About Wilshire Boulevard Temple

Wilshire Boulevard Temple is many things:

  • A center for Jewish spirituality and celebration.
  • A place to explore the wisdom and power of our religious legacy.
  • A place for lifelong learning and friendship.
  • An involved congregation where every person makes a difference.

A sense of place

One of our country’s most highly respected Reform congregations, Wilshire Boulevard Temple has been responding to the needs of the Los Angeles Jewish community since 1862.

As Congregation B’nai B'rith, we were the first synagogue in Los Angeles. In 1872, we built our first Temple on Fort Street (now Broadway Avenue) in downtown Los Angeles. As membership increased, the congregation moved to a larger structure at Ninth and Hope Streets in 1895.

Continued growth brought us to Wilshire Boulevard in 1929, which resulted in the change to our current name. Our magnificent synagogue entered the National Register of Historic Places in 1981.

In response to the needs of our growing families, we founded Camp Hess Kramer in Malibu in 1952, and in 1969, Gindling Hilltop Camp. To provide year-round educational and retreat facilities for our adults, we built the Steve Breuer Conference Center at Camp Hess Kramer in 1988.

Ten years later, we responded to membership growth in the West Los Angeles area by dedicating our beautiful, modern Audrey and Sydney Irmas Campus, which serves as an educational, worship, cultural and community center.

In September 2013, we rededicated our magnificent Magnin Sanctuary after completing its renovation and restoration. Work continues at our historic 3.9-acre Erika J. Glazer Family Campus.* In June 2014 we begin construction of a new multi-story parking structure along Sixth Street, which will feature rooftop sports facilities and house the Karsh Family Social Services Center, to provide our neighboring community with dental and mental health care, legal services, and our long-running food pantry. The overall project also includes the renovation of our two school buildings and the construction of new celebration facilities. We’re building a vibrant Jewish village for our congregation and for our neighbors in the heart of Los Angeles.    

Our Temple looks forward to providing liberal Jewish inspiration and resources to future generations of Jews in Los Angeles, just as it has to those past and present.

 

*Our historic campus, formerly known as the Temple Campus, was recently renamed the Erika J. Glazer Family Campus of Wilshire Boulevard Temple. Read more here.

Photo courtesy Los Angeles Public Library

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