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Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater Haftorah: Less is More H a p p y 2015! Firstly, on behalf of E lla, Noah, Franci and our entire family, we want to say a huge thank you, todah rabbah, to the e nt i re P J TC c o m m u n i t y, e s p e c i a l l y o u r hardworking staff, for helping to make our children’s b’nai mitzvah such a special and wonderful day. We greatly appreciate everyone who worked extra hard, dedicated time, materials, love and support to help us. Thank you!! As we begin this new calendar year, I wanted to share one of the decisions the Ritual Committee and clergy made recently that will start to be implemented now. We are always looking for ways to adapt our services to create space for a more enjoyable and meaningful prayer experience. One of the ways that many synagogues around the country are doing that is by shortening, or eliminating, the haftorah reading on Shabbat morning. While the reading can be interesting and engaging, they often are very long and leave most in the congregation either reading something else, zoning out or taking a break. As a way of keeping with the tradition but also allowing for some new ideas to emerge, we have decided to shorten the weekly haftorah to 10 or so verses, ending it at an appropriate place. This is based on the fact that the shortest haftorah of the year is 9-10 verses and it is a good amount of text

to hear the beautiful trope and have some of the words of our prophets chanted. This will be not only for b’nai mitzvah, but every week. The main impetus for this is so that we can use the extra time to explore the Torah deeper, explore the haftorah sometimes deeper, or have more time for other creative exploration of the liturgy. The haftorah time is the most passive of the whole service, with all of us sitting and listening to the person chanting. I would like us to be more engaged during this time of the service, so while we are not eliminating the haftorah entirely, which we do for our Shabbat Rinah, this change will hopefully allow us to both have a few moments of the haftorah while allowing space for other study or prayer. It also makes it more manageable for people who might want to learn to chant a haftorah. While I understand that some people can chant the whole haftorah, and might want to, we hope that our regular readers, and those who might start reading, will honor this change and not request to do the entire portion. It is just as much an honor to read 10 verses as it is to read 20 or 30 verses. As Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook, one of the early chief rabbis in Israel, has famously taught, our job is to “make the old new, and the new holy.” With this small change to our service structure, we hope that we are honoring his teaching, both in making the old new and the new holy. The trend in the non-Orthodox American Jewish community, as you can read online, is toward more creative and engaging prayer experiences,

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

January 2/3

Parashat: Vayhi

Tot Shabbat 6:45 PM Knell Chapel Fri. Service 7:30 PM Galpert Sanctuary Oneg hosted by Sisterhood Sat. Service 9:00 AM Knell Chapel Kiddush hosted by the Rosen family in memory of their mother, Evelyn Glick Rosen January 9/10

Parashat: Shemot

Family Kabbalat Shabbat 6:30 PM Social Hall Fri. Service 7:30 PM Galpert Sanctuary Oneg hosted by Sisterhood Sat. Service 9:00 AM Knell Chapel Kiddush hosted by the Shabbes Minyan Group January 16/17

Parashat: Va’era

Fri. Service 7:30 PM Galpert Sanctuary Oneg hosted by Sisterhood Sat. Service 9:00 AM Knell Chapel Kiddush hosted by the Shabbes Minyan Group January 23/24

Parashat: Bo

Michael Karish Bar Mitzvah Fri. Service 7:30 PM Galpert Sanctuary Sat. Service 9:00 AM Galpert Sanctuary Oneg and Kiddush hosted by Haley and Marc Karish January 30/31

Parashat: Beshallah

Fri. Service 7:30 PM Galpert Sanctuary Oneg hosted by Sisterhood Shabbat Shirah Musical Service Sat. Service 9:00 AM In The Round Kiddush hosted by the Shabbes Minyan Group

Shabbat Shirah Musical Service

Saturday, January 31 9:00 AM, Social Hall

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

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Adult Education Committee by Carol Sofer, Committee Chair

The Adult Ed Committee and Caring Community are pleased to offer “An Introduction to Taharah and Chevra Kaddisha workshop and breakfast program on Sunday, March 22, 10:15 AM - 12 Noon. The program is provided by the Jewish Burial Society of Southern California (JBSSC). T he Je w ish Bu r i a l S o c i e t y of Southern California (JBSSC) strives to raise community awareness of Jewish rituals around death and burial, as a means to strengthen understanding of the sacredness of life. PJTC and other community members will learn: • Jewish understandings of death and their implications for our spiritual lives • The stand that Judaism takes against the denial of death and our obligation to choose life • The mitzvot surrounding death, including honoring families (kavod av v’em), visiting the sick (bikkur cholim), honoring the dead (kavod hameit) and comforting mourners (nichum avelim) • The practices of guarding the body (shmirah) and preparing it for burial (taharah) • The role and benefits to the community of living out the values of these mitzvot. Workshop leaders are Rabbi Avivah Erlick, a community chaplain in private practice, with a referral agency called LA Community Chaplaincy Services (LACCS) and Rabbi T’mimah Ickovits, the founding rabbi and spiritual leader of Holistic Jew in Santa Monica, who serves on the Steering Committee for the Jewish Burial Society of Southern California. Rabbi T’mimah is familiar to PJTC as she presented “A Walk Through the Siddur” workshop last October. Please plan to attend this very important event. Other Adult Education Activities: 1. The Documentary Discussion Group meets monthly on Tuesday nights at 7:00 PM. This well-attended group enjoys watching contemporary documentaries on a variety of subjects and then engages in a non-structured discussion. For information, please contact Jerry Halpert.

2. Our Book Group meets monthly on the second Thursday night at 7:30 PM to share ideas about a designated book. Both fiction and nonfiction works are included. Please contact Liz Green for information. 3. Talmud and Bible classes with Rabbi Kollin meet every Monday night at 7:00 and 8:00 PM respectively. 4. Hebrew classes with Nurith Brier on Thursday evenings begin at 5:15 PM. 5. Engaging Israel class facilitated by Rabbi Grater has been meeting on alternate Wednesday nights 7:009:00 PM from October through early December, and will resume on February 25. This video program was produced by the Hartman Institute and features Rabbi Donniel Hartman with a short lecture followed by a dialogue between him and other experts on the Israel-Diaspora relationship. Classes have been attended by more than 20 people. 6. Adult b’nai mitzvah class, taught by Cantor Ruth and Rabbi Grater, will culminate with a group b’nai mitzvah on Shabbat weekend, May 29-30, 2015. Please check with Cantor Ruth for information regarding formation of the next class. Save the Dates: Sunday, April 26, at 4:30 PM. Interactive Workshop on Medical Ethics: “Choose Life.” Contemporary Issues in Bio-Ethics, co-sponsored with PJTC’s Caring Community. Saturday nig ht, May 23. Ere v Shavuot service followed by TED-style learning program with multiple learning opportunities. The Adult Education Committee is looking for some new committee members. There are not a lot of meetings to attend. A large portion of the planning and organizing is handled through email. Please contact Carol Sofer, carolsofer@yahoo.com for information.

