27 Tishrei - 27 Heshvan October 2013
Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater
Don’t Disappear! Wit h t he sun setting and washing over us at the end of Neilah, as the music lifted us to a higher place, I knew that something was transforming in the life of our community. The High Holy Days this year, thanks to Cantor Ruth and our whole davenning team, and thanks to YOU, who stayed and prayed with us in greater numbers than ever before, were spectacular. We appreciate all the positive comments and notes of gratitude we have received and are humbled to know that our vision and
hard work has paid off by offering a spiritual experience that touched so many of you. With the end of the holidays, now is the real time for our renewed commitment. It is easy to come and have a great experience on the holy days; it is expected and planned for in our lives. But our spirits and souls need this more than once or twice a year. If you had a moving spiritual experience on the holy days, as I said at the end of Neilah, don’t wait until next year to come back! Our davenning team, with that energy, is here almost every Friday night. If coming every week is not possible, pick once a month and commit to come--feed your soul. If you like to study, come to my weekly Thursday Torah and lunch class, now Click here to continue
Tot Shabbat 6:45 PM Knell Chapel Shabbat Service 7:30 PM Galpert Sanctuary Abigail Sheklow Bat Mitzvah Sat. Service 9:00 AM Galpert Sanctuary Oneg and Kiddush hosted by Eitye and Hannah Sheklow October 11/12
Parashat: Lekh Lekha
Shabbat Service 7:30 PM Galpert Sanctuary Oneg hosted by Sisterhood Sat. Service 9:00 AM Knell Chapel Kiddush hosted by Shabbes Minyan Group October 18/19
Shabbat Service 7:30 PM Galpert Sanctuary Max Ho Bar Mitzvah Sat. Service 9:00 AM Galpert Sanctuary Oneg and Kiddush hosted by Ofer Ho and Jeanine Svonkin Parashat: Hayyei Sarah
Shabbat Service 7:30 PM Galpert Sanctuary Oneg hosted by Membership Committee
Looking Back–and now Forward with Israel and sabbatical themes. The full texts of the HHD sermons are available on our PJTC website, so please take advantage and reminisce. Also, a new music format was tried this year, with the now–established Shabbat B’lev ensemble providing vocal and instrumental accompaniment to the prayers. The music included traditional, contemporary, and Israeli melodies and songs. Notable contemporary works were the Leonard Cohen rendition of “Hallelujah,” various liturgical songs by Craig Taubman, a version of “Unetaneh Tokef ” Click here to continue
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Temple President Jon Weisz It is now approximately one month after the earliest High Holy Day season in 114 years. As PJTC President, I am relieved, refreshed, and full of optimism. However, there are many upcoming activities to prepare for and plenty of work to be done. My personal impression of our PJTC High Holy Days for 5774 is that they were extremely successful. I strongly feel that the services were spiritually engaging and uplifting. Rabbi’s sermons were a highlight, with thought–provoking and inspirational subjects, especially the sermons
Minyan Services are held every Sunday in Knell Chapel, beginning at 9:00 AM
Sat. Service 9:00 AM Knell Chapel Kiddush hosted by Shabbes Minyah Group November 1/2
Tot Shabbat 6:45 PM Knell Chapel Shabbat Service 7:30 PM Galpert Sanctuary Oneg hosted by Sisterhood Sat. Service 9:00 AM Knell Chapel Kiddush hosted by Shabbes Minyah Group
Open Onegs Entire month of November. Please volunteer, call Anita Landau.
October 12 and October 26. Call Roz Scheer to volunteer.
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– PJTC Clergy and Staff – Joshua Levine Grater – Rabbi Gilbert Kollin – Rabbi Emeritus Ruth Berman Harris – Cantor Sondra Dreshner - Gabbai Eitan Trabin – Executive Director Debby Singer – Education Director Eitan Lowenstein – Religious School Assistant Bruce Applebaum – Operations Manager Zachary Madick – Youth Director Jane Hirschkowitz – Assistant to the Rabbi Marian Rosen – Bookkeeper Robert Brown – Facilities Manager
– PJTC Officers – President – Jonathon Weisz Secretary – Bob Levinson 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 – Roberta Tragarz VP Finance – Sandy Hartford VP Membership – Andrea Edwards VP Religious Affairs – Richard Samuelson Planning Committee Chair – Mickey Segal Sisterhood President – Carolyn Siegal Men's Club President – Jerry Halpert
– Board of Directors – Keri Axel, Judy Balian, Judy Callahan, Ricky Calvin, Geoff DeBoskey, Valerie Grover, Stephanie Ivler, Haley Karish, Amy Richardson, Meredith Rose, Ruth Several
Cantor Ruth Berman Harris Our Davenning Community As we move into October and the High Holy Day season falls behind us, I want to acknowledge our wonderful davenning team for being an intricate part of our prayer experience. Thanks so much to Duvid Swirzky, Melissa Bergman, Jill Gold Wright, Dave Boesch, Janice Markham and Sarah Weisz. These talented people worked closely together to create a unique prayer motif and a davenning style that assisted Rabbi Grater and me in providing you with the opportunity to grow, pray and explore your relationship with spirituality, God and each other during the High Holy Days. This group was not formed for the High Holy Days experience alone! We gathered every Friday night in the Galpert Sanctuary for the past year and a half to pray and create togetherness, a kind of spirit and atmosphere that we brought with us to the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services. If you are interested in joining this davenning community, praying with us during Shabbat and eventually joining us on the High Holy Days, I invite you to talk with me. There is a chair waiting for you! No, we do not have a choir. We have a group of people praying in our unique liturgical and musical style, sharing their spirit, love, talent and passion for the Hebrew
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language and traditions, providing the congregation with more voices to join together. This is the vision and style of PJTC’s services. I hope you were inspired and will consider joining us. I particularly want to thank my partner, Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater, for his inspirational sermons and leadership. Rabbi, I missed working with you during your sabbatical and look forward to many years of collaboration and developing new and innovative programs and activities for our PJTC members. As we all grow and learn together, I hope that we never stop revitalizing our connection with God, prayer and each other. As we move to the future, I always want you to know that, although change is difficult, and I recognize and honor that, it provides us and the newer generations to come with renewed passion, enthusiasm, innovation and a chance to set a new course in our davenning experience. I thank you for your kind words, encouragement and support during this period in PJTC’s history. A wise person once told me “if we do not lead the change, we stay in the same place and stagnate.” Your Cantor, Cantor Ruth
by Edie Taylor, Membership Assistance Committee
A few days before Rosh Hashanah, a team of members delivered flowering plants to members of our congregational family who have had surgery, were housebound or were bereaved during the past six months. The deliveries covered the many communities that comprise our PJTC area, and brought smiles to sad faces. The process started a month earlier, when Roz Scherr became busy writing personal notes to go along with each plant. Sorted into geographic areas, the notes were distributed to our delivery volunteers: Jan Pais, Aty Rotter, Kathy Kobayashi, Karen Levin, Judy Ellis, Jo Anne Kindler, Nancy Copeland and Maury Weiss. Please let us know when someone in your family is hospitalized or ill at home, if there is something that we in MAC can do to help. We also like to know when you have a simcha to share with the congregation. Doations help to cover our expenses. Our slogan, printed on our notes, is “We Care....” By the way, I would like you all to know that Aty Rotter has taken over this part of MAC. Ricki Lane, with the assistance of Aty and Mary Ann Bernath, will be helping families in the bereavement process and will help with receptions after funerals as well as shiva minyans. After many years, I am gradually turning over these responsibilities to a group of wonderful women. 2
Religious School News
Men's Club News by Jerry Halpert, Men's Club President
by Debby Singer, Education Director
Congratulations to the winners of the first week of the NFL Football Pool: • Highest total score - $50 to Ken Gerst • Second Highest total - $20 to Scott Siegal • Lowest total Score - $10 Darrell Cozen Welcome to all the new PJTC members. New PJTC men automatically become members of the PJTC Men's Club without a membership fee for the first year. We hope that you will support the Men's Club by joining us for Board Meetings (generally the first Monday of the month at 7:30 PM) and/or for supporting our events (see below). Saturday, November 16 at 7:30 PM A Night at the Races, at PJTC Mark your calendars and prepare for an evening of fun and prizes as the Men's Club brings A Night at the Races to PJTC. It's a chance to have fun betting on real Santa Anita races shown on our screen. Your admission will provide you with funny money so that you can bet and accumulate and then use the winnings to vie for valuable prizes. Food and drinks will be available. This is a Men's Club special fundraising event that will bring lots of fun and enjoyment. More information will be forthcoming as we continue to plan. Our hats are off to those of you who became Men's Club members for 2013-14 and those who purchased Football Pool booklets. We want to acknowledge all of the men and women who paid their dues for the 2013-14 year (yes, we accept women who support our Men's Club programs). Thanks and welcome to the 26 new Diamond Members who purchased the special package, which included membership and five Football Pool booklets. We also want to thank those who purchased the 245 Football Pool booklets and participated in the 2013 Men's Club fundraiser. Forty eight cash prizes will be issued during the 16-week NFL season. The awards will be mailed directly to each winner. There is still time to join and plenty of time for you to participate. The season started September 8, so there are 13 more weeks to win one of the Football Pool cash prizes. Send checks to the PJTC Men's Club at the PJTC office. As you know, your purchase invests in our kids, so we hope you will join in. We are still accepting your membership dues for the 2013-2014 year (only $36). Send checks to the PJTC Men's Club at the PJTC office. Next Men's Club Board Meeting, 7:30 PM, Wednesday, October 16. For info, send email to email@example.com or call (626) 793-8783. High Holiday Parking And Busing Men’s Club is proud to let you know that we covered the cost associated with the use of the parking lot for the High Holidays. As has been done over the past few years, Men’s Club, Sisterhood and PJTC shared in the cost of the bus service from the parking to and from PJTC.
