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Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater Sabbatical 2013 S i n c e the article appeared in last month’s F L A M E officially announcing my sabbatical, I have been getting lots of folks interested in what I am doing and what the time will look like for me and my family. So, I wanted to share some of the details here, as the more people talk to me about it, the more excited I am getting! After thirteen years in the rabbinate, and after nine years at PJTC, I am grateful and appreciative

to be able to take this sabbatical, which, as Ruth Several perfectly explained last month, derives from the Torah itself in regard to resting the land. The 24/7 nature of being a clergy person is incredibly rewarding, but it is also quite taxing physically, emotionally and spiritually. For me, and for my family, the sabbatical will be time to recharge, rest, learn, spend quality time together, do things that will allow me to return re-energized, inspired, renewed and ready to explore fully what the next several years at PJTC will offer. I will start the sabbatical on January 1, 2013 and return to work on August 4, 2013. I plan to spend January mostly at home, resting, being fully present to my family in a way that I cannot Click to continue Rabbi Grater's article

Temple President Matt Ober Facing the Future Although somewhat cliché, it is amazing to think that we have just concluded Fiscal Year 2011-2012, and what a year it was, with so many twists and turns. What began as an inaugural year of welcoming Cantor Ruth and planning for the recognition of 90 years as a Jewish Community quickly became a year of financial accountability and renewed commitment to our future. Just as we were basking in the glow of

having successfully concluded very meaningful High Holy Days, we were awakened by unexpected financial turbulence; PJTC faced a monumental budget deficit and depletion of fund balances that threatened to impact our synagogue operations not only for this year, but also for years to come. I can now say with confidence and an incredible sense of pride in this community that we succeeded; you succeeded. We came to you–in your homes, in our synagogue, by telephone and in person. In the span of about six months you responded to the challenge so much so that we will end this fiscal year meeting budget and will replenish our fund balances, and proceed into this next fiscal year

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1434 N. Altadena Drive • Pasadena, CA 91107 (626) 798-1161

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

July 6/7

Parashat: Balak

Family Picnic 6:00 PM Tot Shabbat 6:45 PM Fri. Service 8:00 PM

Katz Terrace Knell Chapel Galpert Sanctuary

Shai Martinez Bar Mitzvah Sat. Service 9:00 AM Galpert Sanctuary Oneg and Kiddush hosted by Bonnie Pais-Martinez and Raul Martinez July 13/14

Parashat: Pinchas

Fri. Service 7:30 PM Katz Terrace Oneg hosted by Lyn and Bud Slotky celebrating the birth of their first grandchild Sat. Service 9:00 AM Galpert Sanctuary Kiddush hosted by Hy Vego celebrating his 90th birthday July 20/21

Parashat: Matot-Masei

Community Picnic 6:30 PM Katz Terrace Fri. Family Services 7:30 PM Katz Terrace Oneg hosted by Sisterhood Sat. Service 9:00 AM Knell Chapel Kiddush hosted by Shabbes Minyan Group July 27/28

Parashat: Devarim

Fri. Service 7:30 PM Katz Terrace Oneg hosted by Sisterhood Sat. Service 9:00 AM Knell Chapel Kiddush hosted by Shabbes Minyan Group July 28

Tisha B’Av

Tisha B'Av Service Service 8:00 PM Knell Chapel

Family Shabbat Service July 20 Community Picnic 6:30 PM Family Shabbat 7:30 PM New Service Time

Starting July 13, Friday night services will begin at 7:30 PM

Staff and Officers Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center 1434 N. Altadena Drive Pasadena, California 91107 (626) 798-1161 • (626) 798-8410 (Fax)

– PJTC Clergy and Staff – Joshua Levine Grater – Rabbi Gilbert Kollin – Rabbi Emeritus Ruth Berman Harris – Cantor Gabbaim: Barry Segal – Sondra Dreshner Eitan Trabin – Executive Director Debby Singer – Education Director Aaren Weisz – Religious School Assistant Bruce Applebaum – Operations Manager Jane Hirschkowitz – Assistant to the Rabbi Marian Rosen – Bookkeeper Robert Brown – Facilities Manager Aaren Weisz – Youth Director

– PJTC Officers – President – Matt Ober Secretary – Bob Levinson Treasurer – George Roegler Exec. VP Management – Jonathon Weisz Exec. VP Programs – Faith Segal VP Administration – Jeff Landau VP Adult Programs – Judith Pettigrew VP Finance – Sandy Hartford VP Membership – Rebecca Golbert VP Religious Affairs – Erich Schlecht VP Youth Programs – Maureen McGrath Planning Committee Chair – John Carlton Sisterhood President – Barbara Levinson Men's Club President – Bob Levinson

– Board of Directors –

Noah Golden-Krasner, Valerie Grover, Jerry Halpert, Shoshana Hess, Stephanie Ivler, Lonne Lane, Meredith Rose, Ruth Several, Larry Sharfstein, Bob Weiner, Lindsay Wetmore-Arkader

–Voting Past Presidents – Judy Callahan, David Lorin, Stu Miller, Mickey Segal

– The FLAME Staff – Bruce Applebaum – Layout Edie Taylor and Roz Scherr – Editors Karen Hochman Brown – Advisor

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Cantor Ruth Berman Harris It's Shabbes Time! For the past twenty years I have had the privilege to daven (pray) with congregants in Argentina, Israel and the United States. Throughout the world, I have always been asked the simple question: ”Cantor, what is the most important holiday in the Jewish calendar? My response is always the same! Rosh Hashanah has the sweetness of apples and honey. The Yom Kippur holiday has the holiness of prayer, repentance and redemption. I love spending time in the Sukkah during Sukkot and enjoying the festive fruits. Hanukkah is a joyous winter celebration of rebellion and freedom. Purim is masks and hamentashn. Pesach is about freedom from bondage and a new beginning. Last but not least, is Shavout, the holiday about receiving the Torah and eating lots of cheesecake. Given all that spiritual enrichment and historical experiences, the one holiday that truly is the most important is SHABBAT! God gave permission for human beings to rest for one day a week. A phenomenal concept and an idea that many of us take for granted. Our body, mind and soul need a rest once a week. God COMMANDS us to rest not because God tells us to do so, but because we must rest in order to refresh ourselves. IT IS THE FOURTH COMMANDMENT–How much more importance do you want? So, given the fact that Shabbat is the most important gift that God gave us, TIME, and within that, Shabbat, I need to share my passionate commitment to it and encourage all you PJTC members to join Rabbi and me at Friday night/ Saturday morning services. Beginning Shabbat with songs and prayers puts our mind and soul into a calming, spiritual and uplifting atmosphere, letting go of the stresses and pressure of the week and allowing our body and soul go to a different place. To help us reach that place, I am excited to share the news that we have recorded a new Shabbat CD. On the CD you will hear Melissa Bergman, Jill Gold Wright, Janice Markham, Mariano Dugatkin, Duvid Swirsky, Rabbi Grater


and me. Thanks to the generosity of the Otto and Marianne Wolman Foundation, we are able to give every PJTC family and prospective member a copy of the CD. I want you to take a moment to listen to this very special CD and prepare yourselves for the beginning of Shabbat. With the CD comes a booklet with the prayers in Hebrew, English and transliteration. My goal for this coming year is to help you feel more comfortable with the melodies, prayers and nuances that the Friday night service offers. The purpose, of course, is to help us get closer to our own spirituality, as well as for our community connection. Created over centuries of time, the beautiful melodies we reserve for Friday Night Kabbalat Shabbat Services have the power to bring each of us closer to God. The musical settings of our most important prayers are as important as the words themselves for us to fully experience these services with depth and meaning. You have a major role to play in creating a spiritual atmosphere in our Sanctuary. Listen to this CD! Read the prayers in English and Hebrew. Sing them, hum the music, and just close your eyes and feel. In order to grow spiritually, we need to invest our time experiencing spirituality. Consider this the beginning of the investment! This project has been a labor of love. Many people gave their time creating this CD. Please take the time to hear the prayers and then share yourselves during the Friday night service, so we all can hear each other. I hope you will have a safe, healthy and uplifting summer. L’Shalom, Cantor Ruth Berman Harris P.S. Please remember that Friday Night Services will be at 7:30 PM starting July 13. We join together outside in Katz Terrace to pray under the stars. COME JOIN US! It is truly a moving experience.

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USY — United Synagogue Youth

Award Presented at Graduation The Morton and Ilona Fuchs Award was presented during our religious school graduation ceremony on Sunday, June 10. The awardee must have concluded his/her first year in the Tihon program. Three major criteria constitute the Fuchs Award: 1. Dedication to bar/bat mitzvah studies. 2. Dedication to the Temple community. 3. Dedication to the larger community (Tikkun Olam). The award consists of a framed certificate, a monetary sum, and the recipient’s name on the permanent Fuchs Award plaque in the main entry of the PJTC Social Hall. This year’s honoree is Lillian Miller, daughter of Neal and Laura Miller. Debby Singer, Education Director, and Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater made the presentation to a very surprised young lady. Our sincere congratulations go to Lilly and her family. Contributions to the Fuchs Scholarship Fund are most welcome. Please send them to the Morton and Ilona Fuchs Scholarship Award Fund c/o PJTC.

by Aaren Weisz, Youth Director

This summer we will have a number of fun events for both Kadima and USY. USY will have our Monday Movie nights at 6:00 PM on the following Mondays: July 9, July 23, and August 6. If you are entering 7-12 grades, come spend a night hanging out with your Jewish friends while watching a great movie. Some of the movie options planned include the Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Finding Nemo, and much more. USY will also go to Disneyland on Sunday, September 2. Other chapters from our region will be going the same day and tickets are only $59! The event is open to incoming 7-12 graders, so don’t miss out on this awesome opportunity to spend a day at Disneyland with your USY friends. Please contact me ASAP if you are interested in going! For Kadima we will have Shabbat Kadima on the Quilt on Friday, July 6 and Friday, August 3. Join us at 6:00 PM for a picnic dinner at the Shabbat family picnics. Then at 7:00 PM enjoy an hour of Kadima fun in the youth lounge where we learn about Shabbat and Judaism through games, plus we always serve free dessert!! This is a bittersweet summer for me because I will be leaving my post as PJTC Youth Director this fall to attend graduate school. I will be studying for a Masters in Teaching at UC Irvine to become a chemistry teacher. These last two years working with the fantastic youth and teenagers of PJTC have been wonderful and I have truly enjoyed every minute of it. I hope that I have helped our USYers and Kadimaniks see Judaism as a lifestyle beyond the physical boundaries of the synagogue. I hope our Pasadena chapter continues to grow, attending more regional events and making more Jewish friends in our greater Far West community. This is not really goodbye, though. Irvine is not so far away and I will be sure to come back to visit lots of USY and Kadima events. I hope everyone has a wonderful summer and makes it out to at least one USY or Kadima event!

Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center (PJTC) is a dynamic and inclusive, multigenerational community. Our congregation provides abundant opportunities for religious worship and observance, lifelong educational and spiritual learning, community building, leadership and volunteering. Please join us for one or all of our 2012 Annual Open House events to see what we’re all about!

August 17, 6:00 PM: Friday Evening Wine, Cheese and other Bites

Sponsored by PJTC Sisterhood (includes babysitting) Followed by 7:30 Family Shabbat

August 25, 6:30 PM: Saturday Evening

Kiddush Lunches

Family Havdallah with Pizza, Ice Cream and Bounce House

by Roz Scherr Our weekly Kiddush lunches are a Shabbat delight, But without enough sponsors, we’re in a terrible plight. Especially over the next month or two, We desperately need help from YOU. For an anniversary, new baby, or your own birthday, Celebrate it with a luncheon after we pray. Join with a friend or three or four, Then the work isn’t such a chore. We can provide each fork and cup and plate, But without you, it’s just wine, challah & cake. (For more information contact Roz.)

Sponsored by the PJTC Board

September 9, 10:00 AM: Sunday Morning Sunday Brunch

Sponsored by PJTC Men’s Club (coincides with first day of Louis B. Silver Religious School)

Please contact PJTC – 626-798-1161, for more information. The FLAME


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It's Happening with Sisterhood! Sisterhood President

Women’s Book Club

by Barbara Levinson

by Connie Taus, Book Club Chair

I am writing this article from home and way in advance of its due date. Why, you ask? Well, by the time you read my summer article, our installation of new officers will be history and I will have returned from a delicious river boat cruise in France. No guarantee of computer connections there as we sail leisurely up (or down, which is it?) the Rhone River. By this time the entire temple knows of the fabulously generous financial gift the Sisterhood gave to our congregation. I still have shivers of pure delight. So when will I stop crowing like a proud and grateful member of the best Sisterhood in the San Gabriel Valley? Probably never. Sisterhood rocks! Of necessity, this article is shorter than most. We will have feasted at Mijares and I hope that what this article lacks in words will be made up by great installation pictures. Otherwise I will have to force you all to look at pictures that we (Bob and I, Sheila and Joel, Joan and Jerry, Arlene and Maury and Ike and Faye) took on our River Boat Cruise of France. Bonjour mes amis, and Shalom, Barbara

Anyone interested in reading and discussing books is most welcome. We meet on the second Thursday of each month in Wohlmann Hall  at 7:30 PM. Our next meeting will be on July 12, when our book will be The Hare With Amber Eyes by Edmund deWaal. The hare in the story refers to one of 264 miniature ivory carvings, all that remains of the vastly wealthy Russian-Jewish Ephrussi family. The author tells the history of five generations of this banking and shipping family and their lavish lives in high positions in various countries, and finally how the family was destroyed. The book club will not meet in August. Our next meeting will be on September 13, title of book to be announced. Books are available at Vroman’s at a discounted price.

Rosh Chodesh elebration

PJTC Sisterhood welcomes this gathering of Jewish women to celebrate the new moon with study, discussion and, of course, dessert.

Thursday Evening 7:30 to 9:00 PM

Topic: Teaching Jewish Studies at Pepperdine: An Interfaith Conversation with Rebecca Golbert


We welcome the month of

Av — July 19

at the home of Edeena Gordon For more information call

(626)798-1161 or Save the date for the first autumn Rosh Chodesh gathering on Thursday evening, October 18.

Artisan Boutique & Art Show

Judaica Shop News

Sunday, November 18, 2012 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

As the High Holidays approach, remember that the Judaica Shop will have what you need. Look for handmade honey and apple dishes, in addition to fun ones, decorative pomegranate items and  more! We will have 2012-2013 calendars, shofars and candles. Keep your eye on our window for new items. If you want something particular, please let us know!

Pasadena Jewish Temple & Center 1434 N. Altadena Drive, Pasadena, CA 91107

Call for participation

Judaica Shop Goes Green!

For more info and an application form contact

Though we have lovely white handled bags and pretty cellophane bags with tissue paper for your gift giving needs, we are requesting your paper bags with handles that are in good condition for our shoppers who are just taking their many purchases home. Any label or decoration on the bag is fine. We just want to recycle what you aren’t using. Drop them off when you come to PJTC. All sizes needed. Thanks! The FLAME

We'll be outdoors, so bring a sweater, jacket or throw. For more information, email, or contact Kathy Kobayashi

You may also download an application online at 4

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Annual Baseball Outing: On August 12, we will gather at the Rancho Cucamonga “Epicenter” to enjoy the Quakes as they take on Lake Elsinore at 5:05 PM. Everyone is invited, and your reserved seat tickets are only $10 each. Make your check payable to “PJTC Men’s Club,” and get it to the Temple office by August 7, or RSVP to Football Pool Returns! Be on the lookout for your football pool tickets. It’s a big part of our fundraising efforts to support Jewish youth. Each $10 ticket gives you a chance to win cash prizes every week of the NFL season, so buy several to increase your chances to win. This is a PJTC tradition and our primary fundraiser, so buy a Football Pool ticket today! Volunteer Ushers Needed: Men’s Club has again agreed to coordinate ushers for our High Holy Day Services. Whether you have volunteered before or not, this is a great way to serve PJTC and help our services run smoothly. Shifts are reasonably short, leaving lots of time for prayer. Call or contact Phil Callahan, Stu Miller, Neil Brown or Men’s Club at June Brunch And Annual Meeting: Thanks to Nadav Bar-Chaim for his fascinating program, and to all Men’s Club members who attended and approved new officers for the next year. Looking Ahead: The next scheduled Men’s Club Brunch events will be during the PJTC Open House on September 9 (prospective PJTC members are free!) and on December 9, with the programs TBA. Watch this space or contact us at for more information.

A Friendship Gathering of People of Different Faiths Potluck Supper* at 6:30 PM, followed by presentation at 7:30 PM

Keeping The Faith Every summer we at PJTC join with other Altadena congregations to sponsor a series of vegetarian potluck suppers to share our faith traditions and get better acquainted. This summer’s theme is “Keeping the Faith,” with an emphasis on family traditions and engaging young people. Some of our Christian friends will speak about Baptism and confirmation in their traditions. All are welcome; we hope you will attend!

Thursday, July 12

Family as the Foundation of Faith Altadena Baptist Church 791 E. Calaveras Street, Altadena

Thursday, July 26

Modernity vs. Tradition in an Internet Age First Church of Christ, Scientist 942 East Altadena Drive, Altadena

Thursday, August 2

Join Men’s Club To Support Jewish Youth!

“Keeping the Faith Variety Show** St. Mark’s Episcopal Church 1014 East Altadena Drive, Altadena

Men’s Club financially supports PJTC youth and education: We financially support the LBS Religious school • We help our teen leaders by financing their USY Convention expenses • We give to the Weizmann and B’nai Simcha schools • Join Men’s Club or Renew Your Membership Today! Contact us at to join Men’s Club, to renew your membership, or to volunteer your help.

ACTS includes representatives from local Baha’i, Baptist, Christian Science, Episcopal, Jewish, Islamic, Lutheran, and United Church of Christ communities. Donations will be accepted to help sustain the local Bad Weather Shelters for homeless families. Checks can be made out to “ACTS.” *Please bring a vegetarian dish to share: appetizers, main dishes, fruits, salads, desserts, etc. **To participate in the variety show, please contact Lori Stein at (626) 833-1492, or For information about the Summer Salad Suppers, please call the Altadena Baptist Church at (626) 797-8970.

2012-2014 PJTC Men's Club Board President VP Membership VP Communication Secretary Treasurer Past President Directors The FLAME

Jerry Halpert Howard Shilling Neil Brown Bud Slotky Andy Schwarz Bob Levinson Ira Blitz Laurence Berman Harris Jim Hogan Jeff Landau Eric Mills Joel Padlipsky  Erich Schlecht Maury Weiss

Adult Programming HAZAK Yiddish Club meets the first and third Mondays of the month at 2:00 PM in the Lounge. Summer dates are July 12 and 16, August 6 and 20. There will be no meetings in September. Movie Days are on the second and fourth Mondays of the month at 1:00 PM in the Lounge. The summer schedule is: July 9 and 24; August 12 and 26. No movies in September. 5

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The PJTC Guardians are Growing! This year we have had a substantial increase in the number of congregants who have given unrestricted gifts to PJTC, totaling $500 or more. We have 13 congregants who are new Guardians, and 38 Guardians have increased their gifts to PJTC this year. In addition, we have 5 additional PJTC members giving at the Shomrei Zahav level, making a total of 15 congregants who are giving $7,500 or more a year. Thank you to the following congregants who have made unrestricted gifts of $500 or more to the General Fund for 2011-2012, to sustain our PJTC community:

Donors ($500-999) Mr. Hal Barron and Ms. Kathy Kobayashi Mr. and Mrs. Jared Becker Mr. Laurence and Cantor Ruth Berman Harris Dr. and Mrs. Michael Burnstine Mrs. Barbara Bushnell Dr. Melvin and Mrs. Barbara Cohen Mr. and Mrs. Craig DeMerit Mr. Lawrence Figner (z�l) Mr. Jonathan Fuhrman and Ms. Susan Kane Mr. and Mrs. Noah Golden-Krasner Dr. and Mrs. Edward Gomperts Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Grover Mr. and Mrs. John Guest Dr. and Mrs. Samuel Gulkis Mr. and Mrs. James Hogan Mr. and Mrs. Robert Jacobs Mr. and Mrs Jesse Kaufman Mrs. Ruth Kaye Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Kindler Mr. and Mrs Michael Klekner Dr. Barry and Mrs. Suzanne Kustner Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Landau Dr. Henry Levenson Dr. and Mrs. Daniel Levin Mr. and Mrs. Gary Lorden Dr. Brian Mark Mr. and Mrs. Eric Mills Ms. Henny Moskowitz Mr. and Mrs. Craig Pettigrew Dr. and Mrs. Cary Presant Mr. George Roegler and Mrs. Patricia Bunin Ms. Meredith Rose and Ms. Diana Selig Mr. Glenn Rothner and Mrs. Magdalena Reyes-Rothner Mr. and Mrs. James Schaefer Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Schiffman Mr. and Mrs. Louis Schleimer Mr. and Mrs. Howard Segal Dr. and Mrs. Hervey Segall Mr. and Mrs. Larry Sharfstein Dr. Miriam Shenfeld Mr. and Mrs. Randy Shulman Mr. and Mrs. Scott Siegal Mr. and Mrs. Dovid Zvi Silberberg

