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

The Karsh Family Social Service Center

Located in one of Los Angeles’s most dense, diverse, and economically challenged neighborhoods,
the Karsh Center offers multiple services under one roof. At the Karsh Center, clients can access
dental care, vision care, mental health services, pro bono legal services, grief support, healthy and
nutritious groceries, clothing vouchers, baby supplies, and other resources, as well as learn about
additional regional service providers from Karsh Center volunteers.

The services offered at the Karsh Center are provided directly by the Karsh Center staff or through our collaborations with 27 mission-aligned
social service providers (our “Collaborators”), incorporating our network of dedicated volunteers. Our unique approach allows us to offer a wide range of resources across six program areas without compromising the responsiveness and quality of our services.

A Message from Lila Guirguis, Karsh Center Director

The Karsh Center is the physical expression and vision of how a faith-based institution like Wilshire Boulevard Temple (WBT) invests in the community in which it resides.

The Karsh Center was founded on the commitment from WBT to give back to our neighbors in the multicultural and diverse community of Los Angeles’s Koreatown. The Temple undertook a thoughtful, strategic-planning process to provide the infrastructure and resources to help establish a separate nonprofit organization, the Karsh Center.

Named after the Karsh family, the Karsh Center is designed to provide the fundamental necessities of local residents by offering an array of direct social services through a multi-organizational collaborative approach and a state-of-the-art volunteer engagement program. Our objective is to accomplish this with no restrictions, no judgments, and no barriers regarding who can receive support and care.

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Karsh Center News

In Collaboration with the Frank D. Lanterman Regional Center, the Karsh Center Hosts Annual Back to School Giveaway

On Friday, August 9, 2019, the Karsh Center hosted the Annual Back To School Backpack Giveaway event. The Frank D. Lanterman Regional Center received a donation of 400 backpacks from Baby2Baby and raised funds to purchase basic age appropriate school supplies to fill the backpacks. Premier Healthcare Services donated all of the snacks and beverages for the event.

The event was geared for Lanterman clients between the ages of 3 – 18 years, whose families are experiencing financial hardship. Service Coordinators nominated 427 of their clients who were most in need. Of these, a total of 117 backpacks were distributed at the event. The remainder of the backpacks will be distributed to families by their service coordinators. The event included entertainment by the Bob Baker Marionettes and Wahlbangers Drum Circle.

The Karsh Center hosts its inaugural Volunteer Summit

On June 3rd, 2019, the Karsh Center hosted the inaugural Volunteer Summit, a day of learning, community, and celebration of the impact of volunteers. The purpose of the Karsh Center Volunteer Summit was to offer in-depth training, support and connections to volunteers who are engaged in social service delivery. The event was supported by the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles.

Watch a highlight video of the 2019 Volunteer Summit.