There are several new, and not so new, faces gracing the faculty of the Religious School this year, and we are honored to have them. Most you will recognize because they are members of PJTC, like Melissa Bergman (Levy) who sang so beautifully on the bimah during High Holiday Services. She is our new Kita Bet teacher; and, like Aaren Heller (Weisz), gets to teach and play with our Baynaim kids each week. The newest additions to our Teaching Assistant roster include Sarah Dreier and Dylan Jack. Others on our staff have assumed new positions, such as Jennifer Leonard, who has left the Gesher Class in the capable hands of Kaileh Pistol, while she has taken over as the Kita Aleph teacher; and Gal Kessler-Rohs, who graduated with last year’s Baynaim kids to the K’Tantanim Class this year; and Jenny Owen, who will teach Mechinah this year, much to the delight of her youngest daughter. Returning teacher Stephanie Ivler has created an amazing curriculum for our ninth and tenth graders based on the biblical commandment to Seek Justice… Tzedek, Tzedek Teerdoff. Others returning to their previous posts include Tami Cutler,who will begin her eighteenth year teaching Kindergarten; Wendy Bat-Sarah returns in Kita Gimel; Anat Bar-Chaim in Kita Dalet; and Sondra Dreshner in Kita Hei; and Malina Mindell in Eighth Grade. Rick Lupert continues to be our musical soul and Cecilia Hanono gets our dancing groove on. A new songleader, in the person of Jeffrey Prince, joins our staff to teach music to the Sunday School students in his most energetic and creative style. Mika Bar-Chaim will continue to join us twice each week to tutor those in need of a great one-on-one session. Proudly we welcome back our veteran TAs who are our much-loved-second-hands in classes and in the office. They are: Boa Pistol-Boesch, Octavia Botvinikoff, Jade Cohen, Josh Dolinsky, Jared Sharfstein, Marcus Monterroso, Alanna Sanford, Ariel Harris, Alex and Jeremy Weisz and Amelia Dreier. We are also happy to have Uptown Eitan Loewstein taking care of all of our School Office needs (not to be confused with Downtown Eitan Trabin, who keeps things running as the temple’s Executive Director!). All of these people who care for and help educate our children are the topmost reason our school enjoys a reputation of excellence. Every Sunday this month parents have the opportunity to take part in Back-to-School programs in each of our classrooms, where they will meet their teachers in person, learn about the curriculum and do a special activity with their children. We hope each classroom will be filled on these dates. Please check the school calendar for specifics. L'Shalom, Debby
It's Happening with Sisterhood! The PJTC Sisterhood Cookbook is coming BACK!
by Carolyn Siegal, Sisterhood President
September was a busy and fun month as Sisterhood prepared for the High Holidays. We worked hard to ensure a wonderful High Holiday experience for all. I want to thank each and every one of you who supported Sisterhood was by placing an ad in the High Holy Day Greeting Book or buying a challah. Your support raises the funds that we in turn use to support the PJTC Community. One of the meditations for Elul sent out by Rabbi Joshua encouraged us to “see where you can bring more compassion, more love, more peace into each day.” Sharing and giving are at the heart of what Sisterhood is all about. On that note, we were pleased to donate $1,500 to Weizmann Day School for the purchase of iPads (see photo below) and also to provide $3,000 in funding to underwrite the costs of framing beautiful textile art that interprets the four seasons, created by Sisterhood members Carol Mills, Judith Pettigrew, Linda Rourman, Elizabeth Short and Trudie Strobel. We look forward to seeing this stunning creative endeavor hanging soon in the main hallway off the social hall. On October 3 at 7:30 PM at PJTC, Sisterhood is co-hosting with Adult Education a special Rosh Chodesh, “Women of the Wall and other Adventures,” presented by our own Franci Levine Grater. She will share some of her experiences in Israel, including thoughts on Women of the Wall, secular, religious and spiritual daily life, and the sometimes unexpected gifts of Sabbatical. Both men and women are welcome to attend—bring your questions for this interactive conversation! On October 17, just for the fun of it, Sisterhood is bringing back Bunco night, since we had such a good time in July (see photo below). I hope you will join us for both of these programs, enjoy good company and conversation, make new friends and experience firsthand what’s so special about Sisterhood.
by Debbie Guest, Sisterhood VP of Development
Come join the committee that will organize a new edition of the PJTC Sisterhood Cookbook. There are various opportunities to contribute your talents in producing a new collection of recipes from our community. We can use your help in the following areas: graphic design, recipe solicitors, marketing and sales, for starters. We welcome all creative input. We will be using a professional publishing company that specializes in cookbook fundraisers, and which provides many resources to facilitate the process. If you have had experience in working on the earlier editions, or perhaps worked on your high school yearbook or college poetry newsletters, we can use your help. If you have no experience, we can always use a discerning eye, and innovative suggestions. You will be able to choose to do a few discrete tasks, or take on a larger challenge if that is your desire. Please contact Debbie Guest @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rosh Chodesh elebration for everyone 5774
Thursday Evening 7:30 to 9:00 PM PJTC Sisterhood & PJTC Adult Education welcome everyone men and women - to a special gathering to celebrate the new moon with study, discussion and dessert.
Wohlmann Hall Topic: Women of the Wall & Other Adventures with Franci Levine Grater Questions or to RSVP contact email@example.com or Kathy Kobayashi
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Bunco Babes Must know how to toss dice. Must know how to add to twenty-one. Must be able to recognize three of a kind. Must be willing to have a great time.
September Shout-outs! Thanks to the following Sisterhood members for their special efforts: Wenday Frankel and Ricki Lane Challah sales and break-fast Sue Galpert Bimah flowers Nancy Carlton Sukkot Potluck Temple Activities book compilation Ruth Kaye High Holiday book ads and greetings sales Karen Brown Layout and artwork for the High Holy Day greeting book The FLAME
We welcome the month of Heshvan — October 3
No experience necessary. Sisterhood Members are Invited to play Bunco! Thursday, October 17, 7:00 – 8:30 PM Wohlmann Hall Bunco babes are welcome to bring appetizers or wine. Please RSVP by October 11 to Aty Rotter.
Adult Education Committee
PJTC Green Committee
October Events Please reserve Thursday, October 3, at 7:30 PM for a special Rosh Chodesh program at PJTC. Adult Education and Sisterhood will jointly sponsor a program featuring Franci Levine Grater, who will discuss her family’s six-month sabbatical, particularly their activities in Israel, “Women of the Wall and Other Adventures.” Franci will share her observations about Israeli life and her own transformational experience. Everyone is invited to this unique Rosh Chodesh men-included event! Also in October, Rabbi Joshua Garroway, Ph.D., who was so warmly received when he taught a short class in the Shavuot program last May, will offer a fabulous learning opportunity. He will teach a three-session Tuesday night class on October 8, 15 and 22, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. His subject is “The Fuzzy Boundaries of Jewishness: Ancient and Modern.” Determining who was a Jew in antiquity was no less challenging and controversial than it is now. These classes will explore ancient debates regarding the boundaries of Jewish identity as a lens for considering similar concerns facing Jewish communities today. Rabbi Garroway, a PJTC member, is assistant professor of Early Christianity and Second Commonwealth at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. He is the author of the recently published book, Paul’s Gentile-Jews, Neither Jew nor Gentile, but Both. Pre-registration is encouraged. Please contact the PJTC office or use the tear-off below. The series is $25 for the three classes or $10 per class for PJTC Members. For nonmembers, it’s $36 or $14 per class. Adult Ed is starting a new Documentary Discussion Group under the leadership of Breyne Moskowitz. Please see her FLAME article on page 8 about the first of future discussions on October 24. Adult Ed Committee is proud to sponsor a special bagel breakfast on Sunday, November 17 at 10:15 AM. The speaker will be Grant Golchin, who has been researching his family’s history for the past 30 years. His talk is titled, “Malice, Murder and Manipulation.” Through his research, Mr Golchin has discovered his family’s saga of deportation, starvation, death, abduction and movement. He will discuss 100 years of the Lithuanian government’s abuse of national laws, how this impacted the Jewish population and how this same behavior continued through four generations of his family.
