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12 Iyar - 13 Sivan May 2015

Religious School News by Rabbi Becky Silverstein, Education Director

B y n o w, many of you have probably heard that we are changing the structure of the Louis B. Silver Religious S c h o o l . S u n d a y morning classes will now run from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM, and students in 3rd-7th grade will be in class Sunday morning and Tuesday afternoons (4:00 - 6:00 PM). Families will also have five assigned Friday night programs designed to build community and celebrate Shabbat. These changes were made at the end of a thorough process that included parent meetings, a parent survey, many individual conversations, and discussions with other education directors. The structure is designed to ensure that we are able to continue to provide a quality Jewish education to our students, while also being aware of the needs of our students and families as whole people with other commitments and interests. The midrash presents two stories for receiving the Torah at Mt. Sinai. One involves an impatient and threatening G-d, holding Mt. Sinai over the heads of the Israelites, forcing the choice between accepting the covenant or death. Another envisions G-d offering the Torah to many nations, each rejecting the rules and responsibilities of a covenant based on that holy text. Finally G-d reaches the Israelites, who joyfully

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

accept the Torah, proclaiming na'aseh v'nishma, we will do and we will understand. The statement that brings these midrashim together is na'aseh v'nishma. Said out of either a desire to placate G-d or an eagerness to be in connection, there is an expectation that the Israelites will need to take a leap, they will need to do before they understand. The phrase na'naseh v'nishma does not specify what the Israelites think they will understand. From biblical context, a reader might presume that they would understand the laws that the Torah contains, particularly the ten statements that G-d has just presented them with. However, thousands of years later, that understanding is still unattained or disjointed. What is it that I want LBSRS families and students to know and understand? One of the clearest priorities of all of the stakeholders was on community. Parents wanted Jewish community for their children. Students wanted time to deepen their friendships with their PJTC friends. Teachers wanted to engage their classes as fully as possible and acknowledged that relational approaches would be the most effective. The clergy and I spoke about the LBSRS as a sub-community within the PJTC community and how to join these sub-communities together. I want us to develop a deep sense of joy and obligation in being a member of this community, and I can’t wait to see what else comes up. I would be remiss if I didn’t take a moment to reflect upon my own understandings as my first year at PJTC moves towards completion.

May 1/2

Parashat: Aharei mot + Kedoshim

Tot Shabbat 6:45 PM Fri. Service 7:30 PM

Knell Chapel Galpert Sanctuary

Ethan Cohen Bar Mitzvah Sat. Service 9:00 AM Galpert Sanctuary Oneg and Kiddush hosted by Paris and Joshua Cohen May 8/9

Parashat: Emor

Fri. Service 7:30 PM Social Hall Special guest speaker, Stephanie Ivler Oneg hosted by Sisterhood Torah Study 9:00 AM Lounge Musical Service 9:30 AM Social Hall Traditional Service 9:30 AM Knell Chapel Kiddush hosted by Shabbes Minyan Group May 15/16

Parashat: Behar + Behukkotai

Family Picnic and Kabbalat Service 6:00 PM Katz Terrace Fri. Service 7:30 PM Social Hall Oneg hosted by Sisterhood Torah Study 9:00 AM Lounge Musical Service 9:30 AM Social Hall Traditional Service 9:30 AM Knell Chapel Kiddush hosted by Shabbes Minyan Group May 22/23

Parashat: Bemidbar

Fri. Service 7:30 PM Social Hall Oneg hosted by Sisterhood Torah Study 9:00 AM Lounge Musical Service 9:30 AM Social Hall Kiddush hosted by Shabbes Minyan Group May 25/25


Sunday Shavuot Service 9:00 AM Knell Chapel Monday Shavuot Service 9:00 AM Knell Chapel May 29/30

Fri. Service 7:30 PM

Parashat: Naso

Galpert Sanctuary

Adult B'nai Mitzvah Ceremony Sat. Service 9:00 AM Galpert Sanctuary Oneg and Kiddush hosted by Adult B’nai Mitzvah Class

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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 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

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

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

–Voting Past Presidents –

Phil Callahan, Cathy Krasner Matt Ober, Jonathon Weisz

From the Eugene and Marilyn Fingerhut Memorial History Project by Michael Several, Project Chair

Continuation of series on the original Sisterhood musicals The Sensuous Spy, Sisterhood’s third more assimilated than those in Mission original musical, was performed on May Improbable. Ichabod is an ordinary young 22, 1971. The show begins with Ichabod man, whose only outward connection in pledging his love for Tricia, who dismisses the musical to anything Jewish is that he him, saying she wants a man who skies, works in the shmatah trade, in a hot-pants plays tennis, rides the hounds and has factory. Doing what? We don’t know. social graces. Believing that by learning However, he is a mensch, which comes out to be a spy he will polish his social in the show’s first song sung to the music of persona, Ichabod enrolls in a spy school. “I’m Just a Girl Who Can’t Say No”: Unbeknownst to him, he is used by the I help older ladies cross the street, school to capture two spies, Oliver Shalom Whenever they want help or and his daughter, Olive Eye. As the musical whether not. proceeds, Ichabod gradually falls out of When I see the mailman down love with Tricia and becomes closer to the street Bubbe Meisa, a teacher in the school. The I quickly put the letter down musical reaches its dramatic conclusion at the slot. the Café Maison du Chat, where Ichabod Both the head of the spy school, Maven, captures the evildoers, Oliver Shalom and and a psychiatrist are portrayed without Olive Eye, and discovers that Tricia was a any strongly identifiable connection to fraud. Instead of being an elegant upper- Jewishness. Maven is a businessman, an class woman, she was Olive Eye and the entrepreneur and an instructor in his maître d’ was Oliver Shalom. The musical own school. His primary connection to ends with Bubbe accepting Ichabod as he Jewish culture is his use of a few Yiddish is, and the couple moving to Alaska, where words, such as describing Ichabod as a they open a hot-pants factory. mitzeeya (Yiddish for a “bargain”). Though While the 1970 production, Mission the psychiatrist speaks with an accent, Improbable, clearly takes place in the which suggests a European connection as Lower East Side by its references to specific much as a Jewish one, he is presented in a streets, Jewish food, choice of characters, professional context. and inclusion of Yiddish, only the opening In addition to a smattering of Yiddish scene of The Sensuous Spy contains any words and phrases throughout the show, suggestion of the Lower East Side. Sitting The Sensuous Spy is connected to Jewish on a stoop as a pretzel lady pushing a cart culture through the names of some of the appears, Ichabod pledges his love to Tricia. characters. The most referential is Maven’s Subsequent scenes are urban, but not tied assistant, Bubba Meisa, which is a play on to a specific neighborhood: a psychiatrist’s bubbameise, the Yiddish word for an oldoffice, the spy school’s office and classroom, wives tale. and a fancy restaurant, with the un-Kosher More reports on Sisterhood theatricals French name, Café Maison de Chat. will be coming in the future. The characters in The Sensuous Spy are

