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Scholar-in-Residence

Craig Taubman
A Model of Chesed, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship
Friday, March 1 – Sunday, March 3

The North Peninsula Jewish Community Presents

2024 North Peninsula Scholar in Residence Craig Taubman

A Model of Chesed, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship
Friday, March 1 – Sunday, March 3

You’re invited to be part of this weekend of special events featuring Craig Taubman: composer, Jewish community leader, and founder of Pico Union Project, a vibrant cultural center that builds community health and neighborhood revitalization in downtown Los Angeles.

Schedule of Events

Social Impact Workshop:
“Scaling Chesed“: A Case Study of Pico Union Project
Friday, March 1 • 1:00–2:30 pm • PJCC

Bringing social justice and tikkun olam to life in the broader community. Registration required.

Shabbat Service
Friday, March 1 • 6:30 pm • Peninsula Temple Beth El, San Mateo

With PTBE Clergy and the Hallelu Band.
Also available via livestream; click here on March 1.

Service + Lunch
Saturday, March 2 • 10:00 am–2:00 pm • Congregation Beth Jacob, Redwood City

Takes place during CBJ’s Power Hour service.

Evening Concert
Saturday, March 2 • 7:00–10:00 pm • Peninsula Temple Sholom, Burlingame

With Cantor Yonah Kliger, Duvid Swirsky, and other guest artists. Registration required.
Also available via livestream; click here on March 2. (Note: to obtain the necessary passcode, please place your request here by Thursday, February 29.)

Creative Liturgy Workshop
Sunday, March 3 • 10:00–11:30 am • Peninsula Sinai Congregation, Foster City

Craig Taubman discusses “Prayer, Music, and the Writing Process.” Registration required.

These programs are supported by PJCC and our North Peninsula Jewish Community partners: Congregation Beth Jacob, Peninsula Sinai Congregation, Peninsula Temple Beth El, Peninsula Temple Sholom, and Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School. All programs are free to the public; your support is welcomed at pjcc.org/donate

About 2024 Scholar In Residence Craig Taubman

Recognized with numerous honors and awards, Craig Taubman’s spiritual, uplifting, and inspiring music has been part of the American Jewish liturgical landscape for decades. He has also composed music for television and film productions by Paramount, New Line Cinema, Showtime, HBO, Fox, PBS, and Disney.

Craig is the force behind collaborative projects across Jewish Los Angeles and beyond, including his acclaimed Friday Night Live worship service. Craig is the force behind Hallelu and Big Jewish Tent, and the producer of Jewels of Elul and the Celebrate Series—compilation projects that have featured the music and words of thousands of people in both print and music. He has also played an influential role in Jewish musical worship with his Friday Night Live and One Shabbat Morning services for several decades in Los Angeles.

In 2013, Craig and his wife Louise purchased the original home of Sinai Temple in the Pico Union neighborhood of Downtown Los Angeles. Inspired by the history, location, and spiritual energy of the historic building, together they created the non-profit Pico Union Project, a vibrant cultural center that builds community health and neighborhood revitalization, dedicated to doing good and being a force of goodness in downtown Los Angeles.

In his role as a County Commissioner, Craig has successfully advocated for marginalized communities and neighborhoods.


Funded primarily by the Koret Foundation and the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture.

Funded in part by Peninsula Jewish Community Center, Peninsula Temple Beth El, Peninsula Temple Sholom, Peninsula Sinai Congregation, Congregation Beth Jacob, Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School, and the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties.

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