Pacific Jewish Center is a unique synagogue
on the famous Venice Beach Boardwalk
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.
Who is Welcome at The Shul on the Beach?
Church Rescue is a television show on the National Geographic network. Pacific Jewish Center was featured in one episode of Church Rescue. Three business minded religious institution consultants called the Church Hoppers lend their expertise to houses of worship and communities. The only synagogue in the first season is Pacific Jewish Center. It was an incredible experience and the Pacific Jewish Center community is forever grateful to the Church Hoppers, or the Shteeble Hoppers as they are called at The Shul on the Beach.Find Out More
KCET did an excellent, in-depth exploration of Los Angeles neighborhoods. Pacific Jewish Center is an important part of the Venice community. Five short video clips tell a small slice of the story of our shul.
Participating in this series reinforced the idea that Pacific Jewish Center is an integral part of the fabric of the beach community and it must endure.Explore on KCET.com
Journalists David Horsey and Nancy LeVine popped into the Shul on the Beach on Purim and asked if they could take pictures, talk with the rabbi and some Shul members, and join the Purim Celebration. Guest are always welcome at Pacific Jewish Center and they were invited in.
Nancy took beautiful candid photos and David kind of blended in with everyone at the celebration, learning about the Pacific Jewish Center and the festival of Purim. Purim is a funny time to be introduced to new people. Things are a little different on Purim. But David managed to get to know the Shul in a way that most outsiders could never understand.
Nancy and David produced a wonderful photo-film of their visit and discovered the soul of Pacific Jewish Center.See It On MSNBC
The Shul on the Beach is an excellent filming location. Please contact Pacific Jewish Center for booking.
The eight space car park is available for all production needs as well, including craft services, or parking while filming beach scenes on location.
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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