SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14  |  9:45am

1434 N. Altadena Drive, Pasadena, CA 91107

This bagel breakfast will feature expert commentary on the upcoming midterm elections from Dr. Raphael Sonenshein, Executive Director of the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at Cal State Los Angeles, as well as an informed look at the pros and cons of key ballot measures by representatives from the League of Women Voters. Actor and political activist  will moderate the event.


On June 30, people are rallying in Pasadena, Los Angeles, and across the country to tell Donald Trump and his administration to stop separating kids from their parents!

Trump and his administration have been systematically criminalizing immigration and immigrants, from revoking Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) to ramping up intimidating ICE tactics.

Join us on June 30 to send a clear message to Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress:
Families Belong Together! 

Los Angeles City Hall
200 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Pasadena City College
1570 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106

Addressing Homelessness


How many homeless are there in our community? Who are they? What is being done to reduce homelessness? What does the future look like? Does PJTC have a role to play?

Join us for a bagel breakfast where community representatives including Anne Lansing of the City of Pasadena, Stephanie Harris of Union Station Homeless Services, Rev. Donna Byrns of Friends in Deed, and Dorothy Edwards of Housing Works will outline current efforts and community needs to mitigate the crisis and provide long term solutions.


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Putting Social Justice on the Table

In addition to its specific meanings for the Jewish people, Passover evokes and embodies broader social justice themes of resistance, freedom, and redemption. With this in mind, the PJTC Social Justice Committee has compiled this Haggadah supplement in order to amplify and deepen the Jewish connections to social justice and to underscore their application to the world we live in today.

Our purpose is not to write an alternative Haggadah, but to offer a considered collection of readings, activities, and songs that both extend the traditional Seder and resonate with it. We have tried to include selections that will be meaningful (and interesting) for children and young people as well as their parents and grandparents, and we invite you to pick and choose what will work best for your own Seder.

For the PJTC Social Justice Committee,
–Hal S. Barron, Louise Derman-Sparks, and Cantor Aviva Rosenbloom



TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13  |  7:30–9pm

1434 N. Altadena Drive, Pasadena, CA 91107

Join us for a conversation with Ronald Brownstein, one of America’s most respected political analysts, for a discussion about  America’s current political condition and the prospects for Democrats and Republicans in this year’s mid-term elections.  A two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of presidential campaigns, Brownstein was the National Affairs Columnist for the Los Angeles Times.  He is currently a contributor to the National Journal, The Atlantic, and other publications and a senior political analyst for CNN.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5 | 7:30–9pm
1434 N. Altadena Drive, Pasadena, CA 91107

The children of undocumented immigrants face special challenges that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) order addressed. Since DACA was rescinded by the current administration, these immigrants face deportation to countries they have never known, lose their rights to schooling and work, and face the loss of their ability to contribute to our society as taxpayers, skilled workers, professionals, and important leaders in our communities. Dreamer families face uncertainty and fear every day, leading to reduced reporting of crime and life-saving medical intervention.

Join us as we hear from Angelica Salas , Executive Director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights, Los Angeles (CHIRLA) and Dreamers such as Melody Minuet Klingenfuss, statewide organizer for CHIRLA, about their aspirations and the challenges faced by the DACA community. Learn what we can do to help advance their participation in the American Dream.


An update from Social Justice Committee member Martha Ruffman:

The drive was a big success! We filled 27 boxes and delivered them to the families in El Cajon who were very happy to receive so many household cleaning supplies.  I wish very much each of you could have sat and had tea and cookies with one of the Syrian couples and their three little boys, as Karen Gross and I were able to do.  It was a real privilege and boosted my energy and desire to be of service as best I can be gong forward.
Thank you to all who attended the October 29 bagel breakfast with Kristin Burke, founder of Second Families—a grass-roots organization connecting refugee families with American families. Follow Second Families on Facebook to stay updated and get involved in their work.


Social Justice Committee member Michael Several shares this history of the Pasadena Jewish community and their engagement with refugees…

Before America entered World War II, the Pasadena Jewish community began a tradition of not standing idly by with indifference toward the plight of refugees. Over the years the community has taken action giving life to the repeated Biblical reminder and admonishment that we must welcome and love the stranger because we were also strangers in a foreign land.

Continue reading “WE WERE ONCE STRANGERS”

The PJTC Social Justice Committee, Louis B. Silver Religious School, and B’nai Simcha are holding a Refugee Relief Drive for to benefit Second Families.

From October 8–October 29, Please bring NEW household cleaning supplies or personal toiletries to the collection box outside of the PJTC lobby on Sundays, or to the Wohlmann Hall porch area on any other day:

Laundry soap, dryer sheets, liquid dish detergent, Comet cleaner, Windex, toilet cleaner, toilet bowl brush, spray Lysol, Scrubbing bubbles, scrub brushes, kitchen sponges, Brillo pads, trash bags, bath soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, razors, shaving cream, aftershave, sanitary pads (no tampons), lotions, nail care items.

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.


Sunday, October 29, 10am at PJTC
Bagel Breakfast: Behind the Scenes with New Refugee Families in Southern CA
featuring Second Families founder Kristin Burke



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