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    The Hillygram Guide

    To Kosher Los Angeles

    The Jewish community and the HillyGram welcomes you to Los Angeles! Here is a
    practical Guide to Pico Robertson, North Hollywood (The Valley), Santa Monica,
    and La Brea. You're One Stop Location for Useful Tips and helpful information on
    the diverse Jewish communities in Los Angeles.


    The Pico Robertson area stretches from Beverly Blvd. until La Cienega, this is about a Half hour walk from top to the bottom.

    There are A few great places for you to stay in Pico in walking distance to Kosher restaurants, Shuls and Hotels. 


    Best WesternPlusCarlyle Inn:

    Located right off PicoBlvd on Robertson. This is a great place to stay

    because of its central location to many shuls and restraunts. Just a few blocksup the street towards Beverly Hills is the very popular Frozen yogurt shop,Toppings and a Starbucks is right cross the street and Walgreens Drugstore is just a half a block away ( across the street form the Starbucks). From the street, the entrance to the Carlyle is easy to miss but once inside it opens up into a beautiful spacious hotel with sun light and great amenities from its hot tub to the fitness center. This hotel also offers a continental breakfast. 

    1119 S Robertson Boulevard

    Los Angeles, California, 90035

    Phone: (310) 275-4445


    Residence Inn by

    Marriot Beverly Hills:

    Very nice Place to stay located
    towards the top of Pico near Beverly Blvd. while not located centrally this
    location is still perfect for walking anywhere. This Hotel is right up the
    street from a very nice shopping center with a Ralphs with a full kosher deli
    and Bakery, a CVS drugstore, and a Fish Grill (Kosher Restaurant) This Hotel
    also offers Free Breakfast and has a fitness center and a pool/ Jacuzzi.

    1177 S Beverly Dr

    Los Angeles, CA 90035


    Phone number (310) 228-4100





    Crown Plaza

    Beverly Hills:

    This location 

    is Right across the street from the residence
    inn and is also a very suitable option for a place to stay. Very beautiful and
    large and also includes a swimming pool and fitness center. Also right across

    the street the Ralphs Shopping center, CVS, and Fish grill.

    1150 S Beverly Dr, Los
    Angeles, CA 90035:

    (310) 553-6561



    Mr. C :


    This Luxurious Hotel Newly opened on the Corner of Pico and
    Beverwil has a five star rating and will give you a true Hollywood experience.

    This Hotel Is at the very top of the Pico Robertson area and is still in
    walking distance of all things on Pico. This Location offers free car service
    for anywhere in a three mile radius and has Childcare and babysitting

    1224 Beverwil Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90035

    (877) 334-562



    Shuls in Pico:


    Young Israel of
    Century City:



    Weekday Services:



    Minyan Location:

    Main Sanctuary or Beit Midrash

    Tu/We/Fr: 6 • 6:15 • 7 • 7:45 *

    Mo/Th: 6 • 6:10 • 7 • 7:45 *

    Su/Leg. Hol.: 6:45 • 8:00 • 9:00

    * Summer-only:

    additional late Shacharit at 9:00

    starts 20 Jun 2014

    Mincha 7:55pm


    Aish hatorah-



    Beth Jacob-








    Roxbury park:



    This is a public park which on a cool day is a pleasant walk

    from The Crown Plaza, The Marriot, and

    Mr.C Hotels. Great park for little kids with large jungle gym areas and large
    grassy open spaces and plenty of shady trees.



    BethJacob Park:

    This small private gated park attached to the Beth Jacob
    Shul is perfect for small children and is not a known public park but is open
    to the Jewish community and has a nice
    jungle gym, grass, and benches. This park is centrally located on the
    corner of Doheny and Olympic and is a very nice walk from the Carlyle Hotel on








    9548 W. Pico Blvd

    Los Angeles 90035

    # (310) 550-4511

    #2 (818) 981-2968

    *Open Daily


    Kali Mikvah:

    Anshe Emes Shul

    1490 S. Robertson Blvd.

    Los Angeles, CA 90035

    (310) 275-5640


    Dry Cleaners:


    Pico Cleaners and Beverly Hills Cleaners are next door to
    each other and they are located on Pico Blvd. Both have excellent service and
    know how to properly clean Tzitzit and Talisim.

