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

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!

Art+Soul

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 www.picounionproject.org/artsoul 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!

High Holy Days 5778


High Holy Days 5778
We are so grateful to our spirited community for joining our Sanctuary during a “soul’ed out” High Holy Day season. We look forward to welcoming new and old friends next year. We’re also still anxious to hear your feedback on our high holy day programming.  It’s not too late to tell us your thoughts!

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PUP Receives Local & National Recognition

PUP RECEIVES LOCAL & NATIONAL RECOGNITIONWe’re dancing a hora after receiving a humbling series of accolades:

  • Commendations from Congressman Ted Lieu, County Supervisor Hilda Solis, and Council Member Gil Cedillo.
  • Selection for Slingshot Guide Los Angeles for innovative non-profits leading the Jewish community
  • Support from the Pico Union Neighborhood Council for our Keep It Green, Keep it Clean initiative
  • Support from the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles in the area of arts education

Click here to learn more.

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I Am America

I am America is an audio and video statement that America can only be what we make it. We can’t afford to be complacent.  We must actively pursue justice and equality for all Americans.  Share the song and the message…we are America!

A God Squad Reflection: Reverent Nat Katz

Reverend Nat KatzFrom 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.

Number Or Days

Number Our DaysA little video something for your viewing pleasure.