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Temple President Faith Segal Looking Forward Wit h t he Hi g h Ho l y D ay s q u i c k l y approaching and a new year about to begin, PJTC is looking forward. We have just begun our new fiscal year, the Board has worked long and hard to approve the budget and the work of implementing our Strategic Plan has begun. As PJTC approaches 100 years of age, our future looks bright. Our Strategic Plan is complete, and now the work really begins. When achieved, the goals that are set out in the Plan will make PJTC an even stronger, more vibrant community than we are today. Task forces are forming and will begin working towards those Meta Goals and increasing overall satisfaction and participation at PJTC. As a congregation, we owe a huge thank you to Brian Mark and all of the members of the Strategic Planning Committee for getting us to this point. As we begin the new year, we are blessed to have engaging spiritual leaders, an amazing religious school, and stimulating adult educational programming. Our numbers are growing; we are almost a 500-member family synagogue. We continue to attract young families to PJTC; the

children add to our youth programs and school, and the parents have brought a ne w e ne rg y to ou r committees and Board of Directors. We are especially proud of the growth and success of our USY program under the leadership of our fabulous Youth Director, Melissa Levy. We head into the year with a huge amount of momentum in our religious services, our youth and adult education and in social programming. Our many committees are at work to bring new and interesting things to PJTC. The past year has brought changes to PJTC, and these changes have been good for us. We welcomed Rabbi Silverstein to our community as our new Education Director. We welcomed B’nai Simcha Preschool to our campus, our clergy have brought new ideas and energy to our services, and you, our congregants, are more involved than before. So, with the High Holy Days almost upon us, and as we get ready to celebrate the Holy Days with our new Mahzor Lev Shalem, thanks to the generosity of you, our congregation, we reflect on the past year and the amazing things that have happened at PJTC, and we should be excited about what is yet to come in the year ahead.

Services Minyan Services are held every Sunday in Knell Chapel, beginning at 9:00 AM.

July 31/August 1

Parashat: Va’et hannan

Whitman Dinner Fri. Service 7:30 PM Galpert Sanctuary Oneg hosted by Sisterhood Torah Study 9:00 AM Lounge Shabbat in the Round 9:30 AM Social Hall Kiddush hosted by the Shabbes Minyan Group August 7/8

Parashat: Ekev

Picnic and Tot Shabbat 6:00 PM Katz Terrace Shabbat Service 7:30 PM Social Hall Oneg hosted by Sisterhood Torah Study 9:00 AM Lounge Shabbat in the Round 9:30 AM Social Hall Mini-Kiddush August 14/15

Parashat: Re’eh

Fri. Service 7:30 PM Social Hall Oneg hosted by Sisterhood Torah Study 9:00 AM Lounge Shabbat in the Round 9:30 AM Social Hall Knell Minyan 9:30 AM Knell Chapel Kiddush hosted by Ruth Saffman & Louise Wannier in memory of their husband and father, Phillip Saffman. August 21/22

Parashat: Shofetim

Family Kabbalat Service 6:00 PM Katz Terrace Fri. Service 7:30 PM Social Hall Oneg hosted by Sisterhood Torah Study 9:00 AM Lounge Shabbat in the Round 9:30 AM Social Hall Kiddush hosted by Rabbi Becky Silverstein on the yarzheit of his grandmother, Gussie Solomon August 28/29

Parashat: Ki tetse

Fri. Service 7:30 PM Social Hall Oneg hosted by Sisterhood Torah Study Lounge Shabbat in the Round 9:30 AM Social Hall Kiddush hosted by the Tuesday Morning Meditation Group

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– PJTC Clergy and Staff – Joshua Levine Grater – Rabbi Gilbert Kollin – Rabbi Emeritus Ruth Berman Harris – Cantor Claire Gorfinkel - Caring Community Coordinator Sondra Dreshner - Gabbai Rabbi Becky Silverstein – Education Director Eitan Loewenstein –Religious School Assistant Bruce Applebaum – Operations Manager Melissa Levy – Youth Director Debra Bunting – Clergy Assistant Marian Rosen – Bookkeeper Robert Brown – Facilities Manager

Men's Club News by Andy Schwarz, President

Every Temple Member should have received the annual Men’s Club Dues statement by now. I hope that you will consider renewing at the $100 Diamond Donor Level. This includes FIVE books to our football pool. Regular dues are $36 for the year and individual football books are $10 each. The dues and football pool provide over 50% of the annual Men’s Club revenue, most of which goes to support our temple youth. New Temple members are free for the first year. Please contact Eric Mills, our Membership VP if you have any questions (zpaeric@gmail. com). The Men’s Club is having its annual baseball outing to see the Rancho

Cucamonga Quakes play on Saturday night August 1 at 7:05 PM. Tickets are only $10 each. Carpooling will be available. Please contact Joel Padlipsky for more information (joel.padlipsky@ gmail.com). Once again, the Men’s Club is pleased to provide a free Pancake Breakfast to all our returning religious school students and parents on Sunday August 30 at 9:15 -10:00 AM. The Men’s Club will again be assisting with the ushering for the upcoming Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur Holy Days. If you would like to help us, please contact Eric Mills. I hope to see you at our upcoming events.

– PJTC Officers – President – Faith Segal Secretary – Erich Schlecht Treasurer – Mickey Bernath Exec. VP Management – Jeff Landau Exec. VP Programs – Noah Golden-Krasner VP Administration – David Lorin VP Adult Programs – Ruth Several VP Youth Programs – Geoff DeBoskey VP Finance – Sandy Hartford VP Membership – Andrea Edwards VP Religious Affairs – Jacob Levy Planning Committee Chair – Brian Mark Sisterhood President – Debbie Guest Men's Club President – Andy Schwarz

Bring your family and friends and enjoy a fun evening of Professional Baseball with the PJTC Men’s Club The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (Dodger Farm Team) vs the Lake Elsinore Storm (Padres Farm Team)

– Board of Directors – Keri Axel, Valerie Grover, Liane Herbst,Haley Karish, Carol Rader-Meislin, Amy Richardson, Richard Samuelson, Carolyn Siegal, Nathan Temple, Roberta Tragarz

