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Historic Agreement of 1000+ Rabbis Against Flawed Iran Deal

Stop Iran Rally July 26, 2015 LA-2Jewish Leadership Across Denominations Call for a “Better Deal”

Over 1000 rabbis across every major denomination are calling on Congress to reject the nuclear deal with Iran. In an open letter to Congress, the rabbis urge members to reject the proposed deal and call on the administration to return to the negotiating table in pursuit of a better agreement.

This show of unity by rabbis is unprecedented in American Jewish history.

The letter was written jointly by Rabbi Kalman Topp, Senior Rabbi at Beth Jacob Congregation, Beverly Hills and Rabbi Yonah Bookstein, Co-Founder of Pico Shul, Los Angeles.

“[W]e are deeply troubled by the proposed deal, and believe this agreement will harm the short-term and long-term interests of both the United States and our allies, particularly Israel,” the letter states. “[W]e agree with the assessments of leaders and experts in the United States, along with virtually all Israeli voices across the political spectrum, that we can, and must, do better,” they added.

Among the letter’s signatories are the President of Rabbinical Council of America (Orthodox), the President of Rabbinical Assembly (Conservative), and the immediate past president of Central Conference of American Rabbis (Reform)— highlighting cross-denominational opposition to the Iran deal.

“This letter represents the sentiment of a broad breadth of the American Jewish community that this is a flawed deal that will not stop Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons,” Rabbis Topp and Bookstein said. “Instead, this deal provides Iran with vast financial resources that it can use to further destabilize the region.”

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Want to take action? Call your senator TODAY and tell them to vote against the deal

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A Kabbalist’s Feast: Tu B’Shevat Seder at Pico Shul

tubishvat 034.1Tu B’shvat is Coming! Celebrate Nature’s Holy Gifts and 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 Tuesday, February 3rd, at 8pm at Pico Shul. Reservations are recommended as space is limit. RSVP for $15 before January 26th. Tickets go up to $20 on January 26th.

Tickets will be online soon!

FAQ:
There will wine served at event, have a designated driver, or us Uber

There is a lot of food being served.

This is a sit down event.

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

Song of Freedom: The Shabbat HaGadol Sermon

Inspiration and guidance for a joyous, kosher and epic Passover.

I will be leading the community in a light third meal, singing, and finally his sermon on “The Song of Freedom”

There is a centuries-old custom for the congregation’s rabbi to deliver a significant sermon on the Shabbat before Passover. This sermon, called the Shabbos HaGadol Drasha, is the one of the two most significant speeches that a rabbi gives all year. (The second being btw Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur)

This is a great opportunity to hear guidance and inspiration at this important time of year. Don’t miss “The Song of Freedom”!

You are encouraged to bring your friends, neighbors, relatives and countryfolk to share in the experience!

A light meal will be served.

We will start with Mincha at 6:00pm and Maariv will be at 8:10.

When: April 12th, 6pm
Location: Pico Shul, 9041 W. Pico Blvd

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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