Founded in 1862 as Congregation B’nai B’rith, Wilshire Boulevard Temple is one of the most highly respected Reform congregations in the U.S. and the oldest congregation in Los Angeles. The temple building, built in 1929 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981, features a majestic domed, Byzantine-style sanctuary encircled by a 320-foot mural depicting scenes of Biblical and Jewish history. The recent restoration of the temple building is the subject of the award winning documentary, "Restoring Tomorrow", and features Senior Rabbi Steven Leder as he shares the history and present temple, and its many outreaches to the communities in LA that they serve. 

Rabbi Steven Z. Leder is the Senior Rabbi and Pritzker Chair of Senior Rabbinics. With a cum laude degree in writing from Northwestern University, study at Trinity College, Oxford, and his Masters in Hebrew Letters from Hebrew Union College, RabbiLeder was ordained in 1987. He is the author of 3 books, numerous essays, and Torah commentaries. He is a fellow in the British-American Project, a think tank that brings together leaders from America and Great Britain, and earned the American Jewish Press Association’s Louis Rapoport Award for Excellence in Commentary.

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Rabbi Steve Leder - Wilshire Boulevard Temple

The sun rises, no matter how dark the night. Adapted from Steve Leder's book, MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN BEFORE: How Suffering Transforms Us (Hay House 11/7/17).

Rabbi Steve Leder - Wilshire Boulevard Temple

False empathy. Adapted from Steve Leder's book, MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN BEFORE: How Suffering Transforms Us (Hay House 11/7/17).

Rabbi Steve Leder - Wilshire Boulevard Temple

Make music with what remains. Adapted from Steve Leder's book, MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN BEFORE: How Suffering Transforms Us (Hay House 11/7/17).

Rabbi Steve Leder - Wilshire Boulevard Temple

You matter. Live like it. Adapted from Steve Leder's book, MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN BEFORE: How Suffering Transforms Us (Hay House 11/7/17). Pre-Order on Amazon.

Rabbi Steve Leder - Wilshire Boulevard Temple

After suffering his own painful experiences, Rabbi, and nationally acclaimed writer, Steve Leder asks the question "How has a painful experience in your life taught you somethin

Rabbi Steve Leder - Wilshire Boulevard Temple

Every one of us sooner or later walks through hell. The hell of being hurt, the hell of hurting another. The hell of disease, the hell of loss.

Rabbi Steve Leder - Wilshire Boulevard Temple

Steve Leder is the Senior Rabbi of Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles and the author of such critically acclaimed books as The Extraordinary Nature of Ordinary Things 

Rabbi Steve Leder - Wilshire Boulevard Temple

Rabbi Steve Leder, senior rabbi at the oldest synagogue in Los Angeles, sits down with Brian to discuss the subject of his new book: how suffering can be transformational.

Rabbi Steve Leder - Wilshire Boulevard Temple

“You didn't have a choice about the price you had to pay for your human suffering...but you do have choices about how that suffering informs your life going forward, and makes y

Rabbi Steve Leder - Wilshire Boulevard Temple

Senior Rabbi Steven Leder and the clergy of Wilshire Boulevard Temple, share their thoughts on how they prepare for the High Holy Days.

Rabbi Steve Leder - Wilshire Boulevard Temple

This video is about Memories from Wilshire Boulevard Temple congregants, and ways they want to improve in the coming year

Rabbi Steve Leder - Wilshire Boulevard Temple

Senior Rabbi Steven Leder welcomes you to tour the amazingly beautiful Wilshire Boulevard Temple, one of the oldest and most prestigious congregations in the USA, and the subjec

Rabbi Steve Leder - Wilshire Boulevard Temple

Wilshire Boulevard Temple Cantor Don Gurney reveals a recurring musical theme and the history, meaning, and emotions of the music heard on Erev Rosh Hashanah.