Without Sustenance There is No Torah Mr. and Mrs. Michael Silver Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Spira Mr. Lawrence Teitelbaum and Ms. Barbara Felsinger Mr. and Mrs. Vance Tyree Mr. Hyman Vego Mr. and Mrs. Robert Weiner Anonymous Anonymous Anonymous Friends ($1,000-$1,499) Mr. and Mrs. Norman Ackerman Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Axel Mr. and Mrs. Lon Bender Mr. and Mrs. Simon Burrow Mrs. Rochelle Calvin Mr. and Mrs. John Carlton Dr. and Mrs. Don Diamond Mr. and Mrs. Allen Emmerich Dr. Steve Forman Mr. and Mrs. James Hogan Dr. and Mrs. Bryan Jick Dr. and Mrs. Arthur Lane Rabbi Joshua and Mrs. Franci Levine Grater Mr. Clark Linstone Mr. Michael Ostroff and Ms. Joanne Topol Ms. Karen Rosenthal Mr. and Mrs. Howard Rotter Ms. Louise Wannier Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Wolveck Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Wright Patron ($1,500-$2,499) Mr. and Mrs. Nadav Bar-Chaim Mr. and Mrs. Ben Broudy Mr. and Mrs. Steven Conovitz Mr. and Mrs. Craig Copeland Ms. Lauren Frankel Mr. Adolf Gruenfeld Dr. and Mrs. Gerald Halpert Rabbi Gilbert Kollin and Ms. Cynthia Cohen Mr. and Mrs. Sam Langholz Dr. and Mrs. Stuart Miller Mr. and Mrs. Eric Mills Mr. and Mrs. Lowell Orren Mr. and Mrs. Josh Pais Dr. and Mrs. Eugene Roberts Mr. and Mrs. Carl Selkin

Mrs. Alice Shulman Mr. and Mrs. Scott Van Dellen Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Weiss Diplomat ($2,500-$4,999) Dr. and Mrs. Ira Blitz Mr. Roger Brown Dr. and Mrs. Phil Callahan Dr. Michael Friedman and Dr. Elizabeth Short Mr. and Mrs. Mark Goldstein Ms. Carole Grant Dr. Kai Lam and Dr. Bonnie Buratti Mr. and Mrs. Izak Langholz Mr. and Mrs. David Lorin Mr. and Mrs. Matt Ober Dr. and Mrs. Ben Paz Ms. Martha Ruffman Dr. Erich Schlecht and Ms. Deborah Noble Dr. and Mrs. David Snyder Mr. and Mrs. Vance Tyree Benefactor ($5,000-$9,999) Mrs. Marcia Alper Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Cohen Dr. and Mrs. Allen Gross * Mr. and Mrs. Barry Krasner* Mr. Peter Nortman and Mrs. Jodi Kinzler* Mr. and Mrs. Landis Richardson Ms. Pat Sullivan Anonymous Anonymous Anonymous* Founder ($10,000 and above) Mr. and Mrs. Mickey Bernath* Mr. and Mrs. Phil Binder * Mr. Neil Brown and Mrs. Karen Hochman Brown* Dr. and Mrs. Steven Hartford* Mrs. Ruth Hochman* Mr. Harvey Knell and Dr. Ellen Knell* Ms. Carolyn Kunin* Dr. and Mrs. Robert Levinson* Mr. and Mrs. Jerald Ruthman* Mr. and Mrs. Mickey Segal * Mr. and Mrs. Jack Singer* Dr. and Mrs. Jonathon Weisz* Mr. and Mrs. Alan Whitman * *Shomrei Zahav

The cost for sustaining our PJTC community goes beyond our dues. This year, the Guardians contributed 90% of our unrestricted donations to the General Fund. Our thanks to all of the Guardians, who have made PJTC a priority in their philanthropy. Sandy and Steve Hartford, Guardian Chairs Stu Miller, Shomrei Zahav Chair The FLAME


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financially sound and aware of what we must do going forward to sustain PJTC’s financial health. Our Campaign for the Future goal was to raise $300,000. I am happy to report that to date we have received pledges to cover our goal of $300,000 and in the coming days we hope to see that number increase. So for all of you who gathered data, analyzed balance sheets and ledgers, made projections, listened to facts and figures, asked tough questions, and contributed to this effort, I sincerely thank you. Each of you should feel a tremendous sense of accomplishment. Our finance team and staff have adopted many of the suggestions provided in parlor meetings in preparing for the next Fiscal Year. In June, the Board unanimously approved its 2012-2013 Operating Budget after one of the most detailed, transparent and evaluative budget processes I can recall. Many thanks to VP of Finance Sandy Hartford and Executive Director Eitan Trabin for countless hours with budget committees and subcommittees, and meeting after meeting over a three-month time span. The results are an approved budget that is realistic and conservative on the income side and lean on the expense side. A copy of the Budget Summary is included below. Also,

the improvements made in our budget and financial reporting will enable us to monitor income and expense items regularly and to make adjustments where and when necessary. Rest assured that the fact that we have corrected our deficit and replenished fund balances does not in any way mean the Board intends to relax and let its guard down. To the contrary, as we did this past year, we will re-examine budget projections following the High Holidays and Yom Kippur Appeal and will be prepared to make adjustments and cuts if necessary to stay within budget. Finally, as we enjoy the warm lazy days of summer 2012, know that we are already preparing for the Fall. Of course the High Holy Days are a given, and plans are well underway for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. But also, look for details about our upcoming summer membership events for new and prospective members and mark your calendars for the everpopular PJTC Clean-Up Day on August 19. This is a great day of community building to prepare our synagogue inside and out for the new year. You won’t want to miss it. Wishing you all a summer of rest, relaxation and renewal! Best, Matt Click to return to page 1

PJTC 2012-2013 Budget Summary by Division Income Total Income - Finance Total Income - Membership Total Income - Ritual Total Income - Activities Total Income - Education Total Income - Shaarei Torah Campus Total Income - Admin Total Income - Interest & Gain/Loss

2011-12 Latest Estimates $ 792,208 $ 1,109 $ 43,997 $ 16,705 $ 71,794 $ 92,701 $ 47,200 $ (117)



Expense Total Expenses - Finance Total Expenses - Membership Total Expenses - Ritual Total Expenses - Activities Total Expenses - Education Total Expenses - Admin Total Payroll Expenses - Education Total Payroll Expenses - STC Total Payroll Expenses - Admin

$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $







1,065,596 1,932 1,858 28,823 20,108 11,875 251,147 87,142 (1,383) 706,397 1,159,580

2012-13 Budget


$ $ $ $ $ $ $

847,759 750 49,595 9,237 95,187 70,994 41,619

$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $

55,551 (359) 5,598 (7,468) 23,393 (21,707) (5,581) 117





$ $ $ $ $ $ $

7,980 2,650 24,500 7,175 11,100 239,848 94,270



$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $

6,048 792 (4,323) (12,933) (775) (11,299) 7,128 1,383 (24,502)





(2,528) $


(93,984) $

July/August 2012

Please join us to support Foothill Unity’s Back-to-School Drive! Help collect school supplies for qualified low-income, very-low income and no-income families. Support Foothill Unity’s Annual Back-to School Event in August at Santa Anita Racetrack.

Saturday, July 28, 8:00 PM Knell Chapel Tisha B'Av, is the ninth day of the Jewish month of Av, the day on which both the First and the Second Temples were destroyed. Join us for Tisha B'Av services and the reading of Eicha, Lamentations, as we commemorate the sad and tragic aspects of our communal history. Please wear dark clothing and bring a flashlight as we read Lamentations by candlelight. Please note that Tisha B'Av is a fast day, so no food or drink will be served.

We need to collect the following items by August 5:

New Backpacks 3 Ring Binders Crayons (24 ct) Single Spiral Notebooks Glue Sticks Erasers – Large Pink Ones! Pencil Sharpeners 3-Hole Punch Ruled Paper (College and Wide) Mechanical Pencils Colored Pencils (24 ct) 12” Rulers Calculators (Regular and Scientific) Highlighters Colored Markers (8 ct)

Thanks to Our June 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 Anita Landau To host a Kiddush, call Roz Scherr

Oneg & Kiddush Hosts June 1/2 June 8/9 June 15/16 June 22/23 June 29/30

Oneg hosted by the Mah Jongg Mavens Kiddush hosted by the Shabbes Minyan Group Oneg and Kiddush hosted by Wendy Bat Sarah and Todd Gurvis in honor of their son Eitan's bar mitzvah Oneg hosted by Sisterhood Kiddush hosted by Karen and Danny Levin in honor of their 25th wedding anniversary Oneg and Kiddush hosted by Rachel Civen and Peter Schubin in honor of their daughter Claire's bat mitzvah. Oneg and Kiddush hosted by Stacey and Todd Sharp in honor of their son Jarrett's bar mitzvah.

Sondra Dreshner Barry Segal

Vic Ryden Mickey Butnik

Roz Scherr

Torah, & Haftorah Readers

Mark Chodos Sondra Dreshner Sam Haddad Jarrett Sharp


Please consider these kids when you go shopping this summer for your own children. Buy some extra items and bring them to the Temple where we will have bins for you to place them. We also accept cash donations (tax deductible) and we will do the shopping for you!

Ryna Aviram Sue Galpert Ruth Kaye Roz Scherr


Maia Cohen John Guest Erich Schlecht

Office Volunteers Ginny Blitz Mila Gierowitz Ernie Robinson Edie Taylor

Darrell Cozen Eitan Gurvis Claire Schubin

More info: contact Tikun Olam Committee

Yudie Fishman (626)757-7605 Felicity Swerdlow (626)825-3055

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July/August 2012

Tu B’Av: Judaism’s Ancient Holiday Of Love And Hope Shalom v’ Ahavah

Definitions of Family: / fam(ә)lē/ Noun: 1. A group consisting of parents and children living together in a household; the collective body of persons who live in one house. Adjective: 1. Designed to be suitable for children as well as adults. PJTC definition: 1. All-inclusive; multi-generational, open to the whole community! Please join us this summer for a new “Family” Shabbat service on the 3rd Friday of the month! This is the regular Shabbat service . . . with a family vibe. (This is not Tot Shabbat.)

