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  • Boyle Heights, the land of freeways

    By Avishay Artsy

    6 days ago

    If you drive around the East Los Angeles neighborhood of Boyle Heights, you’re bound to pass under or next to a freeway interchange. 

    It’s where the 5, 10, 60 and 101 freeways all intersect. An estimated 2.4 million vehicles pass through every day. And yet few L.A. residents know...

  • Letters to the editor: Thai slavery, Klezmer at the Skirball, Iran deal op-eds and more

    August 26, 2015 | 10:22 am

    Slaves at Sea

    I would like to commend Saw Yan Naing’s continued coverage in the Jewish Journal of the persecution of Burmese refugees by Thai slavers (“A Story of Modern Slavery in Thailand,” Aug. 21). His reportage calls to mind an earlier era when, after April 1975, Vietnamese,...

  • Boyle Heights and City Terrace: Musical bridge to East L.A.

    August 19, 2015 | 2:40 pm

    As the Los Angeles-based klezmer band Mostly Kosher began a summer afternoon concert at the Skirball Cultural Center on Aug. 9, few in the audience knew that what they were about to experience had roots in the Jewish neighborhoods of Boyle Heights and City Terrace going back more...

  • Father’s Day: A model of involvement

    By Ellie Kahn

    June 17, 2015 | 3:35 pm

    Marcia Berman grew up in Boyle Heights, as did her father, Isadore Berman. Although he graduated with a degree in chemical engineering from Caltech, the Depression prevented him from having a career in that field. So, with his brother and father, he opened and ran a chain of movie...

  • ‘Intersection’ at the Breed Street Shul

    By Jonathan Maseng

    June 4, 2014 | 12:04 pm

    The heavily Latino neighborhood of Boyle Heights might seem an odd place to hold an art show that appeals to Jews, but for many native Angelenos who are familiar with the neighborhood’s history, it makes perfect sense. 

    Boyle Heights, the onetime home of most of the city’s Jewry,...

  • ‘Boyle Heights Heroes’ remembers L.A.‘s Jewish roots

    By Kylie Ora Lobell

    March 5, 2014 | 2:34 pm

    As the granddaughter of a rabbi who was also the first president of the Breed Street Shul in Boyle Heights — the center of Los Angeles Jewish life in the first half of the 20th century — Annette Shapiro knows the importance of remembering your roots. 

    During a Feb. 23 event at...

  • Henry Waxman:
    Governed by tikkun olam

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    February 5, 2014 | 10:11 am

    The rain during Noah’s flood lasted 40 days and 40 nights. The Torah was given to Moses during a 40-day stay at the top of Mount Sinai. The Israelites wandered for 40 years in the desert.

    And so it seems fitting that Rep. Henry Waxman (D – Beverly Hills), who announced last week...

  • Yiddish swing

    December 10, 2013 | 4:47 pm

    During the 1930s and ’40s, even as young people across America were swing dancing to the beat of such Jewish bandleaders as Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw and Harry James, a vibrant musical subculture dubbed “Yiddish swing” was flourishing in an L.A. enclave, according to Tali Tadmor, a...

  • Strippers, rackets and salons — the Jews of Sunset

    October 30, 2013 | 3:27 pm

    The legendary Sunset Strip, traversing nearly 100 years of Los Angeles history, winds it way past three famous, even infamous, enterprises along its 1.7-mile length: the gangland offices of Mickey Cohen; the hotel of Alla Nazimova, a bisexual Jewish silent film star; and the...

  • Seeking a shul’s history

    September 3, 2013 | 4:53 pm

    When Henry Leventon, his wife and three daughters attended their first Sabbath service at Temple Beth Israel of Highland Park and Eagle Rock (TBI) in 1976, the gabbai at the synagogue immediately approached.

    “Just what we need: a young man and his family!” the sexton greeted them...

  • Herb Citrin, a.k.a. Mr Valet,  dies at 91

    June 26, 2013 | 11:37 am

    Herb Citrin, who pioneered valet parking in Los Angeles and was known to many as Mr. Valet, died on June 15 at the Jewish Home for the Aging in Reseda following a long illness. He was 91.

    Born in 1922, Citrin grew up in Boyle Heights and then Glassell Park, where his mother kept...

  • Once a shul, now a church that celebrates Judaism

    By Roberto Loiederman

    June 6, 2013 | 6:21 pm

    Some months ago, L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky was “cruising Boyle Heights,” the neighborhood where he grew up and where a large portion of Los Angeles’ Jewish community once lived. Feeling nostalgic, he drove by B’nai Jacob Synagogue — once known as the Fairmont Street...

  • A suit and a story

    By Rob Eshman

    May 1, 2013 | 10:51 am

    It had been a tough week. The more news I read about the Boston bombing, the less I understood. Who were these young men, full of grievance, using a fresh start in America to maim and kill innocents?

    In the midst of the mess, I decided to finally buy myself a new suit. I have...

  • How the Jews changed L.A.

    By Tom Tugend

    May 1, 2013 | 10:12 am

    “Los Angeles today is the bellwether of American style and taste and culture. Los Angeles Jewry is the bellwether of American Jewish life. … Los Angeles Jews are God’s people and they live in the City of the Angels.”

    — “Guide to Jewish Los Angeles,” published by the Jewish...

  • Unleashing dance, offstage

    March 6, 2013 | 4:31 am

    Choreographer Heidi Duckler isn’t content simply to make works for a stage. To her, the whole of Los Angeles, the whole of the world, even, is fit for dancing. Why leap across a theater floor when you can glide around the lobby of an office building? Why spin atop sprung wood when...

