Shul on the Beach ( The new Pacific Jewish Center - PJC) is a unique new-wave community, located in the Venice/Santa Monica vicinity of Southern California. Sixty years ago, “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 that 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 identity.
Rabbi Daniel Lapin 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 and what threatened to be the extinction of a historic Jewish landmark now had a new breath of life blown into it.
Over the past three-plus decades, Shul on the Beach has grown into a community with a local core of approximately 50 families and friends, plus hundreds who attend our weekly programming. Membership includes families with children of all ages, couples, singles, and many visitors. Shul on the Beach is warm and welcoming to all Jews and is known as well for its thirst for learning.
If you are visiting Southern California for any length of time, we encourage you visit us on Shabbos, or at one of our classes.
Shalom and welcome to your new home here at Shul on the Beach!
Just a few years ago I was a simple Shabbat visitor to this beachside Shul, but because of a simple invitation to a Shabbat meal, my life has forever been changed for the better.
I have been practicing law and “Rabbi-ing” for over 20 years, but nothing has been more exciting than reinvigorating this beautiful community’s growth and resurgence.
Join us for a Friday night Shabbat meal or for our famous Shabbat Lounge “Sushi and Sake” events.
Come Kibitz with me at Kiddush on Saturday, or argue with me at our Wednesday Night Town Hall Torah and Judaism Salon.
Become a member of our cycling, sailing, or Tzeddaka clubs, join our “A Capella” choir, or volunteer time to help run our new matchmaking service!
However you choose to connect to our Shul on the beach, you will find us your new “Home away from Home".
Having studied and received Rabbinic Ordination from the world’s greatest institutions and Rabbis, both here and in Israel alongside a full law practice. I am eager to show you how becoming more intimate with our glorious traditions and history can transform your life wherever you are in life, whether you're a regular synagogue-goer or a one-time visitor!
Do you have a Rabbi? Do you belong to a community you love?
If not, I would be honored to be “your Rabbi.” Shul on the Beach happily embraces you into our community!
Please click below to contact me, or learn more about my background.