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Adult Events

Many Ways to Be Jewish

Expand your horizons by participating in one, many, or all of our diverse adult programming opportunities.

Words and Writers is an adult program that brings well-known authors to Wilshire Boulevard Temple to speak about their latest books and is always followed by book sales, book signings, and a reception.

Wisdom, Beliefs, and Thoughts is our adult education program. Under its mantle we offer classes in Jewish thought and history, Torah study, a conversion course, holiday seminars and an Adult B’nei Mitzvah program.

Films and Filmmakers presents film screenings of new and timely Jewish films, often accompanied by the director or producer of the film. Many of these films cannot be seen anywhere else in Los Angeles, and we are proud to offer them at no cost to our congregants and the Jewish community at large.

Our Events

WilshiReaders: Inheritance
Irmas Campus (westside)

Join our book club and embark on an exploration of critically acclaimed books that have achieved national recognition. On September 26, we explore Dani Shapiro'Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the memoir is "as compulsively readable as a mystery novel, while exploring the deeper mysteries of identity and family and truth itself." Great Books facilitator Rochelle Ginsburg leads the group.

For more information, contact Hannah Gole at hgole@wbtla.org or Rochelle Ginsburg at reginsburg@gmail.com.


Film Screening: Carl Laemmle
Irmas Campus (westside)

Carl Laemmle is a feature documentary about the extraordinary life of former Temple congregant Carl Laemmle, the German-Jewish immigrant who founded Universal Pictures and saved over 300 Jewish families from Nazi Germany.

Affable and humorous, Laemmle used his eye for talent to hire many who went on to become Hollywood legends: Walt Disney, John Ford, Irving Thalberg, William Wyler, and others.

Beyond playing a monumental role in the modern movie business and winning Universal's first Academy Award for Best Picture, Laemmle wrote hundreds of affidavits and spent a great deal of his fortune finding jobs and homes for German refugees. By the time of his death in 1939, Laemmle had saved over 300 Jewish families.

Join us at our Irmas Campus on October 15 for a special screening of this wonderful production from filmmaker James L. Freedman.

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First Day of Choosing Judaism

Choosing Judaism is an exciting conversion program that provides a deeply meaningful and immersive pathway to conversion in eight weeks. A fourth cohort will begin on October 18. Please click the button below for more information and the complete calendar for Choosing Judaism's Fall 2019 session.

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Taste of Sukkot - An Israeli Feast in the Sukkah
Irmas Campus (westside)

Join us for a special musical Shabbat Sukkot service, followed by an Israeli feast in the Sukkah catered by the delicious Jaffa Restaurant. We will eat under the stars, listen to a talk about Israeli food from Chef Anne Conness, and play a Trivia Game about Israel with a grand prize of a $100 gift card to Jaffa.

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Intro to Jewish Literature First Session
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Irmas Campus (westside)

Intro to Jewish Literature: The Lives and Writings of Isaac Leib Peretz, Sholem Aleichem, Isaac Bashevis Singer, and Nathan Englander
Dates: Wednesdays, October 23 & 30; November 6 and 13


Join in as we read, discuss, and analyze four of the most beautiful and powerful short stories in Jewish literature. After learning about the backgrounds of these four great Jewish authors and the context in which they wrote, we will focus on their most acclaimed short stories each week, which will be PERFORMED BY ACTORS to bring it to life. Texts adn other reading materials will be handed out in class.

Cost is $36. Taught by Rabbi Susan Nanus.


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Intro to Jewish Literature Second Session
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Irmas Campus (westside)

Intro to Jewish Literature: The Lives and Writings of Isaac Leib Peretz, Sholem Aleichem, Isaac Bashevis Singer, and Nathan Englander
Dates: Wednesdays, October 23 & 30; November 6 and 13


Join in as we read, discuss, and analyze four of the most beautiful and powerful short stories in Jewish literature. After learning about the backgrounds of these four great Jewish authors and the context in which they wrote, we will focus on their most acclaimed short stories each week, which will be PERFORMED BY ACTORS to bring it to life. Texts and other reading materials will be handed out in class.

Cost is $12 per class, $36 for the series. Taught by Rabbi Susan Nanus.


REGISTRATION COMING SOON

Intro to Jewish Literature Third Session
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Irmas Campus (westside)

Intro to Jewish Literature: The Lives and Writings of Isaac Leib Peretz, Sholem Aleichem, Isaac Bashevis Singer, and Nathan Englander
Dates: November 6 and 13


Join in as we read, discuss, and analyze four of the most beautiful and powerful short stories in Jewish literature. After learning about the backgrounds of these four great Jewish authors and the context in which they wrote, we will focus on their most acclaimed short stories each week, which will be PERFORMED BY ACTORS to bring it to life. Texts and other reading materials will be handed out in class.

Cost is $12 per class, $36 for the series. Taught by Rabbi Susan Nanus.


REGISTRATION COMING SOON