    Pico Cleaners:

    9150 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035

    Phone:(310) 274-2431

    Hours: Open today · 7:00 am – 10:00 pm

    Beverly hills cleaners:

    9164 West Pico Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90035

    Hours: Mon-Fri 7am-8pm

    Saturday 8am -6:30pm

    Sunday 9am-5pm




    Eruv in Los Angeles, LaBrea, and westwood: For Info Call: (877) 378-8463

    There is no eruv in Santa
    Monica. The LA eruv covers All of Pico, La Brea , and Westwood.


    Kosher Markets:


    Pico Glat:



    9427 W. Pico Blvd.,
    Los Angeles, CA 90035

    (310) 785-0904


    Glat Mark:



    8708 W Pico Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90035

    (310) 289-6888


    Livonia Glat:



    8922 West Pico
    Boulevard Los Angeles CA 90035

    (310) 271-4343


    Ralphs Kosher Experience:



    This is a large chain grocery store with a select few

    locations called "Ralphs Kosher Experience" Bakery, Deli, and prepared

    9616 W Pico Blvd

    Los Angeles, CA 90035


    (310) 271-2672



    LaBrea Guide:


    The Labrea neighborhood Wilshire and Labrea Fairfax to highland


    Cholov Yisroel Coffe Bean:



    The Beverly Location in the labrea area is the only Coffee
    Bean in Los Angeles
    that offers a cholov yisroel option for their drinks!

    7235 Beverly Blvd.

    Los Angeles, CA 90036

    Phone (323) 934-1449




    There are no hotels in walking distance to the many shuls
    and restaurants in the Labrea erea. The best thing to do if you would like to
    stay in the area is check
    for people who have short term room and apartment rentals or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to inquire about
    possible rentals. Many people in the community rent out rooms or backhouses for
    Shabbat or yom tov.


    kosher Markets and Shabbat Take Out:


    Labrea Kosher:



    Full Service Kosher

    410 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

    (323) 931-1221


    Ralphs (Kosher experience): 



    This is a large chain grocery store with a select few
    locations called "Ralphs Kosher Experience" These locations have a kosher
    Bakery, Deli, and prepared foods.


    Ariel Glatt kosher:



    Full Service Kosher market

    304 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

    Phone: (323) 964-9438


    Trader Joes:



    A Cool trendy place
    to shop filled with delicious kosher treats, fresh fruits and vegetables, and
    some kosher meats.

    (Two Location Near by)-


    263 S La Brea Ave

    Los Angeles, CA 90036



    175 South Fairfax Ave

    Los Angeles, CA 90036




    Elite cuisine:



    This restaurant has a full
    menu for Shabbat take out. Shabbat Orders must be made 48hours in advance.

    7119 Beverly Blvd, Los
    Angeles, CA 90036

    Phone :( 323) 930-1303

    Shuls, Special Minyanim:

    Early shacharit on Shabbat and late maariv during the



    Pan pacific park:



    A nature haven in the midst of the city. This park has large
    grassy fields, picnic tables, and plenty of Jungle gyms for the little ones.
    Located in walking distance of the Jewish community in Labrea.

    7600 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

    (323) 939-8874


    Kenneth Hahn park:



    This beautifully lush park offers
    grassy fields, a large Pond, a Japanese garden, a workout course, athletic
    fields & scenic trails! This park offers great fun for the whole family.

    Park Hours: Sunrise to Sunset

    Vehicle Entrance Fee: $6.00 for vehicles *Fees apply to weekends and holidays ONLY

    4100 S La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90056

    (323) 298-3660




    The Cask:



    A large selection of Wines and spirits.

    8616 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035

    (310) 205-9008






    Carries a Full array of Candy trays, Wines, and
    gift baskets.

