TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10 |7:30–9pm

Join us for a community conversation on current issues facing the city of Pasadena. The Mayor will discuss current issues such as the budget, local schools, housing, homelessness, policing, and undocumented residents.

Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek was born and raised in New York City and moved to Pasadena in 1982 to accept the position of Planning Director. After leaving city government, he remained active in Pasadena affairs through his 20-year service as a Board Member of Pasadena Neighborhood Housing Services. Mr. Tornek was elected to represent District 7 on the City Council in April, 2009, was reelected in 2013, and was then elected as Mayor in April, 2015. Mayor Tornek serves as Chairman of the Finance Committee, and is deeply involved in the
City’s financial planning, affordable housing and development decision-making process.

Mr. Tornek and his family are also longtime members of PJTC.

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

Donate to Hurricane Harvey Relief


The Jewish Federation of the Greater San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys has opened a Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund to raise money for those affected by the hurricane and its related storms.

“Thousands of people’s lives have been devastated by the Harvey and the subsequent rain this hurricane brought, and continues to bring to Texas and the Gulf Coast region”, said Jewish Federation Executive Director Jason Moss. “The Greater San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys’ Jewish community is ready to respond to provide support to those most in need, and our thoughts and prayers go to all of those affected by this destructive storm.”

Community members wishing to make contributions for this cause can do so in one of two ways. The first is to mail, call or drop-off contributions at the Jewish Federation (Attn: Hurricane Harvey Relief, 114A W. Lime Avenue, Monrovia, CA 91016 or 626.445.0810). Alternatively, you may donate to Jewish Federation of North America (JFNA) online by clicking here.

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Maria Elena Durazo epitomizes the phrase “Si se puede–Yes we can.”  For over 30 years, she has championed workers’ rights, fought for civil rights and marriage equality, led campaigns for a healthier environment, and moved tens of thousands of Californians to take action. Called “the single most influential individual in Los Angeles politics” by the L.A. Times, Durazo became UNITE HERE’s General Vice President for Immigration, Civil Rights, and Diversity in 2014. In February of 2017, she was elected Vice-Chair of the Democratic National Committee, and was also recently named Vice Chair of LA 2024, the city’s Olympic committee.

Join us for a vital discussion on how people living in California can resist and move forward against current threats to our democracy.

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


The Refugee Assistance Subcommittee of the PJTC Social Justice Committee and the Louis B. Silver Religious School co-sponsored a refugee relief drive in May, 2017, that brought much needed household cleaning supplies and personal toiletries to refugee families in the El Cajon area near San Diego. We partnered with Second Families, an organization that assists 70 refugee families from the Middle East and Africa who have recently been settled in El Cajon. (Few refugees can afford rents in the Pasadena and Los Angeles area.)

Second Families suggested that there was a particular need for these items, which are not covered by the aid given to families by refugee resettlement agencies. A mound of detergent, dish soap, toilet cleaner, sponges, and toiletries overflowed from an enormous box in the PJTC lobby. Several volunteers, including Karen Gross, Martha Ruffman, Susan Auerbach, Ruth Wolman, Stacy Ober, and Bonnie Skolnick sorted the items, packed them into boxes, and subsequently delivered the boxes to Second Families for 18 refugee families. We look forward to continuing to pursue options for assisting refugees in Southern California.

Please save the date for a Bagel Breakfast talk at PJTC by Second Families founder Kristin Burk on Sunday, October 29, 2017.

On May 4, 2017, members of Pasadena Jewish Temple & Center and neighbors gathered for a conversation with Pablo Alvarado, one of the nation’s leading immigrant rights activists, who described how President Trump’s policies are impacting undocumented immigrants, how local cities and communities are addressing the problem, and what individuals and organizations can do to help people facing deportation and the break up of their families.

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The PJTC Social Justice Committee & Louis B. Silver Religious School, in cooperation with Second Families are holding a Refugee Relief Drive for 70 Refugee Families from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, and the Congo currently living in the El Cajon area.

From May 4–May 21, Please bring new items to the lobby designated box at PJTC from the following categories:

Cleaning and personal supplies including laundry soap, dryer sheets, liquid dish detergent (not for dishwashers), Comet cleaner, Windex, toilet bowl cleaner, toilet bowl brush, Lysol in a spray can, Scrubbing bubbles with bleach, scrub brushes, kitchen scrubby sponges, Brillo pads, Swiffer mops and refills, bath soap, shampoo, shaving cream, sanitary pads (no tampons), and trashbags.

Second Families determines household (non food) ongoing needs of about 70 Middle Eastern and African refugee families in the El Cajon area near San Diego. These are among items that are not covered in the stipends from resettlement agencies.

FOR MORE INFO CONTACT karen.gross@sbcglobal.net 

Raise A Banner & March With Greater Pasadena Jews for Justice

Our neighbors are not our enemies. On May 1, join the May Day Coalition of Los Angeles to march for LOVE and RESIST against hate. We are a nation of immigrants, of refugees, of minorities, of men and women, of people of all backgrounds, religions, races, sexualities and socioeconomic statuses.

Expressing these Jewish values with a Jewish voice, GREATER PASADENA JEWS FOR JUSTICE will meet at the Phillipe’s parking lot at 12:45 p.m. At 1:00 p.m., we will raise our banner and march to Grand Park (facing City Hall), where speeches will begin at 2:00 p.m.

MONDAY, MAY 1 | 12:45PM
Phillipe’s The Original Parking Lot
Alemeda & Ord, Los Angeles

Questions? Contact Glenn Rothner, grothner@rsglabor.com, 626-485-5444.



PJTC and Judy Chu: Engaged with Our Community

Over 300 members of Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center and the local community, gathered at our temple to hear first-hand from their elected Congresswoman, Judy Chu, on a wide range of issues. Rabbi Noam Raucher and Cantor Ruth Berman Harris started the meeting off with a spirited set of songs before the crowd warmly welcomed the Congresswoman and her staff.

The Rabbi then thanked Ms. Chu for attending, noting that in today’s political climate, many elected officials are choosing not to stand before their constituents. After opening remarks, a lively discussion followed with the Congresswoman, covering issues such as immigration, climate change, women’s reproductive rights, healthcare, Israel policy, tax reform, and progressive organizing strategies.

PJTC Social Justice Committee chair Rabbi Marv Gross took the podium to present Ms. Chu with a pro-refugee sign from Greater Pasadena Jews for Justice and called on the audience to join in attending the May Day March in Downtown LA.  Rabbi Raucher brought the meeting to a close by thanking all who attended, PJTC members as well as neighbors and friends of all faiths who showed up to participate in this important civic dialogue.

Thank you to all who attended.

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