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Wilshire Boulevard Temple

Laura Eversz
Edition: 10/29/2004

Wilshire Boulevard Temple, the oldest Jewish congregation in Los Angeles and one of the oldest in the United States, will mark two milestones with a gala dinner and concert on Sun., Nov. 21.

Mandy Patinkin will entertain at “The Life of a Building and the Building of a Life,” commemorating the 75th anniversary of the landmark temple at 3663 Wilshire Blvd. The event also honors retiring executive director Steve Breuer’s 50 years of service to the congregation and community.

Breuer, a UCLA graduate and former school teacher, joined the Wilshire Boulevard staff in 1962, and soon became director of the temple's Camp Hess Kramer and Gindling Hilltop Camp. For the past 25 years, he has served as the congregation's executive director.

Said senior Rabbi Steven Leder, “For more than 140 years, this congregation has been blessed with monumental rabbinic, staff and lay leadership—people who had the vision and the will to create and sustain this great temple. On the occasion of this historic date, we honor our temple forebears and our own Steve Breuer, who exemplifies their spirit.”

Among the building’s distinctive features is its great dome—100 feet in diameter and rising 135 feet from the street. Heavy East Indian teakwood doors open into a foyer decorated in gold and black Italian marble. Movie moguls Jack, Harry and Abe Warner donated murals surrounding the sanctuary that depict the story of creation.

The building is home to a Kimball organ, whose 4,100 pipes are enclosed in five soundproof rooms.

For tickets or further information, call Ellie Klein at 213-388-2401.