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August 2015

It's Happening with Sisterhood by Debbie Guest, President, PJTC Sisterhood

Here we are in August, presumably enjoying a glorious summer vacation, or at least a break from the grind of those busy other months. It is hard to feel productive when there is the siren call of the sand and surf, or the sparkle of a mountain lake. It is the time of year to travel and visit family or exotic locales. As I write this, I still have one more whirlwind trip ahead of me before settling down at the close of the season, but I can’t help thinking ahead to my second term. Last year was a successful one in terms of fundraising and programming, and with our crackerjack team of leaders, I am confident this year will be another success. We have a lot to look forward to in the coming months: Just in time for Rosh Hashana, Sunday, September 13, we will be selling challahs once again, and following the end of Ne'ilah services of Yom Kippur on Wednesday, September 23, we will host the annual break-the-fast for our famished congregants. Our Rosh Chodesh series will start up on October 15, and we are very excited to offer Mah Jongg classes on Thursday, October 29, and Thursday, November 5. This will be your chance to learn the basics and find other rookies interested in starting a group. We will soon welcome our new Women’s League Pacific Southwest Region president, Brenda Katz, of Temple Shalom in Las Vegas. Brenda is coming to Los Angeles to meet as many of our local members as possible. PJTC Sisterhood is honored to host a Summer Workshop on Monday, August 17, at 1:30 PM here in our Social Hall. The free program will be open all who wish to attend, and is not limited to PJTC members. Women may come from all parts of Los Angeles, both San Fernando and San Gabriel Valleys, or the Inland Empire, or anywhere in between or beyond. This is a chance to get to know or reunite with members of other Sisterhoods. In addition to Brenda, Marilyn Berkowitz, VP International Consulting Chair, will show us how to access the Women’s League resources available on the website from your Internet-enabled device. The Region Torah Fund VP, Rhoda Lipsig, will be on hand, as well. Please RSVP to me.

July 1 has passed, so it is time to renew your Sisterhood membership! This will insure your inclusion in all of our communications throughout the coming year. Please send a check for $36, payable to "PJTC Sisterhood" to: Carol Mills 3775 Greenhill Road Pasadena, CA 91107 If you have your original renewal form, you may fill that out and send it with your check. If not, please include a note to Carol with the following information: Your CURRENT contact information printed clearly: 1. Name (if different from what is on your check) 2. Email address 3. Phone number Let us know if you are interested in any of these areas of Sisterhood life: Gift Shop, Onegs/Kiddush, Jewish Learning, Tikkun Olam, Women's Seder, Programs, Fundraisers, Zahava, Rosh Chodesh.

Mah Jongg Madness Sisterhood’s marvelous Mah Jongg Mavens have again graciously agreed to offer their time and talent to tutor their Sisterhood sisters in the intricacies of the game. We are offering two nights to learn the most basic Mah Jongg elements: Thursday, October 29 and Thursday, November 5, both at 7:00 PM in Wohlmann Hall. Mah Jongg neophytes are invited to attend either or both of these training sessions to learn how to separate dots from dragons and bams from cracks. We’ll show you how to line ‘em up in a wall and score some points. Come learn the rules, schmooze a little and eat a little. You will have the opportunity to meet other players wishing to form groups that meet regularly in people’s homes. If you decide you wish to continue playing, our Sisterhood orders the regulation Mah Jongg cards (large font available) in January, for delivery in the spring. Please RSVP for one or both nights to Aty Rotter: altalya19@ aol.com or phone (626) 445-5288.

How About Hosting an Oneg?

Do you have an event you would like to celebrate at one of our Friday night Onegs following Shabbat services? How about a birthday, anniversary, an upcoming or belated engagement or wedding celebration, the birth of a grandchild, a college graduation, a new job or promotion, a book publication or anything else wonderful to share with your PJTC family? Please become one of our Oneg Volunteers. It’s a mitzvah! Are you a member of our meditation group, a Mah Jongg or bridge group, the Theater Havurah, an adult education class or one of the basketball players? Organize your group, you’ll find that it’s fun! Contact Arlene Weiss, Sisterhood Oneg Chair to reserve your date. We will provide you with a set of instructions to guide you through the details. Many dates are still available. Thanks to you all. The FLAME

Another popular Sisterhood program: “Jammin’ With the ‘Hood” July 12 3

August 2015

Adult Education Committee

Membership Committee

by Carol Sofer, Adult Ed. Chair

by Andrea Edwards, Membership VP

The pursuit of life-long learning is inherently Jewish. It is at the core, the very basis of Jewish identity. Should a serious and substantial program of continuous learning within the synagogue be just a dream or desire … a reward for having a balanced synagogue budget? Shouldn’t it be a priority for synagogue fiscal planners, and, really, a congregational entitlement? Most Jewish leaders agree that Jewish learning is a vehicle for revitalizing not only congregational life but also the congregants themselves. It is individual and communal. It engages our emotions and our memories and ignites our spiritual vision. It enlightens our basic understandings and sparks our general awareness of things. It stimulates thoughtful actions in all endeavors. Jewish learning is for ALL of us … at any age. Additionally, a community of learners fosters lasting relationships with lifelong positive results. It is within that vision and philosophy that PJTC’s Adult Education Committee undertakes a wide variety of programs. Last year, a new Book Group for both men and women was formed with Liz Green as its chair. The Documentary Discussion Group continued its second year, sponsoring monthly film screenings followed by lively discussions. Jerry Halpert handles the coordination and facilitates this group. This past year, we have also held a number of bagel breakfasts with a variety of speakers. We hosted Rabbi Ed Feinstein for an evening on The History of Chutzpah, his latest book. In November, we hosted an event for Jewish Federation’s Jewish Book month. We participated in Jewish Wisdom and Wellness Week in March by offering an interactive workshop on issues in Jewish Medical Ethics, and sponsored the six-part video lecture series from the Shalom Hartman Institute, Engaging Israel. We learned about Chevra Kadisha from the Jewish Burial Society of Southern California at a bagel breakfast and provided our annual Tikkun Leil Shavuot TED-style mini-learning sessions. We sponsored a film, the fabulous An Apartment in Berlin, supplied and selected by the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival at the Laemmle Pasadena Playhouse Theater. We also saw the b’nai mitzvah of sixteen adults during a Shabbat weekend which was the culmination of their two years of weekly classes, and we studied some Pathways Through the Siddur with Rabbi T’mimah Ickovits of Holistic Judaism. We enjoyed a year of events and activities, but minus what should be the highlight of any synagogue’s educational year, a Scholar in Residence. This coming year will be different, for we will sponsor a Scholar in Residence Weekend, March 4-6, 2016. This program of learning events is for the entire congregation. Please mark your calendars. More details will follow.

As we begin a new fiscal year, I’d like to ‘look back’ at the newest group of PJTC families (which we call Cohorts). Our most recent cohort (called Cohort 1415 to reflect our fiscal year) had 82 family units! Wow! It’s not possible to know for sure….the membership committee thinks it’s the largest group of new families in PJTC history! We are thrilled to know that so many families joined our community; lots of young families, lots of young couples, lots of empty nesters….a wide demographic is represented in this cohort. The Membership Committee worked very hard to create many events (we hosted an event, on average, every 6 weeks… yikes!). Attendance grew with every event, and we loved seeing all the children, for they represent PJTC’s future. Cohort 1516 (which began on July 1) already has 5 family units…we are thrilled to know that our synagogue continues to grow. By the time you read this, we will have hosted all these new families at a July Havdallah, joyfully seeing families and children share a fun Saturday evening with us. On August 28, the Committee will be hosting our annual Open House, to welcome new families who are joining our synagogue in preparation for the High Holy Days. This event is a wonderful opportunity to meet new families, so feel welcome to join us. Details will be posted in PJTC’s weekly emails. On a personal note, I want to thank many of you who were able to join me when I became an adult bat mitzvah on May 29 and 30. My adult b’nai mitzvah class of 15 felt spiritually moved and incredibly loved by our entire community --– a day that is permanently etched in my memory.

