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  • Also straight outta: The story of Compton’s Jewish community

    March 9, 2016 | 3:19 pm

    When hip-hop group N.W.A released its debut album “Straight Outta Compton” in 1988, the rappers were probably clueless that the title also could apply to a small, short-lived group of postwar Jews from the same city.

    While Compton today is predominantly Latino and Black — with a...

  • From debutantes to Yom Kippur queens — early Jewish club life

    February 11, 2016 | 9:26 am

    On Valentine’s Day some 100 years ago, if you wanted to meet someone Jewish to date in Los Angeles, what would you do? With telephones in only 30 percent of households in 1915, and the thought of telephoning someone without first being properly introduced too brazen for polite...

  • A filmmaker with an eye for Wilshire Boulevard Synagogue’s transformation

    By Avishay Artsy

    January 27, 2016 | 3:02 pm

    Los Angeles filmmaker Aaron Wolf never intended to make a documentary about a synagogue. He attended Wilshire Boulevard Temple as a child, became a bar mitzvah there, went to summer camps run by the temple, and his grandfather, Rabbi Alfred Wolf, served on its clergy for more than...

  • The ‘Little Fuehrer’ vs. student furor in Boyle Heights

    December 16, 2015 | 12:05 pm

    While commentators denounce and rebut Donald Trump’s proposal to ban all Muslims from entering the United States, some will remember that 70 years ago, another battle against bigotry, as well as anti-Semitism and what the media called “fascism,” was waged by Jewish and Black...

  • Framing L.A.: The Jews who helped us to picture art

    March 18, 2015 | 1:14 pm

    In the post-World War II years, Jewish businessmen figured out how to price and frame art so that almost anyone who wanted it would be able to afford it.

    In the late 1940s and early ’50s, with veterans having families and buying homes in the San Fernando Valley and on the...

  • Three pioneering Jewish women doctors

    November 12, 2014 | 1:25 pm

    A century before today’s fear of an Ebola outbreak, there was fear in Los Angeles of tuberculosis, and Dr. Kate Levy called out passionately to the Jewish community to aid those suffering from what was called the “White Plague.”

    In fact, in the first decades of the 20th century,...

  • Mining the ‘Golden Age’ of Los Angeles

    By Roberto Loiederman

    July 2, 2014 | 3:32 pm

    Imagine downtown Los Angeles more than 150 years ago: dirt streets, rancheros in town picking up supplies, donkeys carrying sacks of cattle feed. 

    Over there, at the corner of Aliso and Los Angeles streets, in a stretch of two-story adobes known as Bell’s Row, is a dry-goods...

  • The Sephardic immigrants who brought flowers to L.A.

    February 13, 2014 | 2:14 pm

    On Valentine’s Day, as you exit a freeway off-ramp or drive down the streets of Los Angeles, the people you see hawking red-and-white holiday bouquets on street corners may have more in common with you than you might ever imagine.

    In the early 20th century, Sephardic immigrants,...

  • Jews share a sense of place in L.A. history

    May 1, 2013 | 11:25 am

    Coinciding with the run of the “Jews in the Los Angeles Mosaic” exhibition at the Autry National Center — and we hope, continuing well beyond — this issue of the Jewish Journal marks the beginning of a new monthly feature showcasing various aspects of Los Angeles’ Jewish history.