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 Since DACA was rescinded by the current administration, these immigrants face deportation to countries they have never known, lose their rights to schooling and work, and face the loss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.

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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.
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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.

WE WERE ONCE STRANGERS

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.

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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.

 


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



 

FOR MORE INFO CONTACT karen.gross@sbcglobal.net 

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
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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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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 |  7:30–9pm

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
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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.

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