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January 2015

Membership News

Men's Club

by Andrea Edwards, Membership VP

by Andy Schwarz, President

Your Membership committee continues to be very busy. Our newest group of members is 75 families strong, representing 186 new people to our community. How fabulous! Your Membership Committee is dedicated to helping our newest members experience and feel the warmth of our community. We strive to make all members feel welcomed and committed to our PJTC family. We do this by hosting an event almost every six weeks, in which the new members get to know one another and our Board, while interacting with our existing PJTC family. On Sunday, November 2, we hosted a spectacularly successful New Member BBQ on the Katz Terrace. The weather worked in our favor; it was a gorgeous, sunny, warm day. It was a beautiful event, with many new members getting to know one another, and many children making new friends. It helped that the food was delicious too. See the pictures of this event below Our next gathering was at the annual Whitman family dinner on December 5. Our thanks to the Whitman Family for generously hosting a delicious holiday dinner for the entire congregation. Many new families enjoyed the welcoming ambiance, and it warmed my heart to see them integrate so seamlessly with our existing congregants. In the next few months, we will continue to host events for our newest members and focus on integrating them into our family. I’ll be reporting back on the success of those events. As always, you are welcome to attend any of our Membership Committee meetings. The next one is on Tuesday, January 6 at 7:30 PM in the Lounge at PJTC.

The PJTC Men's Club finished the year off with a bang, beginning on November 15 with our Second Annual Men's Club Night at the Races Fundraiser. Over 100 people attended and had a wonderful evening featuring the excitement of the video races and the delicious deli dinner, as well as some great prizes to the winners. All of the proceeds are going to support the PJTC Youth Programs. We followed that up a week later on Sunday, November 23, when the Men's Club, together with the Israel Committee, hosted a bagel breakfast for Rabbi Mikie Goldstein of our sister synagogue in Rehovot, Israel. O n S u n d a y, December 7, we had our quarterly Men's Club Breakfast at which 50 people heard Dr. Eugene Roberts, a Distinguished Member of the National Academy of Sciences, talk about "Neuroscience, Chemistry, Cancer, and being Jewish." I would like to acknowledge our recent football pool winners and thank them for their support. They are Mickey Segal, Rabbi Grater, Jon Weisz, Jerry Kaplan, Jim Schaefer, and Erich Schlecht. The Men's Club was also pleased to present yads on their b'nai mitzvah to Kyle Schmidt, Elizabeth Silverstone, and Noah and Ella Grater. The first Men's Club event of the New Year will be a free pancake breakfast on Sunday, January 11, at 9:15 AM to welcome back both our religious school students and their parents from the winter break. In conjunction with Claire Gorfinkel, our Synagogue Caring Community Coordinator, our next project will be to help arrange and provide rides to congregants so that they can attend Friday night and/or Saturday morning services as well as rides to other Temple events. If you have a need for this service, please contact Claire at cgorfinkel@earthlink.net and she will get in touch with us. On behalf of the Men's Club Board of Directors I would like to wish everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year and hope to see you at our upcoming events.

Rock-a-Bye Baby

grandson) in Brooklyn, NY.

Mazel tov to Marlene Reichenbach, who has another great-grandchild, number18! Shira Rivka was born on Thanksgiving Day, November 27, to Sarah and Dov Schreiber (Marlene’s

What a special month for our family! Son Daniel's wedding was followed by birth of daughter Mira's new baby Raquel three weeks later. A big thanks to everyone who's taken time to send tribute cards and other good wishes to us for both these wonderful occasions. We greatly appreciate you all! Roz and Larry Scherr

And another Mazel Tov to Roz and Larry Scherr, whose daughter Mira and husband Tony Carriles have a new baby daughter, Raquel Avigael Carriles-Scherr, born on November 28 in San Jose. The FLAME


January 2015

Interfaith Study Group

Strategic Planning Committee Update

The Interfaith Study Group was founded in 2007 by members of Pasadena Jewish Temple, All Saints Episcopal Church, Pasadena, and Islamic Center of So. Calif., L.A. We meet monthly, rotating venues. We learn from each other respectfully in a congenial environment. The one-hour meeting is followed by a vegetarian potluck (beverages, paper goods, silverware provided), then a question and discussion period. Sunday, January 11, 2015, 5:00–7:00 PM, at All Saints Church, 132 N. Euclid Ave., Pasadena, Speaker Edina Lekovic, Director, Policy & Programming, Muslim Public Affairs Council and Co-founder, NewGround: A MuslimJewish Partnership for Change, will speak on New Ground’s work. Lia Mandelbaum, writer and Cal State LA social work graduate student, will speak about her unique project with NewGround. Sunday, February 8, 2015, 5:00-7:00 PM, at Pasadena Jewish Temple. Rev. Donna Byrns, Executive Director of Friends In Deed, Pasadena, will speak of her own interfaith journey as well as the history of Friends in Deed. For further information, or to be on our email list, phone Norma Sigmund, phone (626) 583-2734, email NSigmund@ allsaints_pas.org, or contact Cecilia Fox, via PJTC.

