Entries by Gabbai

Bringing Jewish Joy to the world’s coolest film festival

The Jewish Journal of Los Angeles featured an inspiring cover-story about Shabbat Lounge, featuring profiles and interviews with Rabbi Yonah and Rebbitzen Rachel: People of all backgrounds — Jewish and non-Jewish — showed up to celebrate Shabbat and Havdallah, enjoy free food and an open bar, dance to Jewish music and find temporary respite from the […]

L.A. Weekly: Rabbi Yonah Bookstein Brings Digital Detox and Shabbat Dinner to Sundance

The Sundance Shabbat Lounge got some major love! The special connection between the Sundance Film Festival and Los Angeles is no mystery. Large companies such as William Morris and ASCAP rent out their own private events, while millionaire businessmen come to their Deer Valley homes with hopes of partying at $20,000 tables at the Post […]

Marcus Needs a Miracle

Our friend and teacher Marcus Freed needs our help. He needs a miracle. Let that miracle be you.  Nov. 3 while Marcus was walking home from synagogue, he was hit by a car and rushed to Cedars Sinai hospital for emergency brain surgery. His parents flew in from London on a one-way ticket and began […]

Why is God Hidden?

Learning the Sfas Emes on the Parsha. At a bar. Sorry for the noise – but it is worth hearing this! Thank you Founders Ale House

The Most Fun Way to Give Tzedakah

This is a wonderful video from a new page on Facebook called, Thank You Hashem with this video from Jerusalem. THANK YOU HASHEM for making this video happen. We can obviously see how you sent the right people my way. I just needed to start the engine. A big thank you to Yakov Citron for being a sick film […]

Do You Think Science & Religion Can Coexist?

Zach Anner, a self-proclaimed “climate change idiot” is here to find out what the hell climate change is and what people across America are doing (or not doing) about it! In “Earth Your While,” join Zach as he talks with climate change experts who have a variety of opinions on climate change, what causes it, […]

Power of Three – Part Two

We have three primary relationships in life: We ourself, with God, and with others. In this two-part class, Rabbi Yonah explores these relationships in realm of Kabbalah,  ethics and morality, and spiritual growth. This class was hosted at a community member’s home in August 2017. 

Power of Three – Part One

We have three primary relationships in life: We ourself, with God, and with others. In this two-part class, Rabbi Yonah explores these relationships in realm of Kabbalah,  ethics and morality, and spiritual growth. This class was hosted at a community member’s home in August 2017. 

Standing up to Nazis and The Wake-Up Call of Antisemitism

Nazis threatened a synagogue in Charlottesville…while the people were there praying…in 2017. The day after this photo was taken, Jews gathered for Shabbat services. They did not stand down, but came out in large numbers and were joined by non-Jews for support. The entire harrowing account of those who went to pray that scary Shabbat […]

Chinese Take-Out and Movie Night

Join Pico Shul for Chinese & Movie Night on December 24th. Featuring: The award winning film “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” and a surprise double feature. Check out the Trailer http://wilderpeople.film/ This annual tradition is infinitely elevated by being the First Night of Hanukah and gives us all the more reason to celebrate community togetherness, religious freedom and […]