LOS ANGELES, CA (FOX 11) - Film director Aaron Wolf was on Good Day LA talking about the documentary, "Restoring Tomorrow," a film he directed that recounts the history and the restoration of the Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles.
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The film follows Wolf’s personal journey of rediscovery, guided by the narration of Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s history and reconstruction. At the time that Wolf was studying at New York University, he had little connection to his faith. He considered himself a “fallen-away Jew” and had drifted from the temple and his Jewish faith like much of the nation’s younger generations. Weeks before their wedding, Wolf and his fiancé split, sending him back to his childhood temple to seek counsel from Rabbi Steve Leder. It was then that Rabbi Leder shared his vision to renovate the temple, which at that point was in total disrepair and falling apart. Rabbi Leder asked Wolf to document the temple’s restoration, and Wolf agreed to bring on his production company, Howling Wolf Productions, to film the process.
Intertwined in the story of the temple’s restoration is the temple’s history as the first Jewish congregation in Los Angeles, California, told chronologically through the various rabbis that have led the congregations, including Edgar Magnin and Harvey J. Fields. Most consequential for the film and its filmmaker is Alfred Wolf, Aaron’s grandfather who had left Eberbach, Germany at the time that the Nazis rose to power and served as rabbi at Wilshire Boulevard Temple from 1949-1985. It is likely Rabbi Wolf’s influence on the temple and the community that draws Wolf closer to the subject of the film, the temple and ultimately his faith.