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10 Adar - 11 Nisan March 2015

Cantor Ruth Berman Harris A Rite of Passage at Any Age C antors d e a l w it h life cycle events on a regular basis. We commit ourselves to be with our congregants any time that they need us. We share britot milah, b’nai mitzvah, weddings, sicknesses and death. For me, it is the path through which I honor our relationships and have us become a part of each other’s lives. It’s a given for me. But when a group of adults decide to go beyond the “norm” or what is “expected” from them and chooses to become b’nai mitzvah as adults “off the traditional path,” I applaud them! In the Jewish life cycle, becoming bar or bat mitzvah is a rite of passage that celebrates the adolescent’s formal entrance into the Jewish community. This important event recognizes the developmental readiness of young Jews to begin a more serious and self-determined participation into Jewish communal life. Adult b’nai mitzvah can be an equally significant rite of passage. By taking part in the Adult B’nai Mitzvah program, they are making a voluntary commitment to gain a deeper understanding of our rich Jewish tradition and to deal with how to continue to integrate Judaism into their lives. As progressive Jews, the

ideology of Informed C hoice pres ents us with a challenge that the Adult B’nai Mitzvah program helps us to meet: by delving deeply into study we gain the tools through which to make informed choices about how Judaism will be meaningful in our lives. O u r Adu lt B’nai Mitzvah class of 15 congregants will celebrate their rite of passage at the Friday night Kabbalat Shabbat Service, May 29, 2015 at 7:30 PM. They will continue with the Saturday morning Shacharit service on May 30, at 9:00 AM. They have been studying together for almost two years and are looking forward to sharing this simcha with YOU, their congregation. These courageous adults have taken a major step together to share an experience that has become intimate, spiritual and of tremendous growth. It is my hope that you will witness and experience this celebration. It has been a very rich experience for us all, one that connected us deeper with God, gave us a strong sense of our Jewish identity, belonging, and a commitment to be there for each other. Looking forward to having you all there! Cantor Ruth

Services Minyan Services are held every Sunday in Knell Chapel, beginning at 9:00 AM. March 6/7

Parashat: Ki tissa

Tot Shabbat 6:45 PM Knell Chapel Services led by Gimel Class Fri. Service 7:30 PM Galpert Sanctuary Oneg hosted by Bet class parents Sisterhood Shabbat Sat. Service 9:30 AM Social Hall Kiddush hosted by Sisterhood March 13/14

Parashat: Va'yakhel +Pekudei

Fri. Service 7:30 PM Galpert Sanctuary Oneg hosted by Sisterhood Sat. Service 9:00 AM Knell Chapel Kiddush hosted by Bud and Liz Green in honor of Bud's 80th birthday March 20/21

Parashat: Vayikra

Kabblalat Shabbat 6:30 PM Social Hall Fri. Service 7:30 PM Galpert Sanctuary Oneg Shabbat hosted by Susan Auerbach & Bryan Langholz in memory of their son, Noah Langholz. Sat. Service 9:00 AM Knell Chapel Kiddush hosted by Ale Kiguelman March 27/28

Parashat: Tsav

Services led by Dalet Class Fri. Service 7:30 PM Galpert Sanctuary Oneg hosted by Gimel class parents Shabbat Rinah Sat. Service 9:00 AM In The Round Kiddush hosted by Claire Gorfinkel in honor of her 70th birthday

Please join Rabbi Grater and Israel Maven for the next

PJTC Community Trip to Israel Informational Meeting, Wed., 4/22/2015 7:00 PM, Lounge (Trip Dates: 12/20/15-1/1/16) For questions or to RSVP contact Debi: debra@pjtc.net or call the office.

1434 N. Altadena Drive • Pasadena CA 91107 http://www.pjtc.net/ (626) 798-1161

Staff and Officers Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center 1434 N. Altadena Drive Pasadena, California 91107 (626) 798-1161 • (626) 798-8410 (Fax) http://www.pjtc.net/ info@pjtc.net

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

Men's Club by Andy Schwarz, President

On behalf of the Men’s Club Board of Directors, I would like to congratulate Talia Goldstein and her family on the occasion of her bat mitzvah. Fred Rotenberg presented Talia with the Men’s Club gift of a yad on Friday night, February 20. I hope you have all sent in your RSVPs for the annual Dinty Moore Men’s Club Man of the Year Dinner. This year we are proud to honor Jeff Landau as our “Man of the Year.” The tickets are $30 and include a deli dinner along with drinks and entertainment the by the Gem City Jazz Band (16 pieces plus 3 singers). If you cannot make it and would like to send a tribute in any amount in Jeff ’s honor, please note that Jeff has requested that all tribute money be donated to the PJTC USY (United Synagogue Youth) as well as for other temple youth programs. Once again I would like to remind you that all Men’s Club events are open to everyone and that our Board Meetings, held the first Monday of each month, are also open to all. We would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions about what the Men’s Club plans are for the future. Finally I would like to thank the Men’s Club members who are volunteering at the Pasadena Showcase House event. By doing so they are raising money to help support our youth activities.

– 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

– Board of Directors – Keri Axel, Judy Balian, Ira Blitz, Valerie Grover, Haley Karish, Jacob Levy, Carol Rader-Meislin, Amy Richardson, Nathan Temple, Roberta Tragarz, Ruth Several

–Voting Past Presidents –

Judy Callahan, Cathy Krasner Matt Ober, Mickey Segal



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

Advertise in The FLAME Help offset the cost of our monthly publication while promoting your business or service. Business Card @ $20.00/month Quarter Page @ $35.00/month Half Page @ $70.00/month

Three month minimum. Discounted rates are available for longer running ads. Make your request at communications@pjtc.net The Communications Committee can assist you with ad copy and layout. The FLAME

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March 2015

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.

