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About Us

The Manhattan Beach Jewish Center is celebrating over 90 years of providing our community with all services traditionally provided by an Orthodox Jewish Synagogue.  These included providing Sabbath and daily religious services, a Talmud Torah school for children and social and recreational activities for MBJC’s members and other residents of the community.  In the 1950’s and 1960’s MBJC constructed a new sanctuary building as well as a seven story community center.  For many years the community center building has housed a (1) Yeshiva (2) Senior Citizen Center (3) Caterer to provide Jewish Life Cycle celebrations (4) After-School academic and recreations program for Public School children and (5) a Summer Day Camp.  As you can see, we are a synagogue dedicated to reaching out to all people, especially young families.  Let us grow together, leading lives filled with the joys of traditional Judaism as our parents, grandparents, and our people have done throughout the ages.  Our community has benefitted in recent years from the influx of families whose roots are from various parts of the former Soviet Union.  They have made our neighborhood a better place to live and the many who have become members of the MBJC have made us a better synagogue.  During their formative years, the parents of these families were denied the ability to practice Judaism and to receive a Jewish education.  Besides catering to our own extensive membership families, MBJC has undertaken programs to integrate families from the former Soviet Union into the activities of MBJC.  During the last 8 years we have had a full time outreach director dedicated to such families who has conducted several classes every week in introductory Judaism and in the Hebrew language.  MBJC has a special bar/bat mitzvah program for public school children which involve intensive preparatory courses in Judaism, weekly studies of the Biblical portion of the week, and Sabbath attendance with the program director.  Our goal is to integrate all elements in the surrounding Jewish community into as many of our programs as possible taking account the backgrounds of the people attending the programs.  During the High Holy Days MBJC has 3 separate services, including an introductory service conducted by our Outreach Director, Rabbi Tamir Zaltsman.  MBJC continues to foster relationships which begun during the large attendance at the High Holiday services to encourage the participation of the outreach attendees in other holidays and Jewish celebrations throughout the year including frequent Friday night Shabbat meals at MBJC.

Our Rabbi Yehoshua Zelikovitz, our officers and our dedicated members plan and implement MBJC’s programs which together with the activities directed by our Outreach Director Rabbi Tamir Zaltsman, are fulfilling MBJC’s mission.