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1930s Los Angeles was a Pro-Nazi Hotbed

By On June 26, 2017

While America nervously watched the rise of the Third Reich in the early 1930s, some Nazi-sympathizing Los Angelinos were eagerly anticipating a Nazi future. In those years, the pro-Hitler German American Bund held… Read More

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The Real ‘Gidget’ Was a Jewish Surfer Girl Named Kathy

By On February 27, 2017

In the premiere episode of the current season of HBO’s Girls, creator and lead actress Lena Dunham revealed one of the great unsung Jewesses of American pop culture: California surfer girl Gidget. Yes,… Read More

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The Israeli Artist Behind Those Inflatable Dancing Guys

By On January 31, 2017

You know those tube-shaped inflatable guys that dance around all wacky, with a convulsing body and waving arms? They’ve become omnipresent in the urban landscape, from used car lots to pawn shops.… Read More

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The Original ‘Hollyweed’ Prankster was a Jewish Art Student

By On January 10, 2017

  Earlier this week, 30-year-old Zachary Cole Fernandez was arrested for a prank that Los Angelenos woke up to on New Year’s Day: The iconic Hollywood sign that hovers over the city’s… Read More

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The Ukrainian Jewess Who Organized L.A.’s Mexican Garment Workers

By On October 27, 2016

  In the early 20th century, seamstresses in the U.S. worked long hours for little pay. Anarchist and feminist labor organizer Rose Pesotta helped shake up the industry. At 16, Pesotta (born… Read More

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The Jew Who Changed the Bagel Game Forever

By On October 20, 2016

When it comes to bagels, it’s a given that an old-school handmade bagel is going to taste way better than a mass-produced one bought at a supermarket. But rolling and shaping the… Read More

The 81-Year-Old Jewish Kid From L.A. Whose Mariachi Band Topped the Charts
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The 81-Year-Old Jewish Kid From L.A. Whose Mariachi Band Once Topped the Charts

By On June 30, 2016

In the 1960s, there was no escaping the mellifluous sounds of Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass. The band’s Whipped Cream & Other Delights (and its infamous image of a cream-covered model)… Read More

L.A.'s Jewish Refugee Soccer Stars
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L.A.’s Fabulous Jewish Refugee Soccer Team

By On July 7, 2015

In the 1960s, a group of Israeli expats and European concentration camp survivors formed Maccabi Los Angeles, part of the largely ethnic Greater Los Angeles Soccer League. As a recent article in… Read More

The Jewish Food Critic Who Rules Los Angeles
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The Jewish Food Critic Who Rules Los Angeles

By On March 10, 2015

It’s not uncommon for new residents of Los Angeles to receive well worn copies of Jonathan Gold’s Counter Intelligence: Where to Eat in the Real Los Angeles filled with dog-eared pages and marginalia. The Pulitzer Prize-winning food… Read More

LA's First Jew
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L.A.’s First Jew

By On January 6, 2015

There are more than half a million Jews in Los Angeles, making up roughly six percent of the metro area’s population. When did it all begin? Who was the first Angeleno Jew?… Read More

Getting Back Home Tonight, The Yiddish Way
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Getting Back Home Tonight, The Yiddish Way

By On December 31, 2014

It’s New Years Eve, and after all those rounds of champagne, the last place you’ll want to be tonight is behind the steering wheel, right? Of course, there are apps like Uber,… Read More

The Great Jewish Muralist of Los Angeles
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The Great Jewish Muralist of Los Angeles

By On November 13, 2014

  The oldest Jewish congregation in Los Angeles, Wilshire Boulevard Temple, has an elaborate mural that encircles the main sanctuary. Beginning with Genesis and ending in 1929, when the mural was commissioned, it tells the… Read More