Jews in the Los Angeles Mosaic

Jews in the Los Angeles Mosaic

by Karen Wilson (Editor)

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Overview

Influenced by popular notions that the West is a place of vanishing Jews and disappearing Judaism, most people draw a blank at the words “Los Angeles Jew.” Yet, the region is home to the second largest number of Jews in North America, and boasts the fourth largest Jewish population in the world, behind only Tel Aviv, New York City, and Jerusalem. This book, and its companion exhibition at the Autry National Center, reveals how Los Angeles has shaped Jewish identities and how Jewish Angelenos have shaped the metropolis.

Six incisive essays look at the mutual influence of people and place as they examine Jewish engagement with frontier society, yidishe kultur and union activism, ethnic identity and Hollywood movies, Jewish women and local politics, and Jews making music in Los Angeles. The book is illustrated with a wealth of images that illustrate how Jews, operating both at the center and the margins of power, have contributed to the place and myth called Los Angeles.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520275508
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 05/03/2013
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 136
Product dimensions: 10.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Karen Wilson is the Kahn Post-Doctoral Research Fellow with the UCLA Center for Jewish Studies, a lecturer in the UCLA Department of History, and guest curator of the Autry National Center’s exhibition, Jews in the Los Angeles Mosaic.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Jews in the Los Angeles Mosaic
Karen S. Wilson

1. Becoming Angelenos
Karen S. Wilson

2. Reexamining Los Angeles’ “Lower East Side”: Jewish Bakers Union Local 453 and Yiddish Food Culture in 1920s Boyle Heights
Caroline Luce

3. Letting Jews Be Jews: Ethnicity and Hollywood, Its Fall and Rise
Kenneth Turan

4. At the Intersection of Gender, Ethnicity, and the City: Three Jewish Women in Los Angeles Politics
Amy Hill Shevitz

5. White Christmases and Hanukkah Mambos: Jews and the Making of Popular Music in L.A.
Josh Kun

Notes
Suggested Readings
Contributors
List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Index

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