Southern California Program

Wilshire Boulevard Temple
(Karsh Family Social Service Center)

Civic and Community
Los Angeles, CA
June 2017

As part of its Koreatown campus expansion, Wilshire Boulevard Temple funded and constructed space for the Karsh Family Social Service Center to support the surrounding community and involve its congregation in improving the lives of fellow Angelenos.  The Karsh Center opened in April 2016 and is a separately incorporated nonprofit with its own board of directors.  Located in one of the Los Angeles’ densest neighborhoods, the Karsh Center offers multiple services under one roof, provided not only by the Center itself, but by sixteen collaborating organizations from across the city.  In this way, clients can access not just dental or legal help, but a full array of support that addresses their needs holistically.  For many of the service providers, the Karsh Center is their first location in Koreatown, which is more accessible to their clients who previously had to travel long distances.  In the first six months of operation, 600 individuals were served by the nonprofit agencies located at the Center and the Temple’s volunteer-operated food pantry.  Four paid professionals currently staff the Center.  A two-year W. M. Keck Foundation grant will support a full-time associate director of development to build the Center’s fundraising capacity.

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