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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

Adult Purim: The Marvelous Mrs. Shushan
Irmas Campus (westside)

A Purim shpiel comedy club! Five Los Angeles standup comedians tell the Purim story in their own R-rated style. There will be a complimentary dinner and no-host bar before the show.


Sixth Annual "All In" Poker Tournament
The Griffin Club Los Angeles

Join us for March Madness at our sixth annual "All In" Poker Tournament benefiting Camp Hess Kramer and Gindling Hilltop Camp Scholarship Funds.


Honoring our Sages: A Cantor's Concert
Irmas Campus (westside)

Join us for the Annual Anne and Nathan Spilberg Jewish Life Event!

A cantor's concert of the Great American Jewish Songbook is a special tribute to our congregants 85 and older. Berlin, Bernstein, Gershwin, Arlen, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and more. Three top L.A. cantors present the best Jewish music of the last 100 years, as we honor our oldest congregants with a special blessing and selected stories of "growing up" at Wilshire Boulevard Temple. Followed by a light-supper reception.


Words & Writers: Nathan Englander discusses his latest novel, ""
Glazer Campus (eastside)

Join us for this rare appearance of acclaimed author and Pulitzer Prize finalist, Nathan Englander as he explores the conflict between secular and religious Jews in his freshest and funniest book to date.

In partnership with Chevalier Books and the USC Casden Institute. Book sales and signing to follow. RSVP below

God of Vengeance: A Dramatic Reading
Irmas Campus (westside)

The California Institute for Yiddish Culture and Language and Wilshire Boulevard Temple present theatre dybbuk's dramatic reading of God of Vengeance, the admired, translated, parodied, panned, banned, prosecuted, withdrawn, forgotten, revived, and celebrated drama by Sholem Asch that inspired Indecent, the award-winning Broadway show coming to Los Angeles this June.

God of Vengeance, the story of a brothel owner's effort to marry his daughter to a Torah scholar only to have her drawn back to the life of sin in which she grew up, is a powerful story of ordinary people facing the moral and ethical issues of sin, guilt, remorse, and fear of retribution.

Find out why the director and entire cast were arrested for violating the Decency Laws when God of Vengeance premiered in New York in 1923.

Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

Warning: Sexual content - parental discretion advised.


What Does it All Mean? Conversations with Smart People about Navigating Life in the 21st Century
Irmas Campus (westside)

Join us at "What Does it All Mean? Conversations with Smart People about Navigating Life in the 21st Century," a monthly conversation with some of California's top thought leaders in media, psychology, social science, journalism and politics, moderated by Dan Schnur.

This month's topic: Gender in the Workplace: What Comes After #MeToo?


Women's Seder
Irmas Campus (westside)

Back by popular demand! Last year, our WOW Women's Seder was such a smashing success, we've decided to do it again. Come and share the joy of female companionship and friendship as we explore the Seder from a different perspective. You can finally be a guest at a Seder - no cooking required. This truly unique Seder experience will be conducted by Rabbi Susan Nanus with heartfelt musical accompaniment by Cantor Lisa Peicott. We are thrilled to announce that Michael Kassar and Micah Wexler, both trained in Michelin Star rated and James Beard acclaimed restaurants, will prepare our delicious meal and perhaps, give you some creative ideas for new dishes to try at your own Seder. Come learn, come sing, come eat!

MA NISHTANA? What is different? Why is this WOW event different than all other WOW events?

Normally, WOW events are limited to women over the age of 50 who are members of the Temple. On this night, women of all ages are encouraged to bring the other women in their lives - their mothers, mothers-in-law, sisters, daughters (age 10+) and even women friends who are not members of Wilshire Boulevard Temple - to share this special Seder experience.

$54 per person, $36 for girls age 10-13


Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín
Royce Hall, UCLA

Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust and The Defiant Requiem Foundation Present:

Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín. A unique and profoundly moving multimedia concert-drama featuring a full performance of Giuseppe Verdi's Requiem Mass. It tells the story of the courageous Jewish prisoners in the Terezín concentration camp who performed the monumental Verdi Requiem while experiencing the depths of human degradation.


Adult Seder
Irmas Campus (westside)

Celebrate Passover with your Temple family and friends at a creative, inclusive Seder with beautiful music, stories, discussion, and a sumptuous traditional Passover meal catered by Micah Wexler. Rabbi Susan Nanus and Cantor Lisa Peicott lead the Seder. Cost is $50 per person, and $36 for age 80 and over.


Community Yom HaShoah Remembrance Day Event
Pan Pacific Park

Hosted by the Jewish Federation.

In observance of Yom HaShoah, join the greater Los Angeles community as we gather for a meaningful day of memories, spoken word, and song. All are welcome to join in a moving ceremony of tribute and togetherness. Personal stories and live music will poignantly carry history to the present - and bring hope for a better tomorrow.