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 dedicate your mahzorim is March 15, 2015. Please print your dedication below. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________________. Our fundraiser this year is off to a good start, thanks to the partiticpation and sponsorship by many in our congregation. For each $100 donated to PJTC you will have the opportunity to dedicate one new Mahzor, which we will all be enjoying at High Holydays this September. Your personal dedication will be printed on a beautiful bookplate designed by Karen Brown. Please join your fellow PJTC congregants in making this a community wide success! Our sincere thanks to the following congregants for their enthusiastic support. Sandy Hartford and Faith Segal, Fundraiser Co-chairs Anonymous Marcia Alper Ellen Ardman Paul and Josette Bellan Mickey and Mary Ann Bernath Elisse Blinder Ira and Ginny Blitz Kirk Brattkus and Erica Fishman Peter and Nurith Brier Peter and Roberta Braun Simon and Nurit Burrow Phil and Judy Callahan Melvin and Barbara Cohen Jordan and Judy Ellis Louis and Connie Friedman Janis Fuhrman Susan Galpert Josh and Sharon Goldberg Claire Gorfinkel Carole Grant Rabbi Joshua and Franci Levine Grater Allen and Karen Gross John and Debbie Guest Jerry and Joan Halpert Laurence and Cantor Ruth Harris Steven and Sandy Hartford Jim and Sue Hogan Bryan and Marina Jick Howard and Elizabeth Kahn Francine Hokin Katz The FLAME

Michael and Janet Klekner Jenna Kloosterman Harvey and Ellen Knell Rabbi Gil Kollin and Cynthia Cohen Barry and Cathy Krasner Roza Kupperman Barry and Susie Kustner Jeff and Anita Landau Mary Landau Bryan Langholz and Susan Auerbach Barbara Levinson Anonymous Leonard Lipton and Barbara Weisenberg Peter Mendel and Shana Levin David and Susan Lorin Brian Mark Dani and Diane Michaeli Sara and Matt Michelson Stuart and Stacy Miller Maxine Minovitz Larry Moore and Jill Adler-Moore Matt and Stacy Ober Anita Pemstein Marlene Reichenbach Eugene and Ruth Roberts Ernie and Evelyn Robinson Ruth Saffman Richard Samuelson Larry and Roslyn Scherr Sylvia Schleimer 3

Barry Segal Howard and Faith Segal Mickey and Lee Segal Hervey and Doris Segall Penina Segall-Gutierrez Alice Shulman Scott and Carolyn Siegal Jerry and Shelly Silberberg Michael and Tamara Silver Jack and Debby Singer Lester and Loretta Slifkin David and Gail Snyder Jonathan and Felicity Swerdlow Edie Taylor Fanya Thomson Vance and Pearl Tyree Ida Unger and Steve Moos Scott and Laura Van Dellen Louise Wannier Phillip Weise Aaron and Valerie Weiss Jon and Sarah Weisz Joseph Widman and Vanessa Silberman Molly Wolveck Patrick and Jill Wright Jim Younessi Amy and Katherine Zimmerman Victor Zlotnicki and Diana Granat March 2015

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

Sisterhood’s Annual Torah Fund Campaign

Sisterhood is a veritable beehive of activity; something for everyone! Since the last Sisterhood column, we have enjoyed a winter break and started 2015 with a burst of activity. In December Nancy Carlton and Aty Rotter introduced a new program, sure to be repeated: the Cookie Exchange, at which 15 women baked (not purchased) cookies and shared their recipes. We all took home samples of new or classic treats. In January, Sisterhood sponsored Anita Landau's participation in the Women's League Leadership Institute held in Texas, where she picked up valuable ideas to ensure the continued smooth governance of our Sisterhood. Joan Tolkoff was the featured speaker at our monthly Rosh Chodesh, describing her spiritual journey and participation in a joint art installation this year. Rounding out January, Ricki Lane led a hands-on rugelach workshop and passed on her tips to duplicate her famous specialty. In February, Arlene Weiss was our Chay'ay Olam honoree. It was a lovely tribute to a most worthy Sisterhood member. Next, we hosted the reception for the Jewish Federation's Café House/Cabaret. Our annual Day of Study, an afternoon to learn from one another under skilled leaders, was co-sponsored by Rosh Chodesh. New to Sisterhood is our ongoing involvement with the Women's Room at Friends in Deed in Pasadena. Our Tikkun Olam chair, Lindsay Wetmore-Arkader organizes a monthly lunch, providing both food and labor to feed 30 women. This is a great volunteer opportunity that is greatly appreciated by the recipients. Contact Lindsay if you would like to volunteer. Is it the month of March that comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb? Our month is coming in as a lion and leaving as one as well. We have closed out the orders for Ricky Calvin's Happy Purim greetings, and we are now busy distributing them with the Mishloach Manot (bags of treats for every PJTC family unit) in time for the holiday on March 5. Our Hamantaschen Bake is on March 1, headed this year by Judy Callahan. On March 7 we are holding our very popular annual Sisterhood Shabbat, designed to be an uplifting, spirited celebration of Shabbat from a woman's perspective. The abbreviated service will be held in the Social Hall using customized pamphlets. As in past years, it will be conducted by Cantor Ruth and the women of Sisterhood. Be prepared to sing along; we'll supply the egg shakers. All congregants are welcome and encouraged to attend. Stay for the Kiddush lunch to follow. On March 15, Marcia Alper will be conducting the first of three free classes. The topic for this one is "Observance of Shabbat at Home." Marcia, a Jewish educator, has taught this to many congregants at a level geared to newcomers. Next up on March 24, Sisterhood will be honoring our very deserving Sondra Dreshner at the Jewish Federation's "Women Who Make a Difference" event at the Doubletree Hotel in Monrovia. Please contact the Federation directly for more information on attending. We'll wind up the month on March 29 with the Women's Seder, an experience not to be missed. The FLAME

