That Shabbos Feeling…

The Jewish Journal comes to visit Open Temple, and gets that shabbos feeling: “While there was poignancy and intellectualism at a recent Friday Shabbat Take Me Higher service at Open Temple in Venice, the defining moment came when a rocking six-person band of local musicians launched into Justin Timberlake’s hit song “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” But instead of the familiar chorus, it was sung as, “Got a Shabbos feeling!”” Read more. 

Upstart Much?

Open Temple accelerates into the international spotlight! We have been invited to join Cohort 10 of the much celebrated UpStart Accelerator. UpStart partners with innovators to redesign the experience and expression of Jewish life. Rabbi Lori and members of the Open Temple staff will be working closely with UpStart and members of Cohort 10 (as well as past cohort participants) to take Open Temple to the next level.

We are particularly thrilled to share this journey with Sara Brandes, Zachary Lasker, Craig Reid Taubman and their organizations Or HaLev and Pico Union Project. Kudos to all of Cohort 10 Colleagues: JQ International, Eshel, Makom Community, Olive Tree Arts, Tikkun Ha-Ir, and No Shame on U, we look forward to getting to know you all!

Slingshot–We’re In!

The Slingshot Guide is the foremost comprehensive resource into today’s most groundbreaking and significant organizations, projects and programs of the North American Jewish community.


This year, for the first time, Slingshot released a Los Angeles edition, and Open Temple was one of only 26 organizations selected for inclusion. We are tremendously honored.


Inclusion in the Guide recognizes an organization as being among the best drivers of future Jewish life and engagement, and at Open Temple, we are committed to the re-enchantment of Jewish life through curiosity, creativity, and critical thought.


We have collaborated with many others included in the guide (hello Moishe House, NuRoots and Reboot!), been inspired by others, and look forward to many many collaborations in the future.