    8859 W Pico Blvd. Los Angles, CA 90035

    (310) 777-0271






    Judaica and book store.


    613 The Mitzvah Store:




    Judaica and book store.


    Family friendly Activities:


    Labrea Tar Pits-


    An Exciting hands on Museum exhibiting prehistoric creatures
    and the natural pools of tar on the grounds! Located right near the Jewish community
    in Labrea.

    5801 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

    9:30 am – 5:00 pm

    (323) 857-6300


    LA Zoo and botanical gardens:



    Easy to get to, free parking, and good rates. Fun for the
    whole family!

    5333 Zoo Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027

    (323) 644-4200


    Griffith Observatory:




    Overlooking the scenic Hollywood Hills this beautiful museum
    offers many exhibits on the universe and our solar system they also have a
    couple exciting shows in the planetarium.

    2800 E Observatory Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

    (213) 473-0800


    Comedy Sportz:




    This Family friendly improv comedy show is fun for the
    entire family and is a wonderful activity for the evening. Thursday nights are
    cheaper rates at 12$ a person and the show starts at eight and is two hours
    long with an intermission.

    733 Seward St, Los Angeles, CA 90038

    (323) 871-1193


    The grove:




    A beautiful outdoor shopping center with a free trolley that
    runs from one end to the other. The Grove has a Coffee Bean, AMC Century Movie
    Theater, a farmers market, and a beautiful Dancing fountain that is fun for the
    Whole Family!

    189 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036

    (323) 900-8080




    Bais Yehudah

    360 N. La Brea Avenue

    Los Angeles, CA 90036

    (323) 939-4297)

    For Men and Women (separate entrances)


    Bais Yehudah Naftoli:

    221 S. La Brea Avenue

    Los Angeles, CA 90036

    For Men


    The Valley Guide:

    Valley Village area


    Kosher markets:



    Cambridge Farms:



    12431 Burbank Blvd, Valley Village, CA 91607

    Phone : (818) 506-6661

    Hours: Open weekdays 7:00 am – 9:45 pm


    Super Sal:


    Address: 17630 Ventura Boulevard, Encino, CA 91316

    Phone:(818) 906-2815

    Hours: weekdyas 8:00 am - 8:00m





    Teichman Mikvah-

    12800 Chandler Blvd

    Valley Village, CA 91607

    (818) 760-4567

    Adat yeshurun Mikvah-

    12405 Sylvan St
    .Tel: 818-766-4610


    Shuls and Special Minyanim:


    Sharey Tzedek:

    12800 Chandler Blvd

    Valley Village, CA 91607

    Office: (818) 763 - 0560




    Valley Village Park:



    200 Westpark Dr

    North Hollywood, CA 91601

    Valley Village

    Phone number (818) 763-7651


    Castle Park:




    Miniature golf, bating cages,
    and an Arcade. *Free parking

    4989 Sepulveda Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403



    The Valley Eruv:



    Westwood Guide:


    Westwood Kehila Shul

    733 Seward St, Los Angeles, CA 90038

    (323) 871-1193


    Kosher Markets:


    Santa Monica Glatt Kosher market-

    Full Service Kosher Market. This is the nearest Glatt kosher
    market near Westwood.

    11540 Santa Monica Blvd

    Los Angeles, CA 90025

    Phone number (310) 473-4435


    Fish Grill:

    Only kosher restaurant in Westwood!

    12013 Wilshire Blvd

    Los Angeles, CA 90049



    Santa Monica:


    Pacific Jewish center


    OFFICE: 726 ROSE AVE, VENICE, CA 90291



    Things to do in Santa Monica:

    Bike rentals- There are many different bike rental
    businesses all along the beach in Santa Monica and Venice beach and there is a
    nice long bike path along the beach to ride on!


    The Santa Monica Pier- The Pier is an exciting tourist
    attraction filled with roller coasters a Ferris wheel, an arcade, and carnival
    games. There is also a Coffee Bean on the pier although prices at this location
    are significantly increased.


