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About our community

Our welcoming community in Venice Beach is egalitarian and participatory, joyously traditional and inclusive. Mishkon embraces the warmth of tradition while welcoming new thoughts and ideas. Our unique character attracts people from every profession, including artists, attorneys, educators, rabbis, scientists, non profit execs, therapists, business, finance, tech, entrepreneurs and golden years. Welcome to the family.

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Am Yisrael Chai

Coffee With the Rabbi
Email to schedule a time to meet for coffee or a phone call with Rabbi Katzan.

Join us for Services
Kabbalat Shabbat at Mishkon
includes a Tot Shabbat 
Service and is a hosted on the first Friday of every month
Friday Kabbalat Shabbat
Receive Shabbat together with song and sharing on zoom.

Saturday Morning Shabbat
Shabbat morning services in the sanctuary include Shacharit, the Torah Service, and Musaf. Congregants often lead parts of the service and have the honor of reading the weekly Torah portion, and members and visitors alike may receive an aliyah. Rabbi Katzan shares a sermon and engages the community in discussion. Mourners and those observing a yahrzeit lead the Mourner’s Kaddish.

Things to Read
A Prayer for Israel in this Time of War by Rabbi Naomi Levy

Board of Rabbis of Southern California Prayers for Israel

How to Talk to Your Kids About Israel by Mayim Bialik

Patrick Kielty on Israel and Palestine - The Late Late Show

Stay in Touch
Many members are affected personally. Call the office at 310-392-3029 (ext 1) if you would like to reach out to people in need or if you or anyone you know needs to be contacted.

Blue Ribbon Project
As a public act of solidarity, the Jewish Federations of North America launched a global #BlueRibbonsforIsrael campaign, symbolizing support and solidarity for the safe return of the hostages taken by Hamas terrorists in Israel.
Mishkon has ordered 200 ribbons which can be obtained at services. Click here to visit the Federation's website to learn more and to find their toolkit to download social media templates, postcards, email banners, zoom backgrounds, and much more.

Latest from Mishkon

Happie Hoffman at Mishkon
Kabbalat Shabbat Dinner
We are excited to announce that Happie Hoffman and Rabbi Joshua Katzan will be together again for another special Kabbalat Shabbat service in Mishkon's sanctuary, on Friday, April 12 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Stay for dinner at 7:15 p.m. with vegetarian and chicken options.
Watch excerpts from Happie's last visit to Mishkon here.

This year, Mishkon is connecting hosts and guests for first-night seder at home
Mishkon Tephilo will also be visiting Kehillat Ma'arav for Day 1 and Day 7 of services and hosting Kehillat Ma'arav for Day 2 and Day 8 of services.

The Mishkon Gala
Join Mishkon Tephilo as we honor our very own Mad Man, Murray Kalis, with a festive gala to remember. Don your most glamorous Madison Avenue cocktail attire, indulge in a fabulous silent auction, and kick up your heels on the dance floor as we celebrate Murray's storied advertising career while fundraising for Mishkon!
Sunday, May 19
5:00 - 9:30 p.m.

Click here to learn more and to buy tickets.


Mishkon's 75th Anniversary

To kick off a year full of celebration, we hosted an open house event that included festive music, fun nosh as well as historical and architectural tours. 

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One of the great benefits of being a member of our Mishkon community is experiencing what it is to be a part of something “larger than oneself.” When it is time to celebrate, find support and healing, guidance, or nourishing friendship, sharing with this special community adds meaning and substance to our lives.

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Shabbat on the Beach

Mishkon always has so much fun getting together on the beach, singing songs, lighting candles, eating challah, and spending time with one another. 

Shabbat on the Beach will resume this summer!

Shabbat at Home

Surprising new connections are made at the Friday night Shabbat table as Mishkon members get matched to host families for a delightful evening of good food, camaraderie, and song. 

Keep an eye on the calendar for Mishkon's next Shabbat at Home!

Fri, April 12 2024 4 Nisan 5784