Thank you, PJTC! The three-week window for participating in the PJTC strategic planning survey is closed. Participation was remarkable. Our consultant, Measuring Success, tells us that the average participation rate for synagogues our size is under 55%. Thanks to your cooperation, our participation rate was 70.9%. In the words of our consultant, “We have a hugely robust set of data to work with.” Now Measuring Success has begun to do its analytical work on what the data are telling us about ourselves. They should finish the task very soon. After that, we will hold rounds of focus groups, to be organized to explore issues highlighted by the survey. As always, I will keep you informed.  Thank you again for helping us “Listen.”  Next, we “Understand.”  Then we craft the strategic plan, and “Act.”

by Cecilia Fox, PJTC’s ISG representative

PJTC Green Committee

by Meredith Rose, Committee Facilitator

PJTC Joins CIPL There’s no need to explain the meaning of the initials PJTC, but CIPL may be another story. The letters stand for California Interfaith Power and Light, a national organization that seeks to respond “to global warming through the promotion of energy conservation, energy efficiency and renewable energy” (www.interfaithpower.org). The group offers resources and advocacy on a cost-free basis to congregations across the country. PJTC has recently joined CIPL, and by doing so has joined the ranks of other faith-based communities that have a spiritual tradition to be stewards of creation. CIPL was founded in January of 2001 in San Francisco and is comprised of a wide range of religious congregations, including 33 Jewish organizations, of which ten are located in Southern California. PJTC has benefited from the resources and advocacy work that CIPL provides, particularly in aiding the Green Committee in researching solar panels. Allis Druffel, the Southern California Outreach Director, has been instrumental in directing PJTC’s Green Committee to other local congregations that have installed solar arrays. In addition, she has given us information about solar contractors, financing options, and the long-term financial benefits of solar. CIPL also provides links and resources to help congregations with energy audits and building improvements, education and advocacy. Their website, noted above, provides a wealth of information describing all the work that CIPL does. Now PJTC is part of a nation-wide faith-based organization that is working to address sustainability for our health and the health of our planet. The FLAME

by Brian Mark, Committee Chair

Israel Matters

by Jeff Landau, Committee Chair

Invited by the PJTC Adult Education and Israel committees, PJTC member Stephanie Ivler spoke as the mother of an IDF soldier and the meaning this brought to her volunteer service on an IDF base during Operation  Tzuk Eitan.  She shared an email that her son Daniel, who is also PJTC member Sue Galpert’s  grandson, wrote to her after having been given a command in his special forces paratrooper unit:   “Hey Mom, I just wanted to say that I love you. Things may be tough, but when you remind yourself that you made the decision to be there to make a difference, to better the lives of the people you serve, you won’t have difficulty getting through the long days. Mind over matter, that’s what I tell my soldiers all day long…when you’re on the verge of breaking, of giving up (on yourself – I strongly believe that we never give up on anything but ourselves), and you tell yourself “just one more minute, one more hour, one more day, just one more… and then one more…that’s when the rainbow comes out. That’s the point when I smile inside and see my own true colors. Proving something is personal. Though I think most people do it for others, I am showing myself that I am better than I was the day before. All we are is who we make ourselves to be. “I just read over what I wrote and it wasn’t meant to be some kind of motivational stuff.  I just kinda went with my thoughts.  When you start asking yourself “why am I doing this, why am I suffering?”…it’s not suffering.  So things get a little hard….so what? We fold and run away with our tails in between our legs? No. We get by, and then again. I’ve been at the breaking point quite a few times these last couple of years.  What have I learned? I dunno… the sun will still rise tomorrow before my eyes.  “I love you, “Daniel” 4

January 2015

MAC needs YOU – And YOU need MAC!!

Madeline Mark Memorial Award

Our MAC (Membership Assistance Committee) is in need of a new chairperson, or a team of two, plus additional committee members. I chaired it for many years. Although it can be suddenly hectic, it is truly rewarding. I finally left the post because I no longer drive. Aty Rotter and Ricki Lane have stepped in, but they have a lot on their plates now, and we need some new people. It’s time for a meeting to discuss the future of MAC. MAC provides a service that many congregations do not offer: assistance when a family is dealing with a bereavement. Most families do not think of it or make any plans until suddenly it happens – and we are here to help. If you are new to PJTC and are not aware of MAC, here is one of our main responsibilities: If the family wishes, we step in to offer support when there has been a death in the family. Sometimes people are at a loss as to how to proceed. We know who to call and what to do, including arrangements for a reception when guests return from the cemetery. All details are available in a folder I have prepared for our committee members. In addition, we keep track of those who are seriously ill or have had surgery or a bereavement. A caring note is sent. Later, before the High Holy Days, a delivery committee fans out to visit these congregants and bring them flowering plants. Before Passover we deliver bags of Passover food items to the people on our list. Many volunteers help with those deliveries, which are very much appreciated. If you have had help from MAC in the past, you know how much it means to your family when we come to your door. Would you like to be part of the group that does that? We will have a meeting of all interested parties in early January. Please call or email me and let me know that you would like to attend. It will be during the day at PJTC. I will let you know the exact day and time. Please contact me at etpasadena@charter.net.

PJTC is pleased to announce the third annual Madeline Mark Memorial Award. This honor will be awarded annually to the post-b’nai mitzvah student (ages 14-18), who most exemplifies the value of longtime PJTC member, Madeline Mark. She was deeply involved in encouraging youth to find their highest expression of growth, motivation, and unique achievement. To honor Madeline’s memory, PJTC encourages its youth to develop in the positive direction that meant so much to her. Post-b’nai mitzvah students who are engaged in volunteer activities (such as the journey through his/her mitzvah project), at the Louis B. Silver Religious School, at their own public or private school, or through their own individual initiative, are invited to write an essay of approximately 500 words. This essay should briefly describe the project, and focus primarily on the personal realizations achieved in doing the project. The student whose essay is deemed to best represent the values of reflection, growth, and positive change will be awarded a grant of $250, and that student’s name will be added to the Madeline Mark Memorial Honor Plaque to be prominently displayed at PJTC. All essays will be published online on the PJTC website, and the winning essay will be published in the FLAME. The award is open to PJTC members only. The MMMA Committee invites and encourages all post-b’nai mitzvah students to submit their essays by March 31, 2015. The award will be recognized and presented at the final Friday night service of the Louis B. Silver Religious School year. For more information, please contact Ruth Several, MMMA Committee Chair, via email at rseveral@sbcglobal.net.

by Edie Taylor

by Ruth Several, Chair, MMA Committee

Update On Israel, Egypt & The Middle East

By Mark Lavie, Former Night Editor, Associated Press Jerusalem and Cairo Tuesday, January 27, 7:30 PM

Stop the Presses!

