About Us

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About Us

We are a group of passionate, life-affirming Jews coming together with the common goal of creating a purposeful, welcoming Jewish community, committed to spiritual growth and living mindfully.

As you might guess, Pico Shul is located in the Pico/Robertson neighborhood of LA. Pico is known as a dynamic young Jewish community, and moreover we see that Pico stands for People Inspired Caring for Others.

We love the Jewish people and Israel, and care about Los Angeles, and our community Pico-Robertson and offer our assistance whenever possible.

We respect our environment and believe in honoring our obligation to be stewards of the Earth.

Pico Shul offers inspiring ways to connect each week: user-friendly Shabbat Services and Kiddush Lunches, Torah learning, Holiday programs, community volunteering, special events and speakers.

Pico Shul is unique in a lot of things that we do, and have become the spiritual and community home of many young adults and others who come for its youthful spirit. Our  community is as diverse as the Jewish people.

We are committed to living lives committed to Torah and Halacha, and respect everyone for their own path and journey and where they are in their observance.

Today

3 Tishri 5778

History

Pico Shul was planted on Rosh Hashanah 2013 by Rabbi Yonah and Rachel Bookstein together with a group of idealistic young adults to create a purposeful, welcoming Jewish community for Jews in their 20s and 30s. The community quickly grew to nearly 300 members in a matter of weeks, because thousands of millennial Jews in Los Angeles need a spiritual home between college and when they settle down and have families.

Jewish institutions have grown-up over the last decades to serve families, and as Jewish young adults are marrying and starting families later in life, they have trouble finding community.

For example, Pico Shul tried using synagogue management software, but realized that these systems are organized around family life, they don’t have a way to track singles.

Pico Shul’s history begins in 2009, when the Bookstein’s moved to Los Angeles to organize young adult programming for JConnectLA. Founded in 2005 by Cheston and Lara Mizel, JConnect filled a need organizing programs, classes, and High Holiday services for Jewish 20s and 30s unaffiliated with synagogues and other groups.

The quick growth signaled that Pico Shul tapped a well of unaffiliated, but identified Jews with a strong need for community among 20s and 30s.

Pico Shul is very grateful to our sponsors that keeps this project going, with special thanks to the Alevy Family, without whose help we could not provide Pico Shul for the community.