When construction on the historic Wilshire Boulevard Temple was completed in 1929, the structure was built near what was then the western border of Los Angeles.
To see it still standing today in the heart of Koreatown at the intersection of Wilshire and Hobart speaks to how much the city, and the congregation, have changed over the decades.
In reality, though, the temple and its vibrant community were almost eclipsed by the region’s socioeconomic shifts over the generations and very nearly disappeared from the city’s cultural landscape.
Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s hard-won renaissance, as chronicled in Aaron Wolf’s fondly crafted documentary, proves to be a vigorous affirmation of the vitality of Jewish tradition in Los Angeles that will fascinate the faithful and enlighten the curious.
Read the story at Variety.
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