Bar Mitzvah

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Ethan Cohen, son of Joshua and Paris Cohen, will be called to the Torah on May 2. He and sisters, Rebecca and Audrey, have attended religious school at PJTC since Aleph class. He is now in the seventh grade at La Canada Jr. High School. He LOVES Legos and is very excited to be celebrating his bar mitzvah with his family at the behind-the-scenes Lego Insider camp in Denmark. Ethan enjoys playing club volleyball with SG Elite and on his school's team. He also loves to race go-karts, ski, read, play video games and the piano. For his mitzvah project, Ethan developed a weekly volleyball clinic for the children of Ascencia Homeless Shelter. He provided instruction, drills and fun playtime for children who have suffered much hardship. It was a great learning experience for Ethan to organize the clinic and to learn to patiently coach others. The families that participated were very grateful for his time and attention,) and Ethan felt proud that he could provide this service. 2

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

Check enclosed. Please make checks payable to PJTC.

Name (as you would like it to appear)_______________________________________ Phone number____________________Email_________________________________ Please note: The deadline to dedicate your mahzorim is May 15, 2015. Please print your dedication below. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________. Our fundraiser this year is off to a good start, thanks to the participation 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 Holy Days 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 Shirley Hoffman Marlene Reichenbach Marcia Alper Jim and Sue Hogan Eugene and Ruth Roberts Ellen Ardman Stephanie Ivler Ernie and Evelyn Robinson Douglas and Keri Axel Bryan and Marina Jick Meredith Lee Rose Nadav and Anat Bar-Chaim John and Barbara Samuelson Ruth Saffman Jared and Maureen Becker Foundation Richard Samuelson Paul and Josette Bellan Joseph and Rebecca Johnson James and Denise Schaefer Mickey and Mary Ann Bernath Bradley and Ryann Jorban Larry and Roslyn Scherr Elisse Blinder Howard and Elizabeth Kahn Erich Schlecht and Debbie Noble Ira and Ginny Blitz Otto and Irene Kahn Sylvia Schleimer B'nai Simcha Jewish Community Francine Hokin Katz Andy Schwarz Preschool Ruth Kaye Barry Segal Kevin and Carol Bourland Michael and Janet Klekner Howard and Faith Segal Kirk Brattkus and Erica Fishman Jenna Kloosterman Mickey and Lee Segal Peter and Nurith Brier Harvey and Ellen Knell Hervey and Doris Segall Peter and Roberta Braun Rabbi Gil and Cynthia Kollin Penina Segall-Gutierrez Lynn and Ben Broudy Betty Krachman Carol and Carl Selkin Neil and Karen Brown Barry and Cathy Krasner Michael and Ruth Several Simon and Nurit Burrow Mike and Valerie Kronsburg Todd and Stacey Sharp Ezra Callahan Roza Kuppermann Alice Shulman Phil and Judy Callahan Barry and Susie Kustner Scott and Carolyn Siegal John and Nancy Carlton Kai Lam and Bonnie Buratti Jerry and Shelly Silberberg Melvin and Barbara Cohen Jeff and Anita Landau Michael and Tamara Silver Steven and Betsy Conovitz Mary Landau Rabbi Becky Silverstein Craig and Nancy Copeland Lonne and Ricki Lane Jack and Debby Singer Ellen Dinerman Bryan Langholz and Susan Auerbach Lester and Loretta Slifkin William and Sondra Dreshner Ike and Faye Langholz David and Gail Snyder Andrea Edwards Sam and Mala Langholz Sandra Sonies and Harold Kern Jordan and Judy Ellis Barbara Levinson Jonathan and Felicity Swerdlow Cecilia Fox Anonymous Edie Taylor Helen Freeman Leonard Lipton and Fanya Thomson Louis and Connie Friedman Barbara Weisenberg Vance and Pearl Tyree Janis Fuhrman Gary and Louise Lorden Ida Unger and Steve Moos Susan Galpert Peter Mendel and Shana Levin Scott and Laura Van Dellen Josh and Sharon Goldberg David and Susan Lorin Louise Wannier Noah and Maya Golden-Krasner Brian Mark Robert and Jessica Weiner Claire Gorfinkel Barbara McQuiston Phillip Weise Carole Grant Dani and Diane Michaeli Aaron and Valerie Weiss Rabbi Joshua and Franci Levine Grater Sara and Matt Michelson Maury and Arlene Weiss Allen and Karen Gross Stuart and Stacy Miller Jon and Sarah Weisz Ron and Valerie Grover Maxine Minovitz Joseph Widman and John and Debbie Guest Larry Moore and Jill Adler-Moore Vanessa Silberman Samuel and Marjorie Gulkis Matt and Stacy Ober Molly Wolveck Jerry and Joan Halpert Joel and Sheila Padlipsky Patrick and Jill Wright Laurence and Cantor Ruth Harris Anita Pemstein Jim Younessi Steven and Sandy Hartford Anonymous Amy and Katherine Zimmerman Jane Hirschkowitz PJTC Sisterhood Victor Zlotnicki and Diana Granat The FLAME


May 2015

Pasadena Jewish Temple & Center Sisterhood Never Sits Still!

