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Sandy Monasch, Congregant Story 5779

At PTS, we have made lifelong friends as well as having been able to once again renew friendships with our youthful friends from our time at Religious school and camp Saratoga.


In 1967, our family joined Peninsula Temple Sholom.  We came through the back door, so to speak.

Rabbi Raiskin, of blessed memory, had invited my husband, David, to interview for the position of Religious School Director. When he accepted the position, our family began our now over 50 year connection with this blessed congregation. I can surely say that this was “a changing day” for our family. It brought us to PTS, to a lifetime of living in and with a priceless community.

I was born and raised in San Francisco’s Reform Jewish community. I led a life of Sunday school, and Jewish holiday celebrations, wonderful family gatherings. All very wonderful and meaningful. But somehow, it remained a little “separate” not a part of my everyday consciousness. Now, looking back on 50 years at PTS, I know that everyday of our time here has informed our life and those of our children and grandchildren.

At PTS, I was proud and delighted to be a part of our PTS volunteer choir conducted by our beloved Cantor Barry for so many years. I studied and learned and had the pleasure of participating in our adult b’nai mitzvah class in 2008, receiving my certificate. Our daughter and son studied for and celebrated their b’nai mitzvah here, as did three of our grandchildren as well.

I have always enjoyed supporting and participating in the work of Sholom 
Women, being honored to be their President in 1985, and am proud of the work my husband David has, and continues to do, for PTS both before and since his Temple presidency (also in 1984-1986).  At PTS, we have made lifelong friends as well as having been able to once again renew friendships with our youthful friends from our time at Religious school and camp Saratoga.

Especially, we have enjoyed, so much, our participation in our chavurah with our friends.

All this to say that I feel committed to our blessed heritage and feel that here at PTS, myself and my family have been given the opportunity to feel that our religious and secular life can be integrated within our daily life. May all of you be blessed with health and happiness now, and always.

Shanah Tova.