A Welcome Message from Rabbi Steve Leder
At Wilshire Boulevard Temple, we care about our neighbors. Our beautiful campus is in the heart of Koreatown—one of the most dynamic and diverse communities in the country—and we know that many of the area’s residents have immense needs.
Within a five-mile radius of our Temple, about one-third of adults go hungry some of the time, and nearly four in ten adults cannot afford any dental care. An estimated one in four families in our community lives below the federal poverty level. That is why we have created the Karsh Family Social Service Center–the most comprehensive outreach to neighbors of any synagogue in America and perhaps the world. READ MORE
Meet the Director, Liz Ross
Elizabeth Ross, the Karsh Center’s founding director, brings a wealth of experience as a clinical social worker and nonprofit executive. “I truly adore what I do every day and feel so blessed to be the founding director of the Karsh Center.” READ MORE
Program Feature: The Temple’s Leanse Ratner Family Food Pantry
The Temple regularly distributes nutritionally balanced groceries to 250 families each week, thanks to provisions purchased through the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank and HopeNet. For pantry patrons, the Karsh Center, courtesy of QueensCare, features onsite nurses who provide blood pressure monitoring, flu shots, and other preventive services.
April 21, 2017
The Karsh Center recognized its dedicated volunteers during a special shabbat on April 21. The sermon delivered by Rabbi Shapiro that evening may be read online. READ MORE
Above the Law talks about how the Karsh Center is establishing a new standard of care for neighbors living side by side in a diverse world. Read more >
Karsh Center begins collaboration with Baby 2 Baby to support new toiletry distribution.
Kheir Center Dental Clinic Opened, providing dental services to the community.
Pathways joined the Karsh Center providing child care referrals.
The Inner City Legal Center Housing Tenants Rights Legal Clinic begins to offer services at the Karsh Center.
May 15, 2016
Jews with Tools volunteers work with Habitat for Humanity to help build a home for a Los Angeles area low-income family.
April 20, 2016
Our House Grief Support Center announces start of services at the Karsh Center. Read the newsletter.
February 26, 2017
Volunteers helped build a house at Jews with Tools.