  • Eddie Goldstein, 79

    January 23, 2013 | 4:47 pm

    Eddie Goldstein, remembered as being the last Jewish resident from the original Jewish community of Boyle Heights, died on Jan. 5 after having lived in the neighborhood for almost eight decades. 

    Born and raised in Boyle Heights, Goldstein lived there his entire life. He resided...

  • Neighborhood Music School hits 100

    October 11, 2012 | 11:34 am

    While the Emmy Awards were under way at downtown’s Nokia Theatre on Sept. 23, a very different — but no less emotional — celebration of the arts took place less than half an hour away in the leafy residential community of San Marino.

    Approximately 50 people gathered during a...

  • Riot/Ride

    By Rob Eshman

    April 18, 2012 | 12:45 pm

    Last Sunday, my wife, our daughter and I hitched our bikes to our car, drove toward downtown and parked just across from MacArthur Park, otherwise known as Langer’s Deli adjacent.

    There, we hopped on our bikes and joined more than 100,000 other bicyclists, walkers,...

  • Jewish-Japanese seder honors Boyle Heights history

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    April 4, 2012 | 12:32 pm

    Tess Friedman passes Ethel Kamiyama a bowl of charoset, and Kamiyama spreads a spoonful of the fruit and nut paste onto her shard of matzah. Kamiyama leans over her plate as the small sandwich crumbles at her bite, and nods at Friedman, signaling that she finds this foray into Jewish...

  • Canter’s Deli’s queen of pastrami on wry

    March 8, 2012 | 12:23 pm

    Stop in to the iconic round-the-clock Canter’s Deli most nights during the 7 p.m.-to-4 a.m. shift, and you’re likely to encounter another icon — a short, solid woman in her 70s with auburn hair who wears a white waitress uniform with metal snaps, a black sweater and sports a...

  • Thank you Planned Parenthood

    By Susan Freudenheim

    February 15, 2012 | 2:33 pm

    Amid all the hubris and rancor flying around the subject of women’s reproductive rights these days, I suggest we stop for a moment and send a word of thanks to Planned Parenthood for its 100 years of caring for both women and men with nowhere else to turn — almost 50 of those...

  • The passing of an educational giant: Shirley Levine / An appreciation

    January 11, 2012 | 11:23 am

    The Jewish community as well as the larger Los Angeles area has lost a giant in education in the passing this week of Shirley Levine. In an age where we debate how we gauge, appreciate and pay our educators, it is time to pause and celebrate one of the best that ever lived.


  • Letters to the Editor: Israel’s renewal, Arab Spring, Boyle Heights, Glenn Beck

    August 31, 2011 | 10:33 am

    Evangelical Trouble for Salon Nation

    David Suissa’s “Salon Nation: Israel’s Struggle For Renewal” (Aug. 26) was excellent in describing what common-sense actions should be taken. Unfortunately, too many changes are required before Israel could be considered a “light unto...

  • Letters to the editor: Boyle Heights, Steve Zimmer, circumcision

    July 19, 2011 | 5:00 pm

    Boyle Heights Reflections

    Thank you for Tom Tugend’s nostalgic article on Boyle Heights (“The Nickel Pickle,” July 15).

    Although I was born in Boyle Heights in 1928, we moved away to “upscale West Adams” when I was a few years old. However, I so well remember the...

  • Boyle Heights: Not yet forgotten

    July 13, 2011 | 5:26 pm

    The old man ambled up the cement stairs leading to the small front porch of his wood-plank, single-story house on Bridge Street. And, like the house, Adolfo Finkelstein, 85, is a reminder of a previous time when he would have represented the predominant demographic in the area, a...

  • On road to renewal, Shul gets multipurpose life

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    July 13, 2011 | 2:24 pm

    A plastic bag whips in the breeze, trying in vain to free itself from the coil of   barbed wire atop a chain link fence that surrounds the Breed Street Shul just off Cesar Chavez Avenue (originally Brooklyn Avenue) in Boyle Heights. The crumbling concrete stairway leading up to the...

  • Growing up in Jewish Boyle Heights

    By Tom Tugend

    July 13, 2011 | 2:17 pm

    “Boyle Heights wasn’t just a geographical term, it was a mind-set.”

    So says Abraham (Abe) Hoffman, and he should know.

    Born and raised in Boyle Heights, a graduate of — and, later, a teacher in — its public schools, Hoffman is an academic and historian who at 72 serves as...

  • Bringing books to Boyle Heights

    July 13, 2011 | 2:15 pm

    The other night, my city councilman was wishing aloud for a new word to call what’s happening lately with our neighborhood, Boyle Heights. “Revitalization” and “resurgence” came to mind, but they sounded a little on the generic side — no more appropriate to Boyle Heights...

  • Performance series pays tribute to Boyle Heights’ cultural, artistic legacy

    June 14, 2011 | 5:42 pm

    When Canter’s Deli first opened in Los Angeles, it was not at its now-famous location on Fairfax Avenue, but in Boyle Heights. And though Canter’s and most of the neighborhood’s Jews have long since deserted Boyle Heights, it was forever touched by the culture of the Jewish...

  • Producers Jami Gertz and Stacey Lubliner of “A Better Life”

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 8, 2011 | 6:27 pm

    On a white couch in their airy and still very new-looking Beverly Hills offices, actress Jami Gertz and former agent Stacey Lubliner recounted how they came together to form Lime Orchard productions, whose first feature, “A Better Life,” will premiere at the Los Angeles Film...

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