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

On Sunday, February 8, 2015, PJTC Sisterhood honored Arlene Weiss as our Chay’ay Olam honoree at our annual Torah Fund luncheon. It was well-attended, beautifully decorated and deliciously catered by Ricki Lane and Wendy Frankel. The Italian theme was evident from the table centerpieces and pizza appetizers to the buffet of eggplant parmesan, pasta, fruit, and salad. The program consisted of a variety of speeches. Carolyn Siegal welcomed our guests on behalf of Sisterhood and read remarks from our Sisterhood Arlene and Anita President, Debbie Guest, who was unable to attend. Our formal speeches began with Pacific Southwest Region’s Women’s League President, Agnes Emert, and Carol Maller, VP of Torah Fund. Other speakers included Rabbi Joshua, Cantor Ruth, Maury Weiss, a few family members, Rabbi Gross (representing Union Station), and Anita Landau, who presented Arlene with her award. They all shared their stories and their admiration for Arlene’s many contributions. It touched all our hearts. There are many people to thank. Putting this event together involved a group of very special and talented volunteers. I am grateful for their time and hard work to make the Chay’ay Olam luncheon successful. The Selection Committee: Stacy Miller, Aty Rotter, Debbie Guest. Thank you for the difficult job of selecting an honoree when there are so many talented women to choose from. Edie Taylor: Thank you for your continued support and advice. I appreciate your insight, coordinating the Rabbi Gross and Arlene mailings, and your fabulous editing skills. Ricki Lane and Wendy Frankel: You outdid yourselves once again and I am grateful for your creativity and hard work year after year. The tables were beautifully decorated, and the food was delicious. Leah Sloan: Thank you for your great ideas and graphic art skills. The invitations and programs were terrific! The speakers: Thank you Rabbi Joshua, Cantor Ruth, Agnes Emert, Carol Maller, Maury Weiss and the several young family members, Rabbi Gross, Carolyn Siegal, and Anita Landau. You captured the essence of Arlene’s character and deeds beautifully. Lastly, I would like to thank everyone who attended. Your presence helped make the event special for Arlene. I look forward to next year when we honor another outstanding Sisterhood woman! 4

March 2015

Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center Sisterhood invites you to

A Women’s Seder Rediscovering the Journey through the Eyes of Women

Sisterhood Presents

ABC Series - The All About Series

All About Observing Shabbat at Home Sunday, March 15, 10:15 – 11:30 AM

Sunday, March 29, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM Wohlmann Hall $12.00/person for reservations by March 22. $15.00/person at the door. Limited seating for Seder and light luncheon. Charge includes take-home souvenir haggadah. Questions – Contact Marcia Alper @ (626)796-8620 or twomeas@att.net Reservations – Contact Nancy Carlton @ (626)798-5920 or iamyou082@aol.com

All About Bimah Etiquette and Customs of the Torah Service

Sundays, April 19 & May 3, 10:15 – 11:30 AM

Taught by Marcia Alper

For questions and reservations, contact Marcia Alper at (626)796-8620 or twomeas@att.net. Although there is no charge for these classes, donations are welcome!

Sisterhood Invites you to join us for a Fundraising Event at Domenico’s Restaurant

Sisterhood Shabbat

Saturday, March 7 at 9:30 AM in the Social Hall

2411 E. Washington Blvd. Pasadena 91104 (626) 797-6459

Tuesday, March 31st 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM

All are welcome to join Shabbat services in the round led by Sisterhood members, accompanied by Cantor Ruth Harris and guitarist Duvid Swirsky. Festive Kiddush luncheon to be hosted by Sisterhood.

Rosh Chodesh elebration 5775

Thursday, 7:30 PM April 23 Sisterhood welcomes the month of Iyar at the home of Bonnie Buratti (No program in March)


For lunch or dinner, dine in or take out, Domenico’s will donate 20% of your bill to our Sisterhood. Must submit flier. (Fliers to be given out ahead of time, NOT at the restaurant).

Earn Money for Sisterhood or Men's Club Without Baking a Cake or Selling a Ticket!!!! It is now time to sign up for a shift at the Pasadena Showcase House.

Topic: The Vienna Project: A Journey of Memory, Dialogue and Public Commemoration. Join Ruth Wolman as she shares personal experiences in her parents' birth city, where she faced ghosts of family history, participated in a dialogue group of children of Austrian victims and perpetrators, developed friendships, and became involved in the Vienna Project, a social action/public art memorial to all Austrian victims of the Holocaust.

• Shifts are available from April 19-May 17, • Tuesdays through Sundays. • Sisterhood or Men's Club will receive $40.00 per shift • Volunteer for two shifts, receive one free ticket. • Please contact Wendy Frankel to schedule your shifts at (626) 523-8540 or weafrank@roadrunner.com.

Questions & RSVP to Kathy Kobayashi sisterhood@pjtc.net. 5

March 2015

Membership Committee

The Annual Sisterhood Hamantaschen Bake

by Andrea Edward, VP Membership

Hello fellow congregants! And Happy Purim… Yo u r h a r d - w o r k i n g Me m b e r s h i p Committee continues on its quest to increase retention of the largest group of new members (we call them cohorts) that PJTC has ever experienced. There are 76 families, made up of 186 people…can you believe it? What a wonderfully diverse group, made up of singles and couples, young families and retirees, from all different walks of life. I’m so glad to be part of the committee that welcomes them to our wonderful community. We’ve had several exciting and successful events in the past few months: we had a November BBQ on the Katz Terrace, joined the congregation for the December Whitman dinner, and hosted a well-attended January 10 event. By the time you read this, we will have had another GREAT evening, our Family Havdallah on February 28. I’m very proud of the Membership Committee. They work so hard on behalf of all members. They continue to reach out, to make sure that everyone is comfortable and feeling welcomed, to be certain that no question goes unanswered and no problem goes unresolved. Next time you see a member of the Membership Committee (Anita Landau, Barbara Levinson, Carol Rader-Meislin, Jerry Halpert, Jan Pais, Joan Halpert, Judy Callahan, Liane Herbst, Melissa Bergman, Michael Farmer, and Michal Brand), thank them, for their hard work and dedication to continue to grow our community. If you’d like to be part of this wonderful group of fun people, get in touch with me…we’ll welcome you with open arms (and put you to work right away!). Stay tuned for more news!