As many of you may know, the PJTC Green Committee is in the midst of a process to make the Pasadena Jewish Temple & Center a greener facility. This, no doubt, will prove to be a long and involved undertaking, but an essential one. What some of you may not know is the critical connection between conservation and Judaism. The commandment known as bal taschit originates with Deuteronomy 20:19. It forbids the cutting down of fruit trees during wartime. Rabbinical sages from Babylonian times extended the verse to apply beyond this singular situation. If Jews must not cut down fruit trees during extreme cases of war, when destruction is happening all around, then how much more so does this apply to normal life. Bal taschit has long been commonly understood to mean “thou shalt not waste.” In modern lingo, this could mean turning off lights when leaving a room, shutting down a computer at the end of the work day, or conserving water in the daily routines of the home. With the effects of climate change becoming increasingly apparent, it behooves us as Jews to take note of bal taschit and respond in kind. The Green Committee proposes to do so by aiding our synagogue in reducing its carbon footprint. How this might eventually come about is what motivates the members of our group to keep meeting. If you would like to join us, please contact me.
by Carol Sofer, Committee Chair
by Meredith Rose
PJTC Babysitter Roster Please contact Stacy Miller if you would like to be added to our Babysitter Roster or if you would like a roster sent to you by email.
Women’s Book Club
by Connie Taus, Book Club Chair
The book for Thursday, October 10 is Sunday’s Silence, by Gina Nahai. Snake handlers, holy rollers, a man named Little Sam, and a woman named Blue are all featured in this compelling tale of passion versus re as on s et in Appalachia. The book for Thursday, November 14 is Mary Coin, by Marisa Silver. The author recreated a world behind the iconic photograph entitled “Migrant Mother,” a depression-era, desperate, fearful woman, and the interaction between this poor soul and her photographer. Books are available at a 20% discount at Vroman’s, where we are listed as the PJTC Book Club.
Registration Form for Class Name Address City Zip Phone Email PJTC Member Nonmember Members – $25 for series or $10 per class Nonmembers – $36 for series or $14 per class Send to October Class, PJTC 1434 n. Alatadena Dr., Pasadena CA 91107 The FLAME
Bar Mitzvah Celebration
From the Eugene and Marilyn Fingerhut Memorial History Project
Maxwell Steven Ho will be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah on October 19, 2013. He is an eighth-grader at Marshall Fundamental School, where he plays trombone. He is also a member of the chess club and the WEB crew, a group of eighth-graders who mentor incoming sixth-graders. Max is a sports fan, particularly basketball and hockey. He loves getting to spend time playing Mine Craft. Max is devoted to his family’s two cats, Minnie and Jackie, their seven-year-old goldfish, Debbie and Trevor, his guinea pig, Toby, and his grandmother’s dog, Lily.
by Michel Several, Project Chair
This is the fourth of a ﬁve-part series on Frank Ackerman. The ﬁrst two parts appeared in the April and May issues of 2012. The third part appeared in the August/September 2013 issue. After playing a central role in acquiring the land for the new synagogue in Arcadia, arranging the merger between the Sierra Madre and El Monte congregations, influencing the design of the congregation’s new synagogue, and managing the construction of the synagogue, Frank Ackerman’s leadership of the newlyformed Foothill Temple Center in Arcadia became increasingly problematical. While acknowledging that Ackerman “could make things work and he did make them work,” Barry Kustner felt that “once it was done, his faults all came out again.” Kustner described Ackerman as “ram-rodding things through” and characterized his leadership style as embodying a modification of the saying “there is a right way, a wrong way, or the army way. In his case there was a right way, a wrong way. or doing it Frank’s way, or we won’t do it at all.” The source of the problem, according to Kustner, was Ackerman “had such an ego.” Susie Kustner recalls that as a measure of his ego, the “Arcadia temple had a plaque on the wall honoring Frank Ackerman that he put up himself.” In forming the new congregation in Arcadia, Ackerman pressured Rabbi Charles Steckle, the spiritual head of the Sierra Madre congregation since 1951, to retire early so a younger, more dynamic rabbi could be hired. The Foothill Temple Center however, then had trouble keeping rabbis. According to Susie Kuster, “It was difficult to get one who could work with Frank because he was the boss.” She also felt it was difficult to develop new congregational leadership because of Ackerman’s dominating presence. Part of the problem, according to Susie, was that the leadership of the congregation was young. “They were raising families and working, and they just couldn’t stand up to him. Also, they didn’t have his background or experience and, as a result, they had to rely on him.” The impact of Ackerman’s dominating presence at the temple was the “lack of building leadership because Frank was it. We had a hard time promoting leadership and getting people to come up as leaders …. This hurt the synagogue for a long time.” In 1972, Ackerman left the Arcadia temple due to a dispute whose content nobody recalls. However, when he left, Kustner recalls “he must have left mad. He took some families with him and he literally held services as discussion groups and book reviews and celebrated holidays in homes and a storefront.” However, after a couple of years, “Frank came back to the synagogue asking if we would like to merge with his little group. Frank had all kinds of little stipulations however, such as he wanted some of his members to be board members and he would be president and a number of other things. He promised about 20 families or something like that and Marv Donner, who was on the board at that time, told Frank, ‘thanks but no thanks.’”
Tot Shabbat Service
October 4 6:45 PM Knell Chapel
Come for an evening of togetherness, song and prayer! Join Judy Callahan, Director of B’nai Simcha Preschool, and Cantor Ruth for a half-hour Shabbat experience filled with music and movement for families with children age seven and under.
Friday, October 18, 2013 7:30 PM, Galpert Sanctuary Please join us for the Family Shabbat Service which is the regular Shabbat service with a family vibe. The music is upbeat, the atmosphere is welcoming, and the sermon is a storytelling session geared toward all ages! The Family Shabbat was created to fill a growing need among families and elementary school-aged kids wanting to celebrate Shabbat through music, prayer, and stories in a welcoming and inclusive space. Our next Family Shabbat Service will be on: November 15 6
by Andrea Edwards, VP Membership
by Zach Madick, USY Director
Forty one thousand five hundred and ten! That’s the number of years, cumulatively, that our PJTC congregation has spent on this earth. Yes, that’s right: 41,510 years. Think of the collective wisdom we have…and all the experiences we can share with one another...and all that we can learn from one another. In the course of my professional work, I’ve become fascinated by the fact that more generations coexist in the workplace than at any time since the industrial era: four generations in the work place, and these four generations coexist and intermingle at PJTC, too! The generations are generally divided by birth years: The Traditionalists (anyone born before 1945), the Baby Boomers (1946-1964), the Gen Xers (1965-1976), and Millennials (1977-1990). The youngest generation, Net Geners, born after 1990, are just barely in the workplace, although we enjoy their presence at PJTC. Each generation has different skills, different characteristics, different themes, different experiences that mold their attitudes. You get the idea: multiple generations can create rich dialogue – in how we understand one another and how we move forward together as a community. So, if you think about the cumulative number of years represented at our temple and the variety of generations those years represent, you get an idea of how rich our conversations can be: seeking to understand why we behave in a certain way, seeking to understand why we think the way we do, seeking to understand the importance of embracing change to continue our journeys. I write all this to create a platform to welcome and appreciate our newest members, who represent more years of wisdom, experience, insight, and to wish everyone a wonderful New Year. On another note, I want to extend deep gratitude to all those who helped create a fabulous New Member Open House on Friday, August 23. I’m cautious about mentioning specific names, because I know I’ll forget a name or two, and then feel terrible about it. The Membership Committee did an outstanding job, in unbearable heat, to put out a wonderful Wine, Cheese and Tasty Bites reception on the Katz Terrace. Our services that evening were delightful and welcoming, and then Sisterhood provided a delicious Oneg. Words can’t express my thanks to everyone who helped make the evening such a success. Please seek out our newest members (there’s a list in the FLAME on page 11). I am confident you will gain insight, learn about these new members of our family and help ensure PJTC’s future.
