Pacific Jewish Center
The Shul on the Beach

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About Pacific Jewish Center

Pacific Jewish Center is a unique synagogue 
on the famous Venice Beach Boardwalk

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Pacific Jewish Center is a unique Torah community, located in the Venice/Santa Monica vicinity of Southern California. In the 1950s, “The Shul on the Beach” was part of a thriving Miami Beach-type Jewish coastal community. Over time, suburbanization and the introduction of air-conditioning took their toll. The community was down to one shul (this one) and no minyan.

In the late seventies, Rabbi Daniel Lapin and Michael Medved joined together to begin a revitalization campaign which had a tremendously positive effect not just on this Shul, but on literally hundreds of mostly young people seeking to raise the level of their Jewish observance. The Rabbi and Michael merged with a handful of elderly Jews who were struggling to get a morning minyan and keep the shul. Shortly after an arrangement was made between the established congregants and the new members, the morning minyan and Shabbos services were humming with young and old voices alike. What might have been the extinction of a historic Jewish landmark became a vibrant community with a new breath of life.

Over the past three-plus decades, Pacific Jewish Center has grown into a community with a local core of approximately 50 families and friends, plus hundreds others who attend our weekly programming. Membership includes families with children of all ages, elderly couples and singles, young singles and many visitors. Pacific Jewish Center is filled with warmth and caring which is world renowned. PJC is known as well for its thirst for learning. Most of our members were not raised observant, but became observant as a natural outgrowth of their study of Torah and mitzvoth.

A past renovation project retained the Old World charm but added new carpet and paint. It also transformed our back parking lot into a beautiful patio garden that now provides a lovely area for Shabbos Kiddushes as well as community Simchas. Continued renovation plans include remodeling the kitchen, the upstairs room, and adding a lobby.

Pacific Jewish Center warmly invites all visitors and residents of Southern California to visit on Shabbos, at a class, or at the Sunday morning minyan. You can always contact the Shul get the latest scheduling updates.

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Years since our building was built
Years since Rabbi Daniel Lapin relaunched the Shul
Years since Rabbi Fink was hired
Million visitors to Venice Beach every year
Pacific Jewish Center in the Media

Our mission is

to provide positive Jewish experiences

to the maximum number of people possible





Pacific Jewish Center has been the subject
of several special interest multimedia stories

Church Rescue on NatGeo TV

PJC Featured on KCET Departures

Escape into America on MSNBC

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“A Light Unto the Nations”

Meet Our Rabbi
Eliyahu Fink

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Eliyahu Fink



Rabbi Fink has been with Pacific Jewish Center since 2008. He studied at Ner Israel Rabbinical College and Yeshiva Derech Ayson of Far Rockaway. Rabbi Fink comes from a long line of rabbis and community leaders. In addition to rabbinic ordination, Rabbi Fink is a graduate of Loyola Law School.

Active in the local Venice and Santa Monica community, Rabbi Fink is reaching out to the broader Jewish population to offer the compassionate and passionate Orthodox Judaism that is present at Pacific Jewish Center to the world. Not content with a local reach, Rabbi Fink has taken his message to the Internet where he is a well regarded blogger, columnist, and voice of moderate Orthodox Judaism. Rabbi Fink is frequently interviewed on the radio and quoted in the media. He has published popular articles on a wide range of topics in several prominent online publications. The rabbi keeps an active profile on social media and all are welcome to join the conversation.

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Clearly, Hamas is Not ISIS

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thinks that Hamas and ISIS are the same thing. After ISIS beheaded Jim Foley and Hamas beheaded some “collaborators,” Bibi tweeted a photo that showed both groups performing executions. This replaced a tweet with a photo of Foley just before he was decapitated with a photo of an execution by Hamas […]

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One of Those Moments

Over the last six years, I have met a lot of very interesting people who have come to visit the Shul on the Beach. People from dozens of countries, backgrounds, and disciplines have joined us for services at Pacific Jewish Center. One of the joys of my pulpit is meeting many fascinating people. This week […]

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Impressive Insight on Suicide From the Aruch HaShulchan

We’ve encountered two very public suicides in the last couple of weeks.  The death of Robin Williams resonated with millions of people around the world. This week, the death of IDF Lone Soldier Dave Gordon is being considered a suicide. Understandably, suicide is a very difficult subject. Tensions and emotions tend to run high. You […]

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The Lesson We Can Learn From Dave Gordon Of Blessed Memory

For a few hours on Tuesday, the Jewish world’s attention was focused on a missing IDF soldier. David Menachem Gordon was reported as missing and Jews around the world were fearful that he had been abducted by terrorists. David’s body was found. David was dead. He was not abducted by terrorists in Gaza. He was […]

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My Small Piece of Seeds of Peace

I heard about Seeds of Peace a few months ago. Dan Adler was at our home for Shabbat lunch and he asked me if I would be interested in going to visit the camp for a couple of days in the summer. Thrilled at the prospect, I said that whatever, whenever, I would figure out […]

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Let’s Talk About Depression and Mental Health

It’s time we had a conversation about mental health. Two weeks ago, I lost a dear friend to a toxic combination of severe mental illness and crushing addiction, two very dangerous conditions that compound their severity exponentially. Yesterday the world lost a genius who battled severe depression and addiction until he ended it all with […]

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Shul: 505 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291
Office: 726 Rose Ave, Venice, CA 90291








Prayer and Class Schedule
Parshat Ekev
8/8 – 8/15

Friday at The Shul on the Beach
7:22   PM   Candle lighting
6:30   PM   Mincha, Kabbalat Shabbat, Maariv
7:30   PM   Kiddush, Dvar Torah with Rabbi Fink

Shabbat at The Shul on the Beach
9:00   AM   Shacharit
10:00 PM   Torah Reading
11:00 AM   Drasha with Rabbi Fink
11:30 AM   Kiddush

6:00  PM   Torah Class and Discussion with Sarah Lipman at Shoff Home

Shabbat at The Shul on the Beach
7:00   PM   Mincha
7:30   PM   Seuda Shlishit and Torah discussion
8:19   PM   Havdala

Sunday at 726 Rose Ave.
8:00  AM   Shacharit
8:50  PM   Rambam Class with Rabbi Fink

Monday at The Shul on the Beach
7:00  PM   Parsha class with Yosef Beithalachmi

Tuesday at 726 Rose Ave.
7:30  PM   Class with Rabbi Blau

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