Ongoing @ PUP

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Intro to Judaism

Faith @ PUP

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Thank You

The Sanctuary@Pico Union is proudly supported by:

The Jewish Community Foundation Los Angeles

The Max Factor Family Foundation

Slingshot Los Angeles

Our Vision

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.

Every Leaf Counts

Dear Treasured Donors,

As the holidays are upon us and 2017 comes to a close, we are excited to share with you Every Leaf Counts our new initiative to help grow the important work we do in the community!

Every Leaf Counts

There’s a beautiful sculpture in our sanctuary that was created two years ago by Benny Ferdman using the branches of an old Birch tree. We call it the Tree of Life, as it holds the prayers and aspirations of our community members.

In 2018 we are repurposing the tree to create Every Leaf Counts to be our new annual sustainability sponsorship initiative.

By participating in Every Leaf Counts you will help maintain and expand PUP programs focusing on sustainability in our community, such as Keep it Clean and Green. Every gift of $180 or more will receive an engraved leaf with your name to place on our tree.

During next year’s High Holy Day season, we will hold a ‘leaf falling ceremony’ where we will recount the many programs you helped support throughout the year, and gift you with your leaf to take home.

Sponsor Your Leaf HERE.

We thank you in advance for your support and wish all an Amazing, Joyous, and Happy Holiday Season

The Pico Union Project

Vida Sana Farmers Market

Vida Sana
2nd and 4th Thursdays 2:30-4:00pm

Come volunteer at our bi-monthly Vida Sana Farmers Market and help out with the activities, workshops, and produce distribution. All are welcome. 2:00 PM call time for all volunteers!

Click here to sign up as a volunteer.

30 Days, a Journey of Love, Loss and Healing

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.

Support Pico Union Project by Shopping at Amazon!

Wrap-up your holiday shopping HERE and Amazon donates to Pico Union Project Inc.

Seeds of Hope Partnership

Seeds of Hope
It’s always good to journey through life with good partners, and so it is with our friends at Seeds of Hope. Every week Erica, Steve and Elyse join us at the Pico Union Project to plant trees, water plants and distribute fresh produce and love to our neighbors. A ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles Seeds of Hope provides best practices in nutrition and cooking changing lives for the better…we know they have done so with us!

Like It and Bike it! 

We’ve been lobbying to bring a Metro Bike stop to our neighborhood to offer more transportation options to the members of our community here in Pico Union. We hope that you’ll join our effort, by going to our PIN at 12th and Valencia and liking us and/or writing a quick comment. It is much easier to find our location if you blow up the map!


This week we held auditions for Art + Soul, a teen performance program at the Pico Union Project. The energy, depth and transparency of the attendees was inspiring! All of this is to say – we think we are on to something, and we’re extremely grateful. Visit to find out how you or others can get involved in this exciting endeavor.

Mi Sheberach Video

Here’s another video featuring the artistry of our go to photographer Bill Aron and video maven Rick Lupert, set to the melody of Craig’s Mi Sheberach. This is for all those in need of healing!