Beth El is proud to announce the opening of our Los Angeles Campus, a synagogue geared towards young professionals. We are calling the campus “Pico Shul” because it is on Pico Blvd. Extensive renovations were donated to make the synagogue functional and attractive, including repairing the walls, floor, ceiling, and AC. Rabbi Yonah Bookstein will be leading services and holiday celebrations there each week.
High Holiday services were packed. Over one hundred attended for the New Year, and Yom Kippur was even more packed with one hundred and forty attendees. The worshipers were not regular synagogue goers, but young professionals who have become distanced from Judaism.
Highlights include the reading from a hundreds of years old Torah from Lodz, Poland, the amazing Hazan, Tuli Skaist, and teachings by Batsheva Frankel, Lauren Brown, Cheston Mizel, Shlomo Seidenfeld, and Danny Kaufman.
Meals were served after each day of Rosh Hashanah and a huge breakfast hosted one hundred people.
The Pico Shul’s mission is to reach out to the thousands of unaffiliated young adults in Los Angels with social, educational, cultural and religious programming.
Please join us for a spiritually-uplifting, growth-oriented, traditional and streamlined 2 hour service followed by a gourmet, home-mode, healthy Kiddush lunch. Reservations start at $36 for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur in our newly renovated venue at 9041 W. Pico, corner of Weatherly.
Some Highlights – New Year’s Kabbalistic Home-Made Kiddush, best shofar in town, speedy services, stories, meditation, song, honey cake, inspiring and chill atmosphere, great Chazzan. . .
You don’t have to pay a fortune, dress-to-kill, doze-off, question your tribal affiliation, be fluent in Hebrew, hear lengthy moralizing or politically divisive sermons, and eat stale honey cake this Rosh Hashanah. Instead, enjoy a friendly, joyous, participatory, celebration of the High Holidays with meaning, melody, and humor. Read More
The Shabbat Tent teams worked very hard this year reaching seven festivals in three states. Festivals reached this year included: Coachella, Kate Wolf, High Sierra, Mountain Jam, Rainbow Gathering, Mystic Garden, and Reggae on the River. See below for some photos!
What do you get when you cross California’s oldest and most prestigious reggae music festival and Shabbat Tent? That is what we were looking to find out.
The festival is nestled in the steep and wooded mountains of Humbolt County along the Eel River. Wherever you turn, the view of the mountains and trees is beautiful. 10,000 lovers of music sold-out the festival who camped and RV’ed wherever was possible.
Thanks to the organizers and producers of Reggae on the River, Shabbat Tent was given a very visibile and comfortable location just next to the main venue entrance. Thanks to Elie Green and Daniel Kozmal (of Doc Green’s Healing Cooperative), the tent was decorated with futons, plants, artwork they brought up from Berkeley by cargo van. Shimon and team hung drapery from the ceiling, and at the entrances. the Shabbat Tent team also built a full mobile kitchen in the camping area for cooking and food prep so that all the meals would be fresh and delicious.
August 23-25, 2013
Angeles National Forest – Jackson Flats
Join Shabbat Tent and Rabbi Yonah for a weekend in the stunning Angeles National Forest mountains. Grab your camping gear, and we’ll provide the food, l’chaims, and spirituality. Wrap up summer in the great outdoors with a breath of fresh air and get fired-up for the New Year ahead.
Program includes: Shabbat Feasts, optional Carlebach style services, classes, BBQ, walks, meditation and more.
Ever heard the phrase “Don’t judge me” or “Who are you to judge?” The foundation for these terms were explored in Long Beach, California the other night amongst young adults. The first ever “Gospels & Glidah”event, led by Rabbi Drew Kaplan, explored the origin of these terms in the Gospels and contrasted them with similar ideas in Rabbinic Literature.
“The Gospels and Glidah event, offered a great opportunity to engage with scriptural issues pertinent to both Jewish and Christian traditions,” said Sean Sagan, an attendee. “By focusing on the concept of ‘Judgement’, we were offered an in-depth look at the Rabbinic tradition, which we could compare to Christian accounts of judgement in the Gospels.” Read More
Rabbi Yonah Bookstein is returning to campus this fall as Rabbi-in-Residence for USC Hillel. Rabbi Yonah served for five years as Campus Rabbi at Long Beach State and University of California Irvine.
Los Angeles, Calif., June 2013 — After a resounding success at music festivals in 2012 and most recently at the Coachella Music Festival, SHABBAT TENT is proud to announce a greatly expanded 2013 SHABBAT TENT SUMMER TOUR at festivals in New York, Montana, California, and Washington. With its signature giant white canopy, delicious Shabbat meals, relaxed atmosphere, and joyous Shabbat programming, SHABBAT TENT will welcome thousands of Jews over the next three months.
The SHABBAT TENT SUMMER TOUR 2013 is scheduled visit Mountain Jam Music Festival in Hunter Mountain, NY, June 6-8; Kate Wolf Music Festival in Laytonville, CA, June 28-30; High Sierra Music Festival in Quincy, CA, July 4-7; the National Rainbow Gathering (with Home Shalom) in Montana, July 1-8; Gathering of the Vibes, July 25-28 in Bridgeport, CT; and Reggae on the River in Piercy, CA, Aug 1-4. The SHABBAT TENT summer will culminate with the First Annual Mountain High Shabbat in the Angeles National Forest, August 22-24. Read More
I am currently teaching a four-part class on the Kabbalah and Halacha of summer. Each class is dedicated to a different Jewish month – Sivan, Tammuz, Av, and Ellul – and the Kabbalistic meanings embedding in each month. In addition, we are learning Halacha that is connected to summer time. Everything from what to do with a bee in the house to the laws of Tisha B’a Av and much more. Each class is between 1 and 1.5 hours long. Read More
Last week, Southern California Jewish Young Adult Enrichment (SoCalJYAE) held its fourth monthly discussion on Sex & Relationships in Judaism. The discussion, led by SoCalJYAE’s Rabbi Drew Kaplan, explored the view against non-marital sex in the Jewish tradition.
The event, held in Carson, was the first time SoCalJYAE has held an event north of Long Beach (SoCalJYAE has held events, such as the earlier events in the series, in Long Beach, Orange County, and Riverside). Designed to be more geographically accessible to South Bay residents, this event expanded the geographical reach of SoCalJYAE programming. As with all of the events in the “Jews, Brews and Rabbi Drew” series, the event was a potluck beer event held at a private residence. Read More