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The Wilshire Boulevard Temple (pictured above circa 1939) was dedicated 85 years ago in 1929. Rabbi Steve Leder says, "This was the Los Angeles Jewish community's statement to itself — and to the majoritarian culture that surrounded it — that 'We are here, and we are prepared to be a great cultural and religious and civic force in our community.' " Courtesy Los Angeles Public Library hide caption

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Best Seat In The House Of Worship: The Temple Hollywood Built

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A volunteer at a Christian church in Qosh, Iraq, loads aid onto a handcart Monday for delivery to displaced Shiites who are sheltering there. Alice Fordham/NPR hide caption

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For Iraqis In Crisis, Dividing The Country Seems A Poor Solution

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People who have come to do laundry with mingle with volunteers at a laundromat in East Hollywood, Calif. The Laundry Love initiative raises money to help the poor pay for the cost of laundry. Lisa Napoli/NPR hide caption

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A Growing Movement To Spread Faith, Love — And Clean Laundry

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As Millions Of People Fast For Ramadan, Does The Economy Suffer?

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Rabbi Aaron Raskin plays the shofar as Jews mark Rosh Hashanah during a traditional Tashlich ceremony in September 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. A new Pew poll asked how warmly Americans felt toward people of varying religious groups. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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Morals Clauses Prove Controversial For Catholic School Teachers

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Preachers Call For Compassion In Dealing With Immigrant Surge

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This month, relics of St. Toribio Romo will be on display at several Catholic churches in Southern California. Sam Sanders/NPR hide caption

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Relics Of The Patron Saint Of Immigrants Take A Pilgrimage

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Pope Francis waves as he leads his Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican on Sunday. Francis reportedly told an Italian newspaper that statistically, about 2 percent of Roman Catholic priests are pedophiles. Tony Gentile/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Founders Claimed A Subversive Right To 'Nature's God'

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In Troubled Times, Find Freedom Through Faith And Forgiveness

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