Israeli President Shimon Peres ended a weeklong visit to California with a wide-ranging discussion with Latino leaders.
The Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs is sending 16 U.S. Hispanic leaders to Israel. The group, leaving this Saturday, will meet "with police and military personnel, business leaders, religious figures and government officials, including President Shimon Peres," according to a JINSA release.
As the jewish population in the area east of Los Angeles has dwindled -- and as the Conservative congregation has aged -- Rabbi Haim Dov Beliak has reached out to the Spanish-speaking community in the area.
The spectacular growth of the Latino population in the United States has brought about a boom in Spanish-language media.
The East L.A. community of Boyle Heights has always been a neighborhood dominated by immigrants. Today, it's a poor Hispanic neighborhood. But Hershey Eisenberg, 75, remembers a different Boyle Heights: It was during the Great Depression, when the community was poor and Jewish, but the sense of community was very rich.
While visiting Ellis Island at the turn of the 20th century, Henry James wondered how the sweeping tide of immigrants would ultimately affect "the idea of" America. Comparing the incorporation of foreigners to sword- and fire-swallowing feats at a circus, James reflected on what it meant for America to share its patrimony with those "inconceivable aliens."