Erika Glazer came of age at Wilshire Boulevard Temple, listening to the preachings of the late Edgar Magnin — the “rabbi to the stars” who envisioned a grand sanctuary west of downtown Los Angeles and persuaded Hollywood notables to help fund it.
Now it’s Glazer’s turn to move things along. The philanthropist has pledged $30 million over the next 15 years toward the synagogue’s ongoing restoration and redevelopment.
“The day that Erika said yes, I felt an enormous weight … lifted from my shoulders,” said Rabbi Steven Z. Leder, who is spearheading the temple’s campaign. “We have cleared an enormous hurdle.”
Plans at the Reform congregation call for a kindergarten-through-sixth-grade day school, a parking structure and a social services facility to feed, clothe and provide basic medical and legal aid for area residents.