The Shul on the Beach

About the Shul on the Beach

The Shul on the Beach 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

Rabbi Rubanowitz brings a unique blend of Los Angeles and Israeli Jewish influence to his rabbinics. He spent a number of years as a child and teen studying in the holy cities of Tzefat and Jerusalem and was an active member of the Religious Zionist movement  “Bnai-Akiva”.  As a young man, he learned at the yeshivas of Mishkan Hatorah, Jerusalem headed by Harav Moshe Shapiro, Za”l, in Ner Israel, Baltimore, Md, as a Talmid of Harav Yaakov Moshe Kulefsky, Za”l, and enjoyed four years of advanced learning at Beth Medrash Govoha, known as the ”Lakewood” Yeshiva, in New Jersey, where he  earned his Rabbinic Ordination (Semicha) from each of Lakewood’s four Illustrious leaders: Rabbi Malkiel Kotler, Rabbi Yisroel Neuman, Rabbi Dovid Shustal and Rabbi Yerucham Olshin.  During his time in Lakewood, Rabbi Rubanowitz took on Jewish outreach as one of the original “Partners in Torah” led by Rabbi Eli Gewirtz, and lectured at student-run study groups at Princeton University.  Rabbi Rubanowitz currently holds additional Ordination from the great Rav Zalman Nechemia Goldberg, certifying him in the areas of Jewish Marriage and Family Law.

To complement his diverse and deep religious studies, Shalom completed law school and went on to gain bar admissions in 14 states. He has worked as “lawyer-pulpit rabbi” for over 25 years, engaging and inspiring the Jewish community.

He took on rabbinic leadership at the Shul on the Beach in 2015. His enthusiastic presence has helped solidify the Friday night Shabbat Dinner Experience meals, and he has been instrumental in jumpstarting the Shabbat Lounge for young professionals events.

Rabbi Rubanowitz invites you to join the Venice community at the Shul on the Beach for Shabbat, and experience the unique warmth and energy of this historic gem of Jewish Los Angeles.