Festivals and Holidays
Kapparot using Money, not Chickens
8:15AM Morning Minyan
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.
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://
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Celebrate with Pico Shul at 10PM for Dancing and Hakafot for men and women. Thursday, Oct. 16th, 10pm --> Midnight
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Check out our Passover Page for 2015
Chametz Sale Form
Chol Hamoed Events
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.