Some call them hamantaschen (Haman’s hats), some call them oznei haman (haman’s ears). Whatever you call them, it is not a true Purim celebration without them. We have Megillah readings, children and carnivals totaling a need for about 1000 hamantaschen. Are we up to the challenge? Of course! Come join us. Whether you are a seasoned pro or first-timer, this is a great morning of baking, laughing and lots of fun.

When: Sunday, March 1, 2015 Where: PJTC Social Hall Time: 9:30 AM – until we finish

The more bakers we have, the more fun for all. If you know you are coming, RSVP to Judy Callahan at jepcall@aol.com. It is OK to just drop in last minute.

USY Talent Show & Spaghetti Dinner

Save the Date for USY !! Sunday, April 12, 5:00-8:00 PM Help support our young people!

Interfaith Study Group

By Cecilia Fox, PJTC’s ISG representative

Got talent? Youth auditions will be held on March 10 and March 21, from 6:15-7:30 PM. Reserve your spot today!

The Interfaith Study Group was founded in 2007 We meet monthly, to learn from each other. Sunday, March 8, 5:00-7:00 PM, at Islamic Center of So. Calif., 434 S. Vermont Ave., L.A., video conversation (taped 11/14) A Multi-Faith Future, with American Muslim Eboo Patel, Ph.D., author, founding Director, Interfaith Youth Core, Chicago; Ed Bacon, Rector, All Saints; Steve Wiebe, Ph.D., Executive Director, New Visions, co-founder Abrahamic Faiths Peace Initiative. Discussion follows. Carpool at All Saints 4:15 PM. Sunday, April 12, 5:00-7:00 PM, All Saints Church, 132 N. Euclid, Pasadena, The Changing Role of Women in Religion, Panel: Franci Levine Grater is active in interfaith work and created white paper and study guide, Peace, Salam, Shalom: Peacemaking in Our Abrahamic Faiths. She is a writer, editor, teacher, and consultant, and has served on nonprofit boards, including Planned Parenthood Pasadena. Nisreen Malhis came to the U.S. in 1979 from Palestine. Since 9/11/2001, she has worked tirelessly to build interfaith bridges and clarify misconceptions about Muslims. Reverend Janine Schenone is an Episcopal priest at All Saints, which has a long history of interfaith initiatives around peace and justice. For further information, contact Norma Sigmund at 626 583 2734, email NSigmund@allsaints_pas.org, or contact Cecilia Fox, c/o PJTC office (626) 798 1161.

Our April 12 event is open to the entire PJTC community, to benefit our youth scholarship fund. More details will be in the April FLAME. Contact Youth Director Melissa Levy for RSVPs, questions, and sponsorship opportunities, USY@pjtc.net. The FLAME


March 2015

Federation’s “Songs of Love” Cafe House/Cabaret A Big Hit at PJTC!

Our Woman Who Makes a Difference by Debbie Guest

Sondra Dresner will be honored at the Federation's Women's Forum on Tuesday, March 24. (See page 10 for more information). Sondra's connection to PJTC has been a lifelong commitment, a product of a family whose life revolved around the PJTC community. Sondra's primary focus has been in educating and guiding the youth of our congregation, where she has taught at the Religious School for 18 years. Tutoring bar and bat mitzvah students, she has encouraged and calmed the nervous teens (and parents). She teaches Tikkun Olam by example and has led students on 11 Crop Walks. She has served on the Temple Board, the Ritual Committee, helped evaluate the Sifrot Torahs that needed repair, prepared High Holy Day tickets, and facilitated the commission of a new Torah in 2009. Sondra is a fixture at Shabbat Services, where she is PJTC's Head Gabbai. This is a reflection of her abilities as a consummate Torah and haftarah reader. Sondra is responsible for lining up Torah and haftarah readers months in advance, and for filling in for last minute cancellations. She is a member of Women's League's Kolot v'Kedusha, qualifying her to lead a service or read a Torah parsha at Women's League events. Sondra is a talented dancer, choreographer and actress. Under Hazzan Judy Sofer's direction, she sang in the PJTC choir, danced in cabaret shows and performed in many PJTC and JFed productions. Sondra has set the bar very high, and we continue to appreciate all that she does to ensure the continuation of a robust Jewish environment at PJTC.

by Edie Taylor

If you were in our Social Hall on February 15, you would have heard some lovely songs of love by Jewish writers, sung by members of the Jewish community from the San Gabriel/Pomona Valleys. The event was lovingly produced by members of the Creative Arts Division of our Jewish Federation headed by Hazzan Judy Sofer, who also provided piano accompaniment for many of the songs. Our own Sondra Dreshner was the MC of the afternoon’s event, bringing us poetry and reminders of the many Jewish songwriters who provided the melodies that so many of us remember well. Among the performers were members of PJTC, as well as the other temples in our Valleys, and five cantors (two from out of our area, who were delighted to join us). The ages varied from teenagers to seniors, all of whom performed with verve and joy. We are grateful to PJTC and our Sisterhood, for providing a delightful array of appetizers to start off the event. Our thanks to Nancy Carlton, Ricki Lane, Aty Rotter, Edeena Gordon, and Jo Anne Kindler, who engineered the repast. The next Cafe House is scheduled for Sunday, April 26, to be held at Temple Beth David. Don’t miss it!

