And so, who are we?
Open Temple’s mission is to re-enchant Judaism through ritual space, the creative arts, and multi-media with a 21st century vibe. We activate Jewish ritual moments, spiritual assembly and learning, and engage “co-creators” in experimental and impactful Happenings that bring Judaism to contemporary life as we inspire Jewish curiosity, creativity and critical thought (for the Jew-ishly curious and those who love us) with the objective to reinvigorate our human potential towards more meaningful, connected and purposeful lives that transform ourselves and the world.
Artists. Lawyers. Industry professionals. Actors. Grad students. Professors. The Open Temple is an experimental spiritual community asking: What happens when tradition is given the license to bend according to our curiosities — unself-consciously and freely? What began in 2010 when four families sought a personalized Torah education for their children, with consideration for their needs as intermarried families from an international background, and a sense of fun, continues to grow beyond a creative and innovative “Third Place” community. The Open Temple House opened in Fall, 2016 (5777) as a center for Creative Jewish Spirituality serving musicians, performers, and the spiritually creative in Venice, CA.
“Sing unto God a new song.”
If God is already tired, as suggests the Psalm, of hearing the old song, all the more so will ordinary mortals be.
-Alcalay (20th c. Jewish lexicographer)
The Open Temple.
Sing a new Song.