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About Us

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, connect with others, and to discover our own relationship to Judaism.

Learning

We are a community of learners. We hold classes, workshops, lectures and discussions for all ages, from our youngest children to our oldest adults.  Here, we learn about our history, customs and rituals.  Here, we explore what it means to be Jews in the modern world, utilizing the teachings and insights from our past.   

Prayer & Worship

Shabbat Evening Services

Our Shabbat evening services begin at 6:00 and conclude with a festive oneg in our social hall.  Led by Rabbi Marx and Cantor Dropkin, we use a prayer book created by our own members.

Our Kabbalat Shabbat (Welcoming Shabbat) services begin at 6:00 PM.  During these half hour services, spirited singing fills our sanctuary as we welcome in Shabbat.  We conclude with an oneg of appetizers.

Shabbat Morning Services

We hold Shabbat Morning services, at 10:00 AM, whenever our thirteen year-olds become B’nai Mitzvah.  These services are exceptionally beautiful and moving.  Each young adult leads the service from start to finish, leading prayers in English and Hebrew, chanting from the Torah and Haftarah, and delivering a D’var Torah before the congregation.   We are extremely proud of our unique B’nai Mitzvah experience and the accomplishments of our young adults.

High Holy Day Services

We begin the Days of Awe with a S’lichot service under the stars.  There, the cantor, accompanied by an instrumentalist, leads us in song, and our rabbi offers words which prepare us for the process of repentance.

For Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, we use the new Reform prayer book, "Sanctuary of the Soul."  With its modern English interpretations of the Hebrew prayers, we have the opportunity to connect deeply to these holy days.  Our rabbi’s sermons are especially moving, warm, and thought provoking.  Our cantor and choir fill the sanctuary with beautiful and uplifting music.

During the afternoon of Rosh Hashanah, hundreds of us gather at the beach for the ceremony of Tashlich to sing, pray, and, with breadcrumbs, symbolically cast our sins into the water.  This is one of our most wonderful events, both spiritually and socially.

Fri, December 6 2019 8 Kislev 5780