At 3 a.m., when most Orange County residents are halfway through their slumber, Solomon Dueñas leaves Aliso Viejo and begins the 15-minute commute he's made nearly every morning since 1988.
Forty years after he first put on a white apron, Abel Salgado remains an anomaly in the Jewish bakery world, but not for reasons one might expect. Sure, when he joined Local 453 of the Hebrew Master Bakers and Confectioners Union in 1963, the Chihuahua native was maybe the second or third Latino ever to join the union, then 2,000 strong. And even today, Salgado is one of the few non-Jews involved in the Jewish bakery business, a profession that occupies a particularly sacred -- not to mention delicious -- place in the religion. But, Salgado noted, ethnicity and theology were the least controversial issues when he originally applied to join the union.
Although progressives' cause-of-the-month is criticizing Israel's treatment of Palestinians, it has been endemic in the Latino left for years.
A conference on the importance of Holocaust education focused on training teachers to make better use of the Internet revolution.
Ask your typical music fan about the Jewish connection to Latin alternative music, and you're most likely to get a puzzled look. Why would nice Jewish boys and girls be involved in a musical genre where klezmer isn't kosher?
It's a couple of hours before the Anti-Defamation League's (ADL) quarterly Orange County Jewish-Latino roundtable group and Joyce Greenspan is worried.
The Charles and Nora Hester board room at Chapman University is a typical corporate meeting area; large and devoid of anything sacred, it is located on the second floor of the school's main building. Outside the room is a display that highlights the life of Christian philanthropist Albert Schweitzer.
Nothing indicates that this environment is conducive to a strong campus Jewish life, let alone its existence. Yet on a Friday night, while most of their peers were at frat parties or dates, members of Chapman's Jewish community were celebrating a Shabbat dinner, singing and praying in Hebrew (with a liberal sprinkling of English) in this very room.
Although East Los Angeles, and the bordering Boyle Heights, is now the heart of Mexican Los Angeles, vestiges of its diverse past still remain.
Recently, though, La Voz has published scathing anti-Semitic remarks that have as its targets the L.A. Jewish community.