Men's Club by Andy Schwarz, President

On behalf of the Men’s Club Board of Directors, I would like to congratulate Ethan Cohen and his family on the occasion of his bar mitzvah on May 2. Art Taus presented a yad to Ethan on Friday night, May 1. In keeping with our tradition of supporting our youth, the Men’s Club is pleased to donate $1,000 to the PJTC Campership Fund to help our Temple members pay for Jewish Summer Camps. Please contact Rabbi Silverstein to apply for this money. We have also donated funds for two paid scholarships for the Jewish Youth Orchestra, which is headed up by our own Janice Markham. Please contact Jason Moss at the Federation or Janice to receive these scholarships. The Men’s Club is proud to honor all mothers with our annual Mother’s Day brunch on Sunday, May 10 at 10:15 AM. The cost is $25 per person for a full brunch – bagels and lox, eggs, drinks and dessert. Entertainment will be provided by Cody Lowry, the grandson of Sylvia Schleimer. Cody is a terrific opera singer. He will also have an accompanist. Please make your checks out to PJTC Men’s Club and send them to the Temple Office. We hope to see you all on this wonderful day. Finally, the Men’s Club is looking for new members to join our Board of Directors. If you are interested, please contact Jerry Halpert. The new Board starts July 1, 2015.

Here are some photos of our activities from January to April: Ricki Lane taught us all the secrets of creating her signature rugelach!

Fifty guests attended the Women’s Seder, created and led by Marcia Alper.

Fam i l i e s c ar b o loading just before Passover at the Domenico’s restaurant event.

Learning to light Shabbat candles at the ABC series; an introduction to Shabbat in Marcia Alper's Home and Bimah Etiquette class.

Assembling the Mishloach Manot bags for distribution to the entire congregation for our Happy Purim fundraiser.

The Hamantaschen Bake (over 600 produced).

by Liz Green, Committee Chair

The PJTC Book Club welcomes all temple members to join our lively discussions and to bring suggestions for future readings. We meet on the second Thursday of the month at 7:30 PM. Thursday, May 14, 2015 -- Evolution's Captain: The Story of the Kidnapping That Led to Charles Darwin's Voyage Aboard the Beagle. This is the story of the man without whom the name Charles Darwin might be unknown to us today. That man was Captain Robert Fitz Roy, who invited the 22-year-old Darwin to be his companion Thursday, June 11. Lucky Us by Amy Bloom. Lucky Us introduces us to Eva and Iris. Iris, the hopeful star, and Eva, her sidekick, journey across 1940s America in search of fame and fortune. This is a novel about success and failure, good luck and bad, the creation of a family, and the pleasures and inevitable perils of family life. From Brooklyn’s beauty parlors to London’s West End, a group of unforgettable people love, lie, cheat and survive. Books are available at Vroman’s at a 20% discount. We are listed as PJTC Book Club.

The Annual Day of Study, focusing on a few psalms this year.

Women’s League Torah Fund honoree (Chay‘ay Olam) Arlene Weiss and Rabbi Marvin Gross at a beautifully catered luncheon.



May 2015

Jewish Federation of the Greater San Gabriel & Pomona Valleys Presents a Community-wide program:

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What is Really Happening on College Campuses Today & How We Can Help


According to a recent ADL survey 1.09 billion people in the world harbor anti-Semitic attitudes. Sadly this figure is rising even more every day. Come hear and learn about what has caused this rise. Go beyond what you have been reading about and/or seeing on TV and learn what we can all be doing to help.

Monday, May 18 7:30 pm Pasadena Jewish Temple & Center

Scheduled Speakers:

1434 N. Altadena Dr. Pasadena Program reception to follow hosted by PJTC’s Sisterhood

RSVP by May 4, 2015

Program Co-sponsors:

Ariella Schusterman

Professor David Myers

ADL’s Associate Regional Director

UCLA’s Center for Jewish Studies

Our speakers, along with one or two current college students will share their perspective of the situation and will provide ideas of how collectively we can better address the rise in anti-Semitism. And what we need to do to better handle it. To learn more about this program, please contact the Jewish Federation by calling 626-448-0810 or

CAMERA is coming to PJTC!

May 31 at 10:15 AM Men's Club Bagel Breakfast Talia Gold, Western Director of CAMERA, will discuss the organization's important work in correcting misinformation and bias when covering Israel and Jewish matters in American media.

Documentary Discussion Group Thursday, May 28 7:00 PM, Wohlmann Hall

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

Shanghai Ghetto

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.

We offer an opportunity for you to view interesting and thought-provoking Jewish-themed documentary films and to share views and ideas with others. Shanghai's little-known Jewish ghetto was settled in the 1930s by Jews who fled Nazi Germany. The filmmakers head to Shanghai with two ex-residents who relate tales of life in the squalid enclave. Through interviews, letters, archival and modern-day footage and family photos, the saga chronicles the survivors' escape, relocation, life in Shanghai and ultimate exodus to the United States. Please join us for the film and the interesting discussion following it. Contact Jerry Halpert at

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?

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. You do not need to attend all sessions to benefit from this series. Tuesdays | (2015) 2/24, 3/17, 3/31, 5/5 | 7:00–9:00 Tuesday 5/19 7:004/21, - 9:00 PM pm Please Register be email: or call Debi at (626) 798-1161.



May 2015

Join in the tradition of creating

Flower Crowns to decorate our Torah scrolls for Shavuot

Sisterhood Presents ABC Series - The All About Series All About Bimah Etiquette and Customs of the Torah Service Sunday, May 3, 10:30 – 11:30 AM Taught by Marcia Alper


May 22 (Friday) 4:30 p.m. to create flower crowns & 6:00 p.m. for a potluck dairy dinner Everyone is welcome!