PJTC Celebrates the Jewish Holiday of Love In ancient times on Tu B’Av, young Jewish girls would go out dressed in white and dance in the vineyards, seeking the attention of young Jewish men. These days, Tu B’Av is considered to be the Israeli Valentine’s Day. Also called Hag Ha'Ahava, the holiday of love, it is the day to have marriage ceremonies, socialize with music and dancing and in general, party. Dances and celebrations are held all over Israel and Jewish people give flowers, gifts and cards to loved ones. One can attend multiple singles parties including those hosted by very frum (observant) people and weddings, have romantic dates and propose marriage. It is the festival also marking the beginning of the grape harvest for wine making. Pasadena Jewish Temple & Center Adult Education Committee will hold its own version of a Tu B’Av celebration on Thursday night, August 2, 2012 at 7:30 PM.. After a sumptuous wine and cheese reception on the lovely Katz Terrace, small groups will study and discuss selections from Jewish texts on love and marriage. Then Cantor Ruth Berman Harris will delight and enlighten, singing love songs in Hebrew, Spanish and Ladino. Appropriately, exotic fruits and chocolate will be served in honor of the theme of the evening. Bring your lover, friend, spouse, or meet someone there. Please call the PJTC Office 626-798-1161 to RSVP.

Mark your calendars for the first 2 dates July 20 and August 17!

Schedule for July 20: Schedule for August 17:

Community-Wide Picnic at 6:30 PM Family Shabbat at 7:30 PM Wine and Cheese and other Bites at 6:00 PM (This event is sponsored by Si ste rho o d a s p ar t of t he Membership Open House) Family Shabbat at 7:30 PM Note: Tot Shabbat will continue on the first Friday of every month, moved to its new time of 6:45 PM. Join us for summer picnics at 6:00 PM preceding Tot Shabbat.

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Our Book Group, Modern Jewish Writers, with Peter Brier, scheduled for the third Tuesday evening of each month, will NOT meet in July and August. It will begin again in the fall. Hebrew classes with Nurith Brier will resume on the first Thursday evening after Labor Day, on September 6. Rabbi Grater’s Meditation Class will continue at 7:30 AM on Tuesdays through the summer. His Torah and lunch class at noon on Thursdays will meet in July but will be off in August. Rabbi Kollin’s Talmud and Bible Classes will continue through the summer.

Family Picnic and Tot Shabbat Service

— Contact for Donations —

Friday, July 6 Picnic, 6:00 PM Katz Terrace Tot Shabbat Service, 6:45 PM Knell Chapel

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 Ohr Hadash Vision Fund..................Rabbi Grater (626) 798-1161 MAC Committee............................................................Edie Taylor PJTC Oral History Project....................................Michael Several Simcha & Memorial Tablecloths............................. Paula Waluch Send a Sisterhood Tribute........................................... Roz Scherr Dedicate a Prayer Book.........................................Jo Anne Kindler Large Print Sim Shalom..................................................Roz Scherr Rabbi Galpert Memorial Fund.....................................Janice Pais Shirley Hoffman Fuchs Award Fund....................................................Debby Singer L.B. Silver Religious School................................. Lisa Grossman Torah Fund Donations................................................Bobbi Sloan Judaica Shop................................................................Stacy Miller Sisterhood Kitchen Fund.....................................Nancy Copeland Women's Retreat Fund..........................................Nancy Copeland

Come for more evenings of togetherness, song and prayer!

Bring your own dairy dinner and a blanket, we will have drinks and challah. Join Judy Callahan, Director of B’nai Simcha Preschool, and Cantor Ruth for a half-hour Shabbat experience filled with music and movement for families with children age seven and under. The FLAME


July/August 2012

Bar Mitzvah Celebration

We Take Pride in our Special teens David Miller and Madison Dreshner were among a select group of students invited to participate in the Arcadia High S chool Senior Awards Night Program on June 7. David received the Helen Roe Humanitarian Award and Madison was the recipient of the Jerry Broadwell Memorial Scholarship. The Helen Roe Humanitarian Award/Scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate a strong commitment to volunteer activities in the community and/or have volunteered as a teacher’s aide. David was awarded this scholarship because of his volunteer activities at Arcadia High School, through the Senior Men and Women service organization, at PJTC as a teacher's aide, and for his work with USY. The Jerry Broadwell Memorial Scholarship is given in memory of Jerry Broadwell, an Arcadia firefighter who lost his life while fighting a structural fire. The recipient of this award must have at least a 3.5 GPA, participate in sports in high school, and demonstrate his/her leadership. In addition to her scholarship, Madison will have her picture taken at the fire station, and subsequently will be driven to the graduation ceremony on a fire truck. These two young adults have also been actively involved in our religious school as well as excelling in their high school classes and activities. How nice to have two well-rounded Jewish teenagers receiving awards at the conclusion of their high school years! They have known each other since nursery school at PJTC. Mazel tov to David and Madison and to their proud parents.

Joshua Shai Martinez will celebrate his Bar Mitzvah on July 7, 2012. He is known to most of us by his middle name; Shai, which comes from his maternal greatgrandfather Samuel Pais. Son of Raul and Bonnie Martinez, younger brother of Andres Martinez, and grandson of Josh and Jan Pais, Shai is a third-generation PJTC member. He was born in Mexico City, and although he moved to Pasadena as a young boy, he enjoys visiting his Mexican relatives regularly during the summer. Shai has been a student at Polytechnic School since kindergarten and his favorite subjects include geography and history. He has played on many of his school’s sports teams and spends a good portion of his free time shooting hoops in his backyard. Shai has a profound love for music and his eclectic taste ranges from the Beatles and hard core rap to Edith Piaf and ragtime jazz. At times, Shai can appear to be wandering aimlessly; his mind is always at work preparing himself for his daily endeavors. He always knows exactly what he wants and how he is going to do it. Shai is an unpredictable individual and a master of unanticipated questions. Shai has taken classical guitar lessons for over six years at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music and he plays with the new Jewish Federation Youth orchestra. As part of his mitzvah project, he will share his passion for music and play his guitar for seniors at various senior centers and retirement homes throughout the summer.

Rock-a-Bye Baby

Mazel Tov to Lynn and Ben Broudy, on the birth of their first grandchild, Scarlett Bea on June 15 in New Haven, CT. Proud parents are Marissa Broudy and Howard Bryman.

Without Sustenance There is No Torah

Congratulations to Eitan and Natalie Trabin on the birth of their second child, Milan Adiv Trabin. Mirko welcomes his new brother.

The PJTC Guardians

Congregant of the Year Nominations A Congregant of the Year selection committee, established through the Guardians and chaired by Cathy Krasner, is beginning a search for the next Congregant of the Year. We welcome nominations from anyone in the congregation, in writing. The criteria the nominee must meet are as follows: 1. Any member of PJTC who has shown outstanding service to the synagogue over several years. 2. Nominee cannot be an immediate past President of the Board of Directors. 3. The regular duties of an officer or committee member are not sufficient for consideration. 4. Ser vice to the outside community may be considered. 5. Financial donations alone do not qualify. 6. A congregant is eligible more than once, but not within a five-year period. Please submit your nominations by August 31, 2012. Sandy and Steve Hartford, Guardian Chairs

Wedding Bells Congratulations to our very own Aaren Weisz, who recently became engaged to Clay Heller. Aaren, the daughter of Jon and Sarah Weisz, granddaughter of Frances and the late Sam Weisz, is a third generation PJTCer. Aaren has been our Youth Director, but will leave us in the fall to go to graduate school at UC Irvine for her masters in Education for teaching middle and high school chemistry. Clay is completing his degree in English at UCI. Mazel tov to the whole family. Aaren, you will always be part of PJTC! Stephanie Ivler and Sue Galpert have just returned from Israel and the wedding of son and grandson Daniel Nissimyan to Talia Fraiman of New York. A big mazel tov to the bride and groom and all the family! The FLAME


July/August 2012

The Israel Scouts Friendship Caravan Is Coming To PJTC On August 5

From the Eugene and Marilyn Fingerhut Memorial History Project

The Israel Scouts Friendship Caravans travel throughout North America each summer as emissaries, sharing their lives in Israel through song, dance and story. Each Friendship Caravan consists of five male and five female Tzofim (Israel Scouts) who are entering their senior year of high school. Participants are chosen after undergoing an extensive auditioning and interviewing process, ensuring that above all, they are true representatives of Israeli culture and spirit. Each Delegate must exhibit leadership capabilities, a high level of scouting and extensive knowledge of Israeli and Jewish history. Fluency in English and strong communicative skills are additional requirements, as well as an intense love for the land and people of Israel and a desire to share this passion with North Americans. Once selected, they participate in an intensive preparation program before coming to the U.S. The Tzofim Friendship Caravan typically reaches over 35 states, including 250 camps, community centers, churches, senior homes and schools, performing for an audience totaling nearly 100,000 people. Each teen in the Friendship Caravan is a member of the 60,000 member strong Tzofim (Israel Scouts) Movement which, in turn, is part of the International Scouting movement. The Tzofim Movement is the only nonpolitical and nonsectarian youth movement in Israel. Founded in 1919, the Tzofim was the first Zionist youth movement in Israel. It was the first egalitarian Scouting movement in the world, where boys and girls participate together on an equal basis. The Caravan has appeared on over twelve different TV shows and several news spots, reaching over 90,000 viewers and entertaining groups ranging from birth to 100 years of age. The Tzofim Friendship Caravans will crisscross North America bringing Israeli culture and goodwill through their unique blend of smiles, songs and dances in Hebrew, Yiddish and English. The Caravans also come to each community or camp prepared to lead activities about Israel for children and adults of all ages. In many communities, home hospitality is provided for the teenage Tzofim for the duration of their visit. This hosting relationship goes beyond simply providing food and a bed—the host families become true surrogate families during their stay. This personal contact, combined with the opportunity for the Tzofim to teach one-on-one about Israel, is invaluable, and the relationships forged can last a lifetime. Many communities have a waiting list for hosts and the reason is clear. As a host parent from Mahopac, NY recently said, “The Scouts changed our lives. These 12 individuals will forever be remembered by

