Who We Are
The Sholem Community is a secular and progressive Jewish educational, cultural, and social institution. Our Sunday school teaches Jewish history, culture, and ethics. We offer a bar/bas mitsve program and observances of Jewish holidays.
We offer pretty much what a synagogue does, but from a secular—meaning non-religious—point of view. We have been in the Los Angeles area since the early 1950s. Most of our activities revolve around our Sunday school held during the school year between 10:00 am and 12:30 pm at the Westside Neighborhood School near Marina del Rey.
Many of our adult activities (seminars, panel discussions, guest speakers) take place at the same time the school is in session. We also have activities such as theater parties and holiday observances unrelated to the school schedule. Approximately 50 children are enrolled in our school and our parent/toddler group called Bagels ‘n Blox. We pride ourselves on our progressive outlook, our welcoming and warm environment, and our sense of community.
Our not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization runs in part as a cooperative. Members are actively engaged in Sholem’s management and operations. Our paid staff consists of a school principal and our school personnel. We are affiliated with the Congress of Secular Jewish Organizations.