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Our Values

Our warm congregation puts family values first and welcomes Jews from all walks of life. We are predominantly French Moroccan in culture, but our community includes Jews from many different cultural backgrounds. We honor tradition, while embracing modernity. Our community members are passionate in their love for the Jewish people, Israel, and above all Hashem.

Our History

Our congregation's namesake is Rabbi Israel Abuhatzeira known as the Baba Sale (Arabic: بابا صلى‎, Hebrew: באבא סאלי‬) (1889–1984) was a leading Moroccan Sephardic rabbi and kabbalist renowned for his ability to work miracles through his prayers. He is known for miracles preformed, particularly healing a crippled IDF soldier, and for helping lead the Moroccan Aliyah to the young State of Israel.

Baba Sale has become legendary to Moroccan Jews and is known as the “Praying Father” of the Moroccan Jewish community, who made Aliyah to Israel in the middle of the twentieth century. Baba Sale was part of a lineage of great talmudic scholars, and his sons continue to lead religious lives. His funeral, in 1984, was attended by an estimated 100,000 people and his tomb has become a pilgrimage site to Moroccan Jews.

Meet the Team

Our leadership and community go hand in hand. One cannot function without the other. Meet the dedicated individuals who keep Baba Sale Congregation running behind the scenes.

Rabbi Moshe Pinto

Community Rabbi

Rabbi Moshe Aharon Menachem Pinto Shlita is the son Son of Rabbi Yaakov Pinto Shlita, named after his grandfather the Tzadik Rabbi Moshe Aharon Pinto Z’tl and Great grandson of the Tzadik Rabbi Chaim Pinto. May Hashem give Rabbi Pinto the bracha, inspiration, kindness and force to lead the great congregation of Baba Sale. Rabbi Pinto can be reached by calling 323-364-4487 or by emailing him rabbi@babasale.org

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Igal Azran

President

Igal hails from Morocco and brings with him a natural talent for leadership and connecting with people. He is the Principal of a Real Estate Development firm in Beverly Hills, CA.

Board of Directors

Left to Right: Michelle Krief Alon, Jeff Cohen, Michael Perez, Michael Bitton, Zev Opos, David Pilcer.

Our Board combines talented, dedicated and skilled individuals representing different specialties, cultures, and experiences.

We Welcome You

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