April 20, 2010
Biking Jewish L.A.
Boys from YULA yeshiva high school took a 25-mile bike tour of Jewish Los Angeles with their teacher, Rabbi Eliyahu Stewart, a grandfather who rides his bike 50 to 60 miles a week. The December ride took the group of ninth-, 10th- and 11th-graders through West Adams, Boyle Heights and old neighborhoods around USC.
Stewart believes that he met his objective for the tour, which was “to be able to give my students a sense of what came before them in terms of the Jewish community of L.A. as well as expose them to some really interesting parts of the city.”
The boys saw the original locations of many current institutions that have since moved west, such as Beth Jacob Congregation and Sinai Temple, as well as former mikvehs and the Breed Street Shul.