Women’s Room Inside Friends in Deed

Madeline Mark Memorial Award

Over the past 4 months, the PJTC Sisterhood has taken on the joyous task of preparing a hot meal for roughly 30+ homeless and food insecure women at the Women's Room inside Friends in Deed (our local food shelter). Friends in Deed has been operating for 120 years in Pasadena as a church-based collaborative aimed towards tackling issues surrounding poverty and hunger. (http://www.ecpac.net/who_we_are.html)  Recently, the director, Rev. Donna Byrns, reached out to Rabbi Levine Grater and to our Sisterhood to discuss the opportunity to help Friends in Deed become a true interfaith initiative. We are now the first synagogue and Jewish community to be included in their efforts. Hooray for PJTC and Tikkun Olam! Although the personal fulfillment I gain from helping in the Women's Room is immeasurable, I have come to realize that the work involved is not for one person alone. I encourage anyone who has a desire for Tikkun Olam, to email or call me for more information about ways in which you might be able to help. I could use additional cooks (heating prepared food in ovens), shoppers and help with delivering the meals. If you would like to sign up for a month with a friend or would like to help me, I'd be most appreciative! If the physical task of shopping and/ or preparing food just doesn't fit into your hectic schedules, I am ALWAYS pleased and grateful to accept donations to help offset the costs of feeding 30+ women! I am super excited about what we are doing; women helping women! Please join me in this mitzvah! Please email me with any questions or to sign up to help! lindsaywetmore@gmail.com

PJTC is pleased to announce the third annual Madeline Mark Memorial Award. This honor is awarded annually to the post-b’nai mitzvah student (ages 14-18), who most exemplifies the value of longtime PJTC member, Madeline Mark. Madeline 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 1,000 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 Lindsay Wetmore-Arkader, Sisterhood Chair of Tikkun Olam


by Ruth Several, Chair, MMA Committee


March 2015

Family Kabbalat Shabbat Service

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6:30 PM Social Hall

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Friday March 20

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

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Service will



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• Lots of Singing

   

Please join us

• Ask the Rabbi • Torah Portion Skit


• Ice Cream

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Saturday, March 28 Social Hall 9:30 AM - Schmooze, Nosh & Schnapps 9:50 AM Service

Purim Celebration

( A traditional service led by John Guest, will begin at 9:00 AM)



Chanting Longer periods of silence in between prayers Selected liturgy ~ Three Torah Aliyot Clergy joined by Justin Stein Extended Torah discussion

Louis B. Silver Religious School Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center

Sunday, March 8, 2015 10:00 am to 12:30 pm PJTC’s Sanctuary and Social Hall This year’s Purim celebration and carnival will be held during Religious School hours and will end at 12:30 p.m. Parents are urged to join in all the fun.

Tot Shabbat Service

The program will begin in the sanctuary, followed by crafts, games, and prizes in the Social Hall. Wristbands for the carnival are available at the Louis B. Silver Religious School office prior to March 8th for $10 each or $12 each at the event. Wristbands allow children unlimited access to all carnival crafts and games. Tickets for food will be sold at the event for $5 each, which includes two slices of pizza, lemonade and delicious Hamentashen. Dress up and join in the fun! Everyone is welcome.



March 6 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.

1434 North Altadena Drive, Pasadena, CA 91107



March 2015

. . . to Comfort the Bereaved . . .

Sunday, March 1 2:00 PM, Wohlmann Hall

The PJTC Caring Community Program will sponsor a gathering for any and everyone in our community who has experienced the death of a loved one. We will be guided by Rabbi Malka Mittelman (a spiritual care counselor at Skirball Hospice) in study and sharing of Jewish texts and practices, as well as time for personal reflection. Resources will also be provided for those who are interested in an ongoing bereavement support group. For further information, contact Claire Gorfinkel.

Rabbi Avivah Erlick and Rabbi T'mimah Ickovits, Workshop Leaders

The Truest Act of Kindness: An Introduction to Tahara and Chevra Kaddisha Sunday, March 22, 10:15 AM to 12:00 Noon Bagel Breakfast at PJTC

The Jewish Burial Society 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. In our two-hour introductory workshop, 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 (tahara) • The role and benefits to the community of living out the values of these mitzvot. Program offered by Adult Education Committee and Caring Community Program of PJTC sponsored by Mount Sinai Memorial Park. All are welcome.

by Liz Green, Committee Chair

Please join us for a stimulating discussion of our March book selection and bring your suggestions for future readings. All PJTC members are most welcome! Our next meeting will be on March 12 at 7:30 PM. We will be reading Cathedral, a short story written by American writer and poet Raymond Carver. It is the title story of a collection published in 1983. The story centers around two men, one blind and one who can see. On April 9, we will be reading All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel by Anthony Doerr. The New York Times bestseller is about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II. Books are available at Vroman’s at a 20% discount. We are listed as PJTC Book Club.

Documentary Discussion Group Thursday, March 26 7:00 PM, Wohlmann Hall

Wise Aging

Dancing in Jaffa (2013 Documentary)

What do you want to have happen in your life for the next 25 or 30 years?

We offer an opportunity for you to view interesting and thought-provoking Jewishthemed documentary films and to share views and ideas with others. Confident that dance will dissolve political and cultural differences, celebrated ballroom dancer Pierre Dulaine returns to his hometown of Jaffa, Israel after years abroad and teaches 11-year-old Jewish and Palestinian Israelis to dance together. We are pleased to see the number of attendees growing. Please join us for the film and the interesting discussion following it. Contact Jerry Halpert at ghalpert@flash.net.

Shabbat afternoons from 1:30 to 3:30 April 18 and 25, May 2, 9, 16 and 23, 2015 Those of us in our late fifties and sixties are part of an extraordinary, history-making generation: pioneers in understanding and making the most of this “third chapter” of life, filled with potential for learning, growth and new levels of mutual support. The Wise Aging program brings Jewish traditions, texts, and practices to enhance our later years with spirit, resilience, and wisdom. Come and learn! Participation is limited; registration is required. For more information, contact Claire Gorfinkel or Jane Hirschkowitz. The FLAME


March 2015

At the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion L.A. Music Center Sunday, March 29, 2015 2:00 PM LA Opera Presents $9.00 Per Ticket

You are invited to the

2015 Annual Women’s Forum “Women Who Make A Difference”

Celebrate the Special Women of our Jewish Community 

Pasadena Jewish Temple & Center will be honoring

Sondra Dreshner 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 9:15 am Doubletree Hotel, Monrovia

Keynote Speaker – Rachel Cohen Gerrol Rachel Cohen Gerrol was raised in an interfaith family and never identified as Jewish until she participated in the inaugural Birthright Israel trip in 2000. She will share her personal journey to Judaism. Her Birthright trip challenged her to reexamine every aspect of her life, from her religious and spiritual identity to her role as sister, daughter and citizen of the world. Since 2000, she has dedicated herself to creating inclusive and welcoming programs that engage millennial Jews in creative ways. Rachel has also been trained by the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs to be advocate for Israel and serves on the Women’s Advisory Board of the Jewish Outreach Institute.