Ricky Calvin’s* HAPPY PURIM Greetings are on the way.. Every year one of Sisterhood’s most successful and fun campaigns is based on the custom of exchanging gift baskets (Mishloach Manot) on Purim. This year, Purim is on March 5, and that means the Sisterhood Happy Purim fundraiser is close at hand. Don’t miss this chance to send Purim greetings to your fellow PJTC congregants. Every family (even a family of one!) may pick up a gift bag filled with Purim goodies by Sisterhood and will receive the list of greetings sent by other PJTC members, regardless of their own participation in the program. Look for details in an upcoming email, and in the February FLAME. *(FYI, Last year, after the sudden loss of our dear member, Ricky Calvin, who originated Happy Purim, Sisterhood voted to name this project for her). The FLAME

Mark Lavie will be visiting PJTC, in person, providing another up-to-the-minute report on the current situation in Israel and the Middle East. Mark will be reporting on the chaotic political situation in Israel, as well as Israel’s relations with its neighbors in the Middle East. He’ll also be discussing the latest edition of his book Broken Spring. Broken Spring describes the failure of the Arab Spring. It also discusses the death of the Egyptian Jewish community. His update includes a chapter on exactly why it is impossible to obtain accurate news reporting from Gaza or just about anywhere else in the Middle East. Refreshments will be served. Presented by the PJTC Israel Committee and Adat Shalom-Emanuel, our sister synagogue in Rehovot. 5

January 2015

Yahrzeits for January (announced Fri/Sat preceding the date) Tevet 10

January 01, 2015

Tevet 19

Irving Elston Matthew Nortman Tevet 11

Tevet 12

January 03, 2015

Phyllis Costell Lester Girsh Anne Reiff Theodore Rosner Josephine Tobias Steve Weiner Tevet 13

Tevet 14

January 06, 2015

Barney Hokin Raymond Lowitz Tevet 16

January 07, 2015

Sylvia Ashkenas Harriet Braiker Abe Davidson Sarah Kalter Dvosya Mintskovsky Lillian Roth Tevet 17

January 08, 2015

Leonard Abend Harvey Cohen Sam Goldman Esther Julius Louis Katz Marshall Miller Lyle Neal Madyln Primack Sherry Weinberg Timothy Weiner Tevet 18

January 09, 2015

Bernard Butnik Vitto Cizzi Sam Feuer Diana Frey Sylvia Goldman Abraham Heschel Edward Paioff Sophie Parsons


Tevet 21

Tevet 22

January 11, 2015

Tevet 27

January 12, 2015

Samuel Alt Edith Chessen Spencer Gilbert Margit Grotta Theodore Lester Max Lifshitz Maurice Russo Jeanne Steingold Isidor Zwirn

Tevet 28

January 13, 2015

Tevet 29

Shevat 1

January 14, 2015

January 21, 2015

Shevat 2

Shevat 8

Shevat 3

Shevat 9

Shevat 10

January 15, 2015

January 16, 2015

Shevat 5

Larry Figner Theresa Friedman Irving Gleizer Dorothy Grossman Tillie Kaplan Seymour Levine Jack Lewis Israel Morgenstern Joseph Rosenblum Beatrice Yorke

January 30, 2015

Jill Robin Brown Rod Edwards Walter Furman Queenie Gomperts Thomas Hauge Sylvia Margolin Besse Meyer Andrew Scher Manya Schwartz

January 23, 2015

January 24, 2015

Muriel Brenner Ronald Krown Minnie Leibovitz Daphne Levy Sophie Livingston Nathan Tobias Barbara Werboff

January 29, 2015

Slava Fleischhacker Terry Freeling Joseph Lackey Tim Lopez Madeline Mark Hans Strobel Anna Weinberg Philip Weissman

Mary Crane Joan Greenberg Berta Neumann Shevat 4

January 28, 2015

Leo Alkana Robert Gortman Arthur Greenberg John Jick Abraham Nisenbaum Albert Rosen David Skolnik

January 22, 2015

Fannie Ackerman Joseph Goldberg Frederick Holzer Ginda Resnick Benjamin Saltman Ruby Swerdlow

January 27, 2015

Shirley Auerbach Phillip Bunin Harry Chalek Anna Cohen Avery Douglas Eva Fox Irving Slater Louis Wolf

Esther Roth Kate Sherman Chaim Silberblatt

Alex Heller Fannie Jampolsky Josef Liberman Barbara Siegal Tevet 25

Shevat 7

January 20, 2015

Gilbert Friedman Erna Goldschmidt John Guinnes Oscar Kragen Nathan Landay Helen Reichler

January 26, 2015

Hyman Balkin Isidore Hochstein James Keys Lorraine Meltsner Benjamin Nadel John Shafer Jack Tipple Hyman Weise

January 19, 2015

Samuel Jaslow Lee Phillips Miriam Rubenstein Jeremiah Streisand

Joann Burkley Sy Epstein Father of Phillip Friend Mother of Phillip Friend Esther Greenberg Morris Hillinger Rose Jacobson Sarah Katzman Ida Leff Abraham and Esther Mittelman & Children Sadie Rice Walter Schuster Herbert Segal Yetta Weiner Henry Weinstein Tevet 24

Shevat 6

January 18, 2015

Herman Blumenfeld Eleanor Coplen Joseph Gruber Minna Morris Nathan Rappaport Lester Stroh Robert Zaban

Norma Alltshuler Selma Applebaum Leonard Freinkel Harry Levy Robert Margolis Sam Telis Mollie Weinstock Tevet 23

January 17, 2015

Sophie Carnow Goldie Fridiss Rose Rosner Gary Schleimer Sali Schwarcz

David Kokis David Schaffer Jacob Weinman

January 05, 2015

David Davidson David Moskowitz Isaac Polan Juana Procupez Herta Rothstein Tevet 15

Tevet 20

January 04, 2015

Donald Alderman Annie Brown Abraham Fishman Rachel Ginsberg Sol Hofstadler Mike Polan Larisse Rosentweig Klein Fred Schwarz Gloria Spicer

Tevet 26

Adela Licht Esther Sokoloff Lillian Taus Solly Van Der Wyk

January 02, 2015

Julius Goodman Steven Levander Sam Marion Emanuel Scherr

January 10, 2015

Shevat 11

January 31, 2015

Victor Didinsky Esther Greenberg Lorraine Roseman Pete Sattler

January 25, 2015

Hana Eizenberg Pauline Silberblatt Rose Unger Eva Zuckerman

Unveiling Notice

The family of Marilyn Kragen invites friends to the unveiling on Sunday, January 25 at noon at Eden Memorial Park in Mission Hills. Following the ceremony, friends and family are invited to a reception at the home of Edeena and Brian Gordon.


