Kapparot using Money, not Chickens

8:15AM Morning Minyan
9:00AM Learning
9:30AM -11:30AM Kapparot using Money, not Chickens


Yom Kippur Learning:
Rabbi Yonah will review the laws and customs of Yom Kippur (shofar, fasting, prayer, tzedakah) along with spiritual highlights from our most sacred sources.

Kapparot Using Money:
This ritual usually involves buying a chicken whose meat (or sale value) will go to benefit the poor. The rabbis long ago said that the ritual can be done with money in the place of an animal with the money directly given to charity (tzedakah) as the custom intends.

What to Expect:
We recommend people use an amount of $18 per person. 18 is both symbolic of “life” and is a meaningful charitable donation. One waves the money overhead, or above the head of your children and recites the customary verses of atonement, and there is no difference on how the ritual is performed. 

The Benefit: 
Directly using money removes the concern of the Torah prohibition of deliberately mistreating animals, or running the risk that the person performing the slaughtering will make errors out of haste and render the chicken unfit for eating. This eliminates the unintended consequence of having our expression of contrition and atonement becoming a “Mitzvah which comes from a Sin,” which is obviously frowned upon.

All tzedakah will be given to Jewish people in need.

Rabbi Yonah's Article on Kapparot from The Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rabbi-yonah-bookstein/kaparot-wave-money-not-chickens_b_1912654.html

Days of Awesome — High Holiday Experience 5777

Days of Awesome 2016 / 5777October 2nd-12th

Join us for a joyous, welcoming, user-friendly, and mindful celebration of the High Holidays with meaning, melody, and humor.

You don't have to pay a fortune, dress-to-kill, doze-off, question your tribal affiliation, be fluent in Hebrew, hear lengthy sermons, and eat stale honey cake this Rosh Hashanah.

Two dynamic service options are available at Pico Shul this High Holiday season.

Main Service in the Shul: Enjoy our main High Holiday Services lead by inspiring Chazanim with Rabbi Yonah's resounding Shofar Service and Breakout classes with dynamic teachers. Moving stories and heartfelt songs create an uplifting and interactive atmosphere. On Rosh Hashanah, you will taste the meaning of the Jewish New Year with our Kabbalistic Kiddush, and we will conclude the Days of Awesome with Yom Kippur Services from Kol Nidre to Neila and a communal Break-the-fast.

Our Alternative Services: In the Tent Annex we will bring you three key elements to elevate your High Holidays and open the Heavenly Gates: Mindfulness Practice, Guided Meditation and Movement, the Interactive Rosh Hashanah Service with Shofar. You will have the opportunity to connect with inspiring speakers and teachers and enjoy the explanatory, delicious and Intentional explanatory Kabbalistic Kiddush. These Alt Services will nourish your mind, body, and soul.

Morning Coffee, Tea & Honey Cake available to start your New Year Experience and we will conclude the Days of Awesome with Yom Kippur Services and a communal Break-the-fast.

Services led by Rabbi Yonah Bookstein • Chazanim Tuli Skaist and Yehuda PreroFeaturing special guests Rabbi Shlomo Seidenfeld, Cheston Mizel, Batsheva Frankel, Marcus Freed, Hershel McNabb and more.

All tickets are fully tax-deductibleYoung Jewish Professional tickets are available for YPs 39 and under.

*Members eligible for members discount will receive a discount code by email. If you are a dues-paying member, feel free to contact office@picoshul.org with your questions about this opportunity.

Children's program led by creative awesome Kid Zone staff.

TICKET DETAILS

Pico Shul Visionary - Choose Your Seating $500

Inspiring Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Services

Includes a premium seat of your choice and Hebrew/English Prayerbook with your name on it.

