Days of Awesome High Holidays 2019

Two synagogues in Pico join forces to bring an awesome High Holidays experience to Los Angeles.

We always want to make the High Holiday experience special. This year we are co-creating a center for the High Holidays featuring joyous, interactive and soul-lifting services and programs at Harkham Hillel Day School in collaboration with LA’s Happy Minyan. We’ll be hosting multiple services, programs and classes, at this large, beautiful and secure school.

Our Days of Awesome features:

Pico Shul High Holiday Services

Happy Minyan High Holiday Services

All participants can participant in these programs:

Kid Shul: Children’s service and supervised play

The Beginner Service 

Mommy and Me: Room for mother’s with babies

Chai Cafe space with coffee, tea and snacks

Kabbalah Sutra Yoga

Breakout Sessions  and more!

Pico Shul Rosh Hashanah Service

Inspiring High Holidays services blending traditional and newer melodies, a user-friendly format, explanations, and bi-lingual prayer books. Geared towards Young Professionals and those newer to traditional services. Services led by Rabbi Yonah Bookstein and Chazanim Tuli Skaist, Yehuda Prero and The Maccabeards.

Happy Minyan Service 

World-famous inspiring, meaningful, joyous and musical services lead by Yehuda Solomon, Jeff Rohatiner, and Jon Hoenig and inspiring talks by David Sacks. Geared towards families and more experienced “daveners”. Featuring bi-lingual prayer books, welcoming atmosphere, dancing, and soul-lifting speakers.

Kid Shul: Children’s service and supervised play

Children can participate in a short kids service with shofar and prayer, and supervised games.

The Beginner Service 

Led by educator Yonah Stromer, walk through the key parts of the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur service using our own beginners prayer books.

Kabbalah Sutra Yoga

Led by Marcus J. Freed, author of Kabbalah Sutras. No special clothing or mat is required for this yoga and meditation practice.

Mommy and Me: Room for mother’s with babies

A private place for mothers with babies to relax with their kids. We will have a couple of pack and plays and mats there too for resting.

Chai Cafe: coffee, tea and cake for Rosh Hashanah

Grab some refreshments before services, or take a break at the Chai Cafe in the atrium.

Breakout Sessions 

Take a break from services and join these great classes

Mind over Matter – Rabbi Shlomo Seidenfeld 

Blowing Shofar for Dummies – Yossi Frankel

The near and the far – Cheston Mizel 

Prophets and Honey – Rachel Kaufman 

Grateful Living  – Batsheva Frankel 

We are very excited about these updates. This program ensures that will be having a larger and brighter space for all our services and air conditioned rooms for all our other sessions and much more room for kids. 

As we are a non-judgmental community focused on Jewish unity, caring and welcoming guests — please invite your friends to join us for the High Holidays. Maybe they don’t have a regular synagogue and feel self-conscious about where to go. Bring them to our High Holiday Center, because no Jew can be left behind! 

You can reserve your seat by purchasing tickets, which are all donations to cover our costs. You do not need to be a member to join us. You can get seats for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur separately. So please don’t miss out on our great services, fascinating break-out-sessions and a delicious Kabbalistic Rosh Hashanah Kiddish and register today for Rosh Hashanah.

If you are able to help underwrite the costs of putting on these services for the community, you can also make an additional tax-deductible donation on our registration page. Lastly, we are also looking for sponsors for scholarships for students and others. 

May you be written and inscribed in the Book of Life for good health and blessings in 5780!

Rabbi Yonah 

Weekday Unity Minyan

Join us joyous friendly services Monday through Friday together with members of Kahal Chassidim and Happy Minyan. We begin at 8:15 am with fresh brewed coffee and Brachot. Services begin at 8:30 am.

Following davening, enjoy instant oatmeal, more coffee, and 15 minutes of learning with Rabbi Yonah

Your donation will help us make a sign so we can shine more light

And be matched by a generous donor! For only 6 more days!

When we moved into our current venue two years ago, a Gordon’s Fish Market Sign was still hanging in front announcing “fresh daily catches” of fish. It was a classic, but misleading. We were always getting requests for fish. So we decided it was time for a new sign. And this new sign will enable Pico Shul to be more easily found, and bring light and beauty to our Center.

When we moved into our current venue two years ago, a Gordon’s Fish Market Sign was still hanging in front announcing “fresh daily catches” of fish. It was a classic, but misleading. We were always getting requests for fish. So we decided it was time for a new sign. And this new sign will enable Pico Shul to be more easily found, and bring light and beauty to our Center.