First, I would like to thank everyone who volunteered to help make the Pasa Vegas Casino Night a great success. It truly would not have been as great without all the help and support from the temple. This month, the PJTC Rocketeers will be having four events. On Tuesday, October 1 we will have our second Movie Night with the next in our Mel Brooks series – Young Frankstein; it’s pronounced “Fran-ken-stEin.” Our next event of the month will be our second Potluck Shabbat dinner on October 11. Look for my email to sign up. We will then enjoy “A Day in Old Pasadena.” On Sunday, October 13, we will be walking around, exploring Old Pasadena and seeing what history our fair city has to offer. We might even stop for a show. Our last event of the month will be a “Mock Peace Talks: Lounge Night,” to be held on Tuesday, October 17 in the Youth Lounge. Our Rocketeers will be debating Right Twix vs. Left Twix. Pick a side. That’s it for now folks. As always, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Interfaith Study Group
by Cecilia Fox, PJTC’s ISG Representative
The Interfaith Study Group was founded in 2007 by members of Pasadena Jewish Temple & Center, All Saints Episcopal Church of Pasadena, and Islamic Center of Southern California, Los Angeles. A congenial group, we meet the second Sunday monthly, rotating locations at each institution. Our purpose is to grow in understanding, to be respectful, and interested in learning from each other. ALL ARE WELCOME! Please bring an item for the dairy/vege potluck following the program. Next Meeting: Sunday, October 13, 5:00 to 7:00 PM. We begin promptly. Speaker is Eba Hathout, M.D., President, Hassan Hathout Legacy Foundation, whose topic is “Moral Rearmament & Interfaith Work.” His talk will be followed by the potluck and an open discussion. It will be held at All Saints Church, 132 N. Euclid, Pasadena, east of City Hall. The parking lot is north of the church on Euclid, just south of Walnut Avenue. Questions? Leave a message for Cecilia Fox at PJTC, (626) 798-1161. To receive ISG calendar info, email NSigmund@allsaints-pas.org or phone (626) 583-2734. November 10 Meeting: Pasadena Jewish Temple, 1434 N. Altadena Drive, Pasadena, 5:00 to 7:00 PM. The speaker will be Vicki Tamoush, founder of “Interfaith Witnesses." Carpool from All Saints North parking lot leaves 4:15 PM. December 8 Meeting: Islamic Center of So. Calif., 434 S. Vermont, LA, . 5:00 to 7:00 PM. The speaker, Jihad Turk, will discuss his work with the Banyan Project at Claremont School of Theology. Carpool leaves All Saints North parking lot at 4:15 PM.
Adult Education Presents Documentary Discussion Group
Rock-a-Bye Baby Mazal tov to Eva and Tamas Lengyel, first-time grandparents of Zev Loren Neuman, born to daughter Eszter and Ariel Neuman on August 13.
Thursday, October 24 at 7:30 PM Lounge
by Breyne Moskowitz
The first meeting of our new Documentary Discussion Group will feature the film Surfwise, the (possibly) inspiring and (definitely) tumultuous story of 85-year old surfer, health advocate and sex guru, Dr. Dorian Paskowitz, his wife Juliette, and their nine children. The children were all home-schooled and raised in a small camper on the beach, where they surfed and had to adhere to the strict diet and lifestyle of animals in the wild. All PJTC members and friends are welcome to join us – bring a nosh or drinks to share. We will discuss the film after viewing, and anticipate a lively dialogue. In future months we will view and discuss a variety of other documentaries related to Jews and/or Judaism, and we welcome suggestions! We will usually meet on the fourth Thursday of the month, but in November we will meet on the 21st due to Thanksgiving. Questions? Contact Breyne Moskowitz at email@example.com.
Another pair of first-time grandparents are Bonnie and Jeff Skolnik. Caleb Ethan Bacca was born to Sabrina and Lorian Bacca on August 22.
Jewish Meditation Continuing Tuesday Morning Classes - 7:30 AM Wohlmann Hall
New Evening Classes added on Wednesdays October 9, 16, 23 & 30 at 7:30 PM Join Rabbi Joshua for Jewish meditation, which will incorporate learning and practice. We will gather for an hour before getting started for the day or evening. The first 30 minutes will be spent in silence and meditation, then 20 minutes for learning a text or instruction, and a short reflection period to end. All are welcome, no experience needed.
Huntington Hospital Community Outreach Free Flu Clinic
Embroidery Class Thursdays, 1:30 PM Lounge A beginner class to embroider a challah cover is starting October 3. We will also learn how to knit, crochet and needlepoint. All ages are welcome. The cost is $36 for PJTC members and $45 for nonmenbers. The complete kit will be included in the cost of the class.
Community Outreach RNs from Huntington Hospital will offer free seasonal influenza vaccinations to the public. Location: Pasadena Jewish Temple Date: Tuesday, October 29 Time: 3:30 – 5:30 PM Eligibility Criteria • All adults over 18 years old and children age 9 -17 with parent present for consent • No allergy to hen’s eggs or previous influenza vaccine • No medical history of Guillain-Barre syndrome • No serious illness or fever at the time of vaccination
If Not Now - When?
New Adult Hebrew Classes are on Thursdays.
Intermediate 5:15 PM Advanced 6:30 PM Beginners 7:30 PM • To follow the Siddur and the Parasha • To understand the Torah and our heritage in its original language • To converse in modern Hebrew For more information call Nurith Brier
Please call the Huntington Hospital Flu Shot Hotline 397-3333 for additional community Free Flu Clinic locations. Visit our website at huntingtonhospital.com and under Quick Links, click on Free Flu Shots. The FLAME
at (626) 798-1161 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
1968 Conﬁrmation Class Reunion
My Visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau
by Michael Several
Last April I visited Auschwitz-Birkenau during the second day of my visit to Poland. When I arrived, I was surprised to see that Auschwitz is not isolated but surrounded by Oswiecim, a fairly large industrial town. Naively believing only Jews had a claim to the site’s history and symbolism, I was also surprised by the large number of European tourists who were there. On the required tour I learned about the history of Auschwitz, from its beginning as a pre-war Polish army base, to a camp initially for political opponents of German occupation, a POW camp, a work camp, and finally an extermination camp. I learned that the two crematoria at Auschwitz and the four at Birkenau were part of an assembly line of murder, in which people entered the building, stripped, were gassed, and then cremated. Established 3 km from Auschwitz in 1942 as an extermination camp, Birkenau projects a deeper sense of despair and gloom by its isolation and the shoddy brick and unpainted wood barracks that still fill the site. Though approximately one million of the estimated 1.2 to 1.5 million people killed at Auschwitz-Birkenau were Jews, the centrality of the Jewish presence is tempered in part by highlighting the international makeup of the camp’s prisoners with displays memorializing different national groups. By linking Auschwitz-Berkenau to its European setting, it has become a powerful symbol for all Europeans that is helping to frame their common identity and shape the European Union’s policies. Auschwitz-Berkenau was the fifth camp I visited (Theresienstadt in the Czech Republic in 2004, Ravensbruk and Sachsenhausen in Germany in 2011, and Buchenwald a week earlier). It lacks the educational richness that I found at Buchenwald and Sachsenhausen, which have comprehensive narratives and displays in their museums and on panels throughout the sites. But Auschwitz-Birkenau is uniquely different. It partially conveys the magnitude of Germany’s crimes against humanity by the size of the two camps and by displaying the huge amount of hair cut from inmates when they entered the camp, and the piles of suitcases, shoes and other personal items left by the prisoners. While these displays successfully expose the incomprehensible horror that occurred there, they ironically fail to make the Holocaust understandable. As a result, I cannot adequately describe the site because I have no words for the enormity of the crimes that are the site’s essence. Being unable to grasp or make sense of these unimaginable crimes, my senses were numb during the visit, which made it a surprisingly unemotional experience. What Auschwitz-Birkenau and Krakow’s memorial sites lack is an honest and thorough confrontation with Poland’s more accommodating responses to Germany’s occupation. The public narrative presents non-Jewish Poles without blemish: they resisted the Germans, protected the Jews, and suffered horribly under the occupation. However, Poles collaborated, accommodated, and made compromises, as Jews and others did in all the occupied territories. But in striking contrast to Germany, in which anti-Semitism is at the core of its confrontation with its past, it seems to have been erased from Poland’s public memory, as I did not even see the words “antiSemitism” mentioned.