Two children in the KidZone per ticket

New Year's Kabbalistic Kiddish • YK Break-the-fast

Breakout classes, mindfulness and movement session

Stories, song, honey cake, inspiring and chill atmosphere, great Chazanim

Other amenities

Fully tax-deductible

Pico Shul Supporter - Reserved Seating $250

Reserved seat in the back of the shul • Inspiring Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Services

New Year's Kabbalistic Kiddish • YK Break-the-fast

Breakout classes, mindfulness and movement session

Stories, song, honey cake, inspiring and chill atmosphere, great Chazanim

Fully tax-deductible

Full High Holiday Experience - Young Professionals $90

Inspiring Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Services

New Year's Kabbalistic Kiddish • YK Break-the-fast

Breakout classes, mindfulness and movement session

Stories, song, honey cake, inspiring and chill atmosphere, great Chazanim

Fully tax-deductible

For Young Jewish Professionals 39 and under

Price available while supply lasts.

Full High Holiday Experience -Community and Friends $118

Inspiring Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Services

New Year's Kabbalistic Kiddish • YK Break-the-fast

Breakout classes, mindfulness and movement session

Stories, song, honey cake, inspiring and chill atmosphere, great Chazanim

For those 40 and over

Price available while supply lasts

Rosh Hashanah Only: Young Professional Ticket $45

Inspiring Rosh Hashanah Services

New Year's Kabbalistic Kiddish

Breakout classes, mindfulness and movement session

Stories, song, honey cake, inspiring and chill atmosphere, great Chazanim

Fully tax-deductible

For Young Jewish Professionals 39 and under

Price available while supply lasts.

JConnect Alternative Service RH $45

Alternative Services bring you three essential elements to elevate your Rosh Hashanah: Mindfulness Practice, Guided Meditation and Movement, the Interactive Rosh Hashanah Service with Shofar, inspiring speakers plus explanatory, delicious and Intentional Kabbalistic Kiddush. Morning Coffee, Tea & Honey Cake available

Yom Kippur Only: Young Professional Ticket $45 

Join us for Yom Kippur from Kol Nidre through Neilah and our communal break-the-fast meal.

Breakout classes, mindfulness and movement session

Stories, workshops, sessions, inspiring and chill atmosphere, great Chazanim

Fully tax-deductible

For Young Jewish Professionals 39 and under

Price available while supply lasts.

JConnect Alternative Service YK $45

Alternative Service brings you three essential elements to elevate your Rosh Hashanah: Mindfulness Practice, Guided Meditation and Movement, the Interactive Rosh Hashanah Service with Shofar, inspiring speakers and communal Break the Fast meal.

Apples & Honey Angel $72

Sponsor a platter of Apples & Honey & Honey Cake for the Shul

High Holiday Kiddush Partner $18

Help sponsor Kiddush in any multiple of $18/Chai - To Life!

Gift Ticket YP $90

DAYS OF AWESOME YOUNG PROFESSIONAL GIFT PASS

Gift someone a seat for the High Holidays! For Jewish YP's in their 20's and 30's

Festivals and Holidays

Friday, December 11th at 6pm

Pico Shul celebrates all the Jewish holidays and festivals. Navigate below to check out what we've done throughout the Jewish calendar

Deep-Fried Shabbos: Hanukkah Shabbat Dinner 

   $30 Non-Member Community after 12/8/15

 

Sukkot

Simchat Torah

Celebrate with Pico Shul at 10PM for Dancing and Hakafot for men and women. Thursday, Oct. 16th, 10pm --> Midnight 

Midnight Chulent
Join us after the hakafot and dancing with the Torah for a tish — singing and inspirational talks — in honor of Simchat Torah. Chulent served Thursday night (into early Friday) Oct 16/17. Begins at Midnight.

Friday October 17th 9:45am morning services followed by full kiddush lunch and Simchat Torah Daytime Dancing & Hakafot with the Torah for Men and Women.
Children's aliyah.

Sat. Oct 18th: Neilat HaChag Tish - Sukkot Finale
On Shabbat afternoon, after mincha, we end the holiday with a final tish. Capturing the spirit, energy, and transformation of Sukkot, we gather to say goodbye to the Festival.
Oct. 18th, 5:30pm, Pico Shul

Followed by Mariv and Havdallah at 7:30pm

Tu B'Shevat

HURRY AND RESERVE A SEAT!
Mystical. Delicious. Inspiring: Celebrate nature's Holy gifts and explore ancient wisdom at our Kabbalists' Feast. Last year this event sold out!

