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ECC students who identify as members of a religious group have a selection of places to worship that are all accessible near campus
By Safia Ahmed
El Camino College’s Schauerman Library has opened its Interfaith prayer room to all students of religious faith, which is predominantly utilized by Muslim students to pray their five daily prayers. (Safia Ahmed | Warrior Life)
The coronavirus prevented religious people from worshiping at their usual place of worship. As a result, several of these religious groups were forced to hold their services inside their homes. However, now that these services have opened, there are more opportunities to participate in worship.
According to a Pew Research Center survey of 14 economically developed countries, nearly three-quarters of Americans (28%) report stronger personal faith due to the pandemic and the same proportion believes Americans’ religious faith has strengthened.
Sites such as mosques, churches and temples are all available nearby. Here are the top five places of worship near ECC worth visiting.
 
1. Interfaith Prayer Room in Schauerman Library
The library at El Camino College recently opened up an interfaith prayer room located in the West Reading Room in the library. The room is open to all religions. The space has a capacity limit of eight people in the room at once. Students are able to participate in active worship Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
 
Address: 16007 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance
Phone: 310-660-6483
Website: https://www.elcamino.edu/support/library/index.aspx
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/elcaminolibrary/?utm_medium=copy_link
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2. Islamic Institute of Torrance (IIT)
IIT is a small masjid located six minutes from El Camino College. The masjid is heavily involved with the youth and hosts meetings and events for Young Muslims (YM) in the masjid. The masjid recently held a grand opening for the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) office located upstairs in the masjid. IIT organizes Eid prayers and recently held a carnival this year. The masjid is known for its vast Da’wah group.
 
Address: 18103 Prairie Ave., Torrance
Phone: 310-956-8006
Website: http://www.iitorrance.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IITpage/
 
3. St. Mercurius & St. Abraam Coptic Orthodox Church
St. Abraam Church is located 13 minutes away from El Camino College. The church provides live services, sermons, a child care center, and a Sunday school to Orthodox Christians. The church hosts liturgy, vespers, and midnight praise every Saturday. A person must first register in order to attend a service. You may register by phone or on their website. Services are usually given in Arabic and English. The church commemorates major Orthodox holidays including Good Friday and Pascha (Easter).
 
Address: 3611 Torrance Blvd, Torrance
Phone: 310-316-6997
Website: http://www.saintabraam.org/index.html
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/st-mercurius-and-st-abraam-coptic-orthodox-church-490280691043122/
 
4. Islamic Center of South Bay (ICSB)
ICSB is located 25 minutes away from El Camino College. The masjid provides a diverse Islamic weekend school teaching students ranging from Pre-K to eighth grade. Masjid Al Noor has a youth group that coordinates a number of activities yearly such as hikes, potlucks, and conferences, and engages in volunteer work. Every Friday, the masjid opens its doors to families to celebrate spiritual enlightenment, which includes an Islamic lecture, prayer, and dinner. Among the services offered by ICSB, the most popular is the monthly ‘Feed the Hungry’ event, which serves the homeless. ICSB organizes Eid prayers and celebrations for the Islamic festivals, which occur twice a year.
 
Address: 25816 Walnut St, Lomita
Phone: 310-534-1363
Website: https://masjidalnoor.org/homepage/home-page-3/
Instagram: @icsbla
 
5. Islamic Center of Hawthorne (ICH)
ICH is located 12 minutes away from El Camino College. ICH has been standing since 1995 to serve the religious and social needs of the South Bay community. The center not only provides a masjid to the Muslim community in Los Angeles, but also offers a full-time school, Al Huda, and a Sunday school. Al Huda serves students from Pre-K to eighth grade. The Islamic Center of Hawthorne provides various social, financial, religious, and educational services to the public. In addition, the masjid has been coordinating events such as an Eid prayer, a carnival celebrating the completion of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, youth and family camping trips among many others.
 
Address: 12209 Hawthorne Way, Hawthorne
Phone: 310-973-8000
Website: https://ichla.org/
Instagram: @ichawthorne
 
Editor’s note: Story was updated for clarity on June 9, 2022, at 11:54 p.m.
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