Ever wonder when to wear a tallit or what to do when you are given an aliyah? Do you know what is in the Torah and when it is read? During the session, you will learn the answers to these questions and any others you may have to help you feel more comfortable during the Torah Service. A native of Boston, Marcia first joined PJTC in 1958. Marcia has served in many capacities at PJTC including Sisterhood President, Synagogue President and Torah Reader, being the first woman in the last two endeavors.


Nancy & John Carlton’s backyard 2440 Galbreth Road, Pasadena PJTC Sisterhood invites you to share the joyous tradition of making flower crowns for the Torah scrolls for Shavuot, taught to us by longtime congregant Ilona Fuchs. h

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

Questions & RSVP to Kathy Kobayashi or sisterhood@

The Scouts Are Coming

The Israel Scouts Friendship Caravan is returning to PJTC

Tuesday, May 26 at 7:30 PM in the Social Hall An entertaining evening of Israeli songs, dances and storytelling for children & adults and an ice cream dessert!

Yoga Havdallah

Ida Unger, M.Ed., Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor Saturday, May 2, Social Hall - 4:30 - 7:00 PM In this yoga class, yoga and Judaism come together at the auspicious time of Et Ratzon – when the kabalists say alignment with the divine will can be accessed. As our hearts break at the close of Shabbat, we are open physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually, and via this broken heart spiritual connection is accessed. The broken heart is an open heart. Stretch, strengthen and expand as we celebrate life with the yoga poses that mirror the six days of creation and then experience the energy of the holy Shabbat – that of deep relaxation. Prepare your body and soul to say goodbye to Shabbat with profound resting poses and breathing techniques. The class is appropriate for those who know yoga and those who would like to begin. Bring a yoga mat if you have one and any other props you have. Extra mats and props will be available. A mini third meal, seudah selisheet and Havdallah will follow with accompaniment by Steven Moos, led by Cantor Ruth Berman Harris. Registration is required at http://

Traditionally, the Scouts and their supervisors are hosted at the homes of congregants. If you would be interested in having a Scout or two stay at your home on the evening of May 26, please contact Jeff Landau at, (818) 952-9521 or the Temple office.

Presented by the PJTC Israel Committee Suggested donation -$18.00 Per Family



May 2015

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

Our Lost and Found closet has been sorted and some items will be donated to charity. Do any of these things belong to you? Is so, come in and claim them.

9:30 am - Musical Service (formerly Shabbat Rinah) Every Shabbat, Social Hall

• Small purse with complete set of keys • Jackets, medium & small, mostly boys • Several sets of talleisim & bags • Girl's tallis with pink atarah • Woman's black sheer shirt • A few girls' jackets & sweaters • Several women's long scarves • Silver wine cup in velvet box We will keep these items until June, and then donate them to charity.

Traditional Service Schedule: (in addition to the Musical Service) 9:30 am - May 9 & 16, Knell Chapel *Except on B'nei Mitzvah or special occasion

Tot Shabbat Service

May 1 6:45 PM Knell Chapel

Back by Popular Demand!!!! Tikkun Leil Shavuot!

Come for an evening of togetherness, song and prayer!

The spring harvest festival of Shavuot celebrates the giving and receiving of Torah. It is traditionally observed by worshipping together, eating dairy foods and a study night.

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

A night full of enrichment, engagement, and education! Saturday Night

Family Picnic and Kabbalat Shabbat Service 6:00 PM Katz Terrace

May 23, 2015 at 7:30 PM

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Friday May 15

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Service will include • Singing & Dancing

Ice Cream Social RSVP to Bruce (626) -798-1161 by May 15

Please join us

A Kiddush Poem One week in May, two in June, ALL of July Open Kiddush dates are flying by. If you and friends can adopt a lunch our "minyannaires" would be a very happy bunch. Please contact Roz Scherr in response to this plea. You'd be doing a great mitzvah for us at PJTC.

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Extended “” learning program Women in the Bible Yiddish What’s Happening in Jewish Day Schools? Jewish Women Scientists Later with Grater study session Jewish History & More


May 2015

Israel Matters by Jeff Landau

Adult Education Committee by Caol Sofer, Adult Ed. Chair

The Israel Scouts are Back

Adult Ed. Sponsors L.A. Jewish Film Festival Film – May 3 at Laemmle Theater

I’m excited to announce that on Tuesday, May 26, the Tzofim, the Israel Scouts Friendship Caravan, will be returning to PJTC for the fifth year in a row. They are a talented and energetic group of 17-year-old Israelis, one of several such troupes travelling across North America this summer as ambassadors of the State of Israel. They will be singing and dancing for B’nai Simcha Preschool in the morning, interacting with the Religious School kids in the afternoon, and then performing for all of us at 7:30 PM in the Social Hall. Please be sure to bring your entire family to see their wonderful show that evening. The ten teenagers, five girls and five boys, come from all over Israel. Their families hail from many different backgrounds: Sephardic, Ashkenazi, Yemenite and Ethiopian. Each one brings his or her life experiences to the Caravan. Several have spent part of their lives in other countries. When they return to Israel in the fall, they’ll be entering their senior year in high school, after which they will be entering the IDF (Israel Defense Forces). In addition, each Caravan has two adult leaders who have completed their military service. The Israel Scouts movement was founded in 1919. It was the first Jewish youth movement in Israel, with chapters in Tel Aviv and Haifa. In the 1960s, the first delegation of Scouts came to spend a summer in the United States. They joined American campers at several Young Judea camps around the country. By the 1970s, there was support for an Israel Scouts emissary to establish connections with U.S. communities that might never have had an Israeli visitor. In 1971, they opened an office in New York City, and in the decade that followed, the Friendship Caravan program was established. When the Scouts take the stage, with enthusiasm and joy that is palpable and contagious, they will paint a picture of their homeland that is poignant and exuberant. We will be asking you to make a small donation to help offset the cost of their travel expenses. It’s also customary for the Scouts to be hosted by synagogue families for the evening after the performance. If you’d be interested in hosting a Scout or two, please contact me at or (818) 952-9521.

