Mazal Tov, Benji!

Reinforcing the Jewish people one mensch at a time.


The main event! See it LIVE! as Benji publicly accepts personal responsibility for observance of the Commandments!

What should I wear?

Most men in synagogue will be wearing suits, and most women will be wearing dresses or skirts that are "modest" (knees, elbows, and other noteworthy parts covered).

How do I get there?

Young Israel of Century City (YICC) is at 9317 W Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035.

Once at YICC, where do I go?

Enter through the front, and then take a right-turn to the main sanctuary. Men and women have separate seating areas.

When should I get there?

Services start at 9am. Here's an approximate schedule, to help tailor your actual time-of-arrival:

Can I bring my smartphone/camera/etc.?

No electronic equipment should be brought to the synagogue on Shabbat. If for whatever reason you must, please do not use them on the premises, and make sure to set them to "off".

Sunday's Celebration of Creation

Come dance with us!

Music and laughter and noshing on mini-dog...
Family, great friends all dancing in synagogue....
Talmudic insights and buffalo wings...
These are a few of our fa-vo-rite things!

What should I wear?

Attire for the Sunday party could be classified as dressy. Think "modest attire" like Shabbat, but with optional additional flair, zing, and/or pizzazz.

How do I get there?

The party is at the same synagogue's social hall. Click here for directions to Young Israel of Century City.

When should I get there?

The party starts at 5pm. Here's a tentative / approximate schedule:


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Coming from Out of Town?


We've blocked off a set of rooms at the Marriott Residence Inn nearby (it's close to our home, and 8 blocks from the synagogue). To make a reservation, call (866) 440-5370, or make the reservation online at this special "Benji's Bar Mitzvah Reservations" link, look on the right hand side of the web page, enter your dates and room info, and then click on "Check Availability".

All reservations should be made by Wednesday, September 5th. After this date, any rooms not reserved will be returned to general inventory and standard rates will apply.

Rates include unlimited high-speed internet.

Click here for directions to the hotel, which is at 1177 S. Beverly Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90035.

Friday Night

Candlelighting and the start of Shabbat is at 6:15pm. Those interested in joining Benji at a Mincha/Ma'ariv service should come to Benji's house by 6pm, whereupon we will likely walk down the street to a neighborhood minyan.

Following services we're hosting a Shabbat Dinner at 7pm for out-of-town guests in our home.

Click here for directions to the Karben Home, which is at 1501 Reeves St., Los Angeles, CA 90035 (green house on the corner of Reeves and Cashio).

"Shabbos Attire" recommended


As noted above, services start at 9am and run to around 11:45. Following services is a Kiddush for the whole synagogue.

Following Kiddush is a Shabbat Lunch for family and out-of-town guests, also located at the Karben home. Lunch we guess will run from 12:30pm to 2pm, but you never know.

Saturday Mincha, the afternoon services, is at 5:50pm at Young Israel of Century City.

Shabbat ends at 7:16pm. No events are planned for Saturday evening.


As noted above, festivities start at 5pm at Young Israel of Century City.

Monday & Beyond

Monday is Columbus Day, which here in Los Angeles is now known as Indigenous Peoples Day. Let us know if you are considering extending your visit and perhaps having some additional fun with us!