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We're right by the Gold Line in Highland Park, easy to get to by train, bus, bike or car.

As one of our members often says, prior experience is neither necessary or particularly helpful. You'll find all the details about our community, our services, our school and our programming online, but the best way to learn about us is to see for yourself! All of our services, classes and events are open to non-members (as well as non-Jews and interfaith families) and you'll always find a friendly, knowledgeable face to answer any questions you might have, from our Rabbi and Cantors to our board of directors and our members themselves.

Although we're online for now, scroll down to learn more about visiting us in person once we re-open. 

 

Click here to read the latest covid-19 update and questions

Our building and grounds have been closed since March 19th, along with all other Jewish institutions in Los Angeles, and while we want to re-open as soon as it is safe to do so, we do not have an immediate date for re-opening. The covid-19 update page has all the details of what our re-opening might look like, and how it will affect our different services and programs. During this period, we are absolutely still open for visitors, prospective and new members- check out our online services and events pages to see what's going on, and feel free to join in. 

For Zoom visitors, we kindly ask that you use your full name when joining our Zoom rooms and meetings- it helps everyone to get to know each other- and that you turn on your camera at the start of the event (if you need to turn it off from time to time, or later on, that's okay.) When you join our waiting room at the start of an event, let the host know that you're visiting TBI and that you're interested in attending the service or program and learning more about us. 

 

How to get to TBI by public transit

Our building is literally a block from the Highland Park Gold Line station! If you're riding the Gold Line you can get off at Highland Park and exit the station at either end. If you exit at Avenue 57, turn right, walk to the next street (Monte Vista) and turn right again. If you exit at Avenue 59, turn left, walk to the next street (Monte Vista) and turn left again. Then keep going until you see our black fence and gate. 

LA Metro route 81 runs from Eagle Rock along nearby Figueroa Street and stops at Avenue 57 and Avenue 59- just walk up the street from Figueroa across the train tracks to Monte Vista. Routes 83 and 256 stop right on Monte Vista street from York Blvd, Avenue 64,  El Sereno, Monterey Hils and Altadena. LADOT's DASH Highland Park route stops at the train station from Eagle Rock and Highland Park.

 

How to get to TBI by car (and where to park)

TBI is easily accessible to the 5, 110, 134 and 210 freeways, with plenty of free street parking and inexpensive municipal lots nearby. If you're coming from points along the 134 or 210 freeways, exit at Figueroa Street and head south past York Blvd, then turn right onto Piedmont Avenue to Marmion Way. If you're coming from points along the 5 or 110 freeways, take the 110 to via Marisol. From the southbound ramp, continue straight onto Avenue 57. From the northbound ramp, turn left onto via Marisol and right onto Avenue 57. 

There are municipal parking lots on Marmion Way at Avenue 57, Avenue 58 and Avenue 60 that charge a nominal fee for up to 10 hours of parking, while on-street parking is first-come first-serve on Monte Vista Street, Avenue 57 and surrounding streets. On a typical Shabbat morning, there is plenty of on-street parking for everyone- it's been working for 80 years!

 

What to expect at TBI

There really aren't a whole lot of hard-and-fast rules that you need to read beforehand, but we know it can be intimidating to visit a synagogue. Our frequently asked questions page has all the details on what our services look and feel like, and how we treat things like cell phones, dress clothes, children and taking breaks, but in short here's what you really ought to know:

  • You do not need to be Jewish to join in, and we invite visitors of all backgrounds to come and join us. During services, we often ask volunteers to perform different rituals and blessings in English and Hebrew, and its perfectly okay to politely decline if you don't feel up to it
  • All services and events have both Hebrew and English, and we try to have as much transliteration (Hebrew sounds in English letters) as possible. Any time you're asked to perform a ritual like reading a blessing, there will be a transliteration available, and any time you're offered a blessing you can choose to have it read in English
  • Most of us dress comfortably. Some members wear suits, but most don't, and our rabbi likes to dress in colors and patterns so you certainly can too! If you really want to blend in, try something with a collar (polos and short sleeves are just fine!)
  • Cell phone use is discouraged during services. It's okay to have your phone on, but please keep it on silent, and step outside of the building if you need to take a call or message
  • Bringing kids is strongly encouraged! We understand that kids and grownups need to take a break from time to time and its always okay to step outside and enjoy our gardens or take a book or toy from our library

 

So what's coming up next? 

Our online services are regularly scheduled, and we have special programs for most Jewish holidays, as well as additional programming that you can find on our events calendar or by signing up for our e-mail list to stay informed! 

 

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