We re replacing not only the sign but also the lighting. The old fluorescent ballasts were broken, so we are also installing LED lighting that will be energy efficient and bright.

A generous donor has offered to MATCH each donation for this campaign, and whatever we raise over the amount needed will be used towards additional signage and space improvements.

We are trying to finish in one week with this campaign … (a lot of good things have happened in seven days).

This is an especially appropriate campaign to support in memory of a loved one!

All donations over $500 will be included on a plaque to be installed in the shul.


Tour to Poland, Hungary & Slovakia With Rabbi Yonah

Join Rabbi Yonah for a historic tour to visit Poland, Hungary and Slovakia, March 26-April 2, 2019. Our are planning a trip that starts in Vienna, travels through Slovakia, and then to Poland.

Journey to Poland, Slovakia & Hungry
A pilgrimage and spiritual journey in Central Europe including:
Lezansk (Lezajsk) – Join the Thousands who come to this holy site on the Yahrzeit of Reb Elimelech
Bratislava – the hometown and burial place of the Chasam Sofer
Warsaw, Pre-Holocaust Jewish capital of Europe 
Krakow – Renaissance synagogues, resting place of great tzaddikim
Lublin – city of the Chozeh
Kerestirer – home of the tzaddik Reb Shayele Kerestirer;
Auschwitz – epicenter of the Holocaust
And other places of special of cultural and religious significance.

Ground only and combined air/ground available.
Freshly cooked kosher cuisine • Minyanim • Luxurious Motor Coach travel
Space will be limited

Sign up here if you are interested in the trip to receive updates!

https://picoshul.dm.networkforgood.com/forms/poland-slovaki-hungary

Our Response to Tragedy in Pittsburgh: New Jewish Learning Program & Activities

Dear Friends,

In response to the massacre of 11 Jews in Pittsburgh Synagogue, Pico Shul is launching a multifaceted effort to increase Jewish learning and commitment to ritual and community called “Jewish Essentials”. Thanks to dedicated teachers and rabbis we will be offering a whole new portfolio of classes and programming.
To make this program a reality – we need we need partners!

We are launching a crowdsourcing campaign TODAY to raise $10,000 to do grow our reach and ability to provide learning, programming and shabbat experiences to hundreds more people.

This is a monumental project and the best response that we know to tragedy. We will be bringing light and Torah to the world in the merit of those who died.

Please join me in donating to make this program achieve what is possible.

Every time you give tzedakah – it creates a new conduit for blessing for you and your family.

This is a great opportunity for us to do something POSITIVE and AWESOME in the wake of tragedy. That is what God wants from us.

Please please donate something today to make this program possible.

THANK YOU!

Rabbi Yonah

DONATE TODAY

 

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 moondance (it’s the full moon) with the stars above in your eyes, a fantabulous night to celebrate romance, beneath the cover of July skies. Celebrate the mysterious ancient day of joy and matchmaking on the Jewish calendar, Tu B’Av, a time when eligible young maidens and bachelors would meet in the vineyards to find their soulmates. How is it that this one was overlooked in Hebrew School? Come mingle at our garden party, sip signature exotic cocktails, be serenaded by romantic live music, and enjoy a delightful summer evening. So, will you give love a chance?

PLEASE USE RIDESHARE as parking is limited and you will get home safely!

Sponsored by Barak Raviv Foundation, Pico Shul & Camp Neshama

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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 oily food!

Kosher Chinese, Popcorn and a L’Chaim or two with friends – who could ask for more on the first night of Hanukah?

Pay at the door

Reunion Shabbaton 2016

For alumni of Pico Shul, JConnectLA, Jewlicious Festival, Camp Jewlicious, Camp Neshama, Mountain High Shabbat, Beach Hillel  &  Shabbat Tent and other Alevy Family Foundation Programs

Friday Night

4:30 pm Kabbalat Shabbat

6:30 pm Friday Night Dinner  for Families & Couples (RSVP required on form below)

9:00 pm Community Oneg location TBA

 

Shabbat/Saturday

9:45am Morning Services

10:30am L’Chaim & Learning

12:30pm  Kiddush Lunch

3:00pm Class with Rabbi Besser

4:00pm Mincha & 3rd Meal

Followed by Ma’ariv & Havdallah

Melava Malka W/ beer and pizza

 

Friday night dinner is a ticketed event but all other program elements are FREE of charge.

Childcare will be available during all programs, but please register your children so we can be prepared.

Please let us know if you need home hospitality.

We are grateful for the support of The Community Shul, Rabbi Cohen and the Young Adult leadership.