Rabbi Shapiro's Shabbat Message - May 5, 2023

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Rabbi Shapiro's Shabbat Message - May 5, 2023

Twenty years ago, as a sophomore in college, I came to Wilshire Boulevard Temple as a song leader in our Religious School. What a journey it has been.
Over these two decades, I have grown into a role as one of your rabbis that has been more fulfilling than I ever could have imagined, working with families and staff during the deepest moments of joy, sorrow, discovery, and reflection. I have been privileged to welcome hundreds of new Jews into the family of the Jewish people through Choosing Judaism, and I am incredibly proud to have played a lead role in launching the Karsh Family Social Service Center, which has become a social service model for Los Angeles.
Wilshire Boulevard Temple is the only place I have ever worked, and it will always be my home. However, I acknowledge the leadership transition that is taking place, particularly with the recent announcements regarding Rabbi Leder and Cantor Gurney. I am also part of this transition.
Come this summer, I will no longer be a part of the clergy team at Wilshire Boulevard Temple. I will be joining the amazing team at the Skirball Cultural Center, serving in a new role as rabbi for the organization.
While I may be moving professionally, Ashley and I hope to make Wilshire Boulevard Temple our family’s home for many years to come.
For now, I remain deeply privileged to be one of your rabbis, and to serve our amazing congregation until making the transition to Skirball later this summer.
With love and gratitude for all we have shared, and Shabbat Shalom,