We are seeking members of the LBSRS confirmation class of 1968 (high school graduates of ’70) for a festive reunion. A reunion committee has been formed to plan a gathering. If you have information about how any of the following class members can be found, please contact Janice Feldstein Bender at email@example.com. Many thanks! Annette Lynn Albert Robyn Lydia Kilimnik Sheldon H. Bolotin Laura Lee Krawetz Kerri Susan Chase Samuel Morse Magrill Barbara Eileen Deutsch Andrea June Moyer Ruthann Frances Deutsch Nancy Lynn Pessin Daniel A. Dobrin David Piller Gail Maurine Feldstein Ronald M. Rosen Janice Lynn Feldstein Cheryl Nancy Socher Jack Robert Futterman Jeffrey Wayne Shrifter Dahlia Gold Bernard Samuel Shutman Edna Gottfeld Linda Stahl Marsha Fern Grifka Ellen Jennie Sternberg Marian Amy Gruber Deborah Jeanne Stevens Rona Hildy Halpern Bruce Trubo Allan Mark Hamburg Susannah Kay Weinberg David Mark Hoffman James Weissman James Anthony Ivler David R. Winograd David Louis Kazan Steven Allen Zaslaw Please remember to bring canned food whenever you come to the temple. Be sure to notice the basket on the table in the main lobby. Please bring a couple of cans of food to help fill it.
Help Raise Money for LBSRS and PJTC Sisterhood
Tuesday, October 1, 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Present the flyer (available in the lobby) to the cashier and 20% of your food bill will be donated to these groups. Join friends to dine in or take out.
Lunch or dinner
2411 E. Washington Blvd. Pasadena (626) 797-6459
by Rabbi Tamar Elad-Appelbaum
Kabbalat Shabbat at Jerusalem’s Old Train Station. Israel Should Allow Freedom of Jewish Faith for All. Is Israel Jewish Enough?
Jewish life in Israel is often measured in quantities: How many Talmud pages did we conquer? How many mitzvot did we perform? How many times did we say “Baruch Hashem” in one sentence? How many Jewish children did we bring into the world? How wonderful is it that here in the State of Israel we have more yeshivas and rabbis than we ever had before, and more Jewish state laws than we ever dreamed of? We live in a state of quantity, as if Jewish civilization is solely a matter of how much we do, as if quantities are a guarantee against the extermination of our ancient heritage. Is this true? The accumulation of quantity, a known human weakness, is also an inevitable consequence of a miracle called Israel, where for the first time in Jewish history, we exercise our heritage in the modern bureaucratic state, dealing with everything through the lens of the mass. Yet, essentially, to be truly Jewish is to engage in a higher quest: the religious quest to be personally called, to choose carefully one’s quality of life, and then commit and practice it in community with others. In order to make this choice of a religious life, one needs a will—a will that enables a person to choose to live rather than survive. In order to grow that will, one needs freedom, freedom to question, to answer, to exercise different approaches to Torah and life, to find a place within the ancient covenant and commit, to add one’s voice to a nation ever-standing at the foot of Sinai, and to hearing a voice. The State of Israel might be full of people who were born Jewish, but as long as it doesn’t provide freedom to grow such a will, it is not yet a Jewish state. I dread the thought that this magnificent moment in Jewish history might turn out to be a tragedy for the Jewish condition and its calling in the world. I dread the thought that Jews in Israel and around the world will count on the strength of what seems like an everlasting state, physically built, while neglecting, abandoning, an ancient trust in the transparent realm of the ruach, the spirit, the deepest power in human life. The built State of Israel entered the delicate void of thousands of years yearning, and the task of this generation is to ask how we make way for the challenges of embodying ruach in Jerusalem. This is our task. What we really need is to recuperate the natural instinct of freedom here in Zion. We can’t wait for the status quo to be changed; it will not be changed easily, and we are losing precious time, precious generations. In a world in which the new Jew is the Haredi Jew, what we need is to deepen the grassroots movement of Jewish freedom — individuals and communities exercising a Jewish life of their choice: marrying, celebrating, mourning, learning to translate modern autonomy of the individual into a life of shared values and deeds. We need more Jewish thinkers leading such a life; declaring that they do so; sharing their thoughts and practices; making way for others by their own quest to weave their unique personality into that of a community in its state. “If Ben-Gurion, in the peak of his leadership days, would choose to go to a Reform community on Yom Kippur instead
of sitting home, reading Spinoza or Aristotle, he could have given with his great authority legitimacy to another possibility of religious authority,” A.B. Yehoshua wrote in 1984. “There is no hope for real normalization of the Jewish people without deeply treating questions of our heritage. If we want to see a significant change in 100 years, we need to plan it now. We need to make sure that secular Jews are deeply involved in these questions…. Orthodoxy (as an ideology) does not want the change; the change will come only by creating new centers of Jewish authority.” And I, too, think to myself, if Shimon Peres, in the peak of his presidential days, would have asked for a blessing or prayer of six different Jewish (and non-Jewish, of course) leaders from different schools of thought in one evening, what a gate he would have opened to our people. What I write here is a plea, that we demand every Jewish leader we know exercise and speak words of freedom, and continue to fight for state laws that enshrine that freedom. The coming 65 years should be dedicated to this pursuit of pluralism, and the more Jews involved, Israelis and partners from all around the world to whom this place belongs, the more of a chance we will have to live in a truly Jewish state. Rabbi Tamar Elad-Appelbaum is the founder of ZION: An Eretz Yisraeli Congregation in Jerusalem, and Vice President of the Masorti Rabbinical Assembly. This article was originally published in The Jewish Daily Forward, on September 7, 2013.
Did you know? The Jewish Federation of the Greater San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys' role is to provide programs and services that work to bring our vast community – from Glendale to Rancho Cucamonga and south to Whittier – together. In addition, we serve as the Jewish voice for the community. When issues arise, it is the Jewish Federation that works with local city, county and state representatives, as well as the media, to help educate and resolve any and all issues or situations that may affect our community. We work closely with the local synagogues and schools to ensure that the greater San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys are a community that people feel has a strong and vibrant Jewish community. It is all made possible through the support and commitment of our community members, whether it be supporting the annual campaign, volunteering on a committee, or attending programs and events. To learn more about the Jewish Federation, please visit www.jewishsgpv.org, like us on Facebook (www.facebook. com/jewishsgpv), follow us on Twitter (@JewishSGPV) or call us at (626) 445-0810. 10
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The Exciting Year Ahead
in its seventh year, starting again on October 3. If you can’t come every week, start with once a month--feed your mind. Or choose from any of our other classes: Bible, Talmud, Hebrew, that meet regularly, or the Adult Ed. series that is starting off with Rabbi Joshua Garroway this month. Come to meditate with us on Tuesday mornings or try out the new evening meditation sitting group for four Wednesdays in October. If you are an LBSRS parent, take one Sunday a month to stay in our library and read something Jewish, or take me up on my offer to teach something to parents--happy to do a once-a-month Yoga and Torah, Judaism and Parenting, Making Ritual Fun in the Home or something else class for you all. Come to our Israel speakers program. Come once-a-month to our Sunday minyan, pray and help someone in the community say kaddish. Tutor in the local school, feed the needy at Union Station or Friends in Deed, get involved with Jewish World Watch. Gather some friends and sponsor a Saturday kiddush lunch. Get my intention here? Don’t wait, don’t disappear, stay with us, stay engaged, participate, join in, try something new, make a commitment, push yourself spiritually, let PJTC be the place that can feed you: mind, body and soul. If not now, when? If you want to talk about anything I am saying here or to talk about anything at all, my door is always open, so please make a time and come on in! Blessings and shalom, Rabbi Joshua Return to Page 1
by Lisa Feldman, MA Ed., Head of School, Weizmann Day School
I recently learned that, with the closing of another school in Palm Springs, Weizmann is the only remaining Jewish Day School between here and Las Vegas. We don’t need to look far to see shrinking Hebrew and day school enrollments, declining synagogue memberships and consolidation of Jewish institutions. Regardless, where I sit, I am surrounded by reasons for optimism and excitement as we kick off the Jewish Year 5774 and the 30th anniversary of Weizmann Day School. Our school continues to thrive and we are overjoyed to welcome 16 new students and their families into our community this year. In addition, it’s practically impossible to avoid getting swept up in the excitement as our 30th Anniversary Committee, co-chaired by Amy Whitman Richardson and Faith Segal, busily plans what promises to be an unforgettable and elegant anniversary gala for our school. (Please mark your calendars today for the evening of February 8!) Also, we recently received exciting news from the Builders of Jewish Education (BJE) that Weizmann Day School has been selected to participate in the Generations LA program. Generations LA is an intensive, three-year program that provides support to schools in planning, launching, and sustaining endowment and planned giving initiatives. As part of the program, Weizmann will have access to the following invaluable services and incentives: • Professional, technical and financial assistance toward building an endowment fund (from both cash gifts and planned gifts) • Three years of professional fundraising coaching • A 1:4 match on new cash endowment gifts, made possible by the Simha & Sara Lainer Day School Endowment Fund • Up to $25,000 in tuition assistance over three years for successful completion of program benchmarks • Participation in local and national Endowment Legacy & Institute Trainings • Networking opportunities with other day schools in Los Angeles and around the country engaging in endowment development. I would like to thank board members Maya Golden-Krasner and Immediate Past President Galit Feinreich for doing much of the heavy lifting in researching the opportunity and submitting our application. I would also like to thank Lawrence Lurvey for agreeing to chair the Generations LA Development Committee. Thanks also to our new Board President, Bill Klipstein, and the entire board of trustees for their support and commitment to taking full advantage of this exciting growth opportunity for our school. The passion and enthusiasm of this group of dedicated volunteers contributed greatly to our school’s acceptance into the program. We would all like to sincerely thank BJE, PEJE, the Avi Chai Foundation, and LA donors: Mark and Ellie Lainer, the Lainer Day School Endowment Fund, Rick and Wendy Kellner, Aaron and Sheila Leibovic, William and Anna Tenenballt, and an anonymous donor for funding our participation. Please expect to hear more about this, as well as our upcoming 30th anniversary celebration in the weeks and months to come. L’Shana Tova! Lisa
Jonathan and Julia Grinblat Pasadena
Vanessa Silberman and Joseph Widman Sierra Madre
Barbara and David Van Noppen Altadena
Loretta Howitt Pasadena
Michael Farmer Toluca Lake
Aaron and Ana Hartford Sierra Madre
Katherine Oschin Altadena
Andrea and Daniel Vassilev Alhambra
Susan Rogers Altadena
Karen Chan El Monte
Anita Bergman Pasadena
Jonathan and Katie Pattow Duarte
Igor and Irina Umansky Pasadena
Rick and Roni Orlina Pasadena
PJTC offers our members a variety of ways to be of service to the Temple. Those who are able to give of their time are vital to sustaining our community. To host an Oneg, call Anita Landau. To host a Kiddush, call Roz Scherr.
