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  • What we can and can’t do for Israel

    6 days ago

    Rabbi Steven Z. Leder sent the following to his congregants at Wilshire Boulevard Temple.

    Our hearts ache and our minds are confused by the violence in Gaza and Israel and the apparent rise in European anti-Semitism.  Some have asked what I am thinking and what our Temple is...

  • Rabbi David Ellenson: Bringing heart and old-school soul to academia

    February 6, 2014 | 11:57 am

    An Orthodox upbringing, no fundraising experience, and, by all accounts, a tendency to virtually inhabit the lives of 19th century Jewish philosophers, Rabbi David Ellenson was not who you might have expected to become president of a major institution of Jewish higher learning like...

  • Sandy Hook anniversary prompts Jewish institutions to review security

    By Jared Sichel

    December 13, 2013 | 11:33 am

    On Dec. 14, 2012, when 20-year-old Adam Lanza entered Sandy Hook Elementary School with a semi-automatic rifle and two semi-automatic handguns, he easily broke through the school security system.

    Cameras dotted the school’s perimeter and the school even had a “sally port” system,...

  • Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s musical Shabbat

    By Susan Freudenheim

    December 10, 2013 | 4:21 pm

    If Disney Hall has competition for beautiful acoustics in a magnificent setting, it is Wilshire Boulevard Temple. 

    For the Shabbat evening service on Dec. 6, some 70 extraordinary musicians from the Los Angeles Philharmonic squeezed onto an extended bimah in the great sanctuary,...

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  • AJR-CA dedicates new campus

    By Ryan Torok

    December 4, 2013 | 5:58 pm

    With Chanukah marking the rededication of the holy temple in Jerusalem after the Maccabees’ defeat of Judea’s Seleucid rulers more than 2,000 years ago, the week of the holiday turned out to be the perfect time for the Academy of Jewish Religion, California (AJR-CA) to celebrate...

  • Moving and Shaking: L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti visits Wilshire Boulevard Temple and AFMDA gala

    By Ryan Torok

    October 9, 2013 | 4:48 pm

    From left: Community leaders, philanthropists and clergy, including L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, Erika Glazer, Archbishop Jose Gomez, Rabbi Elissa Ben-Naim and Senior Rabbi Steven Leder attended Wilshire Boulevard Temple's rededication ceremony last month. Photo by Silvia...

  • Camp garden helps kids’ generosity grow

    By Zan Romanoff

    September 24, 2013 | 3:29 pm

    Camp Hess Kramer in Malibu is quiet in its off-season — or quieter, at least, if you’re used to seeing the space filled to bursting with energetic young campers. In the fall, it’s populated mostly by groups of adults who come through to use the grounds as a conference center, and...

  • How do you raise $120 million?

    By Elyse Samuels

    August 22, 2013 | 4:38 pm

    Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s newly renovated sanctuary has been cleaned and fully restored. An extended bimah is more accessible for the first time. Photo © Tom Bonner 2013

    Ask Rabbi Steven Z. Leder what the mission of Wilshire Boulevard Temple is, and he’ll tell you, “We...

  • Craig Taubman Takes on Wilshire Blvd. Temple Critics

    By JewishJournal.com

    August 21, 2013 | 1:11 am

    A heated Facebook debate has broken out over whether the $120 - $150 million rennovation of Wilshire Blvd. Temple in Los Angeles is worth it.

    A front page New York Times story on the campaign led by Rabbi Steve Leder to restore the grand synagogue in L.A.'s Koreatown neighborhood...

  • To live and pray on Wilshire Boulevard

    By Rob Eshman

    July 31, 2013 | 12:35 pm

    My old office, on the 15th floor at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Kingsley Drive, looked directly at Wilshire Boulevard Temple. It would have been an ideal location to set up a time-lapse camera to document the slow but historic changes that have taken place there over the...

  • Tu b’Av love fest puts yentas to work

    By Zan Romanoff

    July 24, 2013 | 4:34 pm

    “Come on! Come on, everyone, we’re here to make mispachah [family].” 

    That was the rallying cry in the crowded courtyard of Wilshire Boulevard Temple on the night of July 20, as well-dressed young women skilled at walking in heels circled boys in button-downs, looking for a man...

  • Priest discusses Holocaust documentation efforts

    By Ryan Torok

    June 6, 2013 | 1:48 pm

    The Rev. Patrick Desbois, secretary to the French Conference of Bishops for relations with Judaism and adviser to the Vatican on the Jewish religion, appeared at Wilshire Boulevard Temple on May 22 to discuss his effort to locate the mass graves of the approximately 1.5 million...

  • Springs Fire forces evacuations for Jewish institutions in Ventura County

    By Ryan Torok

    May 3, 2013 | 2:27 pm

    Synagogue leaders are reporting that the Springs Fire has affected Jewish institutions in Ventura County, including two Malibu camps run by Wilshire Boulevard Temple (WBT) and synagogues Temple Ner Ami, Temple Etz Chaim and Temple Adat Elohim. As of Friday morning, the blaze had...

  • Wilshire Boulevard Temple pledged $30 million by Erika Glazer

    By Ryan E. Smith

    February 14, 2013 | 11:09 am

    Wilshire Boulevard Temple has received a pledge of $30 million from Los Angeles philanthropist Erika Glazer to assist with its ongoing restoration and redevelopment.

    The funds will be paid over 15 years to put in place tax-free bond financing for the next phase of the historic...

