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Bruce Phillips: LA Jews and Their City

Learning About LA By Learning About Her Jews...and Where They Fit In

Los Angeles has experienced massive change from the small town that ended at MacArthur Park to  the sprawling metropolis of today.  In the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries, Jews  played an important role in shaping the civic, cultural, and geographic contours of Los Angeles.  Jewish life, in turn, has been molded by Los Angeles.

Join Village member  Professor Bruce Phillips for a three-part tour of Jewish Los Angeles through time and space, including the future.

Part I: 1850-1950 (October 5):

Jews played an outsized role in the settlement of the West, and the first Jews in LA arguably created the city. They would later be pushed out of their important roles as civic leaders when newcomers from the Midwest arrived in the 1920's, bringing their anti-Semitic baggage with them. 

We'll learn about the Jewish role in Boyle Heights, creating what has been called "Los Angeles that might have been." We'll also learn about the research of Bruce's colleague, Steve Ross, on "Hitler in Los Angeles."

Part II will cover 1950-1999 (October 12) and Part III will cover 2000 and beyond (October 19). Please register for each session separately.


About Bruce Phillips:

Bruce Phillips is Professor of Sociology and Jewish Communal Service at Hebrew Union College. He is also a faculty member in Middle East Studies at USC and a University Fellow at the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture. He was the 2017 recipient of the Marshall Sklare Award of the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry. He and his wife, Toni Frederick, are second generation Angelenos and "Saba and Savta" to a fourth generation Angelina. He has been researching Los Angeles Jews since 1976.

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Monday, October 05, 2020, 3:00 PM until 4:15 PM

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