January 2015

December Donations

PJTC Book Club

General Fund

by Liz Green, Book Club Chair

Barbara Weisenberg & Len Lipton in honor of Ella & Noah Grater’s b’nai mitzvah with love and best wishes

The PJTC Book Club invites all temple members to join us in our lively discussions of a diverse selection of interesting books. We meet on the second Thursday of each month at 7:30 PM and welcome new as well as continuing participants. Please feel free to bring suggestions for future readings. Following is our schedule: January 8, 2015 – My Beloved World, a Memoir by Sonia Sotomayor. In nominating Judge Sotomayor to the highest court in the land, President Obama pointed out that her life story was the embodiment of the American dream. She grew up poor in a Bronx housing project, learned she had juvenile diabetes when she was seven years old, and lost her father a couple of years later. She went on to Princeton, Yale Law School, the Manhattan district attorney’s office, and ultimately the Supreme Court, where she became the nation’s first Hispanic justice. February 12, 2015 – The Gifts of the Jews: How a Tribe of Desert Nomads Changed the Way Everyone Thinks and Feels, by Thomas Cahill, 1999. Cahill recreates a time when the actions of a small band of people had repercussions that are still felt today. The Gifts of the Jews reveals the critical change that made western civilization possible – a new conception of men and women as individuals with unique destinies – a conception that would inform the Declaration of Independence – and our hopeful belief in progress and the sense that tomorrow can be better than today. As Thomas Cahill narrates this momentous shift, he also explains the real significance of such Biblical figures as Abraham and Sarah, Moses and Pharaoh, Joshua, Isaiah and Jeremiah. We will meet in the lounge on both dates. PJTC Book Club selections are available at Vroman’s at a 20% discount.

Madeline Mark Memorial Fund

Brian Mark in honor of Joan Halpert’s 80th birthday

Sabbes Minyan Fund

Sylvia Schleimer in honor of Roz & Larry Scherr’s new grandchild, Raquel Avigael Carriles-Scherr

Donations to General Fund

Donated by: In Memory Of Kathryn Gundersen Great-Grandmother, Goldie Landsman and Mother, Bettie Cohen Gil Kollin Wife, Yona Kollin Sylvia Schleimer Mother, Pauline Kuchinsky Sharon Goldberg Mother, Martha Handin Rochelle Kaplan Mother, Blanche Shapiro David & Gail Snyder Father & Mother, Julian & Bascha Snyder Betty Fishman Husband, Bert Fishman Erica Fishman Father, Bert Fishman Andrea Edwards Father, Jaime Blum Edie Taylor Father, Abraham Vegotsky Edie Taylor Family members who were lost in the Holocaust Mala Langholz Father, Sam Dinen Mala Langholz Sister, Beverly Newman Dolores Schwam Rosalyn Smith Sara Sternberg Sister, Rose Gorelick Giovanna Fradkin Mother, Lea Russo Sam & Peggy Schiffman Sam’s father & mother, Charles & Grace Schiffman Roz Lubow Mother & Father, Eula & Isidore Hochstein Peter Mendel Grandfather, Samuel Freeling Ruth Marcus Mother, Minnie Weissman Susie Kustner Mother, Lillian Splaver Phyllis Hassman Father, Rubin Hassman George Hassman Father, Rubin Hassman Irving Feuer Mother & Father, Bertha & Alexander Feuer Betsy Conovitz Father John Sites Martin Lewin Brother, Jack Lewin Martin Lewin Father, Solomon Lewin Ethel Cooper Father, Harry Cooper Louis Friedman Mother, Letha Friedman Jordan & Judy Ellis Son, Jonathan Ellis

Sisterhood Tributes

To Rabbi Joshua & Mrs. Franci Levine Grater & family in honor of the b’nai mitzvah of their children, Ella & Noah, from Stacy & Matt Ober, Kathy Kobayashi & Hal Barron, Karen & Neil Brown, Sue Galpert, Carolyn & Scott Siegal, Sue & Jim Hogan, Ginny & Ira Blitz, and Nancy & Craig Copeland To Roz & Larry Scherr in honor of the marriage of their son, Daniel, to Amineh Helalian, from Kathy Kobayashi & Hal Barron To Marlene Reichenbach in celebration of the birth of her greatgranddaughter (#18!), Shira Rivka Schreiber, from Marcia Alper To Carol & Eric Mills in honor of the birth of their first grandchild, Mason Wesley Mills, from Stacy & Matt Ober, Karen & Neil Brown, Ginny & Ira Blitz, Marcia Alper, Carolyn & Scott Siegal, Sue & Jim Hogan, Nancy & Craig Copeland, Debbie & John Guest, and Linda & Paul Rourman To Roz & Larry Scherr in honor of the birth of their granddaughter, Raquel Avigael Carriles-Scherr, from Judy Ungar, Karen & Neil Brown, Kathy Kobayashi & Hal Barron, Sue Galpert, Marcia Alper, Aty & Howard Rotter, Ginny & Ira Blitz, Debbie & John Guest, Joan & Jerry Halpert, Edie Taylor, and Bonnie Buratti & Kai Lam To Claire Gorfinkel in appreciation of all her efforts towards the Caring Communities Program, from Nancy & John Carlton To Zehava Eckstein-Sweet with best wishes for her speedy recovery and return to good health, from Sue & Jim Hogan


Please spread the word Israel has a new 24-hour Internet news channel broadcasting in English from Tel Aviv. This is the link: http:// www.i24news.tv/en/tv/live. Put it on your browser. It is a 24-hour news feed (from the Israeli perspective) and is intended to rival CNN, Al-Jazeera, BBC, etc. It covers world news but also has a specific Israel news section. So many people don’t know about it, but let’s not keep it a secret! There are already many hits from across the Arab world. They too are watching. To Sylvia Schleimer in memory of her beloved brother-in-law, Tom Brown, from Kathy Kobayashi & Hal Barron To Judy Raichlen & family in memory of her beloved husband, Fredric Raichlen, from Stacy & Stu Miller, and Marcia Alper 7

January 2015

Bar Mitzvah

January Birthdays January 1 . .................Ojig Ergas Pazia Bermudez-Silverman Kenneth Gerst Ethan Weiss January 2 . ... Jennifer DeBoskey Randy Shulman January 4 . ................. Art Bogad Dan Leibl Leonard Lipton Buck Pistol-Boesch Aileen Weiss January 5 . ..Ruth Berman Harris Jordan Ellis Alexandra Schiffman January 7 . ........ Sulia Bermudez Carol Bourland January 8 . ....... Tovah Goodman January 9 . ...... Sharon Goldberg Gabriel Lujan James Sale January 10 . .. Nicholas Bourland Michal Brand Steven Conovitz Paula Fenstein Fernando Fleischman January 11 ......... Kevin Bourland January 12 . ........Thelma Alkana Linda Mazur Jordan Miller Jeffrey Skolnik January 13 . ............Kaileh Pistol January 14 . ......Rebecca Cohen Jillian Goldstein Leonard Holen Isaac Levy Jonathan Pattow Ernest Robinson Edie Taylor January 15 . .... Alixandra Binney Jonah Rose January 17 . .....Emmanuel Diner Rachel Lebowitz Deborah Sullivan January 18 . ......... Dylan Gaither Alexander Radulovic