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by Israeli composer Yair Rosenblum, and “Adon Olam” to the tune of “Scarborough Fair” by Simon and Garfunkel. The congregation’s response to the new style of music seemed to be positive, but the difinitive reaction should be evident in our Survey, done immediately after the completion of the HHD services. The Survey results will be compiled and published in our next FLAME, so be watchful and stay tuned.... I hope that more of our congregants will be encouraged to join our “davenning ensemble”. The PJTC Education Director Search Committee has been hard at work throughout the summer. I am happy to report that the committee is now virtually ready with a terrific Cover Letter and Job Description to begin advertising the position. Our PJTC Board of Directors will soon need to approve the presentation and employment package, and we will then prepare for reviewing applications and the interviewing process. I wish to thank the co-chairs of the committee, Ellen Pais and Brian Mark, whose dedication and leadership have enabled us to reach this point. I also want to express my appreciation to the entire committee for their focus and diligence. We have high hopes of attracting some great applicants to interview over the next couple of months. I will keep you updated on our progress. On September 21, our PJTC USY group hosted the opening event for the Far West Region at our synagogue. The “Pasa Vegas” event attracted approximately 100 Jewish teenagers from seven Southern C alifornia temples. The evening began with songs and Havdalah under our sukkah and stars; but it quickly spread to the Social Hall decked out as a Vegas casino. The teens socialized while playing games of chance, including craps, roulette, blackjack, and even dreidel. Other popular activities were line dancing, and watching classic silent movies in our lounge/movie theatre. Everyone, even our parent chaperones, had a great time. I want to thank our USY Director, Zachary Madick, for helping to plan and orchestrate the event. I also wish to thank Terry Meng for organizing the parents and families who assisted with the food and wonderful decorations. I am especially proud of our PJTC youth, first for their desire to put on such an ambitious Regional event, and for their tremendous efforts in successfully accomplishing it. Our visitors from the Valley and West Los Angeles were very impressesed - they now realize that we have a thriving synagogue and youth group in Pasadena! I hope this event will be a launching pad for further activities and future growth of our PJTC youth programs. Yasher Koach to everyone involved! Return to Page 1
Thanks to Our August and September Volunteers
Oneg hosted by Sisterhood Kiddush hosted by Richard Samuelson in honor of Cara Jaffe’s birhday Oneg hosted by the Temple Board Kiddush hosted by Cantor Ruth and Laurence Harris in honor of the aufruf of Melissa Bergman and Jacob Levy Oneg hosted by Connie & Louis Friedman in honor of their 50th wedding anniversary Kiddush hosted by the Shabbes Minyan Group Oneg hosted by Sisterhood Kiddush hosted by Helene & Allen Emmerich in honor of the baby naming of their granddaughter, Samara Hope Bachrad Oneg hosted by Sisterhood Kiddush hosted by the Shabbes Minyan Group Refrshments after Selichot hosted by Judy & Phil Callahan Oneg hosted by Sisterhood Kiddush hosted by the Shabbes Minyan Group Sukkot luncheon hosted by Marcia Alper & Ruth Kaye Oneg hosted by Sisterhood Kiddush hosted by Ofer Ho Oneg hosted by Sisterhood Kiddush hosted by Bob & Barbara Levinson in honor of their 30th wedding anniversary
Aug. 16/17 Aug. 23/24
Sept. 6/7 Sept. 19 Sept. 20/21 Sept. 27/28
Mickey Butnik Roz Scherr
Sondra Dreshner Rabbi Kollin
Torah, and Haftorah Readers (Also High Holidays)
Marcia Alper Melissa Bergman Darrell Cozen Madison Dreshner Zehava Eckstein-Sweet John Guest Cantor Ruth Rabbi Joshua Jacob Levy Debbie Noble Roz Scherr Abby Schlecht Claire Schubin Gary Schwarz Ben Shilling Bobbi Sloan Ryna Aviram Sue Galpert Ruth Kaye Roz Scherr
LETS GO TO THE MOVIES WITH HAZAK Please Join us in the lounge at PJTC on the second and fourth Mondays of the month at 1:00 PM. The FLAME
Oneg & Kiddush Hosts
Mark Chodos Sondra Dreshner Sam Haddad Ofer Ho Linda Rourman Erich Schlecht Ruth Several
Ginny Blitz Judy Ellis Mila Gierowitz Jerry Halpert Breyne Moskowitz Marlene Reichenbach Edie Taylor Arlene Weiss
We are continuing PJTC Basketball for adults (high school age and above) at 8:00 PM on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of every month. 12
PJTC Beautification Day Thanks To Our Volunteers
11th Annual PJTC Library Used Book Sale
by Stu Miller
On Sunday morning, August 18, 2013, 30 congregants, clergy, and staff volunteered their time, effort, energy, and expertise to beautify our temple grounds. This group encompassed every aspect of our PJTC family: children, teens, parents, grandparents, USY, Sisterhood, Men’s Club, Board Members, clergy, and staff all participated in the annual PJTC Beautification Day. We were busy painting the parking lot, cleaning and polishing Knell Chapel, Wohlmann Hall and kitchen, Galpert Sanctuary, social hall, and even stocking the Judaica Shop. PJTC was ready to “wow” returning and new members, as they attended High Holy Day services, returned to religious school, and to the myriad of other temple events. A pizza break brought all the different groups together before they returned to finish their areas. This clean-up day program was a winner in a lot more ways than just sprucing up the facility. It created camaraderie and showed the type of special congregational family we are – reminding everyone of the importance of volunteering for the synagogue we love! Below is a list of this year’s PJTC Beautification Day volunteers. We thank you all!
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Extended Hours 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
More than 2,514 books on all subjects:
Featuring books remaindered from the Shaarei Torah campus
Most books $1.00 or less Buy one book get one free (from the free book table)
Book donations still being accepted. (contact the Temple office for pickup)
The Normal Heart On Saturday, October 5, the Theater Havurah will attend The Normal Heart, which is a powerful, riveting political thriller and an unforgettable love story written by Larry Kramer. It takes place in NYC in 1981, where a circle of friends struggles to contain a mysterious disease ravaging the city's gay community. This moving story of one man's heroic fight to awaken the world to a crisis in time to save the life of the man he loves won the 2011 Tony Award for the best revival of a play. To reserve, send a check for $25 to Ricky Calvin. For more information call her at (626) 744-9904. The group will meet for dinner prior to the 8:00 PM performance.
Phil and Judy Callahan Ruth Failer Stu and Stacy Miller Jerry Halpert Ricki and Lonne Lane Les Slifkin Maury and Arlene Weiss Linda Elyad Diane and Mike Burr Andrea Edwards Sue and Jim Hogan Eitan Trabin Jon Weisz Robert Brown Noah Golden-Krasner Kenny Allen Elliott Mazur Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater, Franci, Ella and Noah Laurence, Talia and Adam Harris
News Flash from the Judaica Shop:
How to Order Prayerbook Dedications Let’s start off the New Year with the joy of giving
Surprise! Purim is not the only costume dress-up holiday!
