Pico-Union Project – Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion

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Amid headlines filled with grim acts of discrimination, violence, and prejudice comes an inspiring event celebrating solidarity and the union of people across all races, religions, and backgrounds. On Saturday, June 22nd, experience the energizing and eclectic sounds of SPIRIT: an Evening of Song, Story & Spirit Benefitting the Pico Union Project.

Featuring performances by Craig Taubman, Mostly Kosher, Aaron Embry, Rick Lupert, Barney Salzberg, Sara Hershkowitz, Shany Zamir, Stuart K Robinson, Rev Najuma Pollard, Rabbi Ed Feinstein, HB Barnum, and many more, the evening will accentuate the importance of religious and cultural inclusion through soul-stirring music, self-exploration, mindfulness, spoken word artists, and community activism.

The Pico Union Project (lovingly known as “PUP”), is located at 1153 Valencia Street, near downtown Los Angeles, and is the oldest synagogue building in Los Angeles, built in 1909, and the host of this uplifting and influential event. Audiences will enjoy an evening of community-oriented entertainment — dedicated to principles of love, diversity, and inclusion. This historic venue was chosen in 2013 by PUP’s founder and artistic director, Craig Taubman, as the ideal site for an interfaith cultural arts center. The Pico Union Project is dedicated to the ancient Jewish principle of being “a light unto the nations” and a place to honor humanity through song, culture, art, prayer, and food.

“At Pico Union Project, we have chosen to crowdsource our leadership because we recognize there is not one voice, one message from the entire community, but a broad spectrum of humanity, and we aspire to include them all,” Taubman said.

Since its inception six years ago, the multi-faith sanctuary has had an undeniable impact on Los Angeles. The goal of the SPIRIT event is to raise $100,000 to help the Pico Union Project continue to fund its projects and programs.

Tickets for this celebratory event range from $50 to $100 for general admission, and sponsored seats, which includes access to the VIP Pre-concert Reception at 7:15 p.m. start at $250. The show begins at 8:00 p.m.  Craig Taubman shares stories about the history of the building with Mark Alyn.

About Pico Union Project

The Pico Union Project is dedicated to the Jewish principle to “love your neighbor as yourself.” It elevates this teaching into practice in a historic building by bringing diverse cultures together through song, story, art, food, and prayer. Pico Union Project is a multi-faith cultural arts center and the house of worship founded in 2013 which aims to invigorate the community of Los Angeles and be a light to the community.

For more information please visit: www.picounionproject.org/spirit/

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