Our Clergy

Rabbi Levine Grater

Rabbi Levine Grater

Community, caring, connections and commitment—that is what PJTC is all about. We are a vibrant community of all ages, races and lifestyles. We are the heart of the Jewish community in the Pasadena area. As the rabbi of PJTC, I am an educator, an advisor and a counselor, as well as the spiritual leader for both the individual and the community as a whole. My aim is that our faith enriches our personal life and enhances our contributions to the world around us. I encourage each of us to strengthen and deepen our commitment to Judaism. I welcome you to enjoy our social and educational programs and to join us as we celebrate together at chaggim (holidays) and as we lift our voices in song and prayer every Shabbat. 

I encourage our community to be open and inclusive. We pride ourselves on welcoming interfaith families, single parents, gays and lesbians, and people of diverse cultural, social and political backgrounds into our congregation. Our community seeks to strengthen its interfaith bonds as we work together to improve the world we live in. Yes, I have a serious agenda for PJTC, but it is one that is filled with simcha (joy), ahavah (love), chesed (compassion), and rachamim (loving kindness).


Email: rabbi@pjtc.net


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Cantor Harris

Cantor Ruth

Being a cantor is not simply a job for me – it is what I was born to do. Gathering as a community in prayer enables us to open our doors to spirituality. Music helps us elevate above the mundane, and our voices are the instruments that bring us closer to God. My role as cantor involves sharing Shabbat with our congregants during Friday night and Saturday morning services, High Holy Days services and minor holidays; life cycle events, teaching adult b’nai mitzvah classes, adult learning, trope classes, b’nai mitzvah students, bikur cholim (visits to the sick), counseling, leading the choir, and working with our religious school students.

In partnership with Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater, my purpose is to create a warm, compassionate, dedicated and spiritually uplifting clergy team to enhance the PJTC experience for all congregants. I believe in giving myself fully to each of our congregants, sharing simchas and sadness, celebrations and disappointments, growing and evolving together as a community, as a family.


Email: cantor@pjtc.net


Subscribe to our e-mail to receive her weekly Shabbat message, an insightful discussion of the week’s Torah portion.