June 26, 2019

Thanksgiving Events in Los Angeles 2018

Five orange pumpkins sit in a row in front of a distressed, wooden background.


Before Thanksgiving, Wilshire Boulevard Temple helps the hungry and the homeless. Volunteers assemble 1,000 complete dinners-for-four and distribute them on the spot to some of the city’s most underprivileged families. A $25 donation provides a grocery bag containing Thanksgiving dinner for four. There also will be activities for kids. In partnership with Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, the synagogue holds a blood drive at 10 a.m. Contact elizabeth@karshcenter.org to donate blood. Program 12:30-3:30 p.m. Wilshire Boulevard Temple, Glazer Campus, 3663 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 388-2401. karshcenter.org/biggive.

Embrace fellowship and make new friends in these troubled times at an interfaith service sponsored by Presbyterian Church USA. Participating institutions include the American Jewish University choir, Bel Air Church, Islamic Society of West Valley, Kehillah Chen v’Chesed and First Presbyterian Church Encino. Donations of nonperishable food items benefiting the Family Rescue Center are requested. Reception to follow. Free. 7 p.m. 4963 Balboa Blvd., Encino. (818) 788-1147. firstpresencino.org.


Give thanks for the many blessings in our lives at an interfaith service with Northridge religious communities. Participants include members of Temple Ramat Zion congregation, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Northridge United Methodist Church and the Islamic Center of Northridge. Clergy meet-and-greet to follow service. Donations of nonperishable items are requested for a food drive benefiting Pacoima-based Meet Each Need With Dignity (M.E.N.D.). Free. 7 p.m. Temple Ramat Zion, 17655 Devonshire St., Northridge. (818) 360-1881. trz.org.


Volunteers are needed for Pico Union Project’s fifth annual FaithsGiving Community Fest, which features turkeys, music, and goodwill for the project’s Pico-Union neighbors. Live music by klezmer band Mostly Kosher, rap-electronica-alt rock group PLVNK and singer-songwriter Jasper Bones. Free. 3:30–5:30 p.m. Pico Union Project, 1153 Valencia St., Los Angeles. (213) 915-0084. picounionproject.org/faithsgiving.


People of all faiths and all ages are invited to Kehillat Ma’arav’s 35th annual Thanksgiving Interfaith Breakfast & Service with Brentwood Presbyterian Church. A light breakfast is followed by a service featuring songs, prayers and reflections led by clergy from both congregations. Suggested donation: $4 and a can of food. 8:30 a.m. Brentwood Presbyterian Church, 12000 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 829-0566. km-synagogue.org.

Kehillat Israel seeks volunteers to shop, cook, decorate, serve and/or socialize at its annual Thanksgiving visit to the residents of Turning Point Traditional Housing. The facility is part of Ocean Park Community Center’s interim housing programs, and provides 55 men and women with shelter and a full range of services, including case management, mental health care, medical care referrals, and help in obtaining permanent housing. Items should be dropped off before 3 p.m.; work shifts are from 3:30-7 p.m. Turning Point Transitional Housing, 1447 16th St., Santa Monica. (310) 459-2328. Sign up at ourki.org. n