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 “The more noble a thing is in its perfection,” observed the sage Yohanan ben Zakkai, “the more ghastly it is in its decay.” It’s true. The further something is from its ideal state, the worse we feel about it.  Which...

Rabbi Steve Leder - Wilshire Boulevard Temple

In the space of one year, two families at the Temple where I am a rabbi had loved ones killed while they were walking across the street. One, Andrew, had recently graduated from film school and was celebrating with...

Rabbi Steve Leder - Wilshire Boulevard Temple

When the idea of a happy family gathered around the holiday table, menorah or Christmas tree runs smack into the reality of a recent divorce, a kid in rehab, a parent with Alzheimer’s in a nursing home or the death of a...

Rabbi Steve Leder - Wilshire Boulevard Temple

There are very few books you can turn to again and again. More beautiful than Before is a gentle tome with a powerful lesson about overcoming pain. You will want to buy two copies of this book: one for your shelf and...

Rabbi Steve Leder - Wilshire Boulevard Temple

A rabbi’s story of the redemptive power of pain — how suffering can provide a window of transformation Every one of us sooner or later walks through hell. The hell of being hurt or the hell of hurting another. The hell...

Rabbi Steve Leder - Wilshire Boulevard Temple

Defending a rabbi in the 21 century for saying the Exodus story isn’t factual is like defending him for saying the earth isn’t flat. It’s neither new nor shocking to most of us that the earth is round or that the Torah...

Rabbi Steve Leder - Wilshire Boulevard Temple

The letter came from Hillside cemetery in June…the kind of letter that always gets my attention: “Buy now, price increases on July 1st.” I’ve been to Hillside 500, 600 times, maybe more. But this time was different....

Rabbi Steve Leder - Wilshire Boulevard Temple

My name is Steve and I’m procrastinator.  For years the Temple staff has known that when my assistant says, “Steve is home working on his High Holy Day sermons,” it really means, Steve is home cleaning the garage.  ...

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My name is Steve and I’m procrastinator. For years the Temple staff has known that when my assistant says, “Steve is home working on his High Holy Day sermons,” it really means, Steve is home cleaning the garage. Every...

Rabbi Steve Leder - Wilshire Boulevard Temple

The letter came from Hillside cemetery in June…the kind of letter that always gets my attention: “Buy now, price increases on July 1st.” I’ve been to Hillside 500, 600 times, maybe more. But this time was different....

Rabbi Steve Leder - Wilshire Boulevard Temple

I am a solid and consistent 5 foot 9 and three quarters.  In my early 20’s I was a solid and consistent 5’ 10” and a half.  My body didn’t shrink.  So what did?  My hairline. I was reminded of this recently looking back...

Rabbi Steve Leder - Wilshire Boulevard Temple

Rosh Hashanah II 5777 – October 4, 2016 Text Study Materials Rabbi M. Beaumont Shapiro Wilshire Boulevard Temple, Los Angeles The second day observance of Rosh Hashanah is a special time of prayer, study, reflection,...

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Rosh Hashanah Family Service 5777 – October 3, 2016 Rabbi M. Beaumont Shapiro Wilshire Boulevard Temple, Los Angeles Shanah Tovah everyone. In just a few minutes we’re going to get to be a part of one of the most...

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ROSH HASHANAH SERMON 2016 Susan Nanus The first time I applied to rabbinical school, I was 25 years old. It was just a few years after women had started being admitted, and some people were not very happy about it. The...

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Erev Rosh Hashanah 5777 Rabbi Steven Z. Leder Simone Zimmerman, the former J Street campus activist hired as national Jewish outreach coordinator by the Bernie Sanders campaign, wrote on her Facebook page for all the...

Rabbi Steve Leder - Wilshire Boulevard Temple

Kol Nidre 5777 Rabbi Steven Z. Leder My mom tried her best to say it casually, but it was still such a painful sentence: “Steven honey, now that dad is in the nursing home and the town house is sold, before I give...
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