This is the second of a two-part series on Albert Einstein’s involvement with the Pasadena Jewish community. Preparing for Albert Einstein’s attendance at the Friday night service during his second visit to Caltech, Temple B’nai Israel’s Rabbi Henry Radlin met with him and his wife, Elsa, on Monday, January 25, 1932 at the Athenaeum at Caltech, where he formally extended an invitation. After the half-hour meeting, Rabbi Radlin informed the waiting press that though Einstein was not religious, he had a divine spirit. He also reported that the sermon’s theme would be world brotherhood and that Elsa was impressed by the ability of Americans to smile despite the economic hardships caused by the Depression. On Friday night, January 29, the Einsteins attended services at the Walnut and Hudson temple. Al Levy recalls the evening: “He sat on the bima with his wife and his hair was very wild and sort of high collar. He walked down the aisle shaking hands. I remember standing and shaking his hand as he walked by, and my brother shook his hand. Mrs. Einstein looked typical, just like my grandmother did with the tight hair and a long black skirt all the way down to the floor with black boots and a lot of jewelry. I don’t recall if after services they left, or went into the social hall. And I don’t recall if he said anything.” In his diary, Einstein described the service: “Friday evening in the synagogue. More naïve prayers, in general moving and poetic, especially the ‘Scholem Alechim.’ The Rabbi preached on crisis.” The 1932 Yearbook of Temple B’nai Israel reported that Einstein enjoyed the singing of the choir, and “expressed keen enjoyment of the rendition of the closing anthem ‘Sholem Alechem.’” The yearbook report also described Rabbi Radlin’s sermon as linking universal brotherhood with social and economic progress. This was not the only contact Einstein had with Rabbi Radlin that year. Two days after attending the Friday night services, they both spoke at a Sunday memorial service for Julius Rosenwald at the Scott Methodist Church. Rosenwald, who had died three weeks earlier, was part owner of Sears, Roebuck, and Company, and had given millions of dollars supporting the education of African-Americans in the south. The memorial church service was organized by leaders of the Pasadena African-American community to recognize and honor Rosenwald’s philanthropy. More than 750 local African American residents as well as members of Temple B’nai Israel attended the service. After being introduced by the church’s spiritual leader, Rev. W.T. Handy, Einstein gave a short speech in German, which was translated, pleading for racial tolerance and international peace. During his third visit (December 1932 to March 1933), Einstein appears not to have had any formal contact with the Pasadena Jewish community. During his stay, Adolf Hitler became Chancellor in Germany and following the Reichstag fire was given dictatorial powers. Einstein realized he could not return to Germany after the Nazi paramilitary group, the Sturmabteilung (SA) broke into his home. When he landed in Belgium, he surrendered his German citizenship, and later in 1933 returned to the United States to accept what became a life-long position at Princeton.

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...and Anniversaries

July Birthdays July 1 ................. Nora Eidelberg Joshua Gould Izak Langholz Janice Markham Marlene Segal Rachel Spaizman July 2 ................Ed Brunngraber Janet Klekner July 3 .............. Jennifer Leonard Joel Padlipsky July 4 .................... Ilana Basseri Ira Blitz Anne Cheslow July 5 ................Marshall Cohen Arlene Hogan Ellie Mendel Alex Weisz Jeremy Weisz July 6 .................. Erich Schlecht July 7 ................ Louis Friedman July 8 ................ Jill Adler-Moore Stephen Belz Sara Bloom Haley Karish Maria Libman Fred Rotenberg Mitchell Rotenberg Rachel Weisz July 9 ........... Norman Ackerman Ava Arkader Margaret Ho July 11 ................. Darrell Cozen Lynn Gould Alex Jacobs July 12 ................ Simon Burrow Peter Dreier Lisa Goldstein Andy Owen Faith Segal July 13 ....................... Josh Pais Benjamin Shilling July 14................... Ilene Donner Eden Golden-Krasner Meredith Rose July 15 .......... Margaret Frerking

July 16 ................ Audrey Cohen Hyman Vego July 17 ............... Marjorie Gulkis Diana Howard July 18 .......... Michael Burnstine Benjamin Teitelbaum July 19 .............. Talia Nissimyan July 20 ...............Michael Ostroff Marlene Reichenbach Amy Richardson Ryan Sharp Arthur Taus Judy Ungar Robert Weiner July 22 .................... Lon Bender Barbara Cohen Dovid Silberberg David Snyder Hayley Yoskowitz July 23 .......... Helene Emmerich Miran Painter July 24 ......................... Lisa Fox Jonathan Fuhrman Charlotte Jorban Rosa Nicely July 25 ................. Victor Berlant Tzedek Segall-Gutierrez July 26 .................Tucker Cobey Stephanie Ivler Elizabeth Loughren July 27............ Melissa Bergman Susan Claster Martin Lewin Anita Pemstein-Roth July 28 ................. Gaston Araya Kirk Brattkus Cara Jaffe Bonnie Pais-Martinez July 29 .................. Zoe Fishman Isaac Paz Arielle Sharfstein James Weiss July 30 ......Janice Betrue Roney Daniel Gerst

Gregory Beirich and Karen Liquornik ...................................7/2/1995 George and Roz Lubow .......................................................7/3/1954 Norman and Hannah Ackerman ...........................................7/3/1960 Dave and Susan Lorin ............................ #35........................7/3/1977 Barry and Marlene Segal . ....................................................7/4/1954 Isaac and Sylvia Paz .............................. #30........................7/4/1982 Daniel Fishman and Sandra Lavine .....................................7/4/1993 Peter Dreier and Terry Meng ................................................7/5/1992 Jim Dewey and Eddee Kolos ...............................................7/6/2002 Todd and Stacey Sharp ........................................................7/7/1996 Ryan and Candice Earll . ......................................................7/7/2007 Jim and Cari Yoskowitz ........................................................7/8/1990 Ray Marcus and Jennifer Golub Marcus ..............................7/9/2006 Jonni and Felicity Swerdlow ............................................... 7/11/1976 Joe Ucuzoglu and Cristiane Guberman ............................. 7/11/2004 Hervey and Doris Segall . ....................... #50......................7/14/1962 Jack and Debby Singer .......................... #45......................7/15/1967 Maury and Arlene Weiss ....................................................7/15/1984 Jerry and Shelly Kaplan .....................................................7/16/1961 Isaac and Ojig Ergas ..........................................................7/17/2004 Fred and Lori Rotenberg ....................................................7/22/1979 Ira Bershatsky and Brita Richardson ..................................7/22/2001 Larry Moore and Jill Adler-Moore ........... #35......................7/23/1977 Steven Youra and Amy Nettleton . ......................................7/24/1994 David and Felice Mittman ....................... #25......................7/26/1987 James and Joan Weiss ......................................................7/29/1964 Art and Chris Bogad ...........................................................7/29/1973 Joshua Tornek and Carmela Argueta .................................7/29/1993

We are continuing PJTC Basketball for adults (high school age and above) at 8:00 PM on the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month.

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us all. They were incredible.” Additionally, hosting a Tofe from the Caravan is often the impetus for a first Israel trip for many families. It's a great opportunity for the Tzofim and their families to host in return. The Friendship Caravan will be coming to PJTC on Sunday evening, August 5. There’ll be a free pizza and ice cream supper followed by the Scouts performance. Please join us for this extraordinary event. Families wishing to host one or more of the Scouts should contact Jeff Landau at (818) 952-9521 or You can see more information at the Israel Scouts website: The FLAME

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July/August 2012

Ten Reasons I Admire Israel

by David Harris, Executive Director, American Jewish Committee

In the daily news coverage, as they say, if it doesn’t bleed, it doesn’t lead. The larger story of Israel, therefore, is rarely told. And the steady barrage of anti-Israel assaults – from the UN’s Arab-led automatic majority to the boycott-sanctionsdivestment crowd; from some PR-savvy NGOs to the red-green (extreme left-radical Muslim) alliance – doesn’t always leave much room for the bigger picture, either. But the larger story of Israel is well worth telling. Indeed it is, to paraphrase Winston Churchill, one of the great chapters in the annals of history. Here’s what I admire most: First, the Jewish people’s identity is built on three legs – a faith, a people, and a land. The land is inextricable to the equation. Even when Jews were forcibly removed from the land, as they were more than once, they never, not for a single moment, lost the connection. It was core to their prayers and their belief systems. Jerusalem, physically and metaphysically, is at the center of Jewish existence. The determination of Jews to reaffirm that link, over literally thousands of years, is awe-inspiring. Second, those who lived in or returned to the land before the rebirth of the state in 1948 faced indescribable challenges. Those challenges could easily have defeated less determined people. The terrain itself was harsh and unyielding. The swamps were disease-infested. Water was scarce. Marauding Arab bands put them at risk. But they persisted. Third, these pioneers, against all the odds, gave birth to field after field, tree after tree, job after job (for Jews and Arabs alike), and neighborhood after neighborhood. And, equally, they gave birth to Modern Hebrew. They took an ancient language and rendered it contemporary, which in turn became the lingua franca of the new state. Fourth, the politics of statehood were not uncomplicated. It took 50 years from Theodore Herzl’s vision of a reborn Jewish nation to the UN Partition Plan of 1947, which called for Jewish and Arab states to emerge from British-ruled Mandatory Palestine. During those five decades – and all the global ups-and-downs, governments’ sleights-of-hand, and power politics – Jewish leadership in the land persevered. They were undeterred. Fifth, that same Jewish leadership understood that half a loaf was better than none. While the Jews would have wished for a bigger state, and believed the historical facts warranted it, pragmatism prevailed over maximalism. And therein lies the fundamental difference between Jewish and Arab leadership at the time, and since. The 1947 Partition Plan could have solved the national aspirations of Jews and Arabs alike (i.e., Palestinians, though the term was not then used by the UN). There would have been two states for two peoples, living, ideally, side by side in peace and cooperation. But the Arab insistence on the whole loaf triggered war. The war in turn created a Palestinian refugee problem, and that dream of the whole loaf continues to be nurtured by too many Palestinian leaders. Sixth, the 1948 war to annihilate the new state might have been Israel’s first and, yes, last war, but it wasn’t. Vastly outnumbered and outarmed, the 650,000 Jews could