Despite Germany's past history as the home of Nazis who created the Holocaust, some 20,000-30,000 mostly young Israelis have moved to Berlin recently. These young Israelis are attracted by Berlin's cosmopolitan and international atmosphere, the low cost of living and good infrastructure that makes life there fairly easy. But, as third-generation, post-Holocaust Jews, shouldn't Germany's dark past matter to them? Come to PJTC's screening of An Apartment in Berlin at the Laemmle's Pasadena Playhouse 7 Theaters, 673 E. Colorado Blvd in Pasadena on Sunday morning, May 3, 11:00 AM to find out. The film tells the story of three Israeli roommates who share a special apartment in Berlin that has a history. As they learn more about prior apartment inhabitants, they confront their own visions of the Holocaust and its memory. PJTC's Adult Education Committee is sponsoring this Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival film screening as part of the April 30-May 7 Festival of Films to be screened in the Los Angeles area. This is the only Festival film to be shown in Pasadena and the only showing of this film during the Festival. Tickets are available online at or at the door. If you purchase online, please designate PJTC as your organization, since a small portion of the receipts from the film screening will be remitted back to PJTC. Shavuot program – May 23 The spring harvest festival of Shavuot celebrates the giving and receiving of the Torah. It is traditionally observed by worshipping together, eating dairy foods and a study night. The Adult Education Committee is pleased to present its annual Study Night, this year with a TED-style Tikkun program of small learning sessions, on erev Shavuot, 7:30 PM, Saturday night, May 23 in the PJTC Social Hall. There will be a short Havdallah service followed by several mini sessions presented simultaneously by some our own PJTC experts. Subjects are varied and include Jewish scientists, Bible, History, Yiddish, Israel, Jewish Day Schools and many more. After learning, we will enjoy an ice cream social sponsored by Judy and Phil Callahan and served by PJTC's Men's Club. Following the ice cream social, Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater will lead a "Later with Grater" late night study session for those who want to continue the tradition of late night (maybe all night?) study on Shavuot. There is no charge for this wonderful program. Please plan to attend. For more information, please call Bruce at (626) 7981161 or email

Martin and Hillary Alon Monrovia

Michelle Laska Altadena

Adult B'nai Mitzvah – May 30 All are invited to attend Shabbat services on Friday night and Saturday morning, May 29 and 30, when 16 PJTC adult learners will have their b'nai mitzvah. They have studied with Cantor Harris and Rabbi Grater for two years) and invite our PJTC community to their official celebration.

Rabbi Becky Silverstein continued from page 1

Throughout the hiring process, I got the impression that PJTC was a warm and welcoming place with engaged and inquisitive students, beautiful scenery surrounding a beautiful embodiment of Torah and tradition. Having “done” PJTC this year, listening and learning, participating and observing, I can say without hesitation that I “understand” those initial impressions to be true. For that I am grateful to all of you. Thank you.

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May 2015

Summary of the March 2015 PJTC Board Meeting

Strategic Planning Committee Report

Mickey Bernath, Treasurer, reported that the forecast for the current year's net income is likely to come in approximately $29,000 below budget, pending the results of the fundraiser. In the previous meeting of the Board, a motion was made and passed that the Sponsored-Gift Membership Program be continued for another year. At the current meeting, a motion was made and passed that the dues to be paid by the current group of sponsored members in their second year will be 50% of the applicable rate. Brian Mark, Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee, reported that several focus groups would be held during late April and that the final report would be delivered by the consultant in early April for review by the Planning Committee. Faith Segal reported that PJTC congregants have enthusiastically participated in the Inscribe Us for Life fundraiser, and she has every expectation that it will meet its goals. Rabbi Silverstein, Education Director, reported that responses from the Religious School parents to the proposed changes in the curriculum have been overwhelmingly positive. Judy Callahan, Director of the B'nai Simcha Preschool, presented the plan for Phase II of the B'nai Simcha yard renovation and stated that there will be no funds required from PJTC for this project. President Jon Weisz thanked the Board members for their service before adjourning the last meeting of his current Presidency.

I'm pleased to inform you that the Strategic Plan everyone has worked so hard to organize is virtually ready. By the time you read this, the plan will have been delivered to the Strategic Planning Committee, which meets next on Thursday, April 30. The Committee will fine-tune the plan and then announce a date we want to present it to the entire congregation. Our congregation did a splendid job in making the survey a success, and we want the entire congregation to benefit. We will announce the date as soon as possible.

by Erich Schlecht, Board Secretary

by Brian Mark, Strategic Planning Committee Chair

Mac Rides Again by Edie Taylor

Once again a dedicated group from PJTC brought Passover goodies and greetings to our members who are housebound, in medical facilities, or have had a serious illness or surgery, as well as those who have been bereaved during the past six months. Twenty-five bags were taken by our wonderful volunteers, who made house calls during the week before Pesach. This is a service from the heart to our members, some of whom are unable to attend services or a seder. A personal note from the congregation, hand-written by Roz Scherr, accompanied each bag, wishing the members improved heath and good cheer. Special additions this year were the decorations to the bags, from the members of our LBSRS Bet Class. These brought added joy to our recipients. Note the photo displaying some Bet Class artwork. We thank Melissa Levy for suggesting this project for the students. We are very grateful to the following members who assisted with the deliveries: Jan Pais, Judy Ellis, Arlene and Maury Weiss, Claire Gorfinkel, Joan and Jerry Halpert, Sam Haddad and Nathan Temple. Many mitzvah points to these wonderful members, most of whom look forward to providing this service each year.

