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Pico Shul Celebrates Jewish Life This Summer – Mazal Tov!

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

Music and Prayer in the Park

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.

LA Campus, Pico Shul, Opens for Rosh Hashanah

After renovations

After renovations

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.