have been vanquished by the five attacking Arab armies, including the British-trained Jordanians. But they dug in, fought on with often hard-to-acquire weapons, and eventually won, while losing one percent of their entire population – the first of several wars Israel was to win to defend its very right to exist. Seventh, Israel’s ability to defend itself is nothing short of extraordinary. A country the size of New Jersey, and without a favorable military topography, has withstood repeated assaults of every kind – wars, missile barrages, suicide bombings, kidnappings, lawfare, and modern-day blood libels. The morale and commitment of Israelis to fulfill their national obligations – when, no doubt, they’d much rather be studying, socializing, and traveling – is remarkable. Alone, having never asked for the help of other nations’ troops, they defend the state. And Israel’s technical ingenuity in meeting each new challenge head-on has served as an object lesson for other countries. From Entebbe to Iron Dome, from Osirak to the Syrian nuclear plant, Israel has come up with viable answers to seemingly insurmountable threats. Eighth, Israel has forged a far more cohesive, vibrant society than many predicted. How, the skeptics asked, could Israel absorb Jews from scores of countries with different languages, political traditions, cultural norms, and religious practices? How could Israel forge a democratic state when so many refugees came from nondemocratic Arab lands and communist societies – and in a region, the Middle East, where there was absolutely no tradition of free, open societies? How could religious and secular Jews coexist? How could Israel absorb over 100,000 Ethiopian Jews, who hailed from villages that had no electricity or other modern accoutrements? And how would non-Jews, especially a large Arab community, fare as citizens of the State of Israel? These are all works in progress, but, 64 years after the rebirth of Israel, it can be said that the centripetal forces binding the state together far outweigh the centrifugal forces at work -and that’s no mean feat, given the magnitude of each of the challenges. Ninth, in the face of unrelenting threats and dangers, Israel could have turned inward, abandoned hope, and given up on peace, but it most assuredly has not. Instead, Israel has embraced the world, sharing its vast know-how with developing countries and often being among the first on the scene when disaster strikes. It has affirmed life in a way that outsiders can hardly imagine. And, despite one spurned peace effort after another since the landmark treaties with Egypt (1979) and Jordan (1994) – not to mention the experiences of withdrawal from southern Lebanon only to have Iranian-backed Hezbollah step in, or from Gaza only to have Hamas, whose charter calls for Israel’s destruction, take control – Israel still clings to the belief that peace, based on major territorial compromise and a two-state solution, is possible. And tenth is what travelers see for themselves when they come to Israel.   As many first-time visitors have commented, they had no idea that Israel was so small or its security challenges so complex. They had no clue that Arabic was an official language and Click to continue Ten Reasons I Admire Israel Article



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be when I am working, as well as attending one of my regular rabbinic/meditation retreats for a week. From February to March, I am planning to attend a four-week silent retreat at a meditation center in the Bay Area called Spirit Rock. Many of you know that I have participated in several seven-day silent retreats, and I am blessed to lead a wonderful weekly Jewish meditation sitting group here at PJTC, which is in its fourth year and counting, but I have always been desirous of sitting in silence for a much longer period of time. I look forward to what will emerge for me as I sit, walk, eat and work at the center in silence. Then, from mid-March to mid-July, my entire family, after stops on the East Coast and parts of Europe, will settle in Jerusalem for several months! I have three components in mind for that time for myself: 1) to study with individual teachers, as well as at institutions like the Conservative Yeshiva, the Pardes Institute and the Hartman Institute, going deeper into texts I know and exploring parts of the Bible and rabbinic literature that I have never had the chance to learn in depth; 2) to do some on-the-ground peace work, meeting Israelis and Palestinians, explore territory that I have never seen, meet with and work with people on the ground who are working toward peace, visit settlements in the West Bank and talk with settler leaders to gain their perspective, see firsthand many of the things on the ground that I write about and preach about, and get a better sense of what the real possibilities are for peace and reconciliation. I am debating as to whether to blog and write about this as well; 3) to explore as much of the land as possible, from north to south, east to west, with my family, showing our kids Eretz Yisrael for the first time. Franci and the kids will be in daily ulpan Hebrew classes. The kids will have some private tutors to keep them up to speed with the few months they are missing in school, and they will spend most of the time exploring Jerusalem, along with sights and sounds of Israel. Having heard from friends who have had this experience already, I know that it will be a life-changing and incredibly moving time for us all. For this, we are most grateful. I have many things to ponder, contemplate and evaluate while I am away for seven months; I will miss all of you and my community here, but I know that you will be in the very capable hands of Cantor Ruth, Rabbi Kollin and the wonderful staff and lay leaders that we are blessed to have at PJTC. I am truly looking forward to living out some longer periods of Shabbat, what we say every week in V’shamru, “shavat va’yinafash, to rest and rejuvenate.” I have been going at full speed for thirteen years! Thank you for giving me this time, which in the end will not only benefit my family and me, but will benefit the entire congregation, as I will return better able to serve as your spiritual leader. I am happy to answer questions or talk about the sabbatical. Have a wonderful summer and hope to see you in shul! Rabbi Joshua

Israeli Arabs, even those opposed to the state’s very existence, have been elected to the Israeli parliament. They were unaware that churches and mosques are found everywhere, with full freedom of worship protected. They had no sense of how ancient and modern, at one and the same time, the country is. They had no understanding of what a full-throttled democracy Israel is, including a feisty press, an independent judiciary, an array of active NGOs, political parties galore, and an argumentative, self-critical culture. And they had no hint how proud of their country – and optimistic about the future – are the vast majority of Israelis. For nearly 2,000 years, Jews could only dream of, and pray for, the rebirth of Israel. Today, it is a living, breathing, and pulsating reality. And I count myself among the lucky ones to see it unfold before my very eyes. Click to return to page 13

Summer Reading at the PJTC Library Free Books Come into the library and look for the free books shelf. Yes FREE! Lots of contemporary fiction by authors such as Elizabeth George and Sue Grafton. These books are yours to keep and risk reading in the swimming pool. A strategy not recommended with borrowed items.

A Fun Read

Everything you do in the summer doesn’t have to be serious. In fact you can read How to Raise a Jewish Dog by Ellis Weiner and Barbara Davilman. One of the great things about being an adult is that you don’t have to write a book report on your summer reading.

Longer Lending Periods In the summer the usual unenforced two week lending period is relaxed. Check out a book and bring it back in the fall. If somebody else wants it, we’ll call you.

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The PJTC Library: Free WiFi a quiet space and Books.



July/August 2012

Yahrzeits for July (announced Fri/Sat preceding the date) Tammuz 11

July 01, 2012

Max Eisenberg Fannie Ganulin  Pearl Jaffe  Joseph Mindlin  Norman Rofheart  Benjamin Russell  Irving Scherr  Tammuz 12

July 02, 2012

Samuel Davis Roxie Holland-Moritz  Saul Lubow  Lynn Nesbit  Harriett Seigle  Florence Siegel  Tammuz 13

Tammuz 15

July 05, 2012

Rose Freund Stephen Kaye  Nathaniel Miller Louis Zimon  Tammuz 16

Tammuz 18

Tammuz 19

July 09, 2012

Frieda Breitman Robert Friedman  Irys Schneider Tammuz 20

July 10, 2012

Jack Ardman Maurice Cohen  Fanny Finesod Nuta Glickman  Sally Gottfeld  Lewis Marks Celia Meyers  Harry Mittleman  Tammuz 21

July 11, 2012

Tammuz 25

Tammuz 22

Tammuz 26

Tammuz 24

July 14, 2012

Av 5

Tammuz 27

July 16, 2012

July 17, 2012

Edward Solomon Tammuz 28

Av 6

July 18, 2012

July 19, 2012

Jay Hoffman Fritzi Lerner  Janice Lipton  Valli Loewenberg Juanita Earlene Murray-Wesson Martha Wolf  Av 1

July 20, 2012

Harry Koz David Kristan  Julian Snyder Av 2

July 21, 2012

Bernice Feldstein Anna Friedenberg Philip Karr  Howard Lassman  Charlotte Levinson Louis M. Witkin  Av 3

July 22, 2012

Av 7

July 23, 2012

Ferrel Rosenberg Armin Rosenblum William Terfansky  Nathan Witt

Gustav Fleischhacker Jeanette Lorber Harriet Padlipsky  Marie Roegler Mariam Vego 

July 26, 2012

Howard Finn Rose Heller Eva Katz  Tonia Sugarman Av 8

July 27, 2012

Marc Bayar Herman Bromberg Diana Klein  Av 9

July 28, 2012

Eleanor Kittiver Margit Klein Thomas Kurey  Nathan Ostrow  Ruvim Rabinowitch Jona Siev  Av 10

July 29, 2012

Esther Friend Samuel Futterman Florence Goldstein  Bessie Levy  Sarah Sax

Gertrude Budnitsky Goldie Gordon Sophie Hassman  Av 4

July 25, 2012

Sarah Cohen Leonard Goss Ruth Lehman  Rosel Schlachter  Gene Slater Mother of Marcia Spies 

Rabbi Sidney Jacobs Bess Pemstein  Martin Spellman Tammuz 29

July 24, 2012

Miriam Dinerman Richard Goodman Shuey Greenberg  Estelle Greenblatt  Peter Silverman Shimon Weitmann 

Zvi Bar-Chaim Gregory Frey

July 12, 2012

David Allen Myer Glazer Leo Kaiser  Ernest Klein Yetta Segal  Marcella “Sally” Tyree 

July 15, 2012

Yetta Hollander Ray Miller

Morris Mandel Samuel Senter George Vida 

July 06, 2012

Harry Adelstone Erwin Brown Harry Finesod  Peter Richman Oscar Stern  Freda Watson  Martin Zelanka

July 08, 2012

Thelma Brumer Benjamin M. Klekner Charles Kollin  Sarah Roth 

July 04, 2012

David Mark Edward Schwam  Murray Siegel  Emmie Vida  Naomi Weinstein 

July 07, 2012

Michel Anghel Lena Berman  Stella Brier Harold Goodman  Jack Kandel  Lea Schaffer

July 03, 2012

Minnie Cohen Mary Priester  Ruth Shenfeld  Leon Weisman  Tammuz 14

Tammuz 17

Av 11

July 30, 2012

Betty Case Benjamin Friedman Rabbi Carole Meyers  Jacob Miller  Anna Susskind Av 12

July 31, 2012

Grace Epstein Frieda Mandel Morris Weprinsky 

PJTC Reusable Shopping Bags The PJTC Green Committee is making it easy for you to do your share to save the environment. You can purchase reusable shopping bags with the lovely design shown here for only 99¢ each.