Galpert Memorial Fund The Rabbi Galpert Memorial Scholarship recognizes academic excellence each year to university students who have already committed to a field of study in their final undergraduate or graduate years. In a few weeks’ time, applications for this prestigious award will become available with detailed information about the process. The Scholarship Committee, under the direction of Janice Pais, is looking forward to honoring worthy PJTC affiliated candidates. For more information, please contact the Temple Office. The FLAME


August 2015

USY (United Synagogue Youth) During the sleepover, we also elected our new Chapter Board and Kadima Kommittee. Congratulations to next year's leaders:   Elisa Rothenberg: Chapter President Abigail Schlect: Membership VP Michael Karish: Ha’Adamah Alex Levin: Event Photographer & At-Large Board Member Gabe Lujan, Maxwell Ho: Co-Treasurers Elliott Herbst: Icebreaker Ethan Sharp, Benny Sigoloff, Jacob Balian, Maya Sheklow, Noah Grater: Kadima Kommittee We are already hard at work shaping up next year's programming. If you want to be added to the USY or Kadima listserves, please email me at usy@pjtc.net so you can stay up to date!  

by Melissa Levy, Youth Director

What a year our PJTC Youth have had! First, a huge thank you to our amazing community for your support of our Youth Talent Show & Spaghetti Dinner back in April. We raised over $1,800 for our Youth Scholarship Fund!  A special thank you to Jeanine and Paula Svonkin for sponsoring and beautifully catering the spaghetti dinner for our 175 guests.   One of the places this scholarship money goes is to send our teens to the USY FarWest Regional Convention, which was held this year at American Jewish University. It was my first time attending Convention, and let me tell you, the energy was palpable and infectious. Hundreds of teenagers from all over Southern California, Nevada, and Arizona came together to elect the best of the best to Regional Cabinet positions, share in prayer, share in ruach, discuss how they can impact the future of Judaism, and celebrate the year's accomplishments. I am so very proud to announce that not only did PJTC USY receive three programming USY Regional Convention, where the teens that awards, but PJTC attended from PJTC received 3 programming awards, U S Y P r e s i d e n t the "Most Improved Chapter" award, and Amelia received Amelia Dreier also "USYer of the year." The ladies are holding up the latter received the much- two awards in the photo. coveted "USYer of the Year" Award. But wait! There's more! Our entire leadership board, staff and community was recognized as "Most Improved Chapter!" Rabbi Grater even snuck into Convention to witness and support this success. Though we don't need an award to tell us how much our local chapter has grown in numbers, quality of programming, leadership, and enthusiasm, it sure does feel good to earn one anyway! And none of this could have happened without the support of community members like you. Jordana Owens, a rising senior who attended Weizmann Day School and has now reconnected to PJTC through USY, describes her Convention experience: It is next to this column, very worthwhile reading. After Convention, we finished out the year with a jam-packed Shavuot Sleepover, which included Taboo Topics with Rabbi Silverstein, blintz-making, inflatable Sumo Wresting, Ultimate Frisbee, and an invigorating Israel Sisters Amelia & Sarah Dreier, duking it out discussion led by USY with inflatable sumo wrestling suits at the end of Regional Shlicha Lianne year USY Sleepover. Novak-Tomer.  Lianne was joined by Merrill Alpert, the USCJ Regional Youth Director. Both adults couldn't stop talking about how impressed they were with the level of maturity and intelligence our teens displayed during our Israel conversation!  The FLAME

A Note from a New USY Member by Jordana Owens

Ever since I graduated from Weizmann Day School in 2012, I have lost my Judaism. The second that I walked into high school my life became filled with homework, dance, and little social activities. My mom and I almost never went to synagogue and never even kept shabbat at home. I started to feel like I wasn't even Jewish anymore, and was starting to live a secular life. The fall of my junior year, my mom suggested that I join USY. At first I objected. How would I ever find the time? I realized that even if I only came to a few events, I would have the most fun that I have had since I started high school. The highlight of the year was the regional convention. Not only was I amazed at all of the fun activities, but also I was impressed with the intellect of every USYer, particularly those running for regional positions. They each displayed great passion for Judaism, as well as doing great acts of Tikkun Olam throughout the year. At the convention, I felt as if I was part of a great community, something I had not felt in a couple of years. Since my time with USY is short, and I will not be going to college until a year or two after I graduate, I will make sure to play some part in USY and strive to keep Judaism in my heart forever.

Sisterhood’s Ilona E. Fuchs Tablecloths

Do you know about Sisterhood’s Tablecloth Project? Do look at our embroidered tablecloths the next time you attend a kiddush luncheon. We have four of them, all for simchas, and one more for memorials. Our newest volunteer embroiderer is Paula Waluch. She would love to add the name of your honoree on our cloth; just send Sisterhood a check for $18.00, and keep her busy. If you wish a longer description, send us a little more info. Call Paula at (626) 797-8826 and talk to her about it.


August 2015

Interfaith Study Group

Strategic Planning Committee Report

by Cecilia Fox, PJTC representative on ISG Planning Committee, with Norma Pratt

by Brian Mark, Committee Chair

As Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee I want to share with you the progress we are making. The Strategic Plan is complete. On Sunday, July 12, and again, on Thursday, July 16, the Committee held congregational meetings to share the results of the survey taken last fall, and describe how we will proceed. The Plan, of course, was sent to you via email or regular mail before the congregational meetings. As I described at the congregational meetings, our survey instructed us that compared to our peer group of synagogues, we fared only modestly well at best in the three most important areas of congregant overall satisfaction with their synagogues: 1) that synagogue vision and values resonate with members’ vision and values; 2) that clergy’s vision of Jewish life resonated with members’ views, and 3) that meaningful social connections are made through temple affiliation. We have the data. Now we want to improve in each area and will measure the improvement through another survey to be administered in two years. We have begun formulating action plans to boost our members’ level of satisfaction with PJTC. We have broken down our action plans into smaller units called task forces. They are: • Governance, headed by Matt Ober • Mission/Vision, headed by Jeff Landau • Spiritual, headed by Susan Auerbach • Relational Programming, headed by Andrea Edwards • Facilities, headed by Phil Callahan • Budget Transparency, headed by Cathy Krasner. These task forces will be reaching out for input to all corners of our synagogue via focus groups and interviews. Please feel free to contact any of the leaders with your thoughts even before they contact you. Our Strategic Plan will succeed only if the process is open to all, so please share your ideas. And again, thank you for your participation in the survey. The data gleaned is of immense value.

