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Investigations and Acts of Kehillah

“Let’s go see if the excavator is there today!” said a three-year-old, referring to the Audrey Irmas Pavilion construction site. At our early childhood centers, curriculum often is inspired by the Glazer and Irmas campuses. The children are invited to explore the environments in deep and meaningful ways and to socially construct theories. In one classroom, the children were particularly fascinated by the demolition and construction that they get to witness firsthand, and were inspired to create their own buildings. To further their investigation, a small group of children put on their child-size construction vests, hard hats, and glasses and mapped a pathway to the Audrey Irmas Pavilion construction site.

Children from another classroom were intrigued by the beautiful music coming from the Sanctuary during organ practice. The class questioned Rabbi Eshel, sharing their theories about the instrument. The children decided to write the rabbi a letter: “Rabbi Eshel, please take us up, up, up to see the organ.” The following week, when the children accompanied Rabbi Eshel and Bill (the organ tuner) on a visit to the organ, they were captivated by the instrument’s different buttons and sounds—not to mention the mesmerizing view of the Sanctuary from up high.

The early childhood center classes at both sites also pack snack bags for the Karsh Family Social Service Center, located at the Glazer campus. “It’s a place for people who don’t have any food to stop and get food they really like,” explained a four-year-old girl. One classroom went on a tour with Elizabeth Green, the Center’s Associate Director of Volunteer Engagement, and they sorted and bagged Food Pantry items; it was a handson mathematical learning experience rooted in the value of kindness.

The early childhood centers this year are once again focusing on the value of kehillah (community), which provides great opportunities to explore our broader Wilshire Boulevard Temple community—its spaces, programs, and most importantly, the people, who make everything possible.

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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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