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Who We Are


The Santa Monica Synagogue is an intimate Reform congregation of 125 families, founded in 1981. We come together to worship, study, engage in tikkun 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 (

The community we have built is truly the foundation of our synagogue.  From our social groups to our joyous Shabbat celebrations, from classes to annual events, 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

Map and Directions

From the 10 Freeway:
Exit at Cloverfield and turn right.  Go 3 lights to Broadway and turn left.  Go approx ΒΌ mile to 18th Street and turn right.  Our parking lot is the first driveway on the left.


Mon, May 16 2022 15 Iyar 5782