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 its fellow Angelenos, the Karsh Family Social Service Center held its grand opening in November 2016.
Designed to service the densest neighborhood in the city, Koreatown, the Karsh Center offers a unique approach: providing multiple services under one roof and working with more than a dozen partner organizations from across the city. This way, clients have access to more than just dental or legal aid; there is a panoply of support that can help them 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 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.
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.