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Audrey Irmas Pavilion Donor Profile: Blaire and Aaron Kaplan

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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!  

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. “You look up and it’s an incredible feeling. We may not know the original Temple members, but we share this beautiful history every time we’re here.” 

When Rabbi Leder spoke with the Kaplans about the new Audrey Irmas Pavilion, it struck the couple on many emotional levels—among them, their affinity for the rabbi himself, the startling beauty of the planned structure, and a connection to the next 100 years and beyond of life in Los Angeles. “We wanted to contribute to unborn generations who will be touched by the building’s beauty and history,” they said. 

The Kaplans touch the lives of many people through their efforts. Blaire is on the board of the California Southland Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association; the couple has an endowed fund at USC School of Cinematic Arts to help and support female graduates as they navigate the content business in the entertainment industry; Aaron is on the board of the Saban Community Clinic here in L.A.; and through his company, Kapital Entertainment, Aaron has created “First Jobs,” for which nearly 30 USC students have been hired onto company projects during the 18 months the program has been in existence. “We get you your first job; the rest is up to you,” Aaron explained. 

For the Kaplans, their connection to the Temple begins with Rabbi Leder. “While he may not be talking directly to us, so much of what he says during his sermons resonates with us,” they said. “Personally, he’s been there for us during the amazing times of our lives—the births and naming of our children—and the trying times—the passing of our parents. Since this building is so important to him and the synagogue, we wanted to express our loyalty with our gift.” 

The couple has three daughters, Jaiden, Daylin, and Blake. While two of their daughters are post–bat mitzvah, 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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