    Fish Grill Malibu- If you drive down Pacific Coast Highway
    you will find the fish grill in Malibu right next to the Chabad in Malibu just
    steps from the water and right off the side of the road. This is a fun place to
    stop for a bite or to pick up snacks for a picnic on the beach.


    Hertz: Car Rentals Special code for discounted prices!

    Corporate code CDP #

    Convention Code (CV)
    # 022L4133 when booking their rental



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  • Kosher Camping. The not so rough roughing it!


    Yehudah and Minnie Nosenchuk run organized camping trips to nature destinations throughout the country. While camping is fun, a great experience and a beautiful way for the entire family to be together in nature.  It is not so easy for most frum Jews. The Hillygram wanted to find out what is kosher camping is and if it is for everyone?  Yehudah Nosenchuk of Chuckie's Kosher Adventure Tours  answered a few questions he thaought would be of interest to the community.      



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         How did you get started?

    287My wife has been camping with her family ever since she was
    a child. When we met, she spoke a lot about her travel experiences. The
    closest thing to camping that I had ever experienced was summer camp in the
    Mountains of Pennsylvania and that was not something I was interested in as an
    adult. We were only married a short while when we joined her family on a camping trip  to Yellowstone and GrandTeton National Parks. One week was all it took to get me hooked. By now, we have covered a good majority of the National Parks across the US and Canada.


    Which is your favorite National Park?

    Each National Park is so unique. Acadia NP, Maine has magnificent coasts, Redwood
    NP has majestic trees, Yellowstone has unparalleled natural wonders including
    geysers and other geothermal features and I have favorite parts in each park. However, the most awe-inspiring beauty I have ever seen is the Grand Canyon; it is just breathtaking! My two favorite hikes are Skyview in Cape Breton NP, Nova Scotia and Lymph, Bear and Dream Lakes in Rocky Mountain NP, Colorado.


    Why camping?

    8-17-14 2066Camping is one of the best ways to immerse yourself and experience the nature up close. Gazing at a sky full of stars, relaxing at a campfire after an exhilarating day, andawaking to the sound of wind rustling through the trees and birds chirping. While camping,  many of the distractions that accompany our daily lives are absent.
    Limited electricity, internet and phone service and other distractions
    will allow you to spend uninterrupted quality time with your group.

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    Why did you start Chuckie's

    Kosher Adventures?

    Aside from being popular vacation destinations, these outstanding natural wonders foster an appreciation of Hashem's creation is very uplifting. Traveling to these
    destinations as a frum jew, however, can be challenging. Remote locations with no availability of kosher food and minyanim prevent many observant jews from being able to enjoy them. People are constantly telling us, "We'd love to go to these places but what about a minyan?  Food? How do you get all the gear there?" Our service helps to alleviate all of these concerns and  make camping and visiting national parks easy and accessible to the frum camper.


    There are lots of travel services out there, what make yours

    Our model is very unique. We allow you to have privacy as a family or group while still IMG 0609enjoying the convenience of being a part of a group. Each family or group stays on their own campsite with their own picnic table and fire pit. Your hosts (us) stay on a large host site where minyanim- take place and the meals are cooked. You are free to take your meals to your private campsite to enjoy. You can also make your own private campfire. The hardest part about camping is schlepping the gear and cooking in the outdoors. We take care of that for you. You will arrive to a campsite that is set up with all the gear you will need and there's no need for you to worry about the meals – we've got them covered. We attract all different types of groups: families with young children, retired couples, men whose wives are not adventurous as they are and women whose husbands are not adventurous.


    What is your busiest season?

    The summer is the most popular time to travel, but we run trips throughout the year. In the
    winter, we choose destinations that are in warmer climates and have some cabin-based trips

    with heating. For example, we have a cabin trip scheduled to Grand Canyon/Sedona over
    Thanksgiving weekend. The trip will include a Shabbos. We will be staying in
    beautiful cabins right outside of Sedona. This will be a good opportunity for people who love

    nature, but are not ready to rough it out in a tent.


    acadiaAn overal thought you want to leave Hillygram readers with?