Buy your bags in the Temple Office For more information, contact the temple office (626) 798-1161 or The FLAME

Our Former Rabbinic Interns Are Now Full-Fledged Rabbis Congratulations to our former rabbinic interns, Susan Goldberg and Elihu Gevirtz, who were ordained as full rabbis on June 4 in a ceremony at Steven S. Wise Temple. They both attended The Academy for Jewish Religion, CA. Each of them served PJTC with great distinction and made many friends here, We are proud to have been part of their training. Susan is serving as the rabbi at Temple Beth Israel of Highland Park & Eagle Rock, as well as the East Side Outreach Coordinator for Wilshire Boulevard Temple. Elihu will serve as the Rabbi Educator of Camp Ramah in California’s organic agriculture program, teaching Torah, refinement of the soul, strengthening Jewish identity and connection to Israel. 15

July/August 2012

June Donations MAC (Membership Assistance Committee

General Fund

With thanks from the Plessner Family Honoring Carolyn Kunin for her kindness, from Sylvia Schleimer

Carole & Frank Grant III Carole & Frank Grant III, in memory of Lou Schleimer Robert D. Kanter Roza Kuppermann, in memory of Philip Magnus, Father of Carole Grant Jacquelin Grater Rabbi Eric Solomon Chad & Meredith Cain Allen & Helene Emmerich, in memory of Jerry Plessner Marcia & Mel Spira, in memory of Jerry Plessner Mike & Janet Klekner, in memory of Jerry Plessner Ira & Katherine Rothstein George Feinstein & Susan Gurman Stephan & Kathleen Abramson, in memory of Madeline Mark, a truly extraordinary and well-loved woman Florence Gail Moore Ernie & Evelyn Robinson, in memory of our beloved son, Daniel Cynthia Cohen, in memory of Terry Paule’s mother, Cecilia Besbris Cynthia Cohen, in honor of Sam Haddad in thanks for hosting our Kiddush


Sim Shalom In memory of Lou Schleimer, presented by the PJTC Men’s Club

Louis B. Silver Religious School

Bonnie Slavitt Moore, in memory of Lou Schleimer

Donations to General Fund

From: In Memory of: June Brodie Mother, Annie Wiskind Bonnie Buratti Father, Ralph Buratti Helene Emmerich Mother, Sylvia Katzman Deborah Singer Mother, Lillian Davidson Judy Ellis Mother, Norma Loeb Shirley Hoffman Sister, Thelma Berman Helen Diamond Hymie Weinstein Shirley Ornstein Mother, Olga Wolf Mena Shapiro Mother, Ella Morrison Howard Rambach Mother & Father, Mary & Morris Rambach Eva Kaye-Zwiebel Eva & Aaron’s Mother, Mary-Lou Kaye Marvin Donnern Mother, Hazel Donner Irving Feuer Mother, Laura Sandig Roberta & Peter Braun Mother, Harriet Goldberg Ruth Genss Larner Father-in-law, Max Larner Steven Conovitz Father, Sam Conovitz Peter Mendel Grandfather, Siegmund Mendel Mena Shapiro Husband, Saul Shapiro Hervey Segall Mother, Anna Segall Shirley Hoffman Brother, Les Berman Sonia O’Brien Father, Ben Gordon Lonne Lane Mother, Kea Lane Edward Gomperts Father, Arthur Gomperts David & Gail Snyder Sister, Wendy Snyder Scott Siegal Father, Abe Siegal Jerry Halpert Mother, Lee Halpert Ethel Cooper Mother, Sarah Cooper Hanna Elter Husband, Simon Elter Alice Shulman Mother-in-Law, Anna Shulman Sherry Weinberg Mother, Goldie Miller Sue Hogan Mother, Estelle Alt Craig Fox Father, Irving Fox and Tami Cutler’s anniversary Delores Schwam Brother, Louis Nobleman Pauline Witkin Polansky Sister, Sally Lipser Korobkin Pauline Witkin Polansky Brother-in-Law, Irving Korobkin Pauline Witkin Polansky Mother-in-Law, Leah Witkin Korobkin Pauline Witkin Polansky Aunt, Libby Silverblatt Henny Moskowitz Father, Bernard Moskowitz

Camp Scholarship Fund Michelle & Ron Goss Michael & Sharon Bacharach

Sisterhood Tributes

To Stacy Miller in honor of her work organizing Sisterhood Installation, OLE! from Nancy Carlton To Judy & Phil Binder in honor of the birth of their grandson, Cooper Miles Stein, from Carol & Eric Mills and from Ricki & Lonne Lane To Roz & Larry Scherr in honor of the birth of their grandson, Josiah Merlo Scherr-Carriles, from Carol & Eric Mills, and from Jan & Josh Pais To Lynn & Ben Broudy in honor of the birth of their granddaughter, Scarlett Bea, from Nancy & John Carlton, Mary Ann and Mickey Bernath, and from Stacy & Stu Miller To Carol Sofer in appreciation of the excellent Shavuot program she planned and presented, from Sue Galpert To Carolyn Siegal in appreciation of the successful class in Jewish Living (Musser) that she taught with Rabbi Grater, from Bonnie Buratti. To Hy Vego in honor of his 90th birthday (July 16) with very best wishes from Nancy & John Carlton To Nurith Brier, wishing her a speedy & complete recovery & return to good health, from Ricki & Lonne Lane Wishing a speedy recovery to Mickey Bernath from Edie Taylor To Carole Grant & family in memory of her beloved father, Philip Henry Magnus, from Ellen & Harvey Knell To Karen Hochman Brown & family in memory of her beloved grandmother, Viola Girsh, from Nancy & John Carlton, Linda & Paul Rourman, Edie Taylor, Carol & Eric Mills,, Aty & Howard Rotter, Stacy & Stu Miller, Marcia Alper, Ellen & Harvey Knell, Sue Galpert, Sandy & Steve Hartford, and from Ricki & Lonne Lane To Ruelene Hochman in memory of her beloved mother, Viola Girsh, from Edie Taylor, Stacy & Stu Miller, and from Marcia Alper To Cathy Michaels Krasner in memory of her beloved mother, Marcia Gottlieb, from Marcia Alper, Ellen & Harvey Knell, Sue Galpert, Sandy & Steve Hartford, and from Ricki & Lonne Lane To Shana Levin & family in memory of her beloved father, Warren Levin, from Stacy & Stu Miller, the Bernath Family, and from Jan & Josh Pais To Glenn & Cathy Glass, Sam & Patti Glass, Ileen & Mike Freeman, Holly & Paul Kingsford, and to David & Anat Glass in memory of their beloved father, Gary Glass, from Marilyn Kragen & the Kragen family To Nancy LaBay in memory of her dear friend, Gary Glass, from Marilyn Kragen & the Kragen family To Mr. & Mrs. Ron Glass in memory of his beloved brother, Gary Glass, from Marilyn Kragen & the Kragen family To the Ovadia family in memory of their beloved wife and mother, Sadie Ovadia, from Marilyn Kragen & the Kragen family


Jewish Meditation Tuesdays - 7:30 AM Wohlmann Hall

Join Rabbi Joshua for Jewish meditation, which will incorporate learning and practice. The morning is one of the best times to meditate, so we will gather for an hour before getting started for the day. The first 30 minutes will be spent in silence and meditation, then 20 minutes for learning a text or instruction, and a short reflection period to end. All are welcome, no experience needed.


July/August 2012

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13 Av - 13 Elul 5772 August 2012

August Special Mini Issue


Save The Date!

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

The Israel Scouts Friendship Caravan is Coming to PJTC An Entertaining Evening of Israeli Songs, Dances and Storytelling for Children and Adults

August 3/4

Parasaht: Vaetchanan

Family Picnic 6:00 PM Katz Terrace Tot Shabbat 6:45 PM Knell Chapel Fri. Service 7:30 PM Katz Terrace Oneg hosted by Sisterhood Sat. Service 9:00 AM Knell Chapel Kiddush hosted by Shabbes Minyan Group August 10/11

Parasaht: Eikev

Fri. Service 7:30 PM Katz Terrace Oneg hosted by Sisterhood

Sunday Evening, August 5, 6:00 PM PJTC Social Hall Free Pizza and Ice Cream Supper! Presented by the PJTC Israel Committee

Sat. Service 9:00 AM Knell Chapel Kiddush hosted by Shabbes Minyan Group August 17/18

Parashat: Re’eh

Membership Wine and Chesse and other Bites 6:00 PM Katz Terrace Fri. Family Services 7:30 PM Katz Terrace Oneg hosted by Sisterhood Sat. Service 9:00 AM Knell Chapel Kiddush hosted by Shabbes Minyan Group August 24/25

Parashat: Shoftim

Fri. Service 7:30 PM Katz Terrace Oneg hosted by Sisterhood Sat. Service 9:00 AM Knell Chapel Kiddush hosted by Shabbes Minyan Group August 31/ Sept. 1

Parashat: Ki Teitzei

Fri. Service 7:30 PM Katz Terrace Oneg hosted by Sisterhood Sat. Service 9:00 AM Knell Chapel Kiddush hosted by Shabbes Minyan Group

Family Shabbat Service August 17 Wine and Cheese and other Bites (This event is sponsored by Sisterhood as part of the Membership Open House)

More information to follow 1434 N. Altadena Drive • Pasadena, CA 91107 (626) 798-1161

6:30 PM Family Shabbat 7:30 PM

Yahrzeits for August (announced Fri/Sat preceding the date) Av 13

August 01, 2012

Aaron Brenessel Sylvia Cooper  Henry Greenberg  Frances Kirkish Hakala  Gertrude L. Krantz  Belle Lewis  Sarah Rappaport 

Av 14

Av 15

August 02, 2012 Miki Benedek Philip Friend  John Gorfinkel  Howard Gross  Louis Kittiver  Thomas McGrath  Bertha Orenstein  Sandie Rambach 

Av 19

Av 20

Av 21

August 03, 2012

Julius Blitz Violet Dorfman  Rebecca Fox  Henrietta Holzer  Pearl Milman  Oscar Susskind 

