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Stories from the Temple Bulletin, Wilshire Weekly, and other news. 
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  • Religious School
Purim with a Purpose, 2019

Purim with a Purpose is back this year and we are again creating a very special day of service and learning for our Religious School students. During the Religious School Purim celebration, we will again partner with the Karsh Center and work to improve the lives of our underserved neighbors by creating three types of gift bundles: baby supplies, kitchen essentials, and Mother's Day pampering. You can help sponsor this effort by donating a gift bundle for $36. More information is available at

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  • Adult Programming
  • Bulletin
Why Fish?

Imagine one of the most naturally beautiful places in all of the United States. Now imagine yourself there for 3 glorious nights in a 5-five-star, very private lodge where you occupy one of only nine guest cabins. This is The Lodge at Palisades Creek, regarded as the best destination on the finest dry-fly fishing river in North America. Join Rabbi Leder for a remarkable Shabbat with old and new friends and learn a little Torah in a setting you will never forget.

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  • Audrey Irmas Pavilion
  • Bulletin
Audrey Irmas Pavilion Donor Profile: Blaire and Aaron Kaplan

When Aaron and Blaire Kaplan sit in the Temple’s main sanctuary, they often feel as though they are traveling through time. “If you close your eyes and listen to the prayers, you can’t help but transport yourself back to when the temple was built,” they said. 

When Rabbi Leder spoke with the Kaplans about the new Audrey Irmas Pavilion, it struck the couple on many emotional levels. the Kaplans are hopeful that their youngest daughter’s celebration will be among the first in the new Audrey Irmas Pavilion!  

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  • Bulletin
  • Camps
#KramerNeverStops #HilltopNeverStops: A Community Comes Together to Help

The desire to help with our recovery efforts following the devastation caused by the Woolsey Fire at Camp Hess Kramer and Gindling Hilltop Camp has been overwhelming, and we are so very grateful. If you’d like to help in our Camp Recovery, please visit Many alumni and camp families have responded by holding special and unique fundraisers for our camp recovery effort.

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Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins: Livestream

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Well-known over the years through plays, poems, books and stage shows, Hershel is believed to be based on an actual person, a court jester to Rabbi Boruch of Medzhybizh to help the rabbi soften his temper and ease his melancholia. Now, he’s pranking the goblins to music.

The Dec. 9 show is special for so many reasons.

First, it features as guest narrator Fred Savage, a Temple member, actor, producer,  director and television star whose career blossomed when he starred in The Wonder Years.

The cast features the UCLA Klezmer Ensemble, the JewkBox acapella group and students from UCLA’s Department of Theater, Film and Television, including Scott Senior, a cantorial soloist whose voice has graced countless services at Wilshire Boulevard Temple. The show is produced by Lorry Black, Associate Director of the Lowell Milken Fund for American Jewish Music at UCLA.

More than anything, it celebrates a fanciful interpretation of the Chanukah story, which, absent from any place in the Torah, leaves writers, readers and viewers free to apply their own metaphors and analysis.

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  • Religious School
Chag Chanukah Sameach

Each night as we light the chanukiyah, we bring light to this dark time of the year. Each week we strive to bring this same sense of hope and joyful Judaism to your children. When Chanukah ends this year, 15 of our Brawerman and Religious School families will further their commitment and dedication to our faith and to the land of Israel as Rabbi Eshel and Cathy Gordon come together to celebrate their b’nei mitzvah in Jerusalem. Follow us on social media (#WBTinIsrael) from December 23 through January 2.

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  • News
Special Service Comforts with Sense of Community

One of the largest non–High Holy Days crowds in memory filled Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s Sanctuary November 2 for an interfaith #StandUpForShabbat service to honor love, compassion, shared humanity, and the eleven Jews murdered the week before in Pittsburgh. Reflecting the theme of “community,” the full contingent of Temple clergy shared the bimah with representatives of neighboring religious organizations, including Dr. R. Scott Colglazier, Senior Minister of the First Congressional Church of Los Angeles; Aziza Hasan, Executive Director of NewGround: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change; and singers from Faithful Central Bible Church. 

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