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Tours/Excursions

  • Step by Step on the Road: Celebrate the Jewish History & Heritage of San Diego with the Jewish Historical Society of Southern California

    Step by Step on the Road: Celebrate the Jewish History & Heritage of San Diego with the Jewish Historical Society of Southern California

    Travel by bus from the AJU Familian Campus to visit the San Diego History Center for a docent tour of this new exhibit followed by a walking tour of Old Town San Diego. San Diego's Jewish pioneers arrived with statehood in 1850, looking for adventure, good weather, better health, and, above all, the opportunity to make the American dream their own. Many who arrived in San Diego were responsible for shaping the early town, building theaters, owning vast tracts of land, engaging in civic service, and participating in politics. In the early 20th century, San Diego's Jewish community faced obstacles to greater community involvement as restrictive covenants (race restrictions) were attached to particular neighborhood subdivisions like La Jolla, pushing those who helped to fund and build San Diego out of particular locations. But by 1963, Jonas Salk, a Jewish medical researcher and virologist, established the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, (designed by Jewish architect, Louis I. Kahn) and with the completion of UCSD--a school intending to specialize in the intersection between biology and technology--the restrictions were ended as Jewish scientists were some of the top in their fields. Today, San Diego's Jewish community thrives and is different than other Jewish populations in other parts of the state and country given that 19% of San Diego County's Jewish population was born outside the United States, mainly Mexico. Be sure to visit Celebrate San Diego! The History & Heritage of San Diego's Jewish Community and understand the struggles, triumphs, contributions, and legacy of San Diego's Jewish community. Read More

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  • Breed Street Shul & Boyle Heights Walking Tour

    Breed Street Shul & Boyle Heights Walking Tour

    Boyle Heights was the largest Jewish neighborhood on the West Coast from the 1920s until after World War II. Starting at Union Station, we'll board the Gold Line with JHS docents Stephen Sass and Jeremy Sunderland. We'll visit: • Breed Street Shul, an architectural and cultural treasure that serves as a bridge between the Jewish and Latino communities and is the last remaining of 30 synagogues that once dotted the area. • We'll also explore the area's history as we walk by former landmarks: • L.A.'s first Jewish day school and elementary schools, JCC and outpatient clinic • The original Canter's Deli • Libros Schmibros Lending Library Read More

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