Experience an Unforgettable Night of Musical Performances Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion - SPIRIT: Story, Song & Spirit Benefitting Pico Union Project

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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.

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“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.

Experience an Unforgettable Night of Musical Performances Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion

SPIRIT: Story, Song & Spirit Benefitting Pico Union Project

Saturday, June 22 - 8:00 p.m. at The Pico Union Project

[LOS ANGELES – June 3, 2019] 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.

About Craig Taubman
Craig Taubman, Founder and Artistic Director of The Pico Union Project (PUP) is a musician, scholar and a leading figure in the Interfaith community of Los Angeles. Ideally suited to PUP’s historic location in the city’s oldest active synagogue, Taubman’s musical composition bridge traditional Jewish themes and ancient teachings with passages and experiences from contemporary Jewish life. Over the years, Taubman has established numerous community building events for individuals of all faiths, including Friday Night Live and The Big Jewish Tent, as well as Unity in Concert and A Sacred Noise. His mission is forge community connections through music, worship and the arts to create a new kind of community center where all who enter learn to love themselves a little bit better, and in doing so, they become able to open their hearts to their neighbors, in all their diversity, in friendship, cooperation and love.

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 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:
http://www.picounionproject.org/spirit/

To coordinate media coverage, contact
Dea Shandera-Hunter
o 747 239-1715 c 310 699-7880
deashandera@yahoo.com

About Craig Taubman,
Founder and Artistic Director
Craig Taubman has left an indelible imprint on the Jewish American experience through his original compositions, recorded music and live performances. His musical style is inspiring, eclectic and accessible, and his songs bridge traditional Jewish themes and ancient teachings with passages and experiences from contemporary Jewish life. He speaks a language that is both comfortable and acceptable to children and adults. His Jewish recordings are an integral part of the community, weaving song and spirit into the fabric of Jewish life, and his compositions are used extensively in formal and informal Jewish settings across America.

Having traveled for years and met people from communities large and small, urban, suburban and rural, Jewish and not, Craig – a natural “connector” – became passionate about using his talents to bring diverse people together in new ways. He branched out to plan and oversee the production of community building events, some for a variety of Jews, including Friday Night Live and The Big Jewish Tent, and some for an interfaith audience, including Unity in Concert and A Sacred Noise, among others.

Inspired by the history, location and spiritual energy of the Pico Union Project building, Craig is using his gift for creating community connections through music, worship and the arts to build a new kind of community center – where all who enter learn to love themselves a little bit better, and in doing so, they become able to open their hearts to their neighbors, in all their diversity, in friendship, cooperation, and even love.

Craig attributes his great success to good hair products and his dog, children and wife of 25 years who keep him in line.

Media Questions

Tell us the history of this 1909 beautiful building?
How did you and your wife come to purchase it?
What inspired you to name the building the Pico Union Project?
How have you been serving the Los Angeles Community with your historic location?
I understand there are several different faiths that worship under this roof, please tell us about that?
Tell us about the upcoming Spirit event on June 22?
Who are some of the performers for the evening?
How much money do you plan to raise?
What will that money do for PUP?
What are some of your future goals for the Pico Union Project?
Are there days of the week that are available for this amazing space to be rented out for additional events?
How much are the tickets for the Spirit event on June 22?
Where can the tickets be purchased?
Where can our audience find out more information about the Pico Union Project?

Contact:
Dea Shandera-Hunter
o 747 239-1715
c 310 699-7880
deashandera@yahoo.com

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