Ike Langholz Honored at State Capitol (Excerpted from Pasadena Star News)

Assemblyman Chris Holden honored Holocaust survivor Ike Langholz of PJTC, who recounted his nightmarish journey through Nazioccupied Poland during World War II. The event took place in Sacramento’s State Assembly on Monday, April 13 as part of Holocaust Remembrance Week. “He lived through extreme persecution and horrific experiences during this agonizing dark history,” said Holden. “The number of survivors is dwindling, so we are here today to raise awareness of these dark events and honor Ike for his courage and his willingness to tell his story.” Many members of the Langholz family were lost during this period. Ike and his brother Sam escaped, hiding in the woods until they were eventually reunited with other surviving relatives in Germany at the end of the war The two arrived in Pasadena in 1951. Ike is married to Faye and Sam to Mala. They have settled here and raised families, all active long-time members of PJTC. In response to this honor, Ike stated, “For decades I was silent, but I and other survivors have an important story to tell so that no child will have to deal with the hatred and violence that my family experienced.” PJTC is honored to have the Langholz family and other remaining Holocaust survivors in our community. The FLAME

It Does Take a Village There are some 20,000 infants, children, teens and young adults in the Los Angeles County foster care system. Many of you have followed the ongoing Los Angeles Times coverage of this system and may be interested in learning more.  May is National Foster Care month and in recognition that it truly does "take a village," PJTC invites you on Friday night, May 8 to hear from Stephanie Ivler, Director of Foster Care & Adoption at Bienvenidos Children's Center on Friday, May 8. Bienvenidos is one of the largest local foster family agencies established 28 years ago and now supports 245 children and 95 foster families.  Stephanie has been a PJTC member since 1962, has taught in our Tihon program and has served on the PJTC Board of Directors. She is an attorney licensed to practice both in California and Israel and has created and led both start-up and complex nonprofit organizations serving children in foster care and children and adults with developmental special needs for 27 years.  Stephanie would like to share with you the challenges and successes, the changes that are on the horizon, an innovative Israeli philosophy of care and a bit about the ways that PJTC members have reached out to warm the hearts of our children in the foster care system. Join us on Friday evening, May 8, when Stephanie will tell us more about the work of this organization. 9

May 2015

Yahrzeits for May (announced Fri/Sat preceding the date) Iyar 12

May 01, 2015

Malcom Apt Norman Besbris Louis Garbowitz Betty Harris Benjamin Levine Mary Moldufsky Yona Nisen Joanna Perls Bessie Shapiro Abraham Siegal Annie Wiskind Iyar 13

May 02, 2015

Ruth Binen Ralph Buratti Hedda Gruenfeld Joseph Hassman David Leibl Mendel Miller Nathan Miner Samuel Nimetz Violet Schaffer Iyar 14

Iyar 20

Iyar 21

Iyar 15

Iyar 22

Iyar 23

Iyar 16

Sophia Freedman Charles Goodstein Fannie Knell Lillian Lash Israel Levine Zelda Rourman Mary Socher Iyar 24

Iyar 25

Iyar 17

May 06, 2015

May 07, 2015

Wolf Druyun Louis Ellenbogen David Pessin Stephen Pindak Myer Weinstein Iyar 19

May 08, 2015

Thelma Berman Harry Cohen Pearl Esensten Shirley Grossman Walter Grover Paul Harrington Wetmore Raymond Katz Jakob Kolos Iren Lengyel Nate Paul Sheldon Weinstein The FLAME

Iyar 27

Sivan 1

Sivan 2

Sivan 8

Sivan 3

Sivan 9

May 20, 2015

Sivan 10

Sivan 5

May 22, 2015

May 23, 2015

Gustav Farber Rose Hart Milton Honowitz Anne Kelley Warren Levin Robert Levinson Andre Molnar Sivan 6

May 24, 2015

Helen Claster Engel Salamonne Flora Ishak Keshev Benes Lubow Engel Salamon


May 28, 2015

Beatrice Fink Sara Glickman Herman Green Jack Isaacson Rachel Morgenstern Joseph Morris Fay Ricks Adolf Stiefel Abraham Weiner Martin Zuckerman

May 21, 2015

Frank Ackerman Irving Fox Pearl Hassler Leah Kafenhaus Zelda Kelin Benjamin Kloder Morris Morrison Private David Scheflin

May 27, 2015

Estelle Alt Paul Cooper David Hellman Ethel Raichlen Rita Schlesinger James Selig Mary Shenfeld Walter Wise Leah Witkin Korobkin

Al Gould Abraham Holland Maurice Kaplan Sivan 4

May 26, 2015

Nettie Marks Arlene Meehan Arlene Rosenbaum Fannie Theodore

May 19, 2015

Irwin Auerbach Gertrude Baskin Kea Lane Emanuel Schlesinger Elannah Rose Sheklow Israel Yehuda Anne York

May 25, 2015

Judith Bershatsky Rosalind Chalek Arthur Gomperts Rose Hacker Irving Korobkin Louis Nobleman Sarah Pais Harry Schick Idelle Seigan Bessie Shapiro

Viola Girsh Meyer Harris Shapiro Richard Weisbaum

May 16, 2015

Ida Donner Carl Fingerhut Marcia Gottlieb Abraham Hellman Katie Lampert Ella Morrison Samuel Nehdar Isidore Press Isadore Soclof Sam Young

Sivan 7

May 18, 2015

Lillian Braiker Wilbur Cohen Morris DeWoskin Shimon Elter Erna Hartford Gerald Lipton Shirley Lyon Abraham Rothstein

May 15, 2015

Esther Bernstein Flora DeLee Louis Kaufman Stephanie Kirschen Cole Lena Kokis Leo Krawetz William Michaels Rebecca Press Danny Robinson

Joan Carlton Sadie Epstein Sonia Greenspan Harry Kryshka Lenny Schneider Iyar 18

May 14, 2015

Louis Altshuler Louis R. Altshuler Goldie Miller Leonrd Rosenzweig Richard Solomon Iyar 26

Iyar 29

May 13, 2015

Richard Berkman Rose Berman Harold Goldin Bernhard Moskowitz Ronney Russing Murray Schneider

May 05, 2015

Jacob Gross Sylvia Katzman Harry Rotenberg Susan Sampson Wendy Snyder

May 12, 2015

May 17, 2015

Marie Cohn David Ellis Carl Entner Roberto Mitrani Morris Ostrow Gerald Plessner Helen Richman Olga Wolf

