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About the Social Justice Committee

The Social Justice Committee, in accord with the Pasadena Jewish Temple & Center Mission Statement, works to engage synagogue members to respond to societal conditions and contemporary issues based on traditional Jewish values and the prophetic admonition: “Tzedek, tzedek tirdofe – Justice, justice shall you pursue!”. 

To receive information about education events, guest speakers, meeting information, and other calls to action, join our Social Justice email list here.

Do you have a related event or information to share? email

Afghan Refugee Family Welcome Circle

IT TAKES A VILLAGE: Donations of Household Items & Cash needed for Afghan Refugee Family.

There are 3 ways you can help the PJTC Welcome Circle support an Afghan refugee family: donations of household items, cash donations, and volunteering for a Welcome Circle CORE Volunteer. 

  • Got gently used electronics, furniture, linens? Help us prepare a home for the Afghan refugee family that our PJTC Welcome Circle is supporting. Sisterhood and Men’s Club have stepped up to provide many items – now it’s time for the rest of us! Please sign up for items you can donate here. Note that we sometimes request more items than we need on the list in order to find the best fit; we will email you to confirm whether your item works for us. Once confirmed, please drop off small items at PJTC the week of 1/17-1/21, M-F, 9am-4pm. For furniture, we will arrange pick-up at your home by our volunteer movers on Sunday, 1/23, 1:30pm-3:00pm. MANY THANKS!! For questions about the wish list, please contact Linda at
  • To make a cash donation, please email for details on how to make your tax-deductible donation.
  • To volunteer, please complete THIS FORM and email it to

THANKS very much for stepping up to help our community help a refugee family! For questions about the PJTC Welcome Circle, contact Susan at


Please join us for these very important events.

Social Justice Committee Presents "HIAS Refugee Shabbat Weekend" Discussion - March 6, 2022 - Email with questions / RSVP Here

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PJTC is a 501c3 organization whose congregants believe in a breadth of views and that the sharing of diverse ideas makes for a vibrant Jewish community.  Views expressed by invited speakers may not necessarily reflect the views of PJTC or its members.

Past Events



Racial Justice

During June & July, 2020, the Social Justice Committee presented a three-part Social Hall conversation about recent protests for racial justice, with a focus on the current protests in the U.S., root causes and next steps. For details, click here.

To discuss how PJTC's Social Justice Committee and membership have responded in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, email our Social Justice Committee.

Tue, June 6 2023 17 Sivan 5783