Undocumented immigrants in the Pasadena area have become increasingly vulnerable to harassment, intimidation, and deportation. Join us for a conversation with Pablo Alvarado, one of the nation’s leading immigrant rights activists, who will describe 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.

This event is part of a two-week long “Sanctuary Sabbath” program during which a number of religious congregations in Pasadena educate their members about the plight of undocumented immigrants.

THURSDAY, MAY 4 | 7:30–9pm

1434 N. Altadena Drive, Pasadena, CA 91107


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After the collapse of the Republican’s effort to repeal it, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) remains the governing structure of health insurance in the United States. What is the future of the ACA?

Join us to learn about the future with two experts in healthcare policy who will discuss the successes and limitations of the ACA, identify the opportunities and challenges to strengthen it, describe actions the Trump administration may take to weaken it, and assess the options that California could take, including the creation of a single payer system.

TUESDAY, MAY 23 | 7:30–9pm

1434 N. Altadena Drive, Pasadena, CA 91107


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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, and please join us at the next PJTC Social Justice event on Thursday May 4 with nationally known immigrant rights activist Pablo Alvarado.

Congresswoman Judy Chu needs your support this Sunday!  Please join Congresswoman Judy Chu and a panel of guest speakers this Sunday, April 23 at the Taylor Reception Hall in Claremont at 2pm for a Town Hall discussion on some of the most important key issues facing our community including healthcare, civil rights, immigration, and climate change.

Sunday, April 23
Taylor Reception Hall
Claremont, CA 91711

Please RSVP at (626) 304-0110 or RSVP.ChuEvents@mail.house.gov

A Dialogue of Life

Sharing this event from Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center:

Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center invites you to an evening of Encounter and Dialogue with Rabbi Silvina Chemin.

Saturday, May 13, 2017 | 7-9 pm
Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center
1434 North Altadena Drive, Pasadena, CA 91107

FREE admission, RSVP to beryl@pjtc.net

EVENT | 4.29.17 | The People’s Climate Movement L.A.


When our communities are under attack what do we do? STAND UP and FIGHT BACK!

Join the People’s Climate Movement this April 29th in Washington D.C and across the country to stand up for communities and climate. In Los Angeles, we’ll march in Wilmington to call attention to a local issue that has global climate change impacts.

WHEN: Saturday, April 29, 2017, 11 AM

WHERE: Banning Park and Recreation Center, Eubank and Pacific Coast Highway, Wilmington, CA (L.A. Harbor Area), March to Tesoro Refinery, 2101 East Pacific Coast Highway, Wilmington, CA 90744. DETAILS TO BE DETERMINED!

Share! http://bit.ly/PeoplesClimateLA

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/206728933129826/

Two Haggadot for Social Justice

Rabbi Noam Raucher shares these Passover Haggadot from the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society and American World Jewish Service

Include Refugee Stories In Your Passover Seder

“Throughout our history, violence and persecution have driven the Jewish people to wander in search of a safe place to call home. We are a refugee people. At the Passover Seder, we gather to retell the story of our original wandering and the freedom we found.”


Next Year in a Just World

“As we turn the pages of the Haggadah, we are transported backwards in time to witness our people’s exodus from Egypt and their long walk toward freedom. The text prompts us to internalize this journey—to go beyond empathy with our ancestors’ suffering and imagine that we ourselves are experiencing the shackles of slavery and the profound release of freedom.”


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