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Tours/Excursions

  • Along the Goldeneh Line: Jewish Life and Heritage of Northeast L.A. and the San Gabriel Valley

    Along the Goldeneh Line: Jewish Life and Heritage of Northeast L.A. and the San Gabriel Valley

    "Here in Pasadena it is like Paradise. Always sunshine and clear air, gardens with palms and pepper trees and friendly people who smile at one and ask for autographs." -Albert Einstein U.S. Travel Diary 1930-31 Travel alongside the Metro Gold Line into the San Gabriel Valley with the Whizin Center and Jewish Historical Society of Southern California on this new tour. We'll focus on the area's unique Jewish heritage, which dates back more than a century, and its contemporary community life, home to an estimated 30,000-40,000 Jews between Glendale and Rancho Cucamonga. . Presented in cooperation with the Jewish Federation of the Greater San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys and participating congregations and organizations as we explore sites of historic and current Jewish significance, including: · Temple Beth Israel of Highland Park and Eagle Rock (1930) · Einstein Papers Project at Caltech, highlighting Einstein in Pasadena, his Zionism and Jewish identity, and the groundbreaking effort with Hebrew University of Jerusalem to digitize his archives Judson Studios (1897)--a rare opportunity to visit America's oldest family-run stained glass studio, which has designed and fabricated traditional and contemporary stained, leaded and fused glass for architectural spaces in Los Angeles--including Breed Street Shul, Valley Beth Shalom and Wilshire Boulevard Temple--and around the world. Transportation on a chartered bus leaving from AJU. Read More

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  • All Aboard for Jewish L.A.: Back to the Beginning, Boyle Heights

    All Aboard for Jewish L.A.: Back to the Beginning, Boyle Heights

    Who says L.A. has no subway and no Jewish History? Not us! Travel back in time with the Jewish Historical Society of Southern California docents Stephen Sass and Jeremy Sunderland -- entirely via metro and on foot -- to the beginnings of Los Angeles and our Jewish community, which dates back to 1841. Focusing on Boyle Heights, the tour includes the Breed Street Shul and the original 1837 site of L.A.'s first synagogue, Congregation B'nai B'rith (forerunner of today's Wilshire Boulevard Temple). Further information and instructions will be sent out to participants prior to the tour. Read More

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