Entries by Gabbai

Kaparot in LA Gone Too Far?!

GUIDE: Using Money for Kaparot

Kaparot is an ancient ritual we do in preparation for Yom Kippur. Kaparot can be done any time between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. We ask God that if we were destined to be the recipients of harsh decrees in the New Year, may they be transferred to the money used in the ceremony which […]

Lovefest: Tu B’Av Cocktail Party

Celebrate the Jewish Holiday of Love • Marvelous night for a Moondance • & Camp Neshama Reunion! Beverly Hills Mansion on Mulholland Drive Early RSVP From $15 • VIP & Sponsors from $50 Sponsorships Available • Space is limited * Camp Neshama Alumni Promo Code will be emailed out! Celebrate an auspicious night for a […]

Mazal Tov and Blessings for Two New Couples

We are very excited to share the news of two couples with close ties to Pico Shul who have recently become engaged! May Hashem bless you both with an outpouring of divine favor spiritually and materially! MAZAL TOV ADAM KING AND HANNAH DAPHNA ON YOUR ENGAGEMENT!! MAZAL TOV JAKE AND BECKY ON YOUR ENGAGEMENT! Picture […]

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, […]