About JLE

The JLE is a vibrant Educational Center and Synagogue that is passionate about personal growth, fostering a deep and practical understanding of Judaism and life and building family and community. We provide extensive programming, valuable relationships and observance of life-cycle events.


The JLE is the place where all feel welcomed and valued. Acceptance, love and support are the cornerstone of our community. Our membership spans the spectrum of Judaism who share a common goal of serving G-d and bringing honor to His name and trying to grow to become a better person.


The services at JLE are uplifting and authentic with elements of song and Torah talks. The services are user-friendly and promote inclusion of all members. Services at JLE grant us the gift of connecting to our Source.


The ongoing educational classes at JLE are tailored to the diversity within the Jewish community. The classes cover topics in many areas within Judaism to inspire all towards spiritual growth and Torah study. These classes include learning the Hebrew language, prayer book study, Talmud classes, and weekly video segments on the Torah portion. In addition to the weekly classes, JLE frequently hosts guest lecturers on pertinent topics as well as dynamic and informative Question and Answer sessions.


JLE coordinates social and recreational programming for community engagement as a means to enhance cohesiveness and foster friendship. These include: weekly Shabbos kiddush, in-house Shabbatons, Holiday programs, and celebration of life-cycle events.

Judaica Library

The JLE judaica library features an extensive selection of books for children, teens and adults on topics covering all genres within Judaism: Jewish law, personal growth, Shabbat and Jewish Holidays, biographies of our sages, Jewish novels and children's books.


Rabbi Czapnik is available to counsel individuals, couples and families. Rabbi Czapnik offers support, guidance and direction for those facing life-stressors, difficult family dynamics and for matters pertaining to Judaism.

History of JLE

JLE is a non-profit educational institution founded over 25 years ago by Rabbi Yitzchok Kirzner, zt”l, of blessed memory, initially under the auspices of Ohr Somayach, a Jewish outreach university based in Jerusalem, Israel. Today JLE is an independent outreach and educational organization and an invaluable resource for the Southern California Jewish community as well as for visitors from around the world.

Our Testimonials

Dear Rabbi Czapnik,

We will always have hakaras hatov (gratitude) to you and the JLE for the warm and welcoming Shul home you provided for us as new baalei teshuva back in 1988-1990. It was a perfect fit for us then and in subsequent trips to LA. The davening was and is very special there. May you have continued success and may we merit to meet in Yerushalayim (Jerusalem) with the imminent arrival of Moshiach!

All the best,

Avraham F.

Thank you Rabbi Czapnik, for helping me and so many others study Torah.

Malka G.

Dear Rabbi Czapnik,

I don’t think I have ever thanked you for everything you did for me. After you helped me get my life back in order, I never really kept the relationship. I never kept you in my family like you kept me in yours. You more than brought me back to Yiddishkeit (Judaism); you gave me a family too – your family. I always felt so at home.

With gratitude and blessing,


Thank you Rabbi Czapnik for your thoughtful words and your kindness in setting me on the path that has led me to where I stand today.


Rabbi, I’ve been at the library over the course of the past couple of months. The Daily Dose of Torah volumes are terrific. The library in general is so rich.


I just wanted to relate our thanks to all those who had a part in this new endeavor of the Friday night seuda (dinner); those who suggested, financed made the arrangements and more. I’m sure everybody that attended – from young to old – greatly enjoyed it; the atmosphere, camaraderie, the delicious and plentiful food, the Divrei Torah. It allowed all those who enjoy davening together to share in a relaxed way each other’s company, getting to know each other better – and hopefully putting the restrictions of the Covid days now all behind us.

I think it was a huge success and would be happy if this would be the first of many – perhaps on a yearly basis.

Thank you,

Shoshana H.

Thank you Rabbi Czapnik for all your wisdom over the years.

Judy R.

Rabbi Czapnik, thank you for another meaningful High Holiday Service. Your words and the words of the other Rabbis always inspire me to grow in my Judaism and in my character. Thank you for all the honors. All the best.


Rabbi Czapnik, your weekly Torah videos are always filled with wisdom, kindness and gentle strength.

Rachel M.

Thank you very much for all the input that you gave towards our wedding. Thank you from before it all began, for the guidance you gave, for coming to our wedding, hosting sheva brachos, and more… The Gemara says it takes three partners to have a child; Hashem, the father, and the mother. In our family, there is a fourth partner: Rabbi and Mrs. Czapnik. Thank you for guiding and shaping my family.

Yoseph R.

Thank you very much for helping provide me and my wife with such a meaningful Yom Kippur experience. Baruch HaShem for JLE…. it is a truly special and holy place… so warm, so welcoming, and so giving. And what makes it special are you all! I’m so happy to call it our home in La Brea!

Koby R.

Thank you Rabbi Czapnik for all the years of teaching and giving. I will always treasure the time you gave us when my kids were little in Hidden Hills. Your influence, your stories, your wisdom. I want you to know the far-reaching and meaningful effect you have had (and continue to have) on myself, my children… It is most certainly because of you that I started keeping a Kosher home (which I continue to do & love doing!) Because of you, I discovered the joy of “learning” about my heritage and Torah. When I think of you, I get a very big smile on my face. Thank you!

Lauren P.

What an incredible miracle to be able to read the blessings in Hebrew and light candles in a menorah for the first time ever in my entire life tonight! I cannot thank you enough.

Rachel K.

Thank you Rabbi Czapnik and the JLE for warm and meaningful High Holiday services. There were a few thoughts in your discussion which were especially meaningful. And Dr. Goldman’s thought about focusing on one’s role now was fantastic. Most importantly, thank you for guiding me in my growth as an enthusiastic and committed Jew!

Ted C.

Thank you Rabbi Czapnik for the beautiful class today and the touching song about Mother Rachel. Your guidance is really important to so many of us. We are so thankful for you. Thank G-D we have you as our teacher. 🙂

Mar F.

Thank you for the inspirational and practical drasha (sermon) this morning. I applied the “I have a choice” almost immediately. I got caught in the rain this afternoon and chose to enjoy the experience… and not even care that the shaitel (wig) got wet! When ladies saw me and felt badly, I joked and said, “I’d wondered when to have the shaitel (wig) done again… I guess I know now!”

Leah H.

I have endless appreciation for Rabbi and Mrs. Czapnik; selfless, humble, caring leaders of JLE. They go above and beyond their job duties and ensure that I and all JLE members feel the warmth of Yiddishkeit (Judaism) and connection to Hashem (G-d). They truly embrace individuals from all walks of life and provide constant guidance, support and nurture. Their deep understanding of humankind coupled with their unconditional love for all makes them approachable for all to reach out. Thank you for building a comfortable, supportive Shul!

Michael R.

My humble beginnings were in the JLE at the older shul.
I have tremendous hakaras hatov (gratitude) to those who assisted me.

Rivka Y.

JLE is a place where all feel welcome and cherished. The programming is inclusive no matter your background. Shabbos at JLE is one of song and togetherness and countless individuals make their way to the Rabbi and Rebbetzin’s home for enjoyable, delicious and uplifting meals. I am proud to be a part of JLE, an oasis of growth, friendship and kindness. Thank you for all you do for me and for so many others. May the Almighty repay you for your devotion to His children.

Stacy G.