On Independence Day, 1905, Abbott Kinney opened "Venice of America" as a resort on the Pacific for high-brow patrons of the arts and culture modeled after its Italian namesake. Ten years later, with its amusement piers and carnival atmosphere, the area became known as "Coney Island of the West." From the first High Holy Day services in 1914, Jews have been a part of the scene that makes Venice, California a place unlike any other. Join us for a midsummer half-day's walking tour with the Jewish Historical Society of Southern California focusing on Jewish Veniceâ€™s past, present and future. We'll start with bagels, shmoozing and a special screening of the Academy Award-winning documentary Number Our Days with members of Jewish Family Service's Israel Levin Senior Center, then enjoy sunshine and cool summer breezes as we trace the area's colorful Jewish history.