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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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

PASADENA JEWISH TEMPLE & CENTER
1434 N. Altadena Drive, Pasadena, CA 91107

INFO & RSVP
pjtcsocialjustice@gmail.com

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Despite legislation passed by the House of Representatives, the Affordable Care Act remains the law of the land. Engage in a stimulating conversation about the future of the Affordable Care Act with two healthcare policy experts who will describe the planned legislative, executive, and court-mandated changes to the ACA and the impact those changes will have on the health of our citizens.

This discussion will feature a response by Sheri Bonner, CEO & President of Planned Parenthood Pasadena & San Gabriel Valley and be moderated by Dr. Lawrence Lurvey.

TUESDAY, MAY 23 | 7:30–9pm

PASADENA JEWISH TEMPLE & CENTER
1434 N. Altadena Drive, Pasadena, CA 91107

INFO & RSVP
pjtcsocialjustice@gmail.com

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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.”

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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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Join U.S. Congresswoman Judy Chu for a discussion on the challenges we face both in our nation and in our state in today’s shifting social and political landscape. Rabbi Noam Raucher will introduce the Congresswoman, followed by a Q&A moderated by Peter Braun, Adjunct Lecturer , USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work.

THURSDAY, APRIL 20 | 7:30–9pm

PASADENA JEWISH TEMPLE & CENTER
1434 N. Altadena Drive, Pasadena, CA 91107

INFO & RSVP
pjtcsocialjustice@gmail.com

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Jews United for Democracy and Justice

Passing on info on a group that may be of interest…

Jews United for Democracy and Justice (JUDJ) is a broad cross-section of Los Angeles Jews who stand with our community and others to assert a Jewish voice to safeguard the principles and foundations of our constitutional democracy… READ MORE

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