Dedicate a prayerbook in honor of a special birthday, anniversary, new grandchild, in memory of, etc. Sisterhood will see to it that a beautiful book plate with your dedication is placed inside the front cover of a temple’s prayerbook. We will also send a letter to the recipient, a receipt to you and have the donation publicized in the FLAME. The prices are: • Sim Shalom -- $36 • Etz Hayim Chumash $72 • High Holiday Machzor -- $36 • Large print Sim Shalom (purchased through Ritual Committee) -- $60 For Sisterhood books, please contact Sheila Padlipsky; for a large print Sim Shalom from Ritual Committee, contact Roz Scherr.
To have fun on that “other” holiday or get a head start for Purim, check out our Judaica Shop for fun costume hats and other holiday goodies. The Gift Shop is usually open during Hebrew and Sunday school hours. Email pjtcgiftshop@gmail. com or call the PJTC office when you want to come in. (626) 798-1161 The FLAME
August/September Donations General Fund
Jon & Sarah Weisz in celebration of Mickey & Lee Segal’s 35th anniversary Michael & Sylvia Driebe in memory of Marlene Segal John & Sharon Briffett in memory of Marlene Segal Ellen & Harvey Knell in memory of Marlene Segal Judy & Phillip Binder in memory of Marlene Segal Carol Lombardini & William Cole in memory of Marlene Segal Dorothy & Irwin Levy in memory of Leslie Brodie, beloved son of June Brodie Alan & Sandy Whitman in memory of Marlene Segal Amy & Landis Richardson in memory of Marlene Segal
Freeman Passover Fund
Helen Freeman in memory of her mother & father, Israel & Lea Borenkraut
Galpert Scholarship Fund
Shirley Hoffman & Family in memory of Ruth Kaplan, loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and friend
Israel Committee (Adat Shalom Emanuel) Judy & Phil Callahan in memory of Marlene Segal
MAC (Membership Assistance Committee)
Pearl & Vance Tyree Mary Ann & Michael Bernath in memory of their daughter, Cindy Bernath Trudie Strobel
Karen & Daniel Levin
To Judy & Phil Callahan in honor of the birth of their new grandson, Alex Jay Callahan, from Mary Ann & Mickey Bernath, Carolyn & Scott Siegal, Stacy & Stu Miller, Bonnie Buratti & Kai Lam, Ricki & Lonne Lane, Shirley Hoffman, and from Ruth Kaye To Ariela & Bruce Applebaum in honor of the birth of their new grandson, Aiden De Leon, from Edie Taylor, Ricki & Lonne Lane, Stacy & Stu Miller, and from Ruth Kaye To Helene & Allen Emmerich in honor of the baby-naming of their granddaughter, Samara Hope Bachrad, from Judy Ungar To Sarah & Jon Weisz in honor of the marriage of their daughter Aaren to Clay Heller, from Ricki & Lonne Lane, Stacy & Matt Ober, Stacy & Stu Miller, Carol & Eric Mills, Carolyn & Scott Siegal, and from Felice & David Mittman To Bonnie & Jeff Skolnik in honor of the marriage of their daughter Natalia to Seth Ament, from Ricki & Lonne Lane To Melissa Bergman & Jacob Levy in honor of their marriage, with best wishes from Joan & Jerry Halpert To Connie & Lou Friedman in honor of their 50th wedding anniversary, from Edie Taylor, Jan & Josh Pais, Shirley Hoffman, Sue Galpert, and from Sylvia Schleimer To Joan & Sidney Soclof in honor of their 50th wedding anniversary, from Susie & Jim Hogan To Judy & Jordan Ellis in honor of their 55th wedding anniversary from Debbie & John Guest, Susie & Jim Hogan, Jan & Josh Pais, Sue Galpert, and from Barbara & Bob Levinson To Bonnie & Jeff Skolnik in honor of their becoming grandparents, mazel tov on the birth of Caleb Ethan Bacca, from Stacy & Stu Miller To Simon Burrow in honor of his fantastic feat of scaling Mt. Whitney, from Stacy & Stu Miller To Connie Friedman, wishing her a speedy recovery & return to good health, from Ricki & Lonne Lane To Jeff Landau, wishing him a speedy recovery & return to good health, from Ricki & Lonne Lane To Phil Weise, wishing him a speedy recovery & return to good health, from Jan & Josh Pais, and from Ruth Kaye To Jean Bunin, “Thinking of you & wishing you a speedy recovery”, from Nancy & John Carlton To Linda Rourman, “Thinking of you & wishing you good health”, from Nancy & John Carlton To Bryan Jick & family in memory of his beloved mother, Anita Dora Jick, from Ricki & Lonne Lane To Barry Segal & family in memory of his beloved wife, Marlene Segal, from Ricki & Lonne Lane, and from Gail & David Snyder To Karen Hochman Brown & family in memory of her beloved mother, Ruelene Hochman, from Edie Taylor, Carol & Eric Mills, Linda & Paul Rourman, Carolyn & Scott Siegal, Aty & Howard Rotter, Ruth Kaye, Pat Sullivan, Nancy & John Carlton, Sandy & Steve Hartford, Betsy & Steve Conovitz, and from Sylvia Schleimer To Mark Farbstein & family in memory of his beloved mother, Margaret Farbstein, from Stacy & Stu Miller To the Farbstein family in memory of Margaret Farbstein, from Sylvia Schleimer To Valerie & Mike Kronsburg in memory of Mike’s beloved uncle, Robert Postman, from Mary Ann & Mickey Bernath, & from Stacy & Stu Miller
Madeline Mark Memorial Fund
Ernie & Evelyn Robinson in celebration of Connie & Lou Friedman’s 50th wedding anniversary Stephanie Ivler in memory of her great-aunt, Miriam Rosen
Large Print Sim Shalom Prayerbook from Ritual Committee Roz & Larry Scherr in memory of Marlene Segal
Sisterhood Kitchen Fund
In Memory of Ruelene Girsh Hochman, mother of Karen Brown from Sarah & Jon Weisz, Nancy & John Carlton, Lindsay Wetmore-Arkader & Alex Arkader, Edie Taylor and Linda & Elliott Mazur
Yahrzeit Donations to General Fund
Donated by: In Memory of: Edie Taylor Husband, Sam Taylor Ricky Calvin Father, Herbert Peter Schaffer Erich Schlecht Mother, Alison Heath Martha Ruffman Husband, Joel Ruffman Judy Fox Father, Harold Carsh Tessie Edlen Uncle, Joseph Tessler Tessie Edlen Mother-in-Law, Miriam Edlen Peter Dreier & Terry Meng Genena Wadsworth Richard Schwartz Father, Milton Schwartz Jill Adler Sister, Lynn Susan Seshadri Ellen Knell Mother, Rosel Schlachter Harvey Knell Mother, Cecelia Knell Judith Hying Parents Celia and Ben Saben Judith Hying Aunt, Pauline Dershowitz and Lydia Sonkin Michael Klekner Sister, Merle Klekner Michael Klekner Friend, Hanne O’Dell Peter Brier Father, Francis Brier Yehoshua Josh Goldberg Father, Zygmunt Goldberg Hal Barron Mother, Judy Barron Leona Hyams Relative, Albert Alexander Barbara Ryder Levinson Uncle, Richard Ryder Lena Kingsbook Sister, Betty Shor Pauline Witkin Uncle, Morris Finesod Pauline Witkin Grandparents, Harry and Fanny Finesod Pauline Witkin Parents, Rose and Harry Lipser Pauline Witkin Father-in-law, Louis M. Witkin Phillip Weise Mother, Esther Weise Phillip Weise Mother-in-law, Dorothy Gross Judy Ungar Husband, Edward A. Ungar Giovanna Fradkin Father-in-law, Israel Fradkin Miriam Cutler Mother Bernice Cutler Stacy Miller Grandmother, Laura Feiner Shirley Hoffman Father, Arthur Berman Robert Finsten Father, Samuel Gornbein Judith Fox Father-in-law, Juda Fox Continued on page 15
Yahrzeits for October (announced Fri/Sat preceding the date) Tishrei 27
October 01, 2013
Bernard Blumenfeld Marshall Gumbiner Isaac Hodara Harold Levenson Seymour Posen Charles Sussman Tishrei 28
October 03, 2013
October 09, 2013
October 10, 2013
Charles Baker Evelyn Blinder Benjamin C. Eisenberg Rudolf Seelig Alida Ultan Hilda Yanoff Heshvan 7
October 04, 2013
Harry Browdy Carl Calvin Bess Donald Fanny Dvoredsky Barnet Ginsberg Clara Goldberg Ermiene Mallinger Abe Selrenik Sophia Weiner Heshvan 1
October 08, 2013
Eleanor Jacobs Kurt Rosenthal
October 14, 2013
Gordon Breen Kenneth Harris Morris Rothenberg Berta Sabersky Heshvan 11
October 19, 2013
H.B. Black Mary Brown Earl Greenblatt Nathan Gulkis Julius Nelson Heshvan 16
Sadie Abend Carl Breitman Gary David Abraham Epstein Rose Finkelstein Justine Goldschmidt Jacob Neumann Heshvan 18
