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.
In this week’s STORIES FROM THE PROJECT video, three friends of the Pico Union Project from USC share what they’ve observed spending time in our neighborhood and with the community around us.
Thank you to Professor Gary Wexler of USC for bringing your students out to the Project and spending your time supporting our neighborhood and work! If you want to come see for yourself, visit us THIS WEDNESDAY at 4:30-6 PM for Vida Sana: Pico Union Project Wellness, our weekly wellness afterschool program!
May 11, 18, 25, June 1, 8
at Pico Union Project
Pico Union Project is excited to announce our new wellness program. Join us as we launch Vida Sana, a weekly program offering salsa dancing, art projects, music with spoken word artist Jason Chu, and nutrition education with Seeds of Hope. Family friendly and free!
A tribute to Theo Bikel in song, word and memory with Peter Yarrow, Tom Paxton, Hankus Netsky, Craig Taubman, David Krakauer, and Hazzan Mike Stein.
Thursday June 16 – 8pm-10pm
Entrance is free but tickets must be reserved here.
Muslim, Jewish and Christian women are gathering at the Pico-Union Project to engage in an interfaith art process. An introductory workshop in October created a safe space for the dialogue. The participants explored the overlap between significant prayers of faith in the three traditions. The completed art pieces were transformed, in a ritual of light and blessing, into lamps that illuminate the work these women are undertaking.
For five months the women are creating imagery to explore the stories of Eve, Abraham, Sarah, Hagar, Ishmael, Isaac and Miriam as discussed in the Torah, the Quran and the Scriptures. The group is excited to witness the extraordinary power of reclaiming (with creativity and authentic interfaith dialogue) the sacred texts.
The project is facilitated by Dr. Debra Linesch (Loyola Marymount University professor/Temple Israel of Hollywood congregant) and Edina Lekovic (Director of Policy & Programming at the Muslim Public Affairs Council).
This October, the Miller Intro to Judaism Program and Pico Union Project are teaming up to launching our first-ever Intro to Judaism class in Downtown LA. Designed for both Hebrew school drop-outs and curious newcomers, this class provides a rich introduction to both Judaism’s big ideas and the nuts and bolts of daily Jewish living.
Classes will be from 6:30pm-9:30pm mostThursdays beginning October 29th! If you’re interested, visit http://intro.aju.edu