I did make it back to shul today. Two special occasions in shul today — the rabbi’s eldest son (who looks to be in his mid to late teens — scary, as the rabbi is only four years older than I am!) is leaving to go to a yeshiva near Paris. 974 more words
Ryan Reft at Tropics of Meta has another blog post on the multiracial history of Los Angeles. In this article, Reft examines the development of Boyle Heights. Boyle Heights is bordered on the north the USC Health Scienes Campus, east of the Los Angeles River and north of I-5. It is one of the older neighborhoods of Los Angeles and has a unique history. Due to restrictive covenants, Jews were prohibited from buying homes in much of Los Angeles and settled into the multiracial enclave of Boyle Heights with African and Japanese Americans. Overtime, Boyle Heights morphed into a predominately Latino community. Reft traces the history of this neighborhood and explains how its past has helped bring Los Angeles' Jewish and Mexican American communities closer together.