Sunday, October 11, 2015 is the date of our first meeting this fall, from 5:00-7:00 PM, at All Saints Episcopal Church, 132 N. Euclid, Pasadena. The parking lot is just north of the church. Panel topic: Ministering to an Interfaith World, with three chaplains from different faith groups, each of whom has worked in different chaplaincy settings. Sunday, November 8, 2015, from 5:00-7:00 PM, at Pasadena Jewish Temple & Center. A panel of three Maryknoll Sisters will speak on their professional careers spent entirely abroad in needy areas as teachers, in nursing education, teacher training, and more. One served in South Korea and Nepal, another in Chile, Panama, and El Salvador, and the third in two Muslim/ Christian areas of the Philippines. Further details on these two meetings will be in the September/October issue of the FLAME. Our programs begin promptly at 5:00 PM. We share a vegetarian/dairy potluck meal at 6:00 PM with discussion, questions and answers, to conclude the evening.    We are a congenial group, interested in those of other faiths, respectful of each other. All are welcome!  Please bring a potluck item for our meal, if you can. The Interfaith Study Center was founded in 2007 by members of Pasadena Jewish Temple & Center, All Saints Episcopal Church Pasadena, and the Islamic Center of Southern California in Los Angeles.   Our meetings rotate among our three institutions. We usually meet on the second Sunday of each month.  For further information, call Norma Sigmund at (626) 583 2734 or leave a message for Cecilia Fox at the PJTC office (626) 798 1161.

Theater Havurah by Adrienne Bass


by Joseph Charney Saturday evening, August 8 First Church of the Nazarene 3700 E. Sierra Madre Blvd., Pasadena

Henry Fuchs to Receive Prestigious Award Congratulations to Dr. Henry Fuchs, son of long-time PJTC members Ilona and Morton (z”l) Fuchs. Dr. Fuchs, faculty member of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, will be the recipient of the Steven Anson Coons Award for Outstanding Creative Contributions to Computer Graphics. The presentation will be made at the 42nd Annual International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques, to be held in Los Angeles on August 9-13, 2015. This is a big honor, and we are pleased to acknowledge Henry's work in this field, as well as his support to the PJTC Fuchs Fund, founded by his parents Ilona and Morton (z”l) Fuchs. Please Note: Ilona will not be able to join Henry on this occasion as previously planned. She sends her regrets, and hopes to make a future trip to Pasadena to see all her PJTC friends then.

All congregants are welcome to join the Theater Havurah for a fun-filled evening and support the Federation at the same time. Montaigne, by former PJTC member, Joseph Charney, is the story of a man who comes back to his mother’s high school to better understand her, and along the way he learns about himself and his generation. The play starts at 8:00 PM and there is no reserved seating. Tickets are $20 each. Please send your check, made out to Adrienne Bass, to Marcia Alper, 2286 Lambert Drive, Pasadena 91107. Your check is your reservation. If you have any questions, feel free to call or email Adrienne at phrogg8@gmail.com, or Marcia at twomeas@att.net. We will go to dinner before the show. The dinner location is to be determined – so stay tuned for more information. The FLAME


August 2015

What is the Women’s League for Conservative Judaism? Come find out!

Book Club

by Liz Green, Committee Chair

The PJTC Book Club will not be meeting in August. Our next meeting will be on Thursday, September 10, at 7:30 PM, location to be announced. Here is the schedule: September 10, 2015 - Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande. Doctor and author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine cannot only improve life but also what matters in the end. October 8, 2015 - The Golem and the Djinni, by Helene Wecker. In a chance meeting between mythical beings, The Golem and the Djinni takes readers on a dazzling journey through cultures in turnof-the-century New York. Books are available at Vroman’s at a 20% discount. We are listed as the PJTC Book Club.

Monday August 17, 1:30 – 3:30 PM by Debbie Guest, PJTC Sisterhood President

The Women’s League for Conservative Judaism is the International organization of Sisterhoods of the Conservative Movement. On Monday afternoon, August 17, from 1:30 to 3:30 in the Social Hall, PJTC Sisterhood is hosting a Summer Workshop designed by Women’s League. Attendees will learn how to access the abundant resources offered on its website. All dues-paying Sisterhood members may tap into the diverse website which provides many and varied guides to personal and group growth. These creative ideas are not limited to Sisterhood, but can be applied to personal lives and group dynamics in general. If you have not yet responded to Carol Mills’ invitation to renew your annual PJTC Sisterhood membership, you may do so at that time. (Dues are not required to attend this event, but after you see what is available to paid-up members you may want to join!) Our new Pacific Southwest Region President, Brenda Katz, is traveling from her home in Las Vegas to meet as many of her LA-based constituents as possible. We are delighted to have her in Pasadena. We will be led step-by-step in exploring the website by Marilyn Berkowitz, a former PSW Region President who is currently an International Vice President, Consulting Services Chair for Women’s League. Please bring a wi-fi enabled device with you, such as your laptop, smart phone, or tablet. Other support representatives from Women’s League will address needs specific to Sisterhood. The Region Torah Fund VP, Rhoda Lipsig, will be there to discuss the new campaign and help you understand the “why” behind our commitment to Torah Fund. She will be bringing the new pins with her as well. The event is free and open to all who wish to attend. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP by Monday, August 10 to Debbie Guest, debbie.j.guest@ gmail.com or (626)355-9672.

Sunday, August 2 10:00 AM Come prepared to scrub, polish, sweep, prune, plant, paint, and have lots of fun with Temple family and friends as we beautify PJTC for the upcoming High Holy Days. All volunteers, pre-teen and up, will be appreciated.