Michael Karish, son of Haley and Marc Karish, will be called to the Torah on January 24. Michael, the oldest of three children, is in the eighth grade at Marshall Fundamental School in Pasadena. He is an alumnus of B’nai Simcha Preschool and Willard Elementary. Michael enjoys collecting minerals, hiking and camping, and playing music. He plays trumpet in the Federation’s Jewish Youth Orchestra as well as in his school’s band. Michael has played many sports, but as he’s gotten older, he has focused mostly on tennis. He practices with the Pasadena Tennis Association and as part of his mitzvah project plays and instructs autistic children with ACEing Autism. He has been doing this for over a year and a half. Feeling the need to do more, Michael also chaired his family’s fundraising team for JDRF’s annual fundraising walk this past November. His family’s team, Kate Crusade, consisted of 56 people and raised over $7,200 toward a cure for type 1 diabetes.

Thanks to Our December Volunteers 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. Nov. 29 Dec. 5/6 Dec. 12/13 Dec. 19/20 Dec. 26/27

Oneg & Kiddush Hosts

Kiddush hosted by Ale Kiguelman Oneg hosted by Sisterhood Kiddush hosted by Carolyn Kunin in honor of her birthday Oneg hosted by the Hei Class parents Kiddush hosted by the Shabbes Minyan Group Oneg and Kiddush hosted by Rabbi Joshua and Franci Levine Grater in honor of the b'nai mitzvah of their children, Ella and Noah Oneg hosted by Sisterhood Kiddush hosted Marilyn Seltzer in honor of her birthday


Mickey Butnik Sondra Dreshner Roz Scherr Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

Marcia Alper Noah Grater John Guest Erich Schlecht


and Anniversaries David and Gail Snyder ......................................................... 1/3/1982 Jonathan and Katie Pattow .................................................. 1/3/2003 Jack and Eva Gold ............................................................. 1/10/1948 Craig and Nancy Copeland ................................................ 1/12/1972 Dani and Diane Michaeli .................................................... 1/18/2003 Jerry and Joan Halpert ....................................................... 1/20/1957 Kai Lam and Bonnie Buratti . .............................................. 1/23/1982 Martin and Mariko Howard ................................................. 1/24/1987 John and Nancy Carlton ............................#35................... 1/26/1980 John and Anne Sigoloff ...................................................... 1/30/1999

John Guest

Torah, & Haftorah Readers

Ofer Ho Ella Grater Franci Levine Grater Rabbi Joshua Grater Jacob Levy Melissa Levy Ruth Several Bobbi Sloan

Office Volunteers

Ryna Aviram Ginny Blitz Sue Galpert Jerry Halpert Marlene Reichenbach George Roegler Edie Taylor Arlene Weiss

January 19 . .......Steven Barston Michael A. Fox Katherine Karish Sophie Owen Oren Reynolds Eugene Roberts Lawrence Scherr January 20 . ..........Elisse Blinder Michael Butnik Bruce Horowitz Janice Pais Shayna Rothenberg Miriam Shenfeld Felicity Swerdlow January 21 . ............. Ella Becker Michael Chan January 22 . .............. Diane Burr Lillian Miller Claire Waluch January 23 . ........... Sam Felman Gabriel Johnson Michael Karish January 24 . .......... Ellen Ardman Ronald Grover January 25 . ......Claudia Argueta Maia Cohen Mindy Schiffman Lester Slifkin January 26 . ....Alice Rothenberg January 27 . ......... Scott Svonkin January 28 . ....Elisa Rothenberg Matthew Segal January 29 . .........Jeffrey Alkana Estelle Galindo Linda Horowitz January 30 . ......Andrew Arkader Ofer Ho Karen Hochman Brown Beverly Ingall Max Michelson Jenny Owen Richard Rosenbaum Evan Steinberg January 31 . ...... Julian Honowitz Diana Selig

Louis Zwick Joy Zwick

Judy Ellis Ruth Kaye Roz Scherr



January 2015

Shabbat Shirah Saturday, January 31 9:00 AM

Weizmann Middle School Reinvents the "WEEL" by Lisa Feldman MA Ed, Head of School, Weizmann Day School

In a recent article in The Atlantic entitled "Why the Demise of Field Trips is Bad News," Emily Richmond bemoans the trend of schools across the country, cutting field trips for lack of funds or instructional time. She shares a study by Jay Greene at the University of Arkansas that demonstrated "that field trips actually had a proven, tangible benefit to student learning." In the study 670 students were divided into two test groups. One attended a live theater performance of Hamlet or A Christmas Carol, and the other read the texts or watched the film. Sure enough, the live theater students scored significantly higher on vocabulary and comprehension tests. Interestingly, that group "also scored higher on tests that measured their tolerance of diverse points of view and ability to detect emotions in other people" – demonstrating benefits well beyond traditional classroom learning. Findings like these add welcome validation for our Middle School's unique Weekly WEEL (Weizmann Expeditionary Experiential Learning) program. With WEEL we enrich and expand our curriculum with travel to local museum exhibits, concerts, gardens, live theater, historical and cultural sites, and community service opportunities. At Weizmann, an important part of our mission is providing an integrated and enriched curriculum. We know that the most memorable learning is active learning – where students are actively engaged in educational experiences and handson activities. We also believe in educating the whole student. Exposure to the vast array of Los Angeles' local treasures improves their understanding of and interest in topics taught in our classrooms and stimulates their cultural awareness and intellectual curiosity well. WEEL adventures have included trips to the Getty Villa, Chinatown, a performance of Hal Holbrook as Mark Twain, a "sitzprobe" (sitting rehearsal) of Kiss Me, Kate at the Pasadena Playhouse, the Huntington Library, the Los Angeles County Art Museum, Caltech, the Norton Simon Art Museum, a Shakespeare play at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, El Pueblo and Olvera Street, the California Science Center, the Natural History Museum and a tour of at the Los Angeles County Courthouse with Judge Dean Pregerson. Our students also had the opportunity to cook some delicious holiday delicacies with our Sisterhood friends at PJTC! All of this makes for meaningful learning – the kind that often stays with students for years. We are grateful to our wonderful Middle School teachers for their boundless energy in arranging, coordinating and leading these expeditions and to our supporters for making this enrichment program possible for the students at our truly exceptional Middle School.

