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The first Jewish congregation of Los Angeles.
The Wilshire Boulevard Temple was built by Congregation B’nai B’rith, Los Angeles’ first Jewish congregation, in response to the congregation’s growth. Monumental in proportions, the Byzantine Revival style building was primarily designed by architect Abraham Edelman.
The cavernous interior, with its precedent-shattering murals, is awe inspiring. Depicting key moments in Jewish history, the Hugo Ballin designed murals are 320 feet long and seven feet tall. Financed by the Warner Brothers of motion picture fame, the murals are precedent-shattering because they are among the first paintings containing human images to adorn the interior of a Jewish house of worship.
The congregation is one of the country’s first Reform Congregations. The magnificent synagogue was entered in the United States Register of Historic Places in 1984.