Sisterhood College Outreach Committee by Terry Meng, Committee co-chair

Is your high school graduate heading away this fall? Attention PJTC families with first year college-bound children! The College Outreach Committee of Sisterhood is collecting names and addresses of high school graduates leaving home for the first time. Even though our young people will be away from home, our Sisterhood tradition is to continue PJTC’s connection to them by sending them Jewish holiday boxes to share with their new friends and community. In order to be eligible, (1) the families are members of PJTC, (2) the student is attending a program/school away from home for the first time (Students who graduated in past years but are just now leaving home are welcome!), and (3) the student must have a permanent USA mailing address for the year. We encourage all families to participate. Please email me at terrymeng58@att.net as soon as you can (and hopefully by September 1) with the following information: Parents’ name, address, and phone numbers; student’s name, mailing address, and phone number and the student’s date of birth. We look forward to hearing from you. The FLAME

Bring your enthusiasm! • • • • • • •

Please bring any tools you have and a pair of work gloves Bring sunscreen Improve our community Opportunity for social fellowship and participation Show pride in our beautiful temple Educate our youth in community involvement Volunteers needed to assist in all areas, many hands make light work

To confirm attendance please RSVP to the temple office, bruce@pjtc.net 7

August 2015

Weizmann Day School: State of the Arts

Shabbat Service Schedule 9:00 am - Torah Study Every Shabbat, Lounge*

by Lisa Feldman M.A.Ed., Head of School

Every June at Weizmann Day School we close out the year in grand fashion at our student Art Show. And every June, I enjoy being proven wrong for even entertaining the possibility that this year’s show cannot possibly top last year’s. The Art Show is a favorite among our families, and is a great reflection of the excellence of our art program. In addition to believing in the importance of arts education in its own right, we also know that a hands-on fine arts education helps to develop fine motor skills in young students and fosters creativity and higher order thinking skills across the board. Arts education has also been demonstrated to improve learning in reading, language arts, science and math. I credit our school’s strength in art to several factors. First is our art teacher extraordinaire, Ellen Dinerman. Ellen is a professional artist, holds a Master of Fine Arts from Claremont Graduate School and has more than twenty years of teaching experience. Ellen introduces our students to multiple handson disciplines within fine art, including drawing, painting and sculpting as well as crafts such as ceramics, sewing and weaving. She also teaches them about artists as well as art history. For example, this year the kindergarten class studied Picasso and the students created their own Blue Period portraits. Second, an integrated and enriched curriculum (that includes the arts, science and physical activity) is one of the pillars of our school mission. This means that all of our teachers integrate art seamlessly into the curriculum. For example, our third grade students learned about the Hamsa (a good luck symbol) as part of Jewish studies and created their own in ceramics. They also completed biographies of inspiring people and created sculptures from recycled bottles to accompany their written biographies. Art was also integrated into our Middle School Social Studies curriculum on Ancient Civilizations – particularly the Renaissance Period. To highlight favorite lines from our annual Shakespeare performance, our students created beautiful works featuring the illuminated lettering of that period. Finally, I credit all of our supporters who enable our school to continue to invest in arts education. We are thrilled to be able to enhance all of our education with art. It is our calling to educate our community’s future leaders. And it is wonderful to think, that as a result of their experience here at Weizmann, those leaders will carry forward and in turn, pass along their own appreciation for the arts for generations to come.

9:30 AM - Shabbat in the Round Every Shabbat, Social Hall Knell Minyan:

(in addition to the Shabbat in the Round)

9:30 AM - August 15 Knell Chapel

*Except on b'nai mitzvah or other special occasions

Picnic and Tot Shabbat Service

August 7 6:00 PM - Picnic Followed by services in Knell Chapel

Come for an evening of togetherness, song and prayer!

Join Cantor Ruth and Judy Callahan, Director of B’nai Simcha Preschool for a half-hour Shabbat experience filled with music and movement for families with children age seven and under.

Family Kabbalat Shabbat Service 6:30 PM Katz Terrace

Friday August 21

des For gra d n K-2nd a their families

Ceramic vessels created by our middle school students utilizing the potter’s wheel, hand building, coiling, glazing and firing in the school kiln.

Service will include • Singing & Dancing

Please join us

• Ask the Rabbi

Second grade weavings, with a focus on color.

• Torah Story

Kindergarten Blue Period portraits inspired by studying Pablo Picasso.

• Snack The FLAME


August 2015

We are continuing PJTC Basketball for adults (high school age and above) at 8:00 PM on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of every month. A Friendship Gathering of People of Different Faiths Adults and Youth Welcome at All Sessions

Potluck Supper* 6:30 PM-Presentation 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM Thursday, August 6- Fourth Annual ACTS Variety Show St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 1014 East Altadena Drive, Altadena To participate in the Variety Show, please contact Lori Stein at (626) 833-1492, or ldstein@earthlink.com

Please accept my sincere thanks and appreciation for the many calls and messages of concern from our wonderful PJTC friends and staff following my recent surgery. Your thoughts and support are a great factor in my rapid progress. Love, Joan Halpert

ACTS includes representatives from local Bahá’í, Baptist, Christian Science, Episcopal, Jewish, Islamic, Lutheran, and United Church of Christ communities. Donations will be accepted to help newly released people become productive members of our society. Checks can be made out to “ACTS”. *Please bring a vegetarian dish to share: appetizer, main dish, fruit, salad or dessert. For further information call the Altadena Baptist Church, (626) 797-8970.

Team Lifesavers! Donate Blood and Save Lives!

Wedding Bells The FLAME has a scoop! We are delighted to announce the engagement of our very own Andrea Edwards and Brian Mark. Andrea is our Membership VP and Brian is a past president and currently Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee. The wedding is planned for Spring 2016. It is our pleasure to inform the congregation. We wish the couple much happiness in their life together.

Huntington Hospital is sp ons or i ng te am challenges among the employees. Please donate to TEAM LIFESAVERS between now and October 30. Make an appointment (or walk-ins welcome) 626-397-5422. The location is at Huntington's Blood Donor Center, Ground Floor of the Wingate Building on Fairmount Ave. Park in the East Parking lot (across from the Emergency Department). Parking will be validated. Each donation saves 3 lives!

Safety and Security At our events and services, kids are great but remember our staff has a lot on its plate. Keeping children safe is an important thing to do but parents and grandparents, it’s up to YOU!

MiShaberach List Update

By Roz Scherr, PJTC Ritual Committee

Having Rabbi Grater or Cantor Ruth read out the names of ill or injured congregants, family and friends, plus saying a prayer for their healing is a special part of our regular Saturday morning service. However, our list can get overly long, as we don’t always know when to remove names of people who are back in good health again. To try to help manage our list, we would like to keep a name on the list for only one month, UNLESS YOU TELL US DIFFERENT. We’re certainly more than willing to keep names on longer if requested! But for short-term illnesses or accidents, we’re hoping that one month will be enough.

A Kiddush Poem by Roz Scherr

Over the years we've enjoyed each Saturday meal. Dear friends, I am writing a special appeal. Less money and helpers means we're no longer able to add a full lunch to our Shabbat Kiddush table. Unless you can help sponsor one in our Social Hall, we'll have challah and wine and cookies; that's all.