Limited number of tickets for Seniors! Your check is your reservation

~ Tributes ~

Congratulate a Women’s Forum Honoree in the event program with a single line tribute @ $18 or more.

Checks made out to Joan Halpert 1000 E. California Blvd. Unit 304, Pasadena, CA 91106

We are pleased to announce that this year our keynote speaker will be Jeannie Opdyke Smith. Jeannie will share the inspirational story of her mother, internationally recognized Polish rescuer Irene Gut OpDyke. Her story illuminates the fact “One person can make a difference”. The Israeli Holocaust Commission named Irene one of the Righteous among the Nation; a title given to those who risked their lives by aiding and saving Jews during the Holocaust.

Deadline: March 9

For more information, please contact Marilyn Weintraub at (626) 445-0810, x 304 or mweintraub@jewishsgpv.org Sponsored by the Jewish Federation of the Greater San Gabriel & Pomona Valleys

The new A r royo I nter fa ith Env i ro n menta l C o a l itio n i nv ites yo u to the f i rst:

Discover ways the interfaith community promotes sustainability and stewardship of the earth through: • Conservation & efficiency • Education & advocacy • Community & prayer Enjoy inspiring remarks from faith leaders, brainstorming activities, and the excitement of moving ahead on pressing environmental concerns!

I nter fa ith Ea rth Stewa rds h ip Su m m it

Sunday, March 15, 2015 1:30--5:30 p.m. Neighborhood UU Church 301 N Orange Grove Blvd. (next to Gamble House) Pasadena CA 91103 ~Refreshments served~ Please RSVP here.

We are forming a new interfaith council in the Pasadena-Arroyo area focused on “greening” houses of worship, strengthening relationships among our diverse faith spectrum, and advocating for climate, energy, and water issues. We invite you to join us!



March 2015

Yahrzeits for March (announced Fri/Sat preceding the date) Adar 10

March 01, 2015

Adar 17

Jennings Braun Arthur Bunin Anselm Kramer Joseph Vicker Adar 11

Paul Arnow Judith Ashkenas Celia Fingerhut Meyer Fox Milton Fox Rabbi Maurice Galpert Lloyd Gold Edith Goodstein Rose Jackson Lillian Kustner Todd Norton Esther Oserowsky Murray Schneider

March 02, 2015

Steven Broudy Max Scharf Milton Singer Adar 12

March 03, 2015

Marshall Jaffe Albert Reichenbach Adar 13

March 04, 2015

Rosa Aladjem Barbara Grossman Miklos Kohn Solomon Landsman Jeanne Mallet Joseph Robin Ann White Adar 14

March 05, 2015

Beatrice Barg Sam Baris Allen Bergman Shanna Blackett-Vogel David Epstein Binya Gruman Joseph Handin William Ingall Erno Kernyi Max Miller Julius Raphael Samuels Mousa Younessi Adar 15

Adar 16

Adar 18

March 07, 2015

Samuel Braiker Rose Golbin Elsie Green Jules Larner Samuel Seigle Selma Spira Julius Strauss Moses Weissfeld

March 09, 2015

Chiah Applebaum Ray Applebaum Louis Faibish Barbara Kuhn Leroy Lavine Adar 19

March 10, 2015

Michael Fradkin Herman Greenberg Ruth Scherr Sam Weisz Adar 20

March 11, 2015

Adar 23

Adar 21

Adar 24

Adar 25

Adar 27

Adar 22

Adar 29

Nisan 1


March 21, 2015

Michael Greene Betty Gruman Doris Gruman Jacob Gruman Joseph Gruman Michla Gruman Pesa Gruman Wolf Gruman Samuel Ober Milton Quint Sam Seigan Regina Weiss Bertha Zelinka

I want to thank Rabbi Joshua and all those who came to pray and console me during the week of shiva for my son. Thank you also to everyone who made donations in his memory. Sincerely, Marlene Reichenbach 11

Nisan 4

March 24, 2015

Harry Blinder Abraham Carnow Arthur Rosner Nisan 5

March 25, 2015

Max Levin Leo Newman Mildred Schleimer Sybil Swerdlow Nisan 6

March 26, 2015

Max Ackerman Filmore Levy Reeta Presant Nisan 7

March 27, 2015

Dinah Blumenfeld Max Chemel Gertrude Holzer Sandra Lynn Kay Moses Margolis Harold Minovitz Adolf Peters Ida Peters Ruth Schwartz Alice Snow Rachel Zwirn Nisan 8

March 28, 2015

Ruben Bellan Benny Finesod Fishel Langholz Noah Langholz Clara Weinstein Joseph Weissman

March 20, 2015

Anne Furman John Gallagher Ira Green Abraham Katzman Allen Presant Monica Tobias

March 23, 2015

David Arion Ann Benkle Ephraim Ben-Zvi Mollie Heiman Janka Kurschner Adele Marion

March 19, 2015

Edward Collins III Charles Gabriel Zev Gabriel Harry Kaplan Bertha Katzman Elmer Novak

March 13, 2015

Harry Cohen Gustave Goldin Martin Gould William Gross Fannie Grossman David Jacobson Harry Kippen Sonia Krakowsky Daniel Siegel Irving Soshnik Harris Taylor Seibert Weissman Theodore Woolsey

