The Karsh Family Social Service Center
Conceived as a way to support the community surrounding the landmark Wilshire Boulevard Temple campus in midtown Los Angeles and to involve the congregation in improving the lives of fellow Angelenos, The Karsh Family Social Service Center grand opening was in November of 2016.
Designed to service the densest neighborhood in the city – Koreatown – the Karsh Center offers a unique approach: multiple services under one roof, provided by the Karsh Center and over a dozen partner organizations from across the city. In this way, clients have access to more than just dental or legal help. They have a full panoply of support that can make their lives better, easier and more secure.
A Message from Lila Guirguis, Karsh Center Director
The Karsh Center is the physical expression and vision of how faith-based institutions like Wilshire Boulevard Temple (WBT) invest 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 multi-cultural and diverse community of Los Angeles’ Koreatown. Wilshire Boulevard Temple undertook a thoughtful, strategic planning process to provide the infrastructure and resources to help establish a separate non-profit organization, the Karsh Center.
Named after the Karsh family, the Karsh Center is designed to meet 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 on who can receive support and care. READ MORE
The 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.