Av 16

Av 17

Av 18

Av 22

August 04, 2012

Rita Gross Alison Heath  Rose Lipser  Harriet Munoz  Philip Saffman 

Av 23

August 05, 2012

Harold Carsh Herman Lane Lynn Seshadri  Esther Vego Raymond Walter  

Av 24

August 06, 2012

Samuel Chait Theodore Epstein Adele Glick  Ida Rimsky Edward Weiss 

Av 25

Av 26

August 07, 2012

Arthur Berman Lillian Levine Augusta A. Levy Susan Lowitz 

Av 27

August 08, 2012

Doris Becker Bessie Dorman Florence Mandel 

Av 28

August 09, 2012

Eugene Galindo Mark Hurwitz  Harry Lipser Zelda Rosenberg  Hebert Schaffer 

Av 29

August 10, 2012

Michael Clemens Deborah Macewan Jacob Levin Sarah Levine  Samuel S. Taylor  Irvin Vego

Av 30

August 11, 2012

Jeanne Eisenberg Isaac Karsh Cecelia Knell 

Elul 1

August 12, 2012

August 13, 2012 Francis Brier David Minovitz Bradford Robinson August 14, 2012 Evelyn Gold  Jules Goldman Joel Ruffman  Joshua Silver  August 15, 2012 Eric Flesher  Teresa Gutierrez  Richard Ryder  August 16, 2012 Abraham Kokis  Jennie Taylor Bernard Weissfeld  August 17, 2012 Florence Clotzman Tema Davidson  Daniel Lyon  Howard Schaefer  August 18, 2012 Ruth Ackerman  Ruth Cohen  Radu Fintescu  Zygmunt Goldberg  Jakob Hirsch David Shenfeld  Julius Walter  August 19, 2012 Isaac Fox  Andrew Karr

Erna Baris Bella Lubow

Elul 2

Elul 3

Elul 4

Elul 5

Elul 6

August 20, 2012

Leo Chessen David Cohen Zelda Fain  Albert Haynes  Jennie Katzman

Elul 7

August 25, 2012

Elul 8

August 26, 2012

Elul 9

August 27, 2012

Gordon Franklin Ackerson Margaret Bloom

August 21, 2012

Israel Borenkraut Lea Borenkraut Max Fluster  Brucha Freeman  Lejzor Freeman Aaron Gold  Max Hassman  Robert Neumann  Miriam Orloff  Edward Scherr  Anna Weissfeld

Elul 10

August 22, 2012

Rose Charney Harold Diner Charlotte Ebbin  Merle Lynne Klekner Tony Ness  Joseph Wagner

Elul 11

August 23, 2012

Lillie Baker Donald Chait  Mildred Schwartz  Edward Ungar 

Elul 12

August 24, 2012

Bette Slifkin

Elul 13

Molly Cohen Rose Green  Sarah Jaslow Paul Kaplan  Rose Leibl  Hanne O’Dell

Philip Alshin Stanley Claster  Howard Ledeen Joseph M. Levy  Lena Schultz  August 28, 2012

Regina Moskowitz Betty Shor August 29, 2012

Nathan Brown Max Farbstein Albert Knight  Ruth Lepold  Morris Shure  Rachel Streiker  August 30, 2012

Bernice Cutler Evelyn Friedman Selma Hassman  August 31, 2012

Irwin Grater Nathan Greene Thelma Lipton Jules Tragarz 

Bring Your Family and Enjoy A Fun Evening of Baseball With The Men’s Club of Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center

The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes Vs. The Lake Elsinore Storm At the Quakes Stadium 8408 Rochester Avenue Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Sunday, August 12 , 2012 Game Time at 5:05 PM $10 Includes Reserved Seat Ticket Wives, Friends and Children Welcome Reservations With Check by August 7

To PJTC Men’s Club 1434 N. Altadena Drive, Pasadena, Ca 91107 For Information 626-793-8783 The FLAME


July/August 2012

...and Anniversaries

August Birthdays August 1 ..............Judith Landau Samuel Levin August 2 .........Pauline Polansky Paula Waluch August 4 .................... Jack Gold August 5 ......... Benjamin Beirich James Hogan Jo Anne Kindler Charlotte Nortman August 6 ................ Robert Abad Nicholas Belz August 7 ... Edward Brunngraber Samantha Miller August 8 ............... Jared Becker Janice Clotzman Edward Gomperts Susan Kane August 9................. Michael Burr Giovanna Fradkin Jane Monterroso Anna Moore Stacy Ober August 10 ......Michael Friedman Mitchell Horowitz Herbert Phillips Mickey Segal August 11 ............Hervey Segall August 12 ........Sheila Padlipsky Alden Weiss August 13 ..........Roberta Breton Sarai Golden-Krasner Daniel Silver Liana Zangwill August 14 ........... Debra Landau Erin Manacker Herbert Meiselman August 15 ........... Moshe Aviram Talia Goldstein Kyle Schmidt

Rosh Chodesh elebration 5772

August 16 ............ Estelle Bogad Lea Dickter Katherine Kobayashi August 18 ................ Terry Meng August 19 .. Catherine Andersen Lia Friedman Peter Kahn Madeline Klein Maureen McGrath Athalia Rotter Lindsay Wetmore-Arkader August 20 .......... Heather Brown Hilary Jacobs Nathan Lujan August 21 ....... Bradley Horowitz Matthew Hurwitz August 22 .............. Virginia Blitz Penny Cobey Roslyn Terfansky August 23 ..................Ava Burke George Lubow Adam Sharp Zev Youra August 24 ....... Sebastien Lanch Betty Lubow Roslyn Scherr August 25 .....................Leo Raz Hannah Shilling August 26 .....Barbara Gomperts Kelly Linden Brian Schaefer August 27 ......... Steven Hartford August 28 .............. Doug Bloom Martin Howard August 29 ..................Ryan Earll Maxwell Ho August 30 ........ Rebecca Beirich Madelyn Preiss August 31 ........Abraham Alkana

Simon and Nurit Burrow .......................................................8/1/1976 Mark and Roberta Tragarz ...................................................8/1/1993 John and Debbie Guest . ......................................................8/2/1981 Paul and Nancy Spiegel .......................................................8/7/1988 Andy and Jenny Owen .........................................................8/7/1999 Michael and Kimberly Spindler .............................................8/7/1999 Al and Helene Emmerich . ..................................................8/10/1975 Howard and Faith Segal .....................................................8/11/2002 Noah and Maya Golden-Krasner . ......................................8/12/2000 Howard and Aty Rotter ........................... #35......................8/14/1977 Neil Brown and Karen Hochman Brown .............................8/14/1983 Mel and Barbara Cohen .....................................................8/15/1954 Marv and Ilene Donner .......................................................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 Sidney and Joan Soclof . ....................................................8/18/1963 Paul and Toni Andersen .....................................................8/18/1973 Keith and Nancy Goldstein .................................................8/19/2001 Mickey and Lee Segal ........................................................8/20/1978 Howard and Cynthia Shilling ..............................................8/21/1994 Craig and Judith Pettigrew .................................................8/22/1992 Abraham and Thelma Alkana .............................................8/23/1944 Michael and Jakki Sencer ..................................................8/23/1970 Claude Meyers and Peggy Woo . .......................................8/23/2003 Peter and Cynthia Kahn .....................................................8/26/1984 Irv and Matty Feuer ............................................................8/30/1953

Theatre Havurah Wednesday, August 22, 8:00 PM “RED” at the Mark Taper Forum Tickets are $12.00 “Red” is set in the l950s in the New York studio of artist Mark Rothko, known for paintings that seem to pulsate with a life force of their own. Rothko is working on a commissioned series of paintings for the new Four Seasons restaurant . He feels the threatening presence of a new generation of artists. He tells his assistant, “There is only one thing I fear in life, my friend ..... One day the black will swallow the red." The play “Red” features Jonathan Groff and Alfred Molino. For reservations, mail your check for $12.00 per ticket to Ricky Calvin. Deadline to order: July 15.

Family Picnic and Tot Shabbat Service

PJTC Sisterhood welcomes this gathering of Jewish women to celebrate the new moon with study, discussion and, of course, dessert. Topic: Creative Mikveh

Come for more evenings of togetherness, song and prayer!

to immerse, please bring a bathing suit & towel.

Bring your own dairy dinner and a blanket, we will have drinks and challah. Join Judy Callahan, Director of B’nai Simcha Preschool, and Cantor Ruth for a half-hour Shabbat experience filled with music and movement for families with children age seven and under.

Sunday Afternoon Experiences: Preparing for the High Holy Days, with 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Ruth Several. If you want We welcome the month of

Elul — August 19

Around the swimming pool at the home of Jan Pais at the home of Jan Pais For more information call (626)798-1161 or


Friday, August 3 Picnic, 6:00 PM Katz Terrace Tot Shabbat Service, 6:45 PM Knell Chapel

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Sisterhood’s Ilona E. Fuchs Tablecloth

From the Cemetery Committee PJTC owns plots in two cemeteries: Home of Peace in East Los Angeles and Rose Hills in Whittier. Plots may be purchased in advance, with a convenient payment plan, no interest charged. We handle all the paperwork for you. We no longer have any plots available at Mount Sinai but we have a good relationship with their management, and for those wishing to purchase pre-need plots there, please do so through PJTC. This does not alter the price to you, but it gives a financial boost to the temple. Let us help you with these transactions. PJTC Cemetery Committee: Hy Vego or Ken Gerst

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 talented 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 and talk to her about it.

Summer is Coming! It’s time for parents to go out and not have to worry about so much routine! If you need a babysitter, please contact Stacy Miller for the updated babysitting roster of PJTC teens and young adults. Many are CPR certified and have taken babysitting courses through the Red Cross. If you'd like to be added to the list, please contact Stacy. Enjoy the summer!

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July/August 2012

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Non-Profit Org. U.S. Postage PAI D PASADENA, CA Permit No. 705

Sisterhood’s Annual High Holy Day Greetings Book

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 #4 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. Camera ready artwork or graphic file may be submitted as well. Contact Karen Brown for requirements. 1.

Warmest wishes for a New Year of health, peace and success.


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


May the New Year be one of good health, inspiration and love.


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

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

_______________________________________________________________________________ Print the copy as you wish it to read or circle your choice of greeting above. This option is not available at the $18 level: ___________________________________________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________________________ Please make a separate check, payable to PJTC Sisterhood, and mail it, along with this form to:

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

The deadline for submission of greetings and payments is August 1, 2012 Questions about greetings? Call Ruth Kaye.

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