Who We Are

DSCN3583Founded in 1917, Temple Mishkon Tephilo is one of the oldest continuously operating synagogues on the West Side, and has occupied its present historic building since 1948. We embody the “Venice spirit” meaning we are group of quirky, intellectual, artistic, and warm folks who would love to have you join us in whatever part of our buffet you would find most fulfilling. We try to serve our members’ religious, spiritual, social, interfaith, and educational needs, be they 3 or 100 years old.

We have a renowned preschool, as well as both an active adult education program and a senior group. Our religious school is small but because of that, we can cater very easily to the needs of each student.

We have many committees and interest groups. Some are set up to support our members who are ill or in mourning. Our book club offers discussions that are so lively that even those who haven’t read our monthly selection seem to nevertheless find the meetings intellectually stimulating and interesting. We have a Kiddush committee that most Shabbos mornings presents us with a wonderful array of lunch selections. It is a great opportunity to schmooze and catch up with fellow Mishkonians who, you will find, become part of your life very quickly.

Our Shabbat and holiday services are lively with lots of singing and congregational participation. We do not put on the ritz for the High Holidays. What you see is what you get. Since we have chosen not to have a full time cantor, there is much opportunity to directly participate and even lead our services. Please let me know if you would like to lead sections of the service, read Torah or a Haftorah. We have members that would love to help you renew your synagogue skills if need be. We are working on developing a Learner’s Minyan with our new rabbinic intern this fall.

Our rabbi, ordained by the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, is Rabbi Gabriel Botnick. He is a certified Mohel performing Brit Milah, and is the only non-Orthodox Shochet in America certified by the Israeli Rabbinate to perform kosher slaughter.  Gabriel is the founder of Tekumah, the first and only Jewish organization dedicated to teaching the holy trades to any Jew interested in learning.  Prior to rabbinical school, he worked for many years as a jeweler, community organizer, and youth director. He previously served as Rabbi of Temple Aliyah in Woodland Hills and was previously the Rabbinic Intern of IKAR and a long-standing member of its musical prayer team.  

Drawing on his extensive experience as a musician, community organizer, and teacher, Gabriel is passionate about developing innovative and engaging ways to access the Jewish tradition, and making Judaism relevant and meaningful in our busy, modern lives.  A native of Cleveland, Ohio, he has lived in Los Angeles for over a decade.  Both Gabriel and his wife, Rose Prevezer, are long-term lovers of Venice and its vibrant community. They are thrilled to be joining the Mishkon Tephilo family and look forward to settling into their new spiritual and communal home. Feel free to call Rabbi Botnick at (310) 392-3029 or email him at rabbibotnick@mishkon.org.

We welcome you to come discover more about us.

We value full participation regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, disability, age, or marital status.

Mishkon Tephilo welcomes interfaith families with open arms.