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.
Pathways joined the Karsh center providing child care referrals.
Kheir Center Dental Clinic Opened, providing dental services to the community.
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.
April 4, 2016
The Karsh Center welcomed its first clients today.
April 1, 2016
The Karsh Center debuted its new website. It provides a wide array of information on the social services we provide, opportunities for volunteer engagement, and background on the outstanding Karsh Center team and collaborating organizations.
March 13, 2016 – Volunteer Orientation
More than 100 volunteers attended an orientation session led by Karsh Center Director Liz Ross and Rabbi Beau Shapiro. Volunteers learned about best practices in client service, the importance of confidentiality and tips for handling a variety of situations.
January 10 and 13, 2016 – Meet and Greets
Karsh Center Director Liz Ross and Rabbi Beau Shapiro introduced congregants to the Karsh Center. Congregants toured the facility and learned about volunteer opportunities.
December 25, 2015 – Christmas Cooks
A group of temple volunteers helped make Christmas more joyful for local residents trying to transition out of homelessness by cooking and serving a hot sit-down meal.
November 22, 2015 – The Big Give
Congregants assembled 1,000 Thanksgiving dinners-for-four and distributed them to underprivileged families throughout Los Angeles. Volunteers also participated in a blood drive, in partnership with Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.