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Audrey Irmas Pavilion Donor Profile: The Bolds

Anyone talking with Adam Bold knows that he speaks from the heart. When he looks at our world, his assessment is straightforward. “I think we could use a lot more Godliness right now,” he said.

Adam and his wife, Emily, moved from the Midwest to Los Angeles and became members of the Temple. They have enjoyed the camaraderie among congregants from the start, but it wasn’t until their daughter began attending preschool at the Temple that everything changed. “Sure we had friends, but once we got involved with the preschool, we realized we belonged to a community,” Adam said. “We still had our friends, but having those friends in a community is what mattered.”

When Rabbi Leder introduced the Bolds to plans for the new Audrey Irmas Pavilion, there was no question they would become involved. “For us, it’s not about the building,” Adam said. “Of course it’s going to be a beautiful place, but what mattered most to us is that it’s in the heart of the city. And it’s going to be the heart of the Jewish community for a long, long time.”

The Bolds further believe that the new building will add more spirituality to the city. “There are a lot of charities that need assistance,” Adam continued, “and my wife and I decided to focus on where we live, the city of L.A. We would love to help everyone and everything, but you can’t. So adding a Jewish heart to our community is important to us.

“We’re not contributing because we want something specific in the future,” Adam continued. “In terms of the Temple, it’s going to have an impact—transform it from a place where people perhaps feel they have to go to a place where you want to go.”

The Bolds’ long-range goal is equally on-point. “Our hope,” Adam explained, “is that the new Pavilion will bring a little more Godliness not just to the congregation but to the entire city of Los Angeles.”

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And So It Goes...

Another summer season closes, camp laundry is done, and school has started. The lazy dog days of summer are ending and we are all returning to the hectic daily life of bogged-down schedules, homework, carpools, sports teams, theater, real-life drama, stresses big and small, and so forth. Although religious school may seem like just another place we have to be, it really is a place to escape all of that and connect with what is really important: friends, our own humanity, community, spirituality, values, fun, and balance.

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Two Kinds of Justice

Examining ourselves on the outside—searching for lumps and strange moles—can save our lives. What we don’t always realize is that looking ourselves over on the inside can save our marriages, families, friendships, souls, and spiritual lives. Hence this month’s first Torah portion with that famous repetition: tzedek, tzedek tirdof—justice, justice you shall pursue. Why this repetition?

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Women of Wilshire (WOW) Welcomes New Leadership

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!

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