September 14, 2012
Leo Baeck Temple evacuates Torahs amid Sepulveda Pass wildfire
Leo Baeck Temple removed its Torahs on Friday afternoon after a wildfire erupted in the hills directly above the synagogue in the Sepulveda Pass.
“We can’t see the fire, we just see smoke,” said Tosha Peteronicolos, the synagogue's assistant to the clergy.
Peteronicolos said the Sepulveda Pass fire was close, but there were no immediate plans to evacuate the synagogue.
Although services had not been formally cancelled, she said, congregants would be unable to reach the synagogue due to the closure of Sepulveda Boulevard at Getty Center Drive.
Los Angeles City Fire officials have not yet issued evacuation orders to nearby Bel Air residents, but The Getty Center, located directly across from Leo Baeck Temple, voluntarily closed.