Women Get Pampered at Event Benefitting Pasadena Jewish Temple & Center and Haven House

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Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center Sisterhood to honor historical figure Queen Vashti, with fun & pampering event.

Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center (PJTC) Sisterhood is hosting a lavish party to honor the unprecedented courage exemplified by Queen Vashti, who defied the outrageous demands of her drunken husband, and thus set in motion the famous tale of Queen Esther, savior of the Jewish people of ancient Persia.

“Vashti’s Banquet” will be held Sunday, March 13, 2011, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.at Pasadena Jewish Temple & Center, 1434 North Altadena Drive, Pasadena, CA 91107-1433. This is the first event of its kind to be held in Southern California.

In the spirit of female empowerment, the event will recreate the atmosphere of the seraglio (the original sorority of women!) with food and drink, music, entertainment, and opportunities for luxurious pampering!. Attire is “Harem Casual;”

Admission covers all food, drink, workshops, entertainment, including chair massage, massage therapy classes, Yoga classes, facial acupressure, henna tattoos, and more.

Women of all faiths are welcome.

Tickets are $36 through February 28; after that date the cost is $40.

Raffle tickets are $1 each or $15 for 20. Valuable raffle prizes have been donated from nearly 4 dozen of the San Gabriel Valley’s favorite merchants including Green Street Restaurant, Corner Bakery, Trader Joes, Cindy Cohen Jewelry, San Marino Toy & Book Shoppe, Jacob Maarse Flowers, and Jump ‘n’ Jammin.

Babysitting, free of charge is available, but advance reservations are required.

A portion of the proceeds from this event will support Haven House, a program of Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles, helping victims of abuse and their children on their way towards a life free of violence by providing a safe haven.

Pasadena Jewish Temple & Center (PJTC.net) is a synagogue and community center affiliated with the Conservative Movement whose members observe a wide range of Jewish beliefs and practices.

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Jessica Weiner