Please join us an uplifting musical experience as Rabbi Grater and Cantor Ruth lead services together with the Davening Team. We look forward to a morning of joy, dancing and celebration! 9:00 AM Schmooze, Schnapps, and service.

Do You Need a Ride to PJTC for Services or Other Events? Our PJTC Men's Club has graciously offered to try to help congregants who need rides to services and other events at the Temple. While they can't promise that every request will be fulfilled, they would like to start by finding out who needs transportation, and when. If you – or someone you know – would miss out on attending a service or a program at PJTC because of lack of transportation, please contact Claire Gorfinkel, our Caring Community Coordinator, via email at cgorfinkel@earthlink.net or by leaving a message for her at the Temple office.

Documentary Discussion Group Thursday, January 22 7:00 PM, Wohlmann Hall The Flat We offer an opportunity for you to view interesting and thought-provoking Jewish-themed documentary films and to share views and ideas with others. The movie for January is The Flat.When Arnon Goldfinger's grandmother died at 98, he was charged with cleaning out her Tel Aviv apartment, where he made a shocking discovery. The filmmaker plays detective as he sorts through decades of the Holocaust survivor's letters and photos. For more information, contact Jerry Halpert at ghalpert@flash.net. The FLAME

Overnight Team Building Expedition to Oxnard

The Getty Museum Los Angeles Federal Court


January 2015

Exodus, Creativity, and the Studio Process with Rabbi Adina Allen and Jeff Kasowith

Inscribe Us For Life:

Getting Ready For the High Holy Days class

Sunday, January 11, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM New insights emerge when we activate our imagination. By igniting our creativity in ways that challenge our comfort zones we can discover new things about ourselves, our tradition and the world around us. In this special program we will be investigating Parshat Shemot, the first parshah in the Book of Exodus, and the beginning of the narrative we tell each year at the Passover seder. Through beit midrash style learning, heart-opening inquiry and hands on exploration through the creative arts, we will examine questions of personal and global significance. Our goal is to build bridges between personal experience and the collective experience that resides in our texts, establishing new access points into the tradition and opening up the interpretive process to a greater diversity of voices. Inheritors of a tradition of interpretation and commentary that goes back thousands of years, we are the commentators of today. RSVPS are required for this unique learning opportunity. Please email Rabbi Silverstein (educationdirector@pjtc. net) to RSVP or with any questions. The program has a maximum of 15 participants, preference will be given to LBSRS parents.

In this three-part series, Rabbi Grater will explore some of the highlights of the new Machzor, Lev Shalem, that PJTC is welcoming to our High Holy Day services for 5776/2015. Focusing on the major themes of the Holy Days, we will look at some of the ways this prayer book will enhance our experience, explore some of the creative translations, and highlight some of the fantastic commentary that makes Lev Shalem so wonderful. Join us for any or all of the classes and be inspired to dedicate books in honor of the ones you love! Classes will be held in Wohlmann Hall, 7:30-8:30 PM, on the following Wednesdays: January 14, January 28, and February 11. Please RSVP to Debi at debra@pjtc.net or call the Temple office.

Inscribe Us For Life

We invite you, for a minimum donation of $100, to dedicate one mahzor in any name you choose and your dedication will be reflected in a beautiful bookplate. As this is our only significant fundraiser of the year, it is our sincere hope that each family will join with us to donate a minimum of $200 to the “Inscribe Us For Life� campaign, which would allow you to dedicate two books in the name of your family members or other honorees. Please fill in the form below and return to PJTC.

Inscribe Us For Life I/We would like to dedicate ______ mahzorim @ $100 each = $_______to the "Inscribe Us for Life" Fundraiser. Each book I dedicate will contain a bookplate with my/our family name. I/We would like to be a sponsor for this fundraiser at the following level: $5000-$10,000 Level $30,000 Level

Listed on Sponsor Bookplate in all mahzorim $15,000 Level Name on Special Back Page Bookplate in half of the mahzorim

Please bill my PJTC account in the amount of $_________________.

Check enclosed. Please make checks payable to PJTC.

Name on Special Front Page Bookplate in all mahzorim

Name (as you would like it to appear)_______________________________________ Phone number____________________Email_________________________________ Please note: The deadline to dedicated your mahzorim is March 15, 2015. Please print your dedication below. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________________. The FLAME


January 2015

Sisterhood Presentation of Annual Gift PJTC Sisterhood president, Debbie Guest, spoke at the November PJTC Board meeting as she gave Sisterhood's gift to PJTC president Jon Weisz: “On behalf of PJTC Sisterhood I am pleased to present our annual gift to the Board of PJTC. This donation of $13,000 in unrestricted dollars represents an increase of 30% over last year’s gift. Many women generously gave of their time, creativity and labor to accumulate such a large sum. “By presenting the check earlier in the year than we ever have done in the past, we are demonstrating our goodwill and trust in the Board to manage this gift wisely. With your support, we are optimistic that we will meet our fundraising objective for the year. Success in this fiscal year will guide us in designing next year’s budget.”

- Wanted -

Bunco Babes Must know how to toss dice. Must know how to add to twenty-one. Must be able to recognize three of a kind. Must be willing to have a great time. No experience necessary. You are Invited to play Bunco! Thursday, January 15, 7:30 – 8:30 PM Wohlmann Hall

Bunco babes are welcome to bring appetizers or wine. Please RSVP by January 12 to Aty Rotter at atalya19@aol.com