(All of September is open for you)



August 2015

Yahrzeits for August (announced Fri/Sat preceding the date) Av 16

August 01, 2015

Rita Gross Alison Heath Stephen Knepper Rose Lipser Philip Saffman Grace Schiffman Av 17

Av 19

Av 21

Av 27

August 07, 2015

Av 28

Av 29

August 13, 2015

Elul 5

Av 30

Elul 7

August 22, 2015

Gordon Franklin Ackerson Margaret Bloom Leslie Brodie Fannie Retsky Joan Socloff Sarah Strauchler Elul 8

August 23, 2015

Molly Cohen Gertrude Cousens Rose Green Sarah Jaslow Lena Kantrowitz Paul Kaplan Rose Leibl Hanne O'Dell Hanna Rosenbaum Leo Schafler Rose Tansky

August 16, 2015

Andrew Karr Susan Schwartz Elul 2

August 21, 2015

Ruelene Hochman Bette Slifkin

August 15, 2015

Ruth Ackerman Ruth Cohen Radu Fintescu Zygmunt Goldberg Jakob Hirsch Dora Rosenzweig Julius Walter Elul 1

Elul 6

August 17, 2015

Leo Chessen Zelda Fain Jennie Katzman

August 24, 2015

Stanley Claster Howard Ledeen William Rosenberg Lena Schultz Elul 10

August 25, 2015

Anna Jacoby John Loughren Mildred Michaels Regina Moskowitz Betty Shor Elul 11

August 26, 2015

Nathan Brown Majory Sue Laska Ruth Lepold Morris Shure Rachel Streiker Elul 12

August 27, 2015

Bernice Cutler Evelyn Friedman Selma Hassman Max Perry Harold Rothstein

August 20, 2015

Lillie Baker Donald Chait Evelyn Kaplan Merle Lynne Klekner Rosalind Knepper Edward Ungar

August 14, 2015

Elul 9

August 19, 2015

Harold Diner Charlotte Ebbin David Groman Tony Ness Max Rabiner Joseph Wagner

August 12, 2015

Florence Clotzman Tema Davidson Harry Kurtz Daniel Lyon Howard Schaefer Aaron Schwartz

August 08, 2015

Samuel Bergman Jeanne Eisenberg Isaac Karsh Cecelia Knell Morton Mintz Samuel Richman Pauline Weinberger

Elul 4

Abraham Kokis Jennie Taylor Bernard Weissfeld

Michael Clemens Jacob Levin Samuel S. Taylor Irvin Vego Av 23

August 11, 2015

Eric Flesher Teresa Gutierrez Tillie Mannes Richard Ryder Rosa Weinstock

August 18, 2015

Peter Binney Israel Borenkraut Lea Borenkraut Brenna Davidson Brucha Freeman Lejzor Freeman Hayme Hacker Max Kramarz Seymour Lambert Saul Landau Robert Neumann Miriam Orloff Edward Scherr Anna Weissfeld

August 10, 2015

Evelyn Gold Jules Goldman Esther Hirschkowitz Marvin Holzman Joel Ruffman Joshua Silver

August 06, 2015

Eugene Galindo Mark Hurwitz Harry Lipser Zelda Rosenberg Av 22

Av 26

August 05, 2015

Doris Becker Debbie Dinnocente Bessie Dorman Florence Mandel

Elul 3

Francis Brier Albert Groman David Minovitz Bradford Robinson

August 04, 2015

Arthur Berman Lillian Levine Susan Lowitz Av 20

Av 25

August 03, 2015

Samuel Chait Theodore Epstein Adele Glick Ida Rimsky Annette Selig Edward Weiss

August 09, 2015

Erna Baris Ruth Bernath Bella Lubow

August 02, 2015

Harold Carsh Herman Lane Lynn Seshadri Esther Vego Raymond Walter Av 18

Av 24

Elul 13

August 28, 2015

Irwin Grater Nathan Greene Mordecai Greenspan Thelma Lipton Jules Tragarz Elul 14

August 29, 2015

Isaac Goldfine Louis Surle Elul 15

August 30, 2015

Laura Feiner Frieda Fishman Max Hassman Irene Levine Frieda Wohlman Louise Zimmerman Elul 16

August 31, 2015

Judith Barron Samuel Berkowitz William Farmer Belle Levin Darlene R. Seligman Estelle Sofer Irving Teitelbaum Henry Unger

Honor Loved Ones at PJTC

Tree of Life There are many ways to commemorate simchas that occur to your loved ones here in Pasadena or anywhere in the world. As an everlasting tribute, have a LEAF placed on PJTC’s Tree of Life. Our Tree is located on the balcony overlooking the lobby. You may want to acknowledge a birth, special birthday, wedding anniversary, graduation, b’nai mitzvah, or other important milestones. You may wish to make the purchase on your own or share it with friends. All occasions are worthy of note. Placing a Leaf ensures that they will be remembered into the future. (Please keep in mind that these are NOT memorial plaques.) The cost per leaf is only $150. The text may include up to 50 letters and 4 lines. Bruce will make up a Tree of Life Certificate which you can present to your honoree. Memorial Plaques To commemorate a life and memorialize the Yahrzeit of your loved one, you may place a bronze plaque in the entrance to the sanctuary. On the eve of the Yahrzeit, the small light will be turned on and the person’s name will be mentioned from the Bimah at the time of the Kaddish prayer. The cost is $350. The script can include 3 or 4 lines and a maximum of 30 spaces. In addition, the name is included in the yearly Yom Kippur Yizkor booklet. For additional information and to place an order, contact Bruce at the Temple office (626) 798-1161. The FLAME


August 2015

July Donations General Fund

Jeffrey Sacks & Leah Zimmerman in celebration of their daughter’s bat mitzvah Arlene & Maury sending get well wishes & a speedy recovery to Joan Halpert Barbara Weisenberg & Len Lipton wishing a speedy recovery to Joan Halpert Howard Berkowitz & Jessica Rowe in honor of Susan Auerbach’s bat mitzvah Aaron Golden Jo Anne Kindler in memory of Louise Lorden

