Entries by Gabbai

Why Community Building is Important

What does it take to build a thriving future for the Jewish people?  You need synagogues, schools, adult education, bakeries, grocery stores, kosher restaurants, and mikvahs. These institutions are all very important. When people think about Jewish community, we often think in terms of the institutions and organizations that serve the community. These critical institutional […]

Behind The Scenes at Pico Shul

We want to share with you an update, so you can know even more about what is going on with our Pico Shul Center for Jewish Life. Some highlights since January 1, 2019 251 people have made donations to Pico Shul and Pico Shul Directed Chesed Campaigns. Installed the new Pico Shul Sign. Volunteers from […]

Purpose of Life is a Good Heart

The foundation of the entire purpose of man is to have a good heart and a pure heart” -Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi Having a good heart, teaches the Baal HaTanya, is the entire purpose of humankind. It also happens to be the number one thing that I ask people when they tell me about a […]

Sell your Chametz over Passover 5779

Take 5 Minutes to Fill out our Online Form! The sale is a complex legal procedure that you should not try at home. It’s a great mitzvah to *not own* chametz over Passover. Sometimes we have chametz (whiskey collection, warehouse of cookies) we don’t want to dispose of permanently. To enable this transaction, the sages […]

Going Kosher for Passover

Who will rise up for me against evildoers; who will stand up for me against workers of violence? 

Read excerpts from Rabbi Yonah’s sermon after the massacre of Muslim worshippers in New Zealand. God needs us to be Divine Ambassadors on Earth. God needs us to be his Angels here to help build a world of justice and righteousness. 

Purim Tzedakah for Those in Need – Matanot l’Evyonim

One of the MOST important mitzvot you can do …giving away money to the poor on Purim. We learn from our sages that bringing joy to the poor on Purim, is more important than almost anything else! In order for to fulfill the mitzvah properly, the money has to be distributed on Purim. Rabbi Yonah […]

Reb Shayala’s Imposter

Incredible story about Reb Shayala!

My Polish Odyssey – An Introduction

By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein My first trip to Poland was in 1991, as a backpacking college student searching for my family roots in Łómża, Żyrardów, Łódż and Stawisk. That few day trip became a three-week journey, immersed in the awesomeness of pre-war Jewish Poland, the devastation of the Holocaust, and meeting Jewish souls yearning to […]

New sign is already turning heads

Thank you!!! Thank you to 18 people who made donations to help us make a new sign for Pico Shul! The new sign has LED lighting and is wonderful to see when you pass at night. During the day, our simple logo stands out for all to see. If you want to still be part […]