    I wish everyone had the opportunity to take advantage of the amazing wonder, beauty and

    the wholesome experience that one has when visiting nature.

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  • Local Los Angeles Leaders Honored and recognized on Capitol Hill during American Jewish Heritage Month

    Jewish Contributions Celebrated on Capitol Hill 


    by The Friedlander Group


    The Kennedy Caucus Room in the Russell Senate Office Building was packed with more than 200 legislators, Jewish leaders and their supporters who participated in a bi-partisan celebration of American Jewish Heritage Month to recognize the many contributions of the Jewish people to the United States. 


    As President Ronald Reagan declared in 1981, when he first established Jewish Heritage week, "American Jews have contributed significantly to the spiritual and cultural elevation of our society since the founding of our Nation. Jewish immigrants and their descendants have brought dignity and distinction to every field of American endeavor. Our Jewish citizens have served America by fighting for her freedom, building her industry, striving for her goals, and nurturing her dreams." In 2006, President George W. Bush proclaimed May as Jewish American Heritage Month, an initiative led by Representative Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and the late Senator Arlen Specter. Each subsequent President has continued this tradition.  The Friedlander Group and Project Legacy have been sponsoring a special tribute on Capitol Hill for the last several years.


    Among those feted this week were Holocaust survivor  and author of the acclaimed book, A Candle in the Heart, Judith Kallman of Greenwich, CT, who was lauded for her efforts to convince students to stop the hate by Senator Richard Blumenthal; Chief Rabbi of the Bukharan Jewish community, Itzhak Yehoshua, the President of the Bukharian Rabbinical Council of America, who immigrated to the United States in 1987, and successfully built the American Bukharian community from what was once a small group into a vast community with over 65,000 members; an accomplishment lauded in a Senate Resolution introduced in honor of Jewish Heritage Month. It was pointed put by Senator Blumenthal and others that the "Bukharian community has ancient roots in Central Asia, and after the fall of the Soviet Union, many immigrated to the United States seeking a better life free from oppression. Under Rabbi Yehoshua's leadership, the Bukharian community demonstrates how immigrants integrate into American life while preserving their unique culture and traditions".   


    To recognize the importance of civil rights, the program featured Mark Meyer Appel, founder of The Bridge Multicultural and Advocacy Project, an organization that unites people of every racial, ethnic, cultural and religious background. As this year marks the 50th anniversary of the "Bloody Sunday " Selma March across the Edmund Pettus Bridge an event that was a major turning point in the Civil Rights Movement, in which countless Jews were involved. Being true to that legacy, American Jews like Mark Meyer Appel remain devoted to advancing civil rights for all Americans and bridging the divide between different communities. Indeed, Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III, (D-Mass) who made that presentation and appropriate in light of him being the grandson of Attorney General and Senator Robert F. Kennedy, a major figure in the civil rights movement.  


    Also honored was AISH International, one of the largest Jewish outreach organizations of its kind in the world, which aims to connect Jews to their ancient heritage in a warm, non-judgmental environment. In the words, Senate Resolution AISH was singled out for praise for reinforcing "that in the United States, people may freely connect with their culture and religious heritage and contribute to the fabric of life in the United States". Several of their supporters received special recognition including: Ruth Hyman, Bob and Michelle Diener, Gary M. and Pennie Abramson


    Emceed with a strong dose of humor by Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, Executive Vice President of the New York Board of Rabbis, and Greg Rosenbaum who chairs the Jewish Heritage Month Celebration the event included a list of impressive speakers from both houses of Congress and both sides of the aisle. The standing ovation of the day was given to Rep. John Lewis, the civil rights hero who came to the microphone and remembered the marches in the south, reciting the words of the Bible and the lyrics of the classic, "Let My People Go". He reminded those in the audience of the days when Jews marched with Martin Luther King, Jr. in the fight for human rights, and recalled three young men he knew who did not die in Vietnam. They did not die in the Middle East or in another foreign country fighting for freedom-they were arrested and lynched fighting for freedom in the United States.  They were Andrew Goodman, Mickey Schwerner and James Earl Chaney, lynched by the KKK in 1964.


