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Young Professionals’ 2nd Night Passover Seder

Please join me and my family for an interactive, inspiring, and transformative Seder for young professionals on Tuesday Night, April 15th, 7pm, at the Pico Shul We begin with appetizers and the seder begins at 8pm.

We hope that you will join us for four cups of wine and bring your friends that might not otherwise be at a Seder! No one should get left in Egypt!

Early RSVP for $40 until April 6th.
RSVP $50
Space is very limited.

Sponsors are needed!
There will be no children program.

when: Tues, Wed. 7pm
where: Pico Shul 9041 W. Pico blvd

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Moshav feat. MATISYAHU to Headline Jewlicious X

The Moshav Band feat. MATISYAHU epic combination reunion will be this year’s headline act at our 10th Annual Jewlicious Festival! They rocked Jewlicious 6 and the 1st Annual Night of Unity. They are back together for our 10th. (Can you believe this – ten years???)

If you have never been to this totally Jewlicious weekend, its a combination of a conference, sleepover shabbaton, mini-music fest, and all around great winter weekender with hundreds of other Jewish young adults on a historic ship the RMS Queen Mary, docked in Long Beach harbor with ocean views and breezes.

Matisyahu will also be joining Jewlicious for the entire Shabbos.

Great other performers and speakers are booked and will be announced shortly.

Don’t miss this chance to buy your ticket packages before the prices go up on Feb. 1st! Prices from $121 for hotel, food, programming for 3 days and 2 nights. Really.

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

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Budget Trucks Almost Killed me and all I got was This Letter

Screen Shot 2013-10-01 at 1.47.20 PMIn response to renting me a truck that almost got me killed, I received the following email today from Budget. Perhaps the worst email from a customer service agent I have ever received in response to serious complaint. I actually feel bad for Adrianne Agent 32537 that she works at a company that doesn’t care for their customers and has to send letters such as these. It must be horrible to work for Budget and be forced to lie and defraud customers. I have included a link to the complaint below:

Dear Mr Bookstein ,

Thank you for contacting Budget Truck Customer Service.

We extend our most sincere apologies for any inconvenience you have been caused and we can certainly understand your frustration. We are sorry to learn your recent experience with a Budget licensee has not met the usual high standards our customers have come to expect and deserve.

Unfortunately, we are unable to compensate on a rental that did not take place with Budget Truck. [Even though i rented it through your site] You would need to contact the licensees’ you
picked up from. They handle all of their issues on their own, because the truck that was rented was not a truck owned by Budget Truck but by the licensee. We apologize for any confusion this may cause.

Regards,
Adrianne
Agent 32537

Budget Truck Customer Service Team
avisbudgetgroup
4500 South 129th East Avenue, Tulsa , OK 74134
Tel: (800) 462-8343 (Option 1,3)
Fax: (303) 824-3087
Email: btr-customerservice@avisbudget.com
Web: www.budgettruck.com
P Consider the environment. Please do not print this e-mail unless you really need to.

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https://www.facebook.com/notes/rabbi-yonah/the-budget-rental-that-almost-killed-me/10150331451179990

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Pico Shul: Our New Community

On Rosh Hashana Rachel and I founded Pico Shul together with a group of open-minded young adults with the common goal of creating a purposeful, welcoming Jewish community, committed to spiritual growth and living mindfully.
 We are located in the heart of LA’s Pico Robertson neighborhood, amid kosher restaurants, garages, and many other synagogues.

Our home is a converted warehouse run by Tomchei Shabbos which is used every Thursday to distribute food to hundreds of hungry Jewish families. It is also home to two lending organizations, one for wedding gowns and one with centerpieces for simchas. The karma of the place is palpable. It feels good to be amid the thousands of mitzvahs that are performed there every regularly.

World spread quickly about Pico Shul. While many factors contributed to this buzz, something about a new shul for young adults struck a chord. No longer relegated to Young Professional minyanim, young adults will populate and run Pico Shul. Hundreds attended our High Holiday, Days of Awesome services, far outnumbering the number of seats. It was cozy, inspiring, meaningful, musical, meaningful, and more.

When we launched Pico Shul it was, technically speaking, not my first shul. Once upon a time I ran the Nozyk Synagogue in Warsaw for a while between rabbis. The Chief rabbi fled Poland after pointing his finger at the Pope and the community began a worldwide search for a new Rabbi….who wanted to move to Poland and spoke Polish. Meanwhile, I carried the torch, ensuring minyanim, shchitah, mikvah, buriall and and other rabbinical duties were fulfilled with utmost care and respect. The average age at that time was 88. Sadly they are all gone, a group of men who practiced group grandparenting on me.

Pico Shul merges a passion for Judaism, Torah, social justice, music and community into one entity. We will be different in a lot of things that we do, and we will become, God willing, the spiritual and community home of many young adults. The community of people drawn to shul is already very diverse. Some have lost interest in the entire concept of synagogue. Some wander from shul to shul but have no place to call home. Some got the spirit, studied in yeshiva and have returned to LA and realized they are not Haredi. Some grew up “frum” and some grew up with minimal Jewish content in their lives. One cast off the Torah decades ago and is finding that he fits in here amid the young searching for community. Another loves the short divrei torah that we give between main sections of the service.

Nearly everything about the shul and its early beginnings are fulfillments of divine providence. That might sound outrageous, but its true. Finding a location. Finding funds to renovate the warehouse. Fixing the aging AC that everyone thought was dead. Donations of furniture and prayer books. The list goes on. We still need to get our own Torah, Aaron Ha Kodesh/Holy Ark, Bima/riser, Shulchan/Torah reading table, podiums.

More, much more, remains to be written about Pico Shul, and I will attempt to capture what I can on the pages of this blog.

We start our programming with Shabbat morning services. Starting at 9am with Torah learning about Noah and then at 9:45 with morning services / shacharit. All this is followed by a kiddush lunch made by my wife, the Rebbiztin Rachel 🙂 and a group of Shul volunteers. We hope that you can join us.

If you want to know support the community please email me at rabbi @ picoshul.org