  • Arrest made following Wilshire Boulevard Temple bomb scare, vandalism

    By Ryan E. Smith

    December 20, 2012 | 12:13 pm

    A naturalized citizen from South Korea was arraigned today on charges related to the numerous bomb threats made Dec. 18 against Wilshire Boulevard Temple (WBT) in Koreatown and a police squad car parked adjacent to its campus, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

    Wan...

  • Man arrested in connection with Wilshire Boulevard Temple bomb threats

    December 20, 2012 | 9:57 am

    The man arrested in connection with fake bomb threats made against a Los Angeles synagogue was also charged with vandalizing it earlier this month.

    Several bomb threats against the Wilshire Boulevard Temple were called in to the Los Angeles Police Department Tuesday morning. One...

  • Wilshire Boulevard Temple target of bomb threats

    By Ryan E. Smith

    December 18, 2012 | 3:52 pm

    UPDATE (DEC. 20): Man arrested in connection with L.A. synagogue bomb threats

    DEC. 18: Police responded to multiple bomb threats targeting the Koreatown home of Wilshire Boulevard Temple (WBT) and a police squad car parked adjacent to the campus on Dec. 18, disrupting life for...

  • Ben-Aharon

    By Rob Eshman

    August 8, 2012 | 8:24 am

    My childhood best friend was Billy Thein. We met at Encino Elementary School in Mrs. Bernstein’s third-grade class, and were pretty much inseparable after that. Billy was funny and smart and cool — and in a public school packed with the striving, anxious, gawkward spawn of...

  • The Architect and the Rabbi: Wilshire Boulevard Renovation is a Collaboration, History Lesson

    By Susan Freudenheim

    August 1, 2012 | 10:59 am

    Early on a recent Wednesday morning, architect Brenda Levin bounded up the metal steps temporarily installed at the center of the historic sanctuary of Wilshire Boulevard Temple. Leading the way up 10 flights — that’s 100 feet — she climbed to the normally inaccessible domed...

  • A hunger that cannot be fed

    July 18, 2012 | 4:37 pm

    When Gudrun and Daniel Brock opened their front door, Aaron, the couple’s 6-year-old son, ran to hug his teacher from Wilshire Boulevard Temple, whom he had not seen in more than a year. Only she heard him whisper: “I missed you so much.” 

    At first glance, Aaron looked like...

  • Temple Judea education director heading to Wilshire Boulevard Temple

    March 21, 2012 | 5:34 pm

    Rabbi Bruce Raff, Temple Judea’s longtime director of education, is leaving the Valley Reform congregation at the end of the 2011-2012 school year for a rabbi educator position with Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s religious school, according to a Feb. 28 e-mail to Temple Judea...

  • Wilshire Boulevard Temple opens new elementary school

    June 10, 2011 | 3:01 pm

    A fresh crop of young students will study at the Wilshire Boulevard Temple this fall when Brawerman East Elementary School opens for the first time. Brawerman East will be located on the historic Wilshire Boulevard Temple campus, the site of the oldest congregation in Los Angeles, in...

  • 4-year-olds lead

    By Ryan Torok

    June 7, 2011 | 5:57 pm

    A preschool class at Wilshire Boulevard Temple has helped raise more than $3,000 for Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA, inspired by a successful heart surgery for one of the students’ siblings.

    When 9-month-old Matthew Stevelman was just 10 days old, he underwent heart surgery...

  • Synagogues re-group as economic downturn challenges building campaigns

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 19, 2008 | 2:05 am

    ALTTEXT
    After a chunk of plaster fell from the ceiling last month, the main sanctuary at historic Wilshire Boulevard Temple was closed



    Julie Miller walked a fine line when she delivered her annual president's message to the congregation of Wilshire Boulevard Temple on Erev Rosh Hashanah.

    She...

  • Truth in Storytelling

    By Rabbi Stephen Julius Stein

    April 24, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    It's too bad, but I didn't know from Pesach until rabbinic school at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati. Growing up as the child of a Holocaust survivor, my family chose to diminish its Jewish expression and focus on the "Red, White and Blue" of...
  • Koreatown residents visit the synagogue next door

    By Dikla Kadosh

    March 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    When Charles Kim called Rabbi Stephen Julius Stein of Wilshire Boulevard Temple last year, it didn't take long for the Korean American leader to get to the point.

    "He was wondering if the temple was for sale," said Stein, head of the synagogue's Center for Religious Inquiry. "I...

  • A Righteous History

    By Stephen Breuer

    January 29, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    More than 20 years ago, as I looked over family papers with my late father, I came across a letter referring to my "conversion." Curious, I asked what that meant. With some self-consciousness, my father first shared with me the fact that I had a Catholic baptism as a 2-year-old child...

  • New Leader at City’s Oldest Synagogue

    By Julie G Fax

    May 29, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When Steven Leder was 14, he got into some trouble with the law. Rather than send him to reform school, his parents sent him to a Reform Jewish summer camp in Wisconsin.

    "It was a remarkable place," Leder said. "It was like a kibbutz program -- you build your own tents, grow your...

  • Worth Waiting For

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    May 9, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    With pomp, ritual and the added joy that comes when a long wait precedes a happy event, the Los Angeles school of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) ordained its first rabbis May 5 at Wilshire Boulevard Temple.

    "The kvell factor is huge," said Rabbi Lewis...

  • Timely Talk of History’s Attic

    By Mike Levy

    May 3, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The timing could not have been better.

    When the California Museum of Ancient Art scheduled its lecture series on "The Archaeology of Ancient Israel" to begin Monday, May 14, at Wilshire Boulevard Temple, it could not have known that Rabbi David Wolpe's Passover sermon touching on...

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