The Wilshire Boulevard Temple plans to move next year from near downtown Los Angeles to the Westside where most of its members reside.
The temple bought an entire block in West Los Angeles for $7 million. The site is bordered by Barrington, Mississippi and Barry avenues and Olympic Boulevard.
A new temple is to be built on the site where the Barrington medical building stood before it was destroyed in the Northridge earthquake and eventually had to be torn down.
The temple plans to offer a preschool program and, in about five years, a school for 400 students up to the sixth grade. Religious services and community outreach programs also will be available at the new facility, said Rabbi Harvey J. Fields, senior rabbi of the Wilshire Boulevard Temple.
Geographically, the new facility makes sense for the Wilshire Boulevard Temple since about 2,200 Westsiders--60% of the temple's total membership--belong to the temple.
The facility is scheduled to open in the fall of 1996, Fields said.