Cindy Feder and Marnie Bodek had a shared idea a few years back: that women over the age of 50 want to connect with new and old friends and that they’d like their lives to be enriched by intellectual, cultural, and social activities. With that, in September 2016, Women of Wilshire was born. Nearly three years, more than 50 programs, and hundreds of new friendships later, WOW is a thriving part of Wilshire Boulevard Temple. Here we introduce new leadership for the coming year of programming!
Stories from the Temple Bulletin, Wilshire Weekly, and other news.
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 second time, our Early Childhood Centers ran a four-week summer camp, Camp Chaverim, at the Glazer and Irmas campuses. Campers had a wonderful time participating in outdoor water play, gathering for daily morning song sessions, and experiencing several different hands-on sensory explorations. Our enthusiastic and incredible staff, composed of both familiar and new faces, was complemented by visiting specialists.
What makes Wilshire Boulevard Temple Religious School different from other religious schools? Don’t worry—no need to clean out the pantry, set the table for 40 guests, and start making matzah balls. We are incredibly proud of our school, staff, and clergy and excited for the year ahead, so we thought we’d share what makes us stand out.
On June 3, some 70 individuals representing more than 26 direct service and Jewish communal organizations convened at the Glazer Campus for the inaugural Karsh Center Volunteer Summit. Supported by a generous grant from the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles, the Karsh Family Social Service Center hosted this unique opportunity to bring together volunteers, staff, and leadership from an array of organizations to spend the day in conversation about how to best provide services to our communities’ most vulnerable members.
On the solemn date of Tishah B’Av (9th of Av), our ancestors hit rock bottom when the ancient temple was destroyed for the second time, and the Jews were exiled from the city, left to wander in the diaspora. They were torn apart politically, religiously, and personally, as the ritual center of their tradition lay in ruins. The rabbis of our Talmud blame the destruction on Sinat Chinam, hate without cause; people stopped caring for one another, and the Jewish people became deeply divided.
The yellow buses were lined up on Hobart Boulevard. Anxious parents and excited youngsters—or the other way around—anticipated what camp would be like this summer, as it would be the first time in the past 67 years that Wilshire Boulevard Temple Camps would be someplace other than Yerba Buena Road and Pacific Coast Highway. While parents took pictures and children waved good-bye, finishing touches were still in the works on the campus of Cal State Channel Islands.
Twenty years after Brawerman’s founding, 47 outstanding Grade 6 students will graduate from Brawerman Elementary School this June. Forty-seven students, 47 graduates, 47 mensches ready to step into the next phase of their academic careers. This year’s graduating class represents the largest in Brawerman’s 20-year history. For the second time, students from each campus will share the title of Brawerman Elementary School’s Graduating Class of 2019.
For many, summer brings with it butterflies of excitement for special activities: family vacations, afternoons at the pool, outdoor movie nights, community activities that abound across Los Angeles, and summer camp! It shakes up the rhythm of our calendars, and invites us to reconnect with people we enjoy. As you consider meaningful and unique opportunities for your summer, the Karsh Family Social Service Center encourages you to use this time away from your routine to volunteer and serve those in need.
This Mother’s Day weekend, Wilshire Boulevard Temple Camps hosted its third annual Camp Kulam, a retreat for families with young children with special needs. Seventeen families from far-ranging Southern California areas came together at American Jewish University’s Brandeis-Bardin Campus for a weekend of fun, relaxing, and connective programming.