This summer we have seen amazing celebrations at the Pico Shul, a sign that the shul is helping in a serious way to contribute to Jewish continuity.
In the last two weeks we have seen 2 Aufrufs, 3 weddings, 2 baby girls born.
The Aufruf last Shabbat filled the room to over-capacity with 120 gets seated for a huge kiddush lunch.
We have also celebrated multiple birthdays during kiddush lunch – a new tradition that is a great way to have a birthday party with friends and a great shabbat lunch all together! Read More
Circle of Neshamas is Pico Shul’s monthly musical Kiddush Levana in the park. This transformative evening of drumming, music & connection in Cheviot Hills Park for Kiddush Levanah, sanctifying the moon, started in the winter and has proved a great success.
Participants bring instruments embark on a journey by singing niggunim (wordless melodies) and other Jewish songs beneath the canopy of the night sky… all are welcome!
We conclude with worlds of Torah, kiddush levana ceremony, and a collective evening services lead by Rabbi Yonah.
Shabbat is a time to connect spiritually and with community. At Pico Shul we strive to make Shabbat services as meaningful, enjoyable, and welcoming as possible. For many who are turned off from synagogues, or have not found a spiritual home, Pico Shul provides an alternative space for personal spiritual exploration.
Begin your Shabbat morning with coffee, tea and cake. Enjoy our user-friendly morning services at 9:45. We break at 10:20 for L’chaim and Leanring and then read from the Torah and have Musaf services. Every week you can find powerful life lessons and inspiration from Rabbi Yonah’s sermon. After services taste the delicious kiddush, make a l’chaim and mingle.
Pico Shul serves the best cholent in town – both carnivorous and vegetarian options.
We have a running commentary in English so you always know where you are in the siddur. We pause at transitions in the service for inspirational “kavanot” and have a Torah commentary offered before Torah reading.
No previous Shabbat Morning experience is necessary, all prayer books are in Hebrew and English, and our non-judgmental atmosphere means that you can come as you are!
Pico Shul Shabbat programming is as enjoyable for the experienced and inexperienced alike!
* No prior Shabbat Morning experience necessary
* Traditionally inspired services with separate seating
* All levels and backgrounds welcome
* Hebrew reading skills not required
* Delicious Kiddush following services
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