    Another speech that earned a standing ovation was the speech by Mrs. Kallman. As a child, she and her siblings became fugitives of the Third Reich after they witnessed their parents and older siblings get into a cattle car headed for Auschwitz. She survived thanks to the kindness of strangers and ended her odyssey from Czechoslovakia, Hungary, England, and Israel to come to America, where, she said, "Here I discovered that life is indeed beautiful and that I can enjoy my family and love deeply. I owe that ability to my parents, of blessed memory, who lavished the best of their love, hope and care upon me from the moment I appeared in their lives. And I owe it to the freedom I found in America, a freedom from fear that allowed me to raise my children in peace, to practice Judaism without shame. How does one say 'thank you' for that?"


    Other speakers were Sen. Bill Cassidy, Sen.Tim Kaine, Sen. Kelly Ayotte , Sen. Ron Johnson, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Rep. Eliot Engel, Sen. Ben Sasse, Rep. Ted Deutch; Rep. Lee Zeldin.




    Aish International being presented with Jewish Heritage award by Senators Kelly
    Ayotte; Bill Cassidy; Ron Johnson and Rep. Eliot Engel with honorees: Ruth
    Hyman; Bob and Michelle Diener; Gary and Pennie Abramson


    Stanley Treitel, Senator Richard Blumenthal, Senator Tim Kaine,

    Representative John Lewis, Rabbi Levi Shemtov, Ezra Friedlander,
    Rabbi Gavriel Kleinerman, Richard M. Horowitz,Rabbi Richard Boruch Rabinowitz,

    Rabbi Hershel Lutch of Aish International




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    From a community member who would like to warn the community
    "As I was leaving Café Eilat 7/2/15 and driving down Detroit St, a car began wildly beeping at me.  I pulled over to talk to them. The passanger accused me of "grazing" their bumper and running away.He told me he had called the police and reported a HIT AND RUN"..I had NO IDEA what they were talking about but the spokesman  showed me the scratch on their car and then the corresponding white scratch on my car. He proceeded to "call" the police and cancel the hit and run. (I should have realized then how ridiculous that was- like he had Speed Dial to the Police!!) He asked about my insurance and I told him I was going to call my husband. He tried to convince me not to call my husband, Then he tried to negotiate so I wouldn't call the insurance (since he had teenage sons and his rates would go up). We finally settled on an amount ($240) and he said I needed to go to the bank and cash a check. I wanted to give him a check but he said  "you don't need my name and I don't need yours". In the end, they followed me to the bank but they couldn't cash my personal check because I only had a business account. I just offered him the money in my wallet and he took $220 and drove off. He was driving a white and brown Mini Cooper. The driver was a young Hispanic looking guy and the spokesman was a 50ish year old white guy..Basically, they just intimidate you and force you to pay them off."   7/1
    The following are important tips to avoid being the victim of a scam:
    1. Exchange information with the other driver(s)
    2. Be aware of potential witnesses
    3. Carry a notepad and disposable camera if you do not have a phone that takes pictures.
    4. Write down license numbers, CDL and plates
    5. Be wary of unsolicited tow truck operators
    (Thank you to ROBERT ROTHMAN , Police Officer III
    Community Outreach Operations Valley Bureau)
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    After extensive research, a newly updated Starbucks list has been compiled by the cRc. The following are some of the changes from the previous list:

    1) The cRc now can recommend getting a latte in any location as long as one orders a “kiddie latte” - which means to order it prepared at 115 degree Fahrenheit.

    2) For those that do not use regular milk, in addition to soy milk, there is also coconut milk available under the OU.

    3) Cold brew coffee (a new item) presents a kashrus issue due to kovush.

    4) Teavana teas are mostly not yet kosher certified but they are slowly working towards becoming certified. Of course plain, unflavored tea does not need a hechsher.

    5) Clover coffee can be ordered if one asks the Barista to use wooden sticks instead of the metal whisk.




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