March 18, 2015

Esther Eisenberg Harry Aaron Eisenberg Sonia Kryshka Steven Levine Yonkel Oserowsky Elli Seelig Yetta Siegel Betty Sonies Shokrolah Younessi Adar 28

Nisan 3

March 17, 2015

Louis Brown Mae Fischer Max Knell Esther Schuster

March 22, 2015

Golda Anghel Abraham Shapiro Morris Zelinka

March 16, 2015

Batya Berlant Nathan Jaffe Sylvan Kelin William Miller Benjamin Saperstein Adar 26

Nisan 2

March 15, 2015

Eli Cohen Fannie Genss Sarita Gluskin William Present Florence Surle

March 12, 2015

Morris Fertel Morris Gliner Helena Goldman Shirley Kronick Yolanda Miklos Alvin Seigan Jacob Snow Melvin Spicer, Sr. Barbara Splaver Florence Weissman

March 14, 2015

Mildred Ellis Ernest Klein Sarah Ostrow Eddie Petzko Max Schlachter Lillian Ward

Mary Gordon Louis Hochman Molly Polokoff Minerva Shapiro Judy Surfas Marvin Warschaw

March 06, 2015

Freda Chemel Rose Elbaum Henry Heller Ruth Larner Naum Mintskovsky Walter Pemstein Robert Rosen Sanford Sigoloff Ira Zellinger

March 08, 2015

Nisan 9

March 29, 2015

Bernard Bender Muriel Berkson Anna Borok Shoshana Dannhauser Nisan 10

March 30, 2015

Moses Golden Edward Rimsky Nisan 11

March 31, 2015

Stafford Calvin Jack Halpert Dotty Honowitz Harry Stillman Jerold Weissfeld Jack Wine

March 2015

February Donations General Fund

Stuart Feuer in memory of his wife, Natasha Feuer Barbara Weisenberg & Leonard Lipton in memory of Ruth Kaye’s uncle, David Arkush

MAC (Membership Assistance Committee)

Judy Raichlen, with thanks to MAC and in memory of her husband Fred Edie Taylor in memory of her uncle Philip Vego

Shabbes Minyan

Paul & Josette Bellan

Union Station

Martha Ruffman Moshe & Ryna Aviram


Marc & Haley Karish

Yahrzeit Donations to General Fund

Donated by: In Memory of: Fenner Milton Barbara McQuiston’s son, Timothy Lopez Jane Monterroso Mother, Mildred Kasdin Sue Hogan Sister, Barbara Werboff Sylvia Schleimer Mother-in-Law, Mina Schleimer Sylvia Schleimer Son, Gary Schleimer Lawrence Teitelbaum Mother, Eve Teitelbaum Judith Fox Husband, Ted Fox Bryan Jick Father, John Jick Linda Rosner Father, Ben Rosner Bella Tsarovsky Father, Ilya Eizenberg Mila Gierowitz Husband, Natan Gierowitz Have Ben-Zvi Mother-in-law, Sarah Sokal Linda Elyad Father, Harry Steingold Suzie Kustner Father, David Splaver Felicity Swerdlow Father, Jack Lewis Jill Adler-Moore Mother, Bertha Michaels Pauline Polansky Uncle Charles Finesod Sisterhood Tributes To Ricki Lane with thanks for teaching Sisterhood’s “Rolling Rugelach with Ricki” class. It was great fun! From Nancy Carlton To Jim Hogan, wishing him a speedy recovery and continued good health, from Jan & Josh Pais, Stacy & Stu Miller, Anita & Jeff Landau, Sue Galpert, Ginny & Ira Blitz, and Joan & Jerry Halpert To Carolyn Kunin, wishing her a speedy recovery and continued good health, from Jan & Josh Pais, Kathy Kobayashi & Hal Barron, Stacy & Stu Miller, Anita & Jeff Landau, Ginny & Ira Blitz, and Debbie & John Guest To Zehava Eckstein-Sweet, wishing her a speedy recovery and continued good health, from Stacy & Stu Miller, Sue & Jim Hogan, Sue Galpert, and Ginny & Ira Blitz To Marlene Reichenbach on the loss of her beloved son, Steven, from Diane Schoenfeld, and Anita & Jeff Landau To Ruth Kaye on the loss of her beloved uncle, David Arkush, from Kathy Kobayashi & Hal Barron, Stacy & Stu Miller, Nancy & John Carlton, and Marcia Alper To Michael Burr & family on the loss of his beloved father, Gage Burr, from Stacy & Stu Miller, Nancy & John Carlton, and Kathy Kobayashi & Hal Barron To Barbara Felsinger & the Felsinger/Teitelbaum family on the loss of her beloved mother, Esther Felsinger, from Stacy & Stu Miller, Nancy & John Carlton, Kathy Kobayashi & Hal Barron,, Bonnie Buratti & Kai Lam and Marilyn and Marty Kirschen To Sam Haddad on the loss of his beloved father, Raymond Haddad, from Edie Taylor To Linda and Paul Rourman on the loss of their dear family friend, Shirley Rothke, from Roz and Larry Scherr


March Birthdays March 1 .......... William Dreshner Moss Rosen Lori Rotenberg March 2 ............... Craig DeMerit Karen Liquornik Jessica Weiner March 3 ....................Aaron Lam Richard Samuelson March 4 ...... Kathryn Gundersen David Lorin Barry Segal March 5 .................... Peter Brier Diana Granat David Holland-Moritz Priscilla Kershner Gideon Markham Carla Sameth Annette Silverstone March 7 .............Melissa Gabriel Stuart Miller March 8 .............Jesse Kaufman Shoshana Rosenbaum Ethan Sheklow Alfred Solish March 9 ...............Shirley Cohen Alex Yufik March 10 .............Trudie Strobel March 11 . .............Burton Green Diana Spiegel March 12 ..........Sara Kiguelman March 13 ............. David Boesch Lionel Bush Valerie Grover Andrew Lane Shai Martinez March 14 .......Nadav Bar-Chaim Ezekiel Callahan Wendy Crump Jean Tarnove March 15 .............. Ethan Cohen Barry Kustner Merrill Spiro March 16 ..................... Keri Axel Cathy Krasner Lee Segal Jessica Zlotnicki

