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Audrey Irmas Pavilion Donor Profile: Cindy Broder

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Audrey Irmas Pavilion donors describe their enthusiasm for Wilshire Boulevard Temple and how they envision the Audrey Irmas Pavilion will serve the community. 

Audrey Irmas Pavilion donors describe their enthusiasm for Wilshire Boulevard Temple and how they envision the Audrey Irmas Pavilion will serve the community. 

For the last 28 years, Cindy Broder has been a regular attendee at services and, more recently, at classes and other Temple activities. Her experience is both unique and uplifting. 

“The community here at Wilshire Boulevard Temple has always embraced me,” she said. “The rabbis, Cantor Gurney, and members have always been kind and inclusive and made me feel part of the Temple family.” 

Cindy grew up Southern Baptist in Mississippi and attended services three times a week plus “revivals.” Then many years passed before she would be in any sanctuary, so it took a while before she felt comfortable at services at the Temple. But, as she explained, slowly the words from the Torah readings began to sink in and resonate. “In Judaism, we reflect back on our lives each year to see where we missed the mark and how we can make amends, start anew, and become better, kinder, more caring and active people,” she said. “The expression tikkun olam becomes a working part of our lives. What better way to live? 

“About 20 years ago,” Cindy continued, “my mother passed from breast cancer. I was devastated. The very first call I received after returning from Mississippi was from Rabbi Leder: “Cindy, when are you coming in? I’m waiting to see you.” No clergy had ever done that for me. That was the moment when I knew I would become Jewish one day.” 

On January 17, 2018, Cindy officially converted. 

When Rabbi Leder showed Cindy and her husband, Bob, the model for the Audrey Irmas Pavilion, it was an easy decision for them to support, and donate to, the project. “This new space is vital to the continued growth of our congregation,” Cindy said. “It is our responsibility and privilege to do what we can to help and support the Temple. What better way to contribute to the continuing growth of our Temple than by supporting the Irmas Pavilion?” 

The Broders are involved in a number of philanthropic endeavors—in health care, education, the environment, and conservation. In addition to the Temple, particularly close to Cindy’s heart is her work with the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, an organization committed to protecting and studying mountain gorillas, along with the Grauer’s gorilla of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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