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And So It Begins! From Alberto Valner, Temple President

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The final piece of Wilshire Boulevard Temple's Glazer Campus master plan has finally come to fruition. Construction began following its November 11 groundbreaking ceremony, and the parking lot at the east side of the sanctuary has begun its transformation into what will become one of the city's most spectacular buildings, the Audrey Irmas Pavilion.

Members of our Temple community: take a look at the construction of the Audrey Irmas Pavilion and feel proud of being part of a congregation that has a history of progress and civic leadership.

The final piece of Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s Glazer Campus master plan has finally come to fruition. Construction began following its November 11 groundbreaking ceremony, and the parking lot at the east side of the sanctuary has begun its transformation into what will become one of the city’s most spectacular buildings, the Audrey Irmas Pavilion. In the weeks and months ahead, this corner of Wilshire and South Harvard boulevards will undergo a massive metamorphosis, as a new center of activity rises to serve not only our Temple members and their extended families but residents of the city and beyond. 

The sights and sounds of progress are apparent—protective barriers, fences, office trailers, gates, and new pedestrian patterns on campus are in place. MATT Construction, our general contractor, has mobilized on-site, and demolition and clearing of the parking lot has taken place. Shoring and the mass excavation of the site has begun and will be followed by the installation of all site retaining walls and the building’s foundation system. As construction proceeds, we’ll continue to present updates regarding its progress. 

Meanwhile, the construction phase provides an ongoing series of educational opportunities for children attending Brawerman East and the Erika J. Glazer Early Childhood schools, adjacent to the work site. The students are eyewitnesses to what is certainly one of the most exciting construction projects in recent Los Angeles history. 

When the new building opens, in about two years, our community will have a state-of-the-art events center to accommodate activities and events running the gamut from small meetings and b’nei mitzvot to weddings and major galas. The new Pavilion will house a grand ballroom, a multipurpose room, meeting rooms, a rooftop sky garden with panoramic views, and a world-class catering kitchen. In addition, in partnership with the Annenberg Foundation, the building will also become home to a center of purposeful aging for residents of our surrounding community, where they can enhance their lives through various activities and cultural programs. 

So, to all members of our Temple community, come take a look at the construction of the Audrey Irmas Pavilion and feel proud of being part of a congregation that has a history of progress and civic leadership—just like our ancestors who had the vision and courage to build our historic sanctuary. 

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