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Studio heads (Snider, Kavanaugh), agency chieftains (Silbermann) and top producers (Bender) have come together, "Avengers"-style, to save their iconic but decaying 83-year-old Wilshire Boulevard Temple, an A-list house of worship far from the Westside.
There are a number of synagogues central to Jewish life at the loftiest reaches of the entertainment business -- Temple Israel, Leo Baeck and Stephen S. Wise among them -- but none has been as prominent for as long as Wilshire Boulevard Temple. It opened in 1929 at what was then the western edge of Los Angeles (now known as Koreatown) with key financial support from film titans Irving Thalberg, Carl Laemmle, Louis B. Mayer and brothers Jack and Harry Warner. These days, the congregation's services are still so Hollywood-heavy that they were spoofed in a third-season episode of Entourage, when Jeremy Piven's Ari Gold crashed Yom Kippur to bend a studio head's ear.
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