The Pico Union Project is dedicated to the Jewish principle to “love your neighbor as yourself.” It elevates this teaching into practice in a historic building by bringing diverse cultures together through song, story, art, food and prayer. Pico Union Project is a multi-faith cultural arts center and house of worship founded in 2013 by visionary recording artist, composer and musician Craig Taubman. Pico Union Project aims to help invigorate the community of Los Angeles and reflect the Jewish value of being a light to all nations.
Tibetan Buddhist Monks will spend 7 days creating an exquisite sand mandala at the Pico Union in the middle of our 10 Holiest Jewish Days. On their 7th day of creation, they will dissolve their art, distribute the sand and instruct those who have gathered to disperse the sand into a fresh body of water. It is hard to grasp that something so beautiful can be so quickly destroyed. The mandala is a celebration of life’s impermanence and is essentially the story of our lives. We hope you will join us for the Holy Days or one of the in between days.
At PUP we have finally initiated a new, Jewish venture: The Sanctuary@Pico Union. Our first action as a presence in the Pico Union will be to host High Holy Day services this year in September! We invite you to browse through the photos and statements of our many wonderful leaders. Below is an example from Stuart K. Robinson, longtime friend of Pico Union Project. See more on Facebook!
I am The Sanctuary@Pico Union.
Sanctuary is holy ground; hallowed space or time where I feel safe, and I am safe to reveal my true self while discovering my faith. In the exquisite silence of sanctuary, I am free: free from judgment, from category, and free to converse with the higher power as I enlarge my community and myself.
I am Stuart K. Robinson.