Interior Sanctuary

End of Life

End of Life and Bereavement Assistance

Recognizing the sanctity and dignity of human life in all of its stages, our clergy console, guide the ill, the aged, and their loved ones.

For clergy assistance with end-of-life matters, please contact our Life Cycle Coordinator, Samantha Rosen, at 
(213) 835-2121 or srosen@wbtla.org. During evening hours, on Shabbat, and on Sunday, call the Temple’s main number, (213) 388-2401, and listen to the prompt. If you have an emergency, the call will be transferred to an answering service that will contact the clergy.

For the ill, a family may request a visit from our Chaver Caring Community, Temple members trained to offer support for those facing difficult life challenges. Contact Hannah Gole at (424) 208-8932 or hgole@wbtla.org to request a visit.

For those nearing death, and for their loved ones, our rabbis provide comfort, end-of-life blessings, and spiritual guidance for difficult end-of-life decisions and assistance with mortuary and cemetery arrangements. Our clergy are honored to officiate at funerals, to lead shivah minyan services at family homes, and to officiate at unveilings.

To further assist our bereaved, our Fields Center cosponsors an ongoing weekly support group in conjunction with the H.O.P.E. Foundation. Led by licensed therapists, H.O.P.E. serves widows and widowers in their first two years of mourning, as well as sponsors additional programs for graduates of this two-year program and for those mourning the loss of parents, siblings, or other close relatives.

For additional information about H.O.P.E. programs, call (818) 788-4673.

Memorial Wall Plaques

By memorializing the names of our deceased loved ones, we express our gratitude for the gifts of their precious lives—and the hope that their memory will continue to inspire us.

Temple members commemorate loved ones by making charitable gifts in their honor and by adding plaques in their names to our beautiful Memorial Wall in the Temple Sanctuary. The wall was designed by Los Angeles artist Lita Albuquerque and installed in 2013.

In accordance with Jewish tradition, we honor the memories of those who have passed away when the Kaddish prayer is recited at worship services. We mark the memories of these loved ones by illuminating their plaques during yahrzeit (the annual anniversary of their deaths) and illuminating all plaques at Yizkor services on Yom Kippur, Shemini Atzeret, Pesach, and Shavuot.

For information about ordering a Memorial Wall plaque, please contact Cristina Mauro in the Membership Office at (213) 835-2142 or by email at cmauro@wbtla.org.

 

Yizkor

Yizkor means “remember. It is the solemn and beautiful Jewish memorial service at which we remember and bless the souls of loved ones who have passed away.

Yizkor services are held four times a year: on Yom Kippur and on the last day of Sukkot, Passover, and Shavuot.

Funerals and Bereavement

The loss of a loved one is always difficult, but Wilshire Boulevard Temple will do everything possible to help with funeral arrangements and bereavement.

To notify the Temple of the passing of a temple member or close loved one of a temple member, call Samantha Rosen at (213) 835 2121, or after hours, (213) 388-2401, extension 6, to leave an urgent message with our answering service.

Let us know the name of the person who died, the date of death, what funeral home will be used, and the name of the person reporting the death, along with a contact phone number and relationship to the deceased.

Wilshire Boulevard Temple has excellent relationships with funeral homes throughout the Los Angeles area. If you wish to have one of our Rabbi’s officiate at the service, we will coordinate with the funeral home. The family will need to meet with the rabbi at the rabbi’s office several days before the funeral takes place.

If a coroner is involved for any reason, we will inform the coroner’s office that the deceased requires a Jewish funeral.

For 30 days after burial, we will read the loved one’s name before Kaddish at services. We will also recite the loved one’s name at Yizkor and every year on the Shabbat closest to their Yahrzeit.

We announce the deceased loved one’s passing in our monthly bulletin.

At the request of the deceased’s family or close friend, we can arrange for an email sent to the congregation announcing the loved one’s passing.

We can also arrange to have one of our rabbis attend Shiva for the temple member or their close family member.