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.
Nearly a year after the death of his in-laws, Craig Taubman understood the sustaining power of the Jewish mourning rituals to embrace loss and grief. Based on the ritual of Shloshim, Craig created 30 Days, a Journey of Love, Loss and Healing, a unique package of thirty cards, each with a moving introspection from a poet, faith leader, artist, healer or author, to help people on their journey toward hope and healing.
Get yours here.
2nd and 4th Thursdays 3:00-4:30pm
Come volunteer at our Bi-Monthly Vida Sana Farmers Market and help out with the classes, workshop and produce distribution. All are welcome. 3:00 PM Call Time for all volunteers!
with Cody Blackbird Band, Mignon Gelie and more….
Sunday, April 30th
Pico Union Project
Join Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul, & Mary) and Oregon-native Nahko for a concert of unity and restorative justice benefiting the Unity Concert in The Black Hills of South Dakota.
Doors open at 6:15pm with Indian Tacos on sale till 7pm
Click here to purchase tickets.
Niki Jacobs at Pico Union Project
high energy dutch yiddish music
with special guests Mostly Kosher
Saturday, May 13 ~ 8:00pm
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Co-sponsored by Pico Union Project, Yiddishkayt Los Angeles, and the Jewish Music Commission of Los Angeles.
Pico Union Project presents More Courage
Produced by Jewish Women’s Theatre & NewGround: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership
Thursday, May 18th ~ 7:30 pm
Stories of bravery and courage from Muslims and Jews that have changed lives and inspired us all. Explore personal topics that range from forbidden love and marriage between Jews and Arabs, to the struggles of a transgender Hasidic rabbi and thoughts regarding the teachings about women in the Quran.
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From what I understand, this reflection should reach your inbox right around a time of sacred importance to several religious and cultural traditions. At the forefront of my mind as an Episcopal priest with the last name Katz are Passover and Holy Week.
These holy observances revolve around memory. To be more accurate, they revolve around inherited memories. We find ourselves curiously united to others by re-telling stories of events that occurred in a distant, ancient past.
Memory is one of the most powerful aspects of our humanity. Memory provides us with our sense of identity – where we come from and who we come from. It can just as easily and effectively tell us who and what we are not. History is rife with examples of the way that memory – especially inherited memory – has been used to appeal to our most violent human tendencies, as well as our most compassionate ones.
So, what about the memories of these holy days makes them transformative for us today?
I would argue that they provide us with examples of Holy Vulnerability. Passover summons the memory of a journey from stability as slaves to a tenuous and vulnerable freedom. It is in Holy Week that Jesus exhorts his closest friends to remember him as a servant and teacher willing to subject himself to the furthest extent of human vulnerability in his betrayal and execution.
In both Passover and Holy Week, we remember that God is never so present to us as human beings as when we are at our most vulnerable. The memories of these holy days remind us that we can choose to make ourselves vulnerable and that if we have the courage to do so, we will find that we are not alone. God is already there.
A little video something for your viewing pleasure.
Sunday, April 23rd
12:30 – 3:00pm
Pico Union Project
A day of learning, service, and advocacy around the issue of youth homelessness. Assemble hygiene packs for homeless at the event. Sponsored by MAJIC (Muslims & Jews Inspiring Change), NewGround’s High School Leadership Council.
Click here to learn more and register for the Y4Y Fair.