October 22, 2013
October 23, 2013
Dorothy Berkovitz Jerome Fluster Ella Hochstein Nathan Miller Heshvan 20
October 24, 2013
Sylvia Blitz Theodore Dreier Bertha Feuer Frances Leibl Alexander Moyer Heshvan 21
October 25, 2013
October 28, 2013
Tamar Braun Evelyn Cozen Betty Greenhouse Harry Lepold Sam Roth Revekka Slutsky Heshvan 25
October 29, 2013
Sophie Edberg Yetta Engelhardt Jacob Gold Claire Spicer
Rubin Hassman Joseph Kahn Anna Mauff Heshvan 19
October 27, 2013
Heyman Bravman Gertrude Chait William Mallet Sarah Miller Gary Priester
October 20, 2013
October 21, 2013
October 26, 2013
Avremal Aberstein Henie Aberstein Itzhak Aberstein Michal Aberstein Minne Aberstein Frank Grossman Jeannine Mazel Hinde Mirel Solomon Cherna Vegodsky Chaya Vegodsky and Family Chaim Weinstein Leya Weinstein Moshe Weinstein Yirschel Weinstein
Jaime Blum Morres Feinberg Otto Wolman
October 16, 2013
Betty Cohen Norman Cohen Sam Goss Yitzhak Rabin
October 18, 2013
Charles Goldman Emma Gottfeld Reuben Joseph James Woolsey
October 15, 2013
Charles Levander Dorothy Patrick Philip Shulman Mary Soclof Heshvan 12
October 13, 2013
Howard Comras Dora Goldsmith Gerson Horance David Padlipsky Charles Reuben Todd Norman Seretsky
October 07, 2013
Jean Frechtman Julius Kaplan Hyman Schwartz Pauline Todd Heshvan 4
October 06, 2013
Harry Abend Minnie Heller Samuel Reff Anna Umansky
October 12, 2013
Michael Breen Samuel Greiner Chaka Kozushner Linda Paul
October 05, 2013
Bessie Breslow Connie Chodos Howard Coplan Melvin Feiner Mortimer Felsinger Herman Scherr Heshvan 2
October 17, 2013
Hedy Linstone Samuel Lyon Morris Retsky Nat Weber
October 11, 2013
Norman Finer Sadye Goldman Benedetto Mascoli Minnie Weissman
Evelyn Schaefer Tishrei 30
Louis Beskin David Fain Giesela Farber Samuel Shrifter
October 02, 2013
Libby Balkin Edwin Smith Edward Spira Elaine Weise Donald Eli Witkin Tishrei 29
October 30, 2013
Max Barnett Sarah Brenessel Diane Epstein Alexander Feuer Samuel Freeling Herman Nobleman Rabbi Isadore Ravetch Heshvan 27
October 31, 2013
Rose Clotzman Rueben Fox Samuel Goldstein Jay Jorban Martha Knecht Shana Sergie
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Aesthetics: plural noun 1. A set of principles concerned with the nature of beauty, especially in art. 2. The branch of philosophy, which deals with questions of beauty and artistic taste.
Interested? Join the PJTC Aesthetics Committee!
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October Birthdays October 1 . ............ Robert Burke Liam Davis Ryann Jorban October 2 . ............... Dawn Lyon Sarah Weisz Bailey Woolsey October 3 . .............Alex Arkader Jenna Forster Jonathan Herbst Roberta Tragarz October 4 . ............. Alex Meyers Richard Novak Sarah Ostroff Lisa Parmelee Alan Schaefer Robbie Schaefer Ruth Slater October 5 . .............Yael Grinblat Maya Grove October 7 . ........... Susan Carroll Clara Jacobs Ruth Kaye Howard Schneider October 8 . ....... Cyrus Garroway Lisa Goldstein Devota-Rose Pistol-Boesch October 9 . .............. Jack Harlan Jodi Kinzler Suzanne Spitz October 10 . ............. Tara Brown Jana Dickter Erica Fishman Ariel Harris October 11 .... Mary Ann Bernath Maria Tornek Laura Waluch October 12 . .......... Phillip Binder Corinne Rotenberg October 13 . ......... Matilda Feuer John Guest Olivia Honowitz Kevin Jick Rachelle Silberberg October 14 . ........ Noam Metivier Sara Sternberg Nathan Temple
October 15 . ....... Norma Chodos Ella Levine Grater Noah Levine Grater Raul Martinez Jeff Stein October 16 . . Roza Kuppermann Richard Ricciardi Cynthia Shilling October 17 . ................Ty Harlan October 19 . ....Karolyn Berkman Elaine Fried Harold Kern Reuben Lam Jesse Radulovic October 20 . ........ Daniel Sigoloff Joshua Tornek Allegra Wright October 21 . .............. Barry Gold Warren Meislin October 22 . ........... Joshua Copi Nathan Feinberg Jonathan Grinblat Carol Mills Paul Spiegel October 23 . ............ June Brodie Lea Kiguelman October 24 . ...........Joan Halpert October 25 . ..... Joiline Hardman Giannina Tornek October 26.Barbara Weisenberg October 27 . ..Christopher Grove October 28 . .......Ellen Dinerman Gregory Harlan Valerie Kronsburg October 29 . ........Ariana Basseri Karen Lujan Matthew Sofer Jonathan Swerdlow October 30 . ....... Lauren Frankel Roxana Honowitz Isaac Tragarz October 31 . ............ Ray Nehdar Jenelle Rotenberg
Joshua and Paris Cohen ....................................................10/5/1996 Doug and Keri Axel . ...........................................................10/6/2001 Peter and Roberta Braun ...................................................10/9/1977 Mike Reynolds and Feridey Carr ........................................10/9/2005 Stu and Natasha Feuer ....................................................10/11/1974 Michael and Diane Burr ....................................................10/12/1980 Bob and Hilary Jacobs .....................................................10/13/1985 Randy and Mona Shulman ...............................................10/13/2002 Lowell Bernstein and Sherri Hauer . .................................10/14/2007 George Bermudez and Joy Silverman .............................10/17/1992 Mel and Marcia Spira .......................................................10/20/1960 Alfred Solish and Margaret Frerking . ...............................10/20/1974 Mickey and Mary Ann Bernath .........................................10/21/1966 Moshe and Rena Aviram ..................................................10/21/1969 Joseph and Rebecca Johnson .........................................10/21/2001 Sam and Mala Langholz . .................................................10/24/1952 Steven and Judy Balian . ..................................................10/24/1998 Sam and Peggy Schiffman ........................#55.................10/26/1958 Bruce and Kelly Linden ....................................................10/29/1995 Allen and Karen Gross .....................................................10/31/1969
To Steve and Janet Edberg on the engagement and the coming October 13 marriage of their son Aaron to Breanne Liebert. The wedding will take place in Malibu; the young couple will live in West Los Angeles.
To Felicity and Jonni Swerdlow on the marriage of their son Itai to Shira Biton. The wedding will take place on Kibbutz Tzeilim in Israel on October 3. The Vancouver Hillel Award for Leadership in Philanthropy Our own Hannah Levin, daughter of Karen and Danny Levin, has received this award from the Vancouver Hillel. She is a senior at the University of British Columbia. The Vancouver Hillel has a proud reputation as a leader in social entrepreneurship. Each year, they honor students who exemplify innovation and selflessness. First Place – Hannah Levin. Hannah received this award for her important outreach work as the JSA’s representative to the Global Lounge, creating strong relationships between the JSA and other on-campus clubs at UBC; for enhancing strong interfaith relationships with the Pakistani Student Association through UBC’s Avi Schaefer Shabbat; and for her amazing commitment to campus outreach with different religions, cultures and faiths.
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Classes taught by: Rabbis Arielle Hanien and Gilbert Kollin The Program is endorsed by the Rabbinical Assembly for purposes of conversion and by the State of Israel for making aliyah.
Classes also at American Jewish University, Bel Air: • Monday, November 11, 2013 at 6:30pm • Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 1:30pm
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