Year's ago in the ancient city of Tzfat a group of Kabbalists uncovered the mystical secret's of Tu B'shvat. They revealed these mystical secrets in a ceremony patterned after the Passover Seder and made a festival meal on the night of Tu B'shvat, the 15th of the month of Shvat. There are four cups of wine, a recited text, and ritual foods eaten. However in place of the story of the Exodus from Egypt the Tu B'Shvat seder uncovers the inner dimensions of reality as revealed in nature. In place of Matzah and chicken soup with Matzah balls, there are a dozen kinds of fruit to enjoy and to fuel spirited conversation.

Join Rabbi Yonah for a memorable and delicious excursion into the mystical realm of Tu B'Shevat with this unique Seder he has written for the event based on the ancient Seder recited by the kabbalists in Tzfat centuries ago.

The Tu B'Shevat Seder will take place Sunday, January 23rd 2016 at 6 pm at Pico Shul. Reservations are recommended as space is limited. RSVP for $15 before January 26th. Tickets go up to $20 on January 26th. 

FAQ:
There will be wine served at the event, have a designated driver, or use Uber/Lyft. 

There is a lot of food being served.

This is a sit-down event.

You may be able to pay at the door if we still have space.

Purim

Everyone knows that the night of Purim is a huge party, but not everyone knows one the greatest secrets about Purim: the Purim Feast. On the day of Purim, after the parties and evening celebrations, there is an ancient custom to make a feast in honor of this fun holyday. This feast is of epic proportions, with delicious food, wine, and spirits. With that said, Pico Shul invites you to an epic feast in celebration of Purim!

This multiple course meal, features gourmet food, wine, beer, l’chaims, music, and more

Mincha and Megillah Reading at 4:00pm and second reading at 4:30pm.
 

Passover

Check out our Passover Page for 2015

Chametz Sale Form

Passover Seder

Chol Hamoed Events

Lag B'Omer

Shavuot

Tisha B'Av

Tisha B'Av Schedule 
Ma'ariv & Havdalah: 8:50pm
Eicha and Tisha B'av Program: 9:00pm
Followed by a very Powerful Film Screening

 

 

Film Showing of "Iranium"
Featuring footage with Iranian leaders and interviews with 25 leading politicians, dissidents, and researchers, the film discusses the Iranian nuclear program, Middle East policy, terrorism, and nuclear proliferation. Beginning with the Islamic revolution, the film documents the creation of the Iranian nuclear program and development of weapons of mass destruction.

The film discusses Iranian foreign policy and Iran – United States relations, including the Iran hostage crisis and the 1979 Iranian Revolution and takeover by Ayatollah Khomeini to what it refers to as "the brutal nature of the Iranian regime to its own citizens, and the Irania

n people’s desire to rejoin the international

 

Selected Laws and Customs of Tisha B'Av • Saturday Night, July 25- Sunday, July 26

*The Fast starts at Sundown on Saturday night at 7:59pm and continues until nightfall on Sunday 8:42pm

We do not eat, drink, wash, wear perfume/cologne, wear leather shoes, have marital relations, or extend greetings. (Those with health issues who may need to wash, eat or drink may consult a rabbi on the best way to do this.)

Since we refrain from pleasure on Tisha B'Av, if we are going to s

 

tudy Torah, we only study Torah connected with with the destruction of the Temple; i.e. The Book of Eicha and the account of the destruction in Tractate Gittin (56a-58a).

We do not wear tallit and tefillin in the morning. We do, however, put them on at Mincha on Tisha B’Av afternoon.

We refrain from sitting on chair of normal height until 1:00pm Sunday.

A custom that Rabbi Yonah has adopted is to read booksabout, or see films or documentaries relating to the Holocaust.

Sunday, May 28 2017 3 Sivan 5777