May 11, 2015

Fern Chessen Lillian Davidson George Grossman Mariam Liberman Sarah Segal

May 04, 2015

Dora Karlin Roy Primack Irwin Weinberg Gayle Weiner

Iyar 28

May 10, 2015

Goldye Aronstein Harry Friedenberg Sally Lipser Korobkin Harry Levine Ruth Rosenberg

May 03, 2015

Herbert Berkman Morris Brenner Mohtaram Nehdar Max Parton Evelyn Salka Elsie Slifkin Nathan Sternberg Laura Terfansky

May 09, 2015

Theodore Coplen Joseph Dinesfeld Mario Kiguelman Benjamin Several Deborah Strasser

Sivan 11

May 29, 2015

Sarah Cooper Samuel Ginsburg Bernard Julius Anna Kahn Max Katzman Sivan 12

May 30, 2015

Hazel Donner Ben Gordon Sarah Levine David Mitchell Lillian Pessin Sandie Rambach Tessie Spellman Sivan 13

May 31, 2015

Annie Fox Lee Halpert Milton Kunin Norma Loeb Arthur Lowenthal Paul Benjamin Parker Max Segal Anna Shulman

May 2015

April Donations General Fund

The Kronsburg Family in memory of Howard Segal’s uncle, Bruce Norton Kai Shue Lam & Bonnie Buratti in celebration of Claire Gorfinkel’s 70th birthday Kai Shue Lam & Bonnie Buratti in memory of Noah Langholz, son of Bryan Langholz & Susan Auerbach

Freeman Passover Fund Ira & Ginny Blitz

Shabbes Minyan

Karen Rosenthal in honor of her aliyah at Passover Services


Pearl & Vance Tyree in honor of Jeff Landau’s Man of the Year award

Yahrzeit Donations to General Fund Donated by: Stephanie Ivler Jonni Swerdlow Felicity Swerdlow Anita Landau Tamar Cutler Mike Klekner Ira Blitz Ruth Marcus Ruth Marcus Mena Shapiro Jane Monterroso Adrienne Bass Vance Tyree Pearl Tyree Judith Fox Carl Selkin Edna Cott Phillip Weise Helen Freeman Peter Mendel Peter Mendel Josh Goldberg

Sisterhood Tributes

In Memory of: Grandmother, Tanya Friedman Mother, Sybil Swerdlow Mother, Molly Lewis Mother, Sophie Frey Mother, Malca Schiff Sister, Sally Grodske Grandmother, Fanny Blitz Father Joseph Weissman Brother, Seibert Weissman Mother-in-Law, Bessie Shapiro Father, Paul Kasdin Step-Father, Nate Elbaum Wife, Betsy Tyree Father, Barnett Frechtman Mother, Ann Carsh Mother, Mollie Heiman Brother, Basil Gould Father-in-Law, Max Gross Brother, Herman Boren Grandmother, Theresa Freeling Father, Eric Mendel Grandfather, Yehoshua Scharf

To Karen Hochman Brown in honor of her solo show of her beautiful art at the Federation, from Bonnie Buratti & Kai Lam To Sondra Dreshner in honor of her being named as PJTC’s Woman who Makes a Difference, from Betsy & Steve Conovitz To the Sampson family in loving memory of Casper “Bud” Sampson, from Stacy & Stu Miller and Edie Taylor To Alice Shulman & family in memory of her beloved daughter, Marilyn Beasley, from Edie Taylor, Linda & Paul Rourman, Stacy & Stu Miller, Kathy Kobayashi & Hal Barron, Nancy & John Carlton, and Marcia Alper To Mona & Randy Shulman in memory of his beloved sister, Marilyn Beasley, from Stacy & Stu Miller, and Marcia Alper To Rivi & Jeff Shulman in memory of his beloved sister, Marilyn Beasley, from Linda & Paul Rourman To the Meng/Dreier family in memory of Terry’s beloved mother, Catherine Meng, from Stacy & Stu Miller, Kathy Kobayashi & Hal Barron, and Edie Taylor

Safety and Security

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


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

by Cecilia Fox, PJTC’s ISG representative

The Interfaith Study Group was founded in 2007 by members of Pasadena Jewish Temple, All Saints Episcopal Church, Pasadena, and Islamic Center of So. Calif., L.A. We meet monthly, to learn from each other in a congenial, respectful group. Each meeting is followed by a vegetarian potluck and discussion. Sunday, May 17, 5:00-7:00 PM, at Pasadena Jewish Temple & Center. Panel on Interfaith Marriages and Relationships, with Heather Hoopes Seid, cantorial graduate student, Sammy Seid, rabbinical graduate student, and Rev. Sally Howard, Ph.D., priest at All Saints Church. Sunday, June 14, 5:00-7:00 PM, at Islamic Center of Southern California, 434 South Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles. Program to be determined. Carpool leaves All Saints Church, 132 North Euclid Ave, Pasadena, North Parking Lot at 4:15 PM. To be added to he email list for meetings, please send an email to Norma Sigmund at or phone (626) 583-2734 during weekday office hours, or contact Cecilia Fox, c/o PJTC office. Theater Havurah by Adrienne Bass

The Odd Couple

by Neil Simon Saturday evening, May 16 Sierra Madre Playhouse 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre All congregants are welcome to join the Theater Havurah for a fun-filled evening at the Sierra Madre Playhouse. The Odd Couple, by Neil Simon, is a classic comedy about two very unlikely friends, both divorced men, sharing one apartment in 1965.  We will meet for dinner at 6:00 PM at the Sierra Brigante Restaurant, 120 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. The play starts at 8:00 PM and there is no reserved seating. Tickets are $18.00 each. Please send your check to Marcia Alper, 2286 Lambert Drive, Pasadena 91107. Your check is your reservation.  If you need a ride or would like to carpool, please tell either Marcia or Adrienne. If you have any questions, please feel free to call or email Adrienne at, or Marcia at 11