March 17 ......... Joshua Dolinsky Sara Michelson March 18 ............... Feridey Carr Louis Zwick March 19 ............ Jeremy Moore Meir Puni Michael Reynolds March 20 .................. Jake Miller James Sanford John Watson March 21 ..................Dana Ladd Howard Segal Anna Sheklow March 22 ......... Rachel Fishman March 23 ................ Kailani Jack Noelani Jack March 24 .............Ezra Callahan Mariko Howard Maria Puni March 25 ...............James Davis Julie Feiner Ruth Wolman March 26 ..................... Edith Apt Janis Fuhrman Hannah Goldman Joey Lorin Iris Malakoff March 27 .........Samantha Bruck Sandy Hartford Michael Krakower David Weiswasser March 28 ............... Stuart Feuer Martin Kirschen William Weiss March 29.. Lawrence Teitelbaum March 30 ...........Jack Eisenberg Elliott Mazur Levi Passanisi Heidi Rosen Heather Spaizman March 31 .................Ilona Fuchs Ellen Pais Mena Shapiro Robert Weissman

and Anniversaries

Daniel and Mindy Schiffman . ....................#25..................... 3/3/1990

Jerry and Shelly Silberberg ........................................................ 3/5/1961 Craig and Sharon DeMerit . ...................................................... 3/10/2002 Jesse and Florence Kaufman . ................................................. 3/13/1966 Darrell and Chris Cozen ........................................................... 3/13/1976 Warren Meislin and Carol Rader-Meislin . ................................ 3/17/1991 Evan and Mary Steinberg ......................................................... 3/18/1977 Eugene and Ruth Roberts ........................................................ 3/21/1974 Filiberto and Karen Lujan ......................................................... 3/24/1996 Patrick and Jill Wright ............................................................... 3/24/2002 Michael and Tamara Silver ....................................................... 3/25/1989

Rock-a-Bye Baby Mazel Tov to great-grandparents Abe and Thelma Alkana, grandparents Jeff and Judy Alkana, and parents Jordan and Lisa Alkana on the birth of daughter Gianna on December 4. Big sister Chloe is delighted. With Chloe and Gianna, the Alkanas are a four-generation PJTC family. 12

March 2015

Thanks to Our February 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.

Oneg & Kiddush Hosts

Feb. 6/7 Oneg hosted by Sisterhood Kiddush hosted by the Shabbes Minyan Group Feb. 13/14 Oneg hosted by Sisterhood Kiddush hosted by Henny Moskowitz Feb. 20/21 Oneg and Kiddush hosted by Lisa and Mark Goldstein in honor of the bat mitzvah of their daughter Talia Feb. 27/28 Oneg hosted by Sisterhood Kiddush hosted by the Shabbes Minyan Group


Mickey Butnik Sondra Dreshner Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

Factory Trained Technicians

Roz Scherr Jacob Levy

Torah, & Haftorah Readers

Marcia Alper Shayna Goldstein Roz Scherr

Ryna Aviram Sue Galpert Ruth Kaye Roz Scherr

Jacob Levy Talia Goldstein Erich Schlecht

Noah Golden-Krasner Shulamit Rosner Ruth Several


Office Volunteers

(800) 300-2532

Ginny Blitz Judy Ellis Jerry Halpert Michelle Kandel Marlene Reichenbach George Roegler Edie Taylor Arlene Weiss

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Rourman Tallitot

Beautiful Hand Embroidered Custom Tallitot made to order

Pashmina style tallesim as low as $100.00

ENGAGING ISRAEL: FOUNDATIONS FOR A NEW RELATIONSHIP A Shalom Hartman Institute Video Lecture Series Led by Rabbi Joshua Levine-Grater

Through video lectures, text study, and lively group discussion, we are pleased to bring the world-renowned faculty of the Shalom Hartman Institute into the PJTC community. What are the benefits of Jewish sovereignty? How should a Jewish state exercise military power ethically? How do we create and maintain a Jewish democracy? Why should American Jews care about Israel? What values should a Jewish state embody? What can Israel offer the world?

Custom Judaica • Mazel Tov bags

• Chuppahs • Challah covers • Matzoh covers and more.

Explore the Jewish values and ideas at the foundation of our relationship with Israel. Each session includes text study and discussion led by Rabbi Grater, a video lecture by Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman, and a video dialogue between Rabbi Hartman and other top scholars and experts. Join us for this wonderful opportunity to learn from great scholars, from our own Rabbi Grater, and from one another as we engage in thinking about the meaning that Israel can have in our lives and what our role might be in envisioning and building the future of the Jewish State.

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

You do not need to attend all sessions to benefit from this series.

Tuesdays | (2015) 2/24, 3/17, 3/31, 4/21, 5/5 | 7:00–9:00 pm Please Register be email: debra@pjtc.net or call Debi at (626) 798-1161.


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Community Second Night Seder Celebrate Pesaḥ with Family & Friends at PJTC's Catered Seder and Service

Saturday, April 4, 2015 • 7:15 PM

Adults — $50.00 • Children 12 and under — $30.00 Non-members pay an additional $5.00 Response Deadline is March 27.

Call the Temple office for more information. (626) 798-1161

Are you aware of someone seeking to join a Jewish family for a first night Seder, or are willing to open your home to allow community members to attend your Seder, please contact Neil Brown at (626) 807-9895. The Joseph & Helen Freeman Passover Fund

Donations to this fund enable Jewish students from Caltech, Art Center and other local colleges as well as our community members who may need monetary assistance to attend the Passover Seder that is held at PJTC each year. Generously created by Joseph z”l and Helen Freeman.

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