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Stories from the Temple Bulletin, Wilshire Weekly, and other news. 
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  • ECC
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Shabbat Family Jam!

Please join us for the new Shabbat Family Jam service on Saturday morning, November 17, at 9:00 a.m. at the Erika J. Glazer Campus. Experience the joys of Shabbat with an upbeat musical and interactive service geared toward young children, lead by nursery school music specialists, directors, and clergy. Following services, children will participate in Shabbat crafts and special activities, followed by Kiddush and Motzi, and a fruit cart for everyone to enjoy. Families are welcome to stay and play on our playground.

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  • Audrey Irmas Pavilion
  • Bulletin
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Audrey Irmas Pavilion Donor Profile: November

For Lance and Hillary Milken, being members of the Temple brings a sense of place. “We have three kids, two girls and a boy, and they all started their Jewish journey at Wilshire Boulevard Temple."

It was natural for the family to get involved with the new planned facility. “When we saw the renderings for the Audrey Irmas Pavilion—the architecture, the space, the plans—we were so impressed with...its design, the philosophy behind it, and the dedication to seeing it come to life."

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  • Religious School
Gifts of the Grade 7 Program

We reluctantly leave behind the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, steeped in two powerful values that not only go hand in hand but that we also hold dear: gratitude and responsibility—the responsibility to provide for those in need while preserving and respecting their dignity or, in other words, social justice. As we leave the deliberate flimsiness of the sukkah and look forward to the upcoming American holiday of gratitude, Thanksgiving, we are reminded of our gifts and obligations. 

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  • BES
  • Bulletin
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At Astrocamp Students Find Their Place in the Universe

In October Brawerman East and West Grade 5 students embarked on a cosmic journey to Astrocamp. The purpose of the trip is threefold: students connect with one another through required teamwork; students are challenged and push themselves toward new experiences; students connect with nature through a deeper understanding of our planet and solar system. Astrocamp’s motto, Challenge by Choice, which is posted throughout the camp, reflects these intentions—and outcomes. 

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  • Bulletin
  • Camps
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Welcome Grandcampers!

This Sukkot, we hosted our first ever Grandparents/Special Friends and Grandchildren Camp Weekend at Camp Hess Kramer. This special camp weekend offered an opportunity for more than 50 grandparents and children (kindergartners to sixth-graders) to play, pray, and connect in a brand-new communal way. All the classic WBT Camps activities were available to everyone—arts and crafts, sports, beach walks, you name it!

We are riding this wave of excitement into Winter Camp and Summer Camp! Visit wbtcamps.org for more information!

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  • Torah
"Why Me?"

“But the children struggled in her womb, and she said: ‘If this is so, why is this me?’ ” 

These are the words Rebecca utters when she finds herself pregnant at the beginning of Parashat Toldot. After waiting for almost twenty years to conceive, Rebecca discovers that she is going to have twins, but it is not the blessing that she expected. 

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  • Karsh Center
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1,000 Acts of Thanksgiving Kindness

On November 18, we come together for a collective act of loving kindness: the Big Give! We will pack turkeys, pies, canned vegetables, rolls, and other trimmings into 1,000 Thanksgiving dinners for Angelenos in need. 

Donate by visiting karshcenter.org/biggive, and/or join us on November 18 as we prepare Thanksgiving dinners. Visit biggive2018.eventbrite.com to volunteer.

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  • Camps
Camp #NeverStops

#KramerNeverStops #HilltopNeverStops

Although the full extent of the damage to Camp Hess Kramer and Gindling Hilltop Camp won't be determined for some time, we know that it is severe. Among the buildings and areas lost to the fire at Hess Kramer are Baruh Hall, Gildred Hall, the climbing wall, Leadership Library, the dance platform, and the ark, along with several staff residences and all but two of the cabins. At Hilltop, all structures were lost with the exception of two cinder block staff housing units. As we feel the sadness of these losses we also remember with gratitude that everyone was evacuated safely from both camps before the fire arrived, as were our Torah scrolls. 

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  • Camps
Heartbroken and Hopeful

Those of us who love the Wilshire Boulevard Temple Camps are heartbroken by the likely loss of at least some structures due to the Woolsey fire.  Despite these losses we know in our hearts that camp is what happens inside and around buildings, not the buildings themselves.  Fire cannot destroy memories.  Camp has always been about community, friendship and Torah; about the who and the what, not the where.  

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#ShowUpForShabbat

May their memory forever be a blessing.

If ever there has been a time to come together as a community, this is it. All of our clergy will lead our congregation along with friends, community leaders and neighbors in a special Kabbalat Shabbat evening service filled with prayer, music, reflection, and connection. Wilshire Boulevard Temple welcomed our friends of many faiths and cultures yearning to express compassion, process grief, comfort souls, and standup against hate, prejudice, and anti-Semitism.

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