Mission and History
ERETZ Synagogue is a traditional Jewish congregation servicing its community for 40 years. Our mission is to provide an inclusive, warm, and welcoming community in order to find a spiritual path that deepens the bond with the enduring traditions of Judaism. We strive to strengthen the connection with our congregants to help them live a more meaningful and purposeful life, through the teachings of Judaism. With our acts of loving kindness and social justice, we help promote a sense of peace and unity within our community and beyond. We pursue our mission through prayer, rituals, learning, music and the other gifts G-d has given us.
It was following an ancient tradition that immediately after we, who comprise that segment of the Jews of Persia who left Iran in the aftermath of the 1979 Iranian Revolution to settle in the San Fernando Valley area, decided to build our own synagogue. Since we number less than ten thousand, we could easily have worshiped at the many synagogues already in existence in our immediate area. Nevertheless, we felt that we needed a place which would enable us to practice our faith and act as the focal point for our own particular Persian Jewish culture which we have developed over 2500 years of living in the land of Cyrus the Great. These include support for the State of Israel, assistance to the sick and the needy among members of our community, establishment of center for the religious studies of our children and more.
There was a pivotal moment in this organization when an older generation who had planted strong traditional seeds, started having children who would later take it upon themselves to evolve Eretz into the modern spiritual Jewish community that it is today. Well, now the Eretz founders’ children have grown up! For the past 10 years, with the launch of new programs and the mystical teaching of the Kabballah, it is they who now make up the core of this modern-day spiritual community known as Eretz Synagogue.
A new history and herstory are in the making…