Sisterhood Tributes

To Nancy & Craig Copeland in honor of the marriage of their son, Adam to Carolina Cuervo, from Ruth Kaye, and Jan & Josh Pais To Ricki & Lonne Lane in honor of their 50th wedding anniversary, from Aty & Howard Rotter To Nurith & Peter Brier in celebration of the birth of their new granddaughter, Zehavya Lotte Krauss, from Anita & Jeff Landau, and Kathy Kobayashi & Hal Barron To Catherine & Joel Lefkowitz in celebration of the birth of their new grandson, River Liam Carlyle, from Kathy Kobayashi & Hal Barron To Maya Sheklow & family in honor of her bat mitzvah, from Anita & Jeff Landau To Andrea Edwards & Brian Mark in honor of their engagement, from Stacy & Stu Miller, and Edie Taylor To Shirley Hoffman, wishing her a speedy recovery & return to good health, from Edie Taylor To Ernie Abbit, wishing him a speedy recovery & return to good health, from Edie Taylor To Allen Emmerich, wishing him a speedy recovery & return to good health, from Edie Taylor To Liz Green, wishing her a speedy recovery & return to good health, from Debbie & John Guest To Linda Elyad, wishing her a speedy recovery & return to good health, from Ginny & Ira Blitz, and Kathy Kobayashi & Hal Barron To Franci Levine-Grater, wishing her a speedy recovery & return to good health, from Bonnie Buratti & Kai Lam, Carolyn & Scott Siegal, Ginny & Ira Blitz, Anita & Jeff Landau, Debbie & John Guest, Kathy Kobayashi & Hal Barron, Jan & Josh Pais, Sue Galpert, Ruth Kaye, Nancy & Craig Copeland, and Barbara Levinson To Joan Halpert, wishing her a speedy recovery & return to good health, from Edie Taylor, Ginny & Ira Blitz, Nancy & John Carlton, Debbie & John Guest, Kathy Kobayashi & Hal Barron, Jan & Josh Pais, Sue Galpert, Ruth Kaye, Nancy & Craig Copeland, and Barbara Levinson To Edie Taylor, in memory of her beloved son, Gary Taylor, from Shirley Hoffman & family To Nurit Burrow & family in memory of her beloved father, Jacob Gold, from Shirley Hoffman & family, and Ruth Kaye To Aty Rotter & family in memory of her beloved father, Dolfi Gruenfeld, from Shirley Hoffman & family, and Ruth Kaye To Alice Shulman, in memory of her beloved daughter, Marilyn Beasley, from Ruth Kaye To Gail Moore, in memory of her beloved aunt, Charlotte Wagner, from Kathy Kobayashi & Hal Barron

Fuchs Fund

To Henry Fuchs, congratulations on the major honor being awarded to him at the 42nd Annual International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques, from Edie Taylor

MAC (Membership Assistance Committee)

In honor of Ricki Lane with thanks for all her help to Edie Taylor, from Hy Vego From Paula & Victor Waluch in memory of Edie Taylor’s beloved son, Gary Taylor From Arlene & Maury Weiss in loving memory of son, Teddy Weiss From Mickey & Mary Ann Bernath in memory of Mickey’s mother Ruth Bernath

Yahrzeit Donations to General Fund Donated by: Adrienne Bass Allen Emmerich Dolores Schwam Dolores Schwam Stacy Miller Peter Dreier Terry Meng Terry Meng Michael Klekner Vance Tyree Ellen Ardman Stephanie Ivler Daniel Nissimyan Talia Nissimyan Jill Adler-Moore Kathryn Gundersen Hava Ben-Zvi Anita Landau Martha Ruffman Judith Fox Eugene Roberts Gita Earll Pauline Polansky Pauline Polansky Pauline Polansky Pauline Polansky Edie Taylor Edie Taylor Edie Taylor Edie Taylor Edie Taylor Gil Kollin


In Memory of: Father, Morris Bass Mother, Jeanette Emmerich Mother, Freda Watson Husband, Edward Schwam Father, Ed Schwam Father & Mother, Theodore & Beatrice Dreier Father, James C. Meng Aunt, Genena Wadsworth Father, Ben Klekner Mother, Sally Tyree Father, Jack Ardman Father, Daniel Ivler Grandfather, Daniel Ivler Grandfather, Daniel Ivler Father, Milton Michaels Father, Maurice Cohen Father, Herman Bromberg Father, Gregory Frey Husband, Joel Ruffman Father, Harold Carsh Father, Ruvim Rabinowitch Father, Shimon Weitmann Brother, Sidney Lipser Grandparents, Fanny & Harry Finesod Aunt, Libby Silberblatt Father-in-law, Louis M. Witkin Sister-in-Law, Mariam Vego Aunt, Esther Vego Husband, Samuel Taylor Brother, Irv Vego Mother-in-law, Jennie Taylor Father, Charles Kollin

— Contact for Donations —

Donate to Temple Projects & Funds Order a Memorial Plaque Freeman Passover Fund Order Leaf/Stone on Tree of Life.... Temple Office (626) 798-1161 Shabbat b'Lev Music Fund ....................................... Cantor Ruth MAC Committee.................................................... Claire Gorfinkel PJTC Oral History Project....................................Michael Several Simcha & Memorial Tablecloths............................. Paula Waluch Sisterhood's Lena Berman Tribute Fund................... Roz Scherr Dedicate a Prayer Book....................................... Sheila Padlipsky Large Print Sim Shalom..................................................Roz Scherr Rabbi Galpert Memorial Fund......................................... Jan Pais Shirley Hoffman L.B. Silver Religious School........................................... Jan Pais Torah Fund Donations................................................Bobbi Sloan Judaica Shop................................................................Stacy Miller Sisterhood Kitchen Fund.....................................Nancy Copeland Women's Retreat Fund..........................................Nancy Copeland Madeline Mark Memorial Fund....................................Ruth Several


August 2015

August Birthdays August 1 .............. Samuel Levin August 2 ................... Dane Little Jacqueline Passanisi Pauline Polansky Tova Rosenbaum Neil Segil Paula Waluch August 4 ................ Katie Pattow August 5 ......... Benjamin Beirich James Hogan Jo Anne Kindler Charlotte Nortman August 6 ................ Robert Abad August 7 ...........Debra Bergman Edward Brunngraber Zandra Hanson Samantha Miller Elyse Okun August 8 ............... Jared Becker Janice Clotzman Edward Gomperts Susan Kane Morris Levy August 9 ................ Michael Burr Giovanna Fradkin Jane Monterroso Anna Moore Stacy Ober August 10 ......... Jack DeBoskey Michael Friedman Mitchell Horowitz Herbert Phillips Mickey Segal Olivia Widman August 11 ............Hervey Segall August 12 ........Sheila Padlipsky Alden Weiss August 13 ..........Roberta Breton Sarai Golden-Krasner Carmela Michaeli Daniel Silver Liana Zangwill August 14 ........... Erin Manacker Herbert Meiselman

and Anniversaries

August 15 ........... Moshe Aviram Mike Beubis Talia Goldstein Kyle Schmidt August 16 ................ Martin Alon Estelle Bogad Lea Dickter Katherine Kobayashi August 17 .............. Sean Surfas August 18 ................ Terry Meng August 19 ............. Lia Friedman Catherine Andersen Madeline Klein Maureen McGrath Athalia Rotter August 20 .............Hilary Jacobs Amy Larion-Beubis Nathan Lujan August 21 ....... Bradley Horowitz August 22 .............. Virginia Blitz August 23 ...........George Lubow

Simon and Nurit Burrow .............................................................8/1/1976 Mark and Roberta Tragarz .........................................................8/1/1993 Lewis and Debra Stern ...............................................................8/1/1999 John and Debbie Guest . ............................................................8/2/1981 Morris and Daniela Levy . ...........................................................8/6/2009 Paul and Nancy Spiegel .............................................................8/7/1988 Andy and Jenny Owen ...............................................................8/7/1999

