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The Santa Monica Synagogue is an intimate Reform congregation of 250 families, founded in 1981. We come together to worship, study, engage in tikun olam (repairing the world), celebrate our joyous occasions, and be a support to one another in times of difficulty.
We worship God and celebrate our Jewish heritage in an egalitarian atmosphere that invites participation and creativity. Through religious observances, educational programs, and social gatherings, our synagogue offers opportunities for individuals and families to enrich their lives, to connect with others, and to discover their own relationship with Judaism.
We are a diverse congregation. Among our families are couples with children, seniors, single parents, same-sex partners, interfaith couples, and singles. We embrace the varied orientations of Reform Jews in contemporary society.
Our Torah is a legacy from the Jewish community of Susice, Czechoslovakia, which saw most of its members perish in the Holocaust. It was one of 1,564 scrolls that were brought to London in 1964 and subsequently distributed around the world. It perpetuates the memory of the Jewish community of Susice, and represents the continuity of Jewish life. We are proud to be one of the congregations entrusted with this loan from the Memorial Scrolls Trust (www.memorialscrollstrust.org).
The community we have built is truly the foundation of our synagogue. From our annual Progressive Dinner to our social groups, from our Second Night Seder to our joyous Shabbat celebrations and annual Wilderness Experience camping trip, we are truly a community of friends.
In a big world, we are intimate.
In a fast world, we are steady.
In a lonely world, we are a community.
In an anonymous world, we know one another by our names