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Wilshire Boulevard Temple Online

Welcome to WBT@home, our online community where we gather to play, pray, learn, and connect. 

Throughout our rich history, the Jewish people have faced times where we could not visit our temples – but found creative ways to keep our culture alive. In that tradition, we are creating Jewish experiences to bring Wilshire Boulevard to you.

Social distancing, so contradictory to our core value of bringing our community together, may keep us physically apart. Yet there has never been a greater need to find ways to come together.

Here at WBT@home, you will find a calendar of events and activities, videos, tips, and articles to help you stay safe, healthy, and connected to our kehillah

What's New

Important and Exciting Re-Opening News!

With the reopening of California, we are more than pleased to announce the lifting of all capacity and distancing restrictions for Friday night services. 

Please note that for religious services fully vaccinated attendees will not be required to wear a mask. In accordance with CDC and Los Angeles County requirements, individuals who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear face masks on campus at all times. 

Weekly registration, including a waiver submission, will continue. Registration will open Monday mornings for that week's Friday night Shabbat service. 

Find out more information here!

A Marriage between Synagogues

Join your Rabbis and Cantors as they stand under the chuppah and recite their own special version of Sheva Brachot, The Seven Blessingsto unite our congregations as one and symbolize our commitment to the future. 

View the full Shehechiyanu Shabbat service here.

Wilshire Boulevard Temple and University Synagogue: A Timeline

On June 4th, we virtually celebrated the merger of University Synagogue and Wilshire Boulevard Temple with a special Shehechiyanu Shabbat. To introduce this beautiful service, we began with a powerful video that shared the long history of our two synagogues and the bright future of our community as our congregations unite as one. 

Making the Audrey Irmas Pavilion Mezuzah

An inside look behind the superb craftsmanship that went into the making of the Audrey Irmas Pavilion Mezuzah, created by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Rem Koolhaas and his OMA partner, Shohei Shigematsu.

Be part of the unique opportunity and donate a Mezuzah for a door inside the pavilion, and receive a second mezuzah for your home. For more information, contact Jamie Geller at

Led by Amit Heri and Cantor Kerith Spencer-Shapiro, this is an embodied devotional practice that delves each week into a theme relating to Shabbat and leading toward Havdalah. Have your yoga mat ready and join us Saturdays on Zoom at 5:00 p.m.

Cantor Gurney's Shabbat Message - July 23, 2021

This is the time of year some parents are getting ready to send their (now adult) children off to college. We had that experience 4 years ago, and, although I expected the flood of emotions and memories, as we all prolonged our goodbyes, what brought levity to the situation was the last-minute instructions to our daughter - “don’t ride the train at night” (yeah, right), “please look 10 times before you cross the train tracks,” and whatever other silly things our responsible daughter needed not hear at that time. One last thing. Just a song before I go.

Read More about Cantor Gurney's Shabbat Message - July 23, 2021

Read more of our weekly Shabbat Messages. Stay tuned for a new message every Friday!

Spring Programs

Four thoughtfully developed study groups join Music Matters, which continues on Mondays, and our Friday Torah Study to provide a full week of programs. Learn more about our exciting new programs.

Culture Mavens

Join our Jewish art, history, and entertainment series, hosted by Rabbi Nanus & Tom Teicholz.

Watch more of our Culture Mavens series to learn about one-of-a-kind experiences related to Judaism meant to entertain, enlighten, and educate.

Home Recipe Spotlight

WBT@Home Vegetable Kugel

What's Next

Check out and register for our latest events.

Friday Night & Saturday Morning Services

We are live-streaming all Friday night and Saturday morning services. Those of us saying Kaddish for a loved one should be assured their name will be read as a part of the service. 

Past services

Torah Study

We are livestreaming our Torah study sessions weekly and offer an option for every age range with our different rabbis and special guests. For resources and to watch our past study sessions, visit our Study@home page.



If you or any of your family members are suffering, please contact Denise Magilnick at to reach one of our clergy members for comfort and guidance.

Please remember that our campuses and schools are closed but fully operating online.

You are already familiar with the Temple webpages created to distribute health and safety news and resources. We will continue to update these pages.