Stories from the Temple Bulletin, Wilshire Weekly, and other news.
Join us for this outstanding, award-winning documentary about the extraordinary life story of Carl Laemmle, the German-Jewish immigrant who founded Universal Pictures and Universal City, helped build Wilshire Boulevard Temple and saved over 300 Jewish families from Nazi Germany. He was the only movie mogul to take on Hitler and fought with our State Department to save Jewish lives. There will be a Q&A afterward with the director and Laemmle’s great-niece.
This year, we have an opportunity to care for our neighbors like never before, and we need you to help us do that! Join us at the Karsh Center's Big Give on November 24.
What would camp be like this summer? It was what everyone had been wondering since the fires of last November. #campneverstops motivated us and inspired campers, alumni, families, and friends, but until the first yellow buses unloaded at the Camarillo campus of California State University Channel Islands, we couldn’t possibly have known what an exceptional opportunity this summer would prove to be.
One of the pillars of the Brawerman Elementary School experience is the joy of partnering with “buddies” in younger grades. For years, logistics left students in Grade 3 out in the cold. At Brawerman West, Kindergarten goes with Grade 6, Grade 1 with Grade 5, and Grade 2 with Grade 4. Over on the East campus, Kindergarten buddies with Grade 4, Grade 1 goes with Grade 5, and Grade 2 is paired with Grade 6. Whichever way you pair the grade levels, Grade 3 always got left out—until now.
Audrey Irmas Pavilion donors describe their enthusiasm for Wilshire Boulevard Temple and how they envision the Audrey Irmas Pavilion will serve the community.
Following a two-week break after summer camp, our incredible teaching staff returned to school in September excited and enthusiastic. Our returning teachers were eager to reunite with familiar faces, as well as get to know new ones. The staff orientation was packed with programming, including icebreakers, CPR and first aid training, and an in-depth discussion about our value of the year: b’tzelem Elohim—Divine Image. We hosted two scholars in residence who delivered inspiring messages to our teaching staff.
The High Holidays are among our favorite times of year, and it’s not just because there’s nothing better than apples dipped in honey and round challah with raisins. Rosh Hashanah reminds us that there is a new year ahead, promising novel experiences, challenges, and successes. It allows us to reflect on the past year, and think about how to make the coming year even better. Of course, at the Religious School, we are constantly looking to improve our programs, and celebrate our successes.
T’shuvah. Return. This is a central aspect of the High Holy Days. Throughout the month leading up to Rosh Hashanah, shofar blasts awaken our souls and call us to return to our best and most authentic selves. As deeply personal as this is to all of us as individuals, these same acts of introspection, reflection, understanding, and improvement can be seen among Temple staff and throughout our offices, schools, and camps.
Learn the importance of this rabbinic parable that illustrates the importance of the shofar blast during the High Holy Days. Written by Rabbi Joel Nickerson.
Join us Monday, October 21, as we celebrate the gift of Torah with food, drinks, music, and dancing with your Wilshire Boulevard Temple community. Including a very special early session just for families with children under 6, a community dinner for all ages, and dancing with the Torah.
Who would imagine that decorating cupcakes could provide a creative opportunity for the Rabbis, Cantors, and Executive Director to share insight and meaning as they prepare for the High Holy Days? Supplied with the recipe, ingredients, and words of encouragement, the icing on their cakes reveals personal perspectives and universal ideas.