The Karsh Center is located in Los Angeles’ Koreatown neighborhood, which Wilshire Boulevard Temple has called home since 1929.

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


Christmas Cooks
Sunday, December 25
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
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Every Sunday:
Leanse Ratner Family Food Pantry – 8 a.m.

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.

The Latest

November, 2016

Karsh Center begins collaboration with Baby 2 Baby to support new toiletry distribution.

June, 2016

Kheir Center Dental Clinic Opened, providing dental services to the community.

June, 2016

Pathways joined the Karsh Center providing child care referrals.

May, 2016

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.