Allen and Helene Emmerich ......................#40...................8/10/1975

Jonathan Greene and Cynthia Eller ......................................... 8/11/1991 Howard and Faith Segal ........................................................... 8/11/2002 Noah and Maya Golden-Krasner . ............................................8/12/2000 Rick and Roni Orlina ................................................................8/13/2006 Howard and Aty Rotter .............................................................8/14/1977 Neil Brown and Karen Hochman Brown ...................................8/14/1983 Mel and Barbara Cohen ...........................................................8/15/1954

Marv and Ilene Donner ..............................#50...................8/15/1965

Mike Ostroff and Joanne Topol . ...............................................8/15/1981 Louis and Connie Friedman .....................................................8/16/1963 Martin Lewin and Helen Rotenberg-Lewin ...............................8/16/1992 Paul and Toni Andersen ...........................................................8/18/1973 Jake and Melissa Levy .............................................................8/18/2013 Mickey and Lee Segal ..............................................................8/20/1978 Howard and Cynthia Shilling ....................................................8/21/1994 Abraham and Thelma Alkana ...................................................8/23/1944

Adam Sharp

August 24 ..............Boaz Mindell Roslyn Scherr August 25 .....................Leo Raz Hannah Shilling August 26 .....Barbara Gomperts Kelly Linden August 27 ......... Steven Hartford Marlene Schram August 28 ...........Martin Howard August 29 ........ Anita Bergmann Ryan Earll Maxwell Ho Daniela Levy Amy Mandel August 30 ........ Rebecca Beirich Ariel Brand Brian Droker Max Stern August 31 ........Abraham Alkana Kathleen Copus

Michael and Jakki Sencer .........................#45...................8/23/1970

Irv and Matty Feuer ..................................................................8/30/1953 Jerome Metivier and Julie Sonigo ............................................8/30/2000

Thanks to Our JulyVolunteers PJTC offers our members a variety of ways to be of service to the Temple. Those who are able to give of their time are vital to sustaining our community. To host an Oneg, call Arlene Weiss. To host a Kiddush, call Roz Scherr. July 3/4 July 10/11 July 17/18

Please remember to bring canned food whenever you come to the temple. Be sure to notice the basket on the table in the main lobby. Please bring a couple of cans of food to help fill it.

July 24/25 July 31/Aug.1

Sondra Dreshner

Guy Zohar and Meredith Hampton Los Angeles

Alyssa Bachmann Valley Village

Karl Yeh and Debbie Beaser


Jacob Levy Erich Schlecht

Roz Scherr

Torah, Haftorah & Book of Lamentations (Eicha)Readers

Bonnie Buratti Darrell Cozen Linda Rourman

Jeff Chan Sondra Dreshner Roz Scherr

Mark Chodos Noah Golden-Krasner Erich Schlecht

Office Volunteers


Ryna Aviram Ginny Blitz Jerry Halpert Ruth Kaye Marlene Reichenbach George Roegler Edie Taylor Arlene Weiss

Cecil and Rachel Schmidt Pasadena


Oneg & Kiddush Hosts

Oneg hosted by Sisterhood Kiddush hosted by Ofer Ho in honor of his daughter Maggie's birthday Oneg hosted by Sisterhood Kiddush hosted by the Shabbes Minyan Group Oneg hosted by Sisterhood Kiddush hosted by Rob Anderson in honor of his 58th birthday Oneg hosted by Sisterhood Kiddush hosted by the Pistol-Boesch family Oneg hosted by Sisterhood Kiddush hosted by the Shabbes Minyan Group


Judy Ellis Sheila Padlipsky Roz Scherr

August 2015

We Are Collecting: By Edie Taylor

Used cell phones – LBSRS is collecting, look for their box Printer ink cartridges - bring to Bruce Used eye glasses, clear and sunglasses, also hearing aids - box in Workroom Toiletries from hotels, all sizes - box in Workroom - goes to Union Station Plastic bottles - recycled by USY, container in the back of main building. Aluminum cans - also recycled by USY, place in blue barrel in back of building Yarn, 4-ply acrylic, all colors, used to make afghans for Huntington Hospital and County/USC Pediatric Dept. Bring to my attention. No wool, please! Remember the Foothill Unity Center barrels near the entrance to Wohlmann Hall. You may drop in canned goods, clothing, household items, and anything that they may be able to sell in their Thrift Shop to raise funds for the food bank. These are all mitzvah makers. Everything is recyclable. Call me if you have larger home furnishings. Edie Taylor, (626)-792-1237 or edie@pjtc.net.

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Custom Judaica • Mazel Tov bags

• Chuppahs • Challah covers • Matzoh covers and more

Pro musician on your piano or portable keyboard

Call Linda Rourman (626) 447-7252 LKR_48@yahoo.com www.Rourmantallitot.com -Temple Member-

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August 2015

A special thank you to all the volunteers who "worked" in the PJTC Sisterhood gift shop. If you ask any of them, they will tell you how rewarding it can be. Please consider volunteering in the gift shop when the new school year begins. It’s a great way to meet fellow congregants and be helpful with special occasions. Summer hours are by appointment or when the office is open. Our friendly office staff is happy to help. Stay tuned for wonderful new Judaica items for the High Holy Days.

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August 2015

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Sisterhood’s High Holy Day Greetings Book & Directory

Extend High Holy Day Greetings to the Pasadena Jewish Community. • Greetings from your immediate family or business are available in the following sizes: 3.5”(w) x 2.25”(h) — $36.00 • 3.5”(w) x 4.5”(h) — $54.00 • 7”(w) x 4.5”(h) — $72.00 Listing on the name page. (Greeting #1 is used on this page.) — $18.00

The Greetings Booklets will be available for pick up at Rosh Hashanah Services. If you wish to have yours mailed to your home, please include $5.00 to cover postage and packaging.

You may choose from the following messages or submit a message of your own. 1.

Ktivah V’chatima Tova - may you be inscribed and sealed for a good year in the Book of Life.


May the New Year be abundant in good health, peace, happiness and love.


The __________________________________ family extends best wishes for a Happy New Year.


Wishing our friends and community a year of blessings, joy, well-being and peace.


Custom: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________

Print the names you wish to appear in your greeting: ___________________________________________

________________________________________________________________________ Please mail a check, payable to PJTC Sisterhood, along with this form to:

PJTC Sisterhood - HH Greetings 1434 Altadena Drive, Pasadena, CA 91107

Thedeadline deadline for for submission is August 14,1,2015 The submissionof ofgreetings greetingsand andpayments payments is August 2015 Questions about greetings? Call Ruth Kaye.

Or contact the temple at (626) 798-1161 or sisterhood@pjtc.net

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