Sisterhood’s Annual Torah Fund Campaign

by Bobbi Sloan, VP, Sisterhood’s Rae Goodstein Memorial Torah Fund

PJTC Sisterhood is proud to announce the selection of Arlene Weiss as our 2015 Chay’ay Olam honoree! Arlene was born and raised in Los Angeles. She attended North Hollywood High School and Los Angeles City College with a major in Secretarial Science. She has one sister, Maxine, and three children, Linda, Jeff, and Stevie. Her 21-year marriage ended in divorce. Then at a Friday night temple singles service she met Maury Weiss. There was an instant attraction. They got married and combined their families, which consisted of five teenagers. Maury and Arlene have been married for twentynine years. Between them they have eight grandchildren. Arlene worked for Northrop Grumman for 36 years. In addition, she worked part-time at J.C. Penny’s for eight years and taught adult education computer classes at Temple City High School for fourteen years. Arlene is an active volunteer with PJTC Sisterhood and the temple. She helps behind the scenes at many events sponsored by Sisterhood, Men’s Club and the temple. She supports the PJTC administrative office by sending thank you letters for donations received. She serves on the Sisterhood Board as chair of the Friday night Oneg Committee. Outside of the temple, her volunteer activities are numerous. She is active in her support of Union Station Homeless Services; she prepares lunch and helps the administrative office by doing creative computer work. Arlene works with Habitat for Humanity building houses. She knits for Knots of Love, which sends thousands of knitted caps to hospitals and chemo centers. She volunteers to do computer inputting of thousands of photos taken at Team Science’s Summer Science Camp in Whittier, and she and Maury grade papers at Math Counts’ seventh-grade math competition at the Northrop Grumman facility in Huntington Beach. Arlene and Maury are members of Partners for Hope, which supports the City of Hope, and they have adopted an Orange County family in the city of Placentia. Arlene’s hobbies are knitting, crocheting, cooking, going to plays, traveling, watching Clippers basketball games, and spending quality time with her children and grandchildren. Please save the date of Sunday, February 8, 2015, to honor this outstanding woman.

Rosh Chodesh elebration

PJTC Sisterhood presents

Rolling Rugelach with Ricki


Prepare and take home Ricki Lane’s delicious recipe for rugelach! Bring your rolling pins on Sunday, January 25 -- 2:00–4:00 PM Wohlmann Kitchen $ 10.00/person

Thursday Evening 7:30 to 9:00 PM January 22

Sisterhood welcomes the month of Sh'vat Home of Stacy Miller

RSVP to Nancy Carlton by January 19 at (626) 798-5920 or iamyou082@aol.com; limited to 25 participants; sorry, no walk-ins! The FLAME


Topic: From Ramses to the Promised Land A r t i st Jo an ne Tol kof f will discuss her work in a collab orative L.A. ar ts experiment called Culture Lab // Margin. Her part in the group's interactive arts installation was a 125 ft. mural of the Israelites' 40-year journey of self-discovery and revelation. Questions & RSVP to Kathy Kobayashi sisterhood@pjtc.net.

January 2015

Sunday Evening, January 11, 2015 Urban Homestead by Adrienne Bass and Marcia Alper Theater Havurah Co-Chairs Do you love old folk songs? Do you love to sing in the shower?  Well...here’s your chance to sing unabashedly in the company of friends and new acquaintances and nobody cares if you sing off-key!!!  Come join the PJTC Theater Havurah for a fun-filled evening of song at the Urban Homestead Hootenanny on Sunday evening, January 11 from 6:00 PM until around 9:00 PM.  The Urban Homestead, located at 631 Cypress Ave, Pasadena 91103 (626-795-8400) is a family-run highly productive city farm.  In addition to weekly Hootenannies, they have folk music concerts, sell their produce, serve meals and hold workshops in food preparation, folk music and folk dance, and crafts...an amazing place right in the middle of the city. So here’s the deal:  there is a $10 cover charge which can be credited toward food and/or beverage purchase. If you choose not to eat or drink anything, you still must pay the cover charge. But I highly recommend eating dinner there, because the food is wonderful (all vegetarian). Also, since this is a residential neighborhood, parking is on the street and we ask that you respect the neighbors. Lastly, they DO HAVE HEATERS, so you won’t be cold. Rain cancels. Please send your $10 per person check to Marcia Alper, 2286 Lambert Drive, Pasadena 91107.  Make the check out to Adrienne Bass.  Your check is your reservation. Please call Adrienne or email her at phrogg8@gmail.com if you have any questions. Happy Holidays to all!!  See you in January and be ready to sing your hearts out!!

Stop by for Purim noisemakers, masks and fun costumes!

Start and end with your Holiday shopping at YOUR gift shop.

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!

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Sunday Afternoon 1:30 to 4:00 PM February 22

Sisterhood welcomes the month of Adar at PJTC The FLAME

We are continuing PJTC Basketball for adults (high school age and above) at 8:00 PM on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of every month.

Psalms Personal Connections, Social Networking and the Divine

Tot Shabbat Service

Save the Date for a special afternoon co-sponsored by Sisterhood Rosh Chodesh and Day of Study

January 2 6:45 PM Knell Chapel

Come for an evening of togetherness, song and prayer!

Join 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.

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tweaking long-standing traditions to make them more relevant and accessible for today’s Jews. This is one small change that we hope will help our PJTC community. We hope to see everyone in synagogue, and especially for our special Shabbat Shirah service on January 31, where we will bring some other creative elements to our service, including musicians.

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Religious School students and parents are invited to reconnect, schmooze, and enjoy a festive back-to-school pancake breakfast at 9:15 AM on January 11, 2015. Men’s Club invites all LBSRS families to ring in 2015 with friends, family and food before the first day of classes. Please RSVP to Bruce at the Temple office (626) 798-1161 or to mensclub@pjtc.net. See you there!

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January 2015

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Get Great Savings At Local Restaurants And help support the Pasadena Jewish Temple & Center Sisterhood Yours For Only $25 It’s Easy To Use: • For dinner visit each restaurant up to three times. On each visit with a party of two, your lowest priced entrée is free or substantially reduced in price. With a party of four or more your discount is increased substantially, sometimes even doubled. • Your membership is valid for dinner any evening thru December 30 2015 • Your membership is valid for unlimited lunch visits at certain restaurants indicated in your directory. See directory for details. • Just include your Nite On The Town Card when paying your check and the restaurant will take care of the rest.

Participating Restaurants 2015

Pasadena: Akbar, Avanti, Beckham Grill, Central Park, El Portal, Go China, Italian Kitchen, La Fiesta Grande, Margarita Jones, Nikki C’s, Oba Sushi, Rice Thai Tapas, Stoney Point, Trattoria Neapolis; South Pasadena: Aro, Carmine’s, La Fiesta Grande, Radhika; Arcadia: The Derby, Matt Denny’s; Monrovia: Cafe Mundial, Chang Thai Bistro, Los Gueros, Opera; Duarte: Villa Italia; Azusa: Tulipano; Montrose: Oceanview Bar & Grill Fill in this form and mail along with your check for $25 per membership to: Ruth Kaye, 170 N Grand Ave. # 306, Pasadena CA 91103. Make check payable to: PJTC Sisterhood

Family Kabbalat Shabbat Service 6:30 PM Social Hall

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