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WHO WE ARE

DSCN3583Founded in 1917, Temple Mishkon Tephilo is one of the oldest continuously operating synagogues on the Westside and has occupied its present historic building since 1948. We embody the “Venice spirit,” meaning we are a group of quirky, intellectual, artistic, and warm folks who would love to have you join us in whatever part of our buffet you would find most fulfilling. We try to serve the religious, spiritual, social, interfaith, and educational needs of our members, whether they are 3 or 100 years old.

We have a renowned preschool, as well as both an active adult education program and a senior group. Our religious school is small and, because of that, we can cater very easily to the needs of each student.

We have many committees and interest groups. Some are set up to support our members who are ill or in mourning. Our book club offers discussions that are so lively that even those who haven’t read our monthly selection seem to find the meetings intellectually stimulating and interesting. We have a variety of Kiddush arrangements that provide an opportunity to schmooze and catch up with fellow Mishkonians,  who, you will find, become part of your life very quickly.

Our Shabbat and holiday services are lively, with lots of singing and congregational participation. We do not put on the ritz for the High Holy Days. What you see is what you get. Since we have chosen not to have a full-time cantor, you can participate directly and even lead our services. Please let us know if you would like to lead sections of the service or read Torah or a Haftorah. We have members who would love to help you renew your synagogue skills if need be. 

Our rabbi, ordained by the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, is Rabbi Gabriel Botnick. He is a certified Mohel performing Brit Milah and is the only non-Orthodox Shochet in America certified by the Israeli Rabbinate to perform kosher slaughter on any animal. Gabriel is the founder of Tekumah, the first and only Jewish organization dedicated to teaching the holy trades to any Jew interested in learning. Before rabbinical school, he worked for many years as a jeweler, community organizer, and youth director. Before becoming Mishkon's rabbi, he served as Rabbi of Temple Aliyah in Woodland Hills, and before that, he was the Rabbinic Intern of IKAR and a long-standing member of its musical prayer team.  

Drawing on his extensive experience as a musician, community organizer, and teacher, Gabriel is passionate about developing innovative and engaging ways to access the Jewish tradition, as well as making Judaism relevant and meaningful in our busy, modern lives.  A native of Cleveland, Ohio, he has lived in Los Angeles for more than a decade. Both Gabriel and his wife, Rabbi Rose Prevezer, are longtime lovers of Venice and its vibrant community. They are thrilled to be in the Mishkon Tephilo family and  their spiritual and communal home. Feel free to call Rabbi Botnick at (310) 392-3029 or email him at rabbibotnick@mishkon.org.

We welcome you to come discover more about us.

We value full participation regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, disability, age, or marital status.

Mishkon Tephilo welcomes interfaith families with open arms.

Tue, July 16 2019 13 Tammuz 5779