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Pacific Jewish Center          

Pacific Jewish Center is a unique Torah community, located in the Venice/Santa Monica vicinity of Southern California. Sixty years ago, "The Shul on the Beach" was part of a thriving Miami Beach-type Jewish coastal community. Over time, suburbanization and the introduction of air-conditioning took their toll. The community was down to one shul (this one) and no minyan.

In the late seventies, Rabbi Daniel Lapin and Michael Medved joined together to begin a revitalization campaign which had a tremendously positive affect not just on this Shul, but on literally hundreds of mostly young people seeking to raise the level of their Jewish identity. The Rabbi and Michael merged with a handful of elderly jews who were struggling to get a morning minyan and keep the shul. Shortly after an arrangement was made between the established congregants and the new members, the morning minyan and Shabbos services were humming with young and old voices alike and what threatened to be the extinction of a historic Jewish landmark had a new breath of life blown into it.

Over the past three-plus decades, Pacific Jewish Center has grown into a community with a local core of approximately 50 families and friends, plus hundreds who attend our weekly programming. Membership includes families with children of all ages, elderly couples and singles, young singles and many visitors. Pacific Jewish Center is filled with a warmth and caring which is world reknown. PJC is known as well for its thirst for learning.

The congregation also owns another property within a few blocks of the heart of the community. The one building on this property serves as a Bais Medrash as well as the PJC office. Seudas Shlishis/ Mincha/Maariv and some Yom Tov services are generally held there.

If you are visiting Southern California for any length of time, we urge you to pay us a visit on Shabbos, or at one of our classes. You can always get the latest scheduling updates here online or by calling (310) 392-8749.



Our Rabbi


1. Elementary Education:
    at Yavneh Hebrew Academy through grade 6,      
    culminated in Eretz Yisrael at Mamlachti Dati “ARI”
    of Tzefat

2. High School:
    Yeshivat Bnai Akiva Netiv Meir in Jerusalem,
    culminated in Yeshiva Toras Chaim of Denver, Colorado

3. Post High School Bait Midrash:
    a. Mishkan Hatorah, Jerusalem;
    b. Ner Israel Rabbinical College, Baltimore, MD;
    c. Bais Medrash Govohah, Lakewood New Jersey                   (Semicha)
    d. Even Haezer-Kiddushin Certification: Semicha from              Hagaon Horav Zalman Nechemia Goldberg, member          of the Rabbanut’s Beit Din Hagadol of Jerusalem,                Winter, 2004.

4. Undergraduate Studies.
     B.A. Political Science, Touro College, New York, NY.

5. Graduate Studies.
    J.D., Rutgers Law School, Newark, New Jersey.

6. Bar Admissions.
    California, Nevada, Arizona, Washington, Oregon, Utah,     Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Idaho, D.C.,     Alaska and Hawaii.

7. Rabbinic Career:
    a. Senior Rabbi, Congregation Agudath Sholom,
        Jersey City New Jersey (1991-1994)
​    b. Senior Rabbi, Young Israel of Los Angeles                            (September, 1994 through December, 2014)
    c. Rabbi Emeritus, Young Israel of Los Angeles
         (January 1, 2015 through the present)
    d. currently Rabbi of Pacific Jewish Center


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Orthodox Union - West Coast

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Orthodox Union - West Coast




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