local students with backpacks and supplies for the upcoming school year.

It’s never too early to do a mitzvah so please join us by donating before...Read more...

USY - July News

An exciting month for our youth! Over Memorial Day Weekend, USYers from all over SoCal, AZ, and Nevada gathered virtually for Far West Regional Convention. Mazel tov PJTC USY and its incredible teen leaders for achieving nationally-recognized Chapter of Excellence status for the third year in a row—and this year was not an easy one! Congrats to PJTC USY President Leah Laska-Sandleman for receiving the Jackie Saltz Spirit of USY...Read more...

Social Justice Committee

In July we will begin to transition from pandemic isolation to in-person events and meetings. Zoom may continue to be a platform for some meetings, due to the convenience factor, but the interactions that take place in a live setting are both invigorating and stimulating of new ideas. We may poll our members and prospective members this month to confirm this plan for emerging. Please watch for our very short poll....Read more...

Openings for Office Volunteers

PJTC is getting back to normal!!  Our Office Volunteers will be back on July 1, and we have openings for a few more.  If you have ½ day available once a week, and are fully vaccinated, please give me a call.  There are some mornings and afternoons open.  I’ll be happy to go over the instructions with you.

Edie Taylor, Volunteer Leader   (626) 792-1237

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Sisterhood Reaches Out To College Students

Do you have a son or daughter off to college, away from home for the first time? The mission of Sisterhood’s College Outreach Program is to keep our young people in touch with our PJTC community as well as encourage them to observe and enjoy the Jewish holidays across the miles.

We are seeking the names of new students going away to college for the first time...Read more...

Wedding Announcement: Ober + Foroutan

Best wishes to Jasmine Foroutan, daughter of Minoo & Frank Foroutan, and Zachary Ober, son of Stacy & Matt Ober, who were married on May 30th, 2021. May the years ahead be filled with lasting love and joy! Mazel tov to the Foroutan and Ober families for this beautiful blessing of a union.

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PJTC Board: May '21 Report

The Board of Directors, which met on May 24, authorized steps in furtherance of the capital campaign, including approving a motion to spend up to $10,000 to pay for architectural renderings for renovations for the social hall, portico, and the Weitzman Day School building.  Jack Singer, head of the Budget Committee, provided an update, explaining that we are expecting a deficit, albeit not as large as in last year’s budget (which...Read more...

LBSRS Tips: Summer Parenting Game Plan

Sunshine, beach days, long walks outside and kids who bring you iced lemonade as you tan on a pool floaty. Sounds like an ideal...Read more...

Torah Study: June Kick Off

June’s Torah readings begin with Parashat Shelach, when twelve scouts came back from the land of Canaan with stories that terrified the Israelites so much that they would rather head back to Egypt and slavery.

Stepping into the new and unknown...Read more...

Social Justice Committee

The members of the Social Justice Committee, like most of our fellow congregants at PJTC, have been looking for ways to respond to the conflict between Israel and Hamas and the tragic consequences of that violence within Israel itself. A significant contingent of SJC participated as PJTC delegates to the J Street conference in mid-April. At our May 16th meeting we had a discussion that enabled our members to...Read more...

B'nai Mitzvah at PJTC

We are so happy to announce the B'nai Mitzvah of five congregants this June: Eden Golden-Krasner, Layah Winn, Eitan Pattow, Naomi Balian, and Rosa Nicely. Mazel tov to them and their families! Please read on for messages about our June B'nai Mitzvah...

Eden Estelle Golden-Krasner

Eden Estelle Golden-Krasner, daughter of Maya and Noah, sister to Sarai, and mother to Bangles the cat, will be called to...Read more...

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