May 2015

May Birthdays May 1 . ................... Nurit Burrow Ronit Droker Evelyn Robinson Daniel Siegal Lea Wald May 2 . ............. Christina Cohen Zina Phillips Larry Sharfstein Millicent Surfas Joan Weiss May 3 . ............Brycen Goldstein Irving Herschaft Gilbert Kollin May 4 . .................... Elan Droker David Sloan Patrice Yokum May 5 . .....................Anna Bruck May 6 . .............Sadie Dalrymple May 7 . . Zehava Eckstein-Sweet Jane Hirschkowitz Bryan Langholz Rick Orlina May 8 . ....................... Alice Kurs May 9 . .................Josette Bellan Anh Do Diner Mark Tragarz May 10 . .......... Sara Fleischman Bradley Jorban Susan Pindak Joanne Topol May 11 ...............Kimberly Gould Zachary Segal May 12 . ..............Adrienne Bass Steve Breton Andrew Jick May 13 . ...................Leslie Ladd Nina Lightdale-Miric May 14 . .......... Samuel Conovitz George Hassman Gary Moore Ruth Stinson May 15 . ............... Patricia Bunin Bobbi Sloan May 16 . ................David Dickter Mike Kronsburg Alex Rosner Blair Siegal Benjamin Sigoloff Zachary Snyder Rochelle Weiss May 17 . ....... Marilyn Greenberg Michael Menerey Luciana Rosenzweig

and Anniversaries Jim and Sue Hogan ..............................................................5/1/1977 Vance and Pearl Tyree .........................................................5/1/1993 Barry and Cathy Krasner ......................................................5/1/2011 Ronald and Valerie Grover ...................................................5/4/1997 Dan and Melissa Raz ...........................................................5/5/2002 Kevin and Carol Bourland ....................................................5/7/1986 Bruce and Linda Horowitz ....................................................5/9/1992 Patricia Bunin and George Roegler . ..................................5/15/1988 Nathan Temple and Liz Loughren ......................................5/15/2008 Fernando and Mercedes Fleischman .................................5/17/2003 Steve and Betsy Conovitz ..................................................5/18/1986 Jared Becker and Maureen McGrath ........#25...................5/19/1990 John Watson and Katie Gundersen ..........#25...................5/19/1990 Joseph Widman and Vanessa Silberman . .........................5/19/2007 Ed Brunngraber and Jackie Szmuszkovicz ........................5/23/1997 Larry and Annette Sharfstein ..............................................5/24/1992 Josh and Kim Gould ...........................................................5/25/2008 Jordan and Lisa Alkana ......................................................5/25/2010 Martin and Hillary Alon........................................................5/27/2001 Andrew and Jo Anne Kindler ..............................................5/28/1989 Richard and Shoshana Rosenbaum ..................................5/28/2000 Peter and Nurith Brier . ..............................#40...................5/29/1975 Joshua and Kristine Garroway ...........................................5/30/2004 Peter Mendel and Shana Levin ..........................................5/30/2004 Jonathon and Sarah Weisz ................................................5/31/1987

May 18 . ................Shane Balian Barbara David Diana Kaufman May 19 . ..................Leo Metivier May 20 . .................. Todd Cobey Ava Gabriel Eliana Gabriel Marvin Gross Joshua Levine Grater May 21 . ................Gisele Rosen Laura Van Dellen May 22 . .................Jacob Balian Deborah Guest Barbara McQuiston Jakki Sencer Ethan Sharp May 23 . .................. Kelly Brown Nicole Fefferman Josh Goldberg Lucas Mondaca Howard Rambach Maya Sheklow May 24 . ........... Hannah DeMerit Joshua Ravich May 25 . ..................... Lucy Eller Barbara Felsinger Owen Fogel Ben Metivier Pearl Tyree May 26 . ........Hannah Ackerman Colin Beasley Michael Faber Rosenbaum Betty Fishman Sarah Okun May 27 . ........George Bermudez Gitta Earll Connie Kalter Jack Singer May 28 . ................Susan Singer Samuel Svonkin Madison Dreshner Harvey Knell May 29 . ..............Gerald Halpert Emett Mendel Addison Sale May 30 . ..........Michelle Leonard Alice Shulman Vance Tyree May 31 . ............ Stephen Crump Marina Jick Sheila Presant

Rock-a-Bye Baby Mazel tov to Marlene Reichenbach, overjoyed to welcome her 19th great-grandchild. Akiva Meir Schreiber was born on March 24 to her grandson Menachem Schreiber and his wife Alana in Jerusalem.

Thanks to Our April 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. April 10/11 April 17/18 April 24/25

Oneg & Kiddush Hosts

Oneg hosted by Ruth Kaye Kiddush hosted by Elliott and Linda Mazur in memory of Elliott’s father Marvin Mazur Whitman Dinner, Oneg hosted by Temple Board members Kiddush hosted by the Shabbes Minyan Group Oneg hosted by the Alef class parents Kiddush hosted by the Shabbes Minyan Group

Sondra Dreshner Erich Schlecht

To Terry Tornek, who was just elected as Pasadena’s first new mayor in sixteen years. The Tornek family—Terry and Maria and their three children, as well as grandchildren— have been long-time members of PJTC. Terry has been on the Pasadena City Council for a number of years and has now moved up to being the head of our city. Mazel tov to all the Torneks! The FLAME


Jake Levy Laurence Harris

Torah, Haftorah & Shir haShirim Readers

Mark Chodos Abby Schlecht Ruth Several Linda Rourman Roz Scherr

Darrell Cozen Erich Schlecht Cantor Ruth Sondra Dreshner Jeff Chen Franci Levine Grater Bonnie Buratti Zehava Eckstein-Sweet Sam Haddad

Office Volunteers

Ryna Aviram Ginny Blitz Jerry Halpert Michelle Kandel Marlene Reichenbach George Roegler Edie Taylor Arlene Weiss 12

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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.

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We invite you to share our Simcha (celebration) as we are called to the TORAH as Adult B’NAI MITZVAH Friday May 29, 7:30 pm Kabbalat Shabbat Service ONEG RECEPTION TO FOLLOW

Saturday May 30, 9:00 am Shabbat Morning Service KIDDUSH RECEPTION & LUNCH TO FOLLOW

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