SurveyLA Developing Jewish History Context

The Office of Historic Resources (OHR) was awarded a grant from the California Office of Historic Preservation to develop a "historic context statement" relating to the history of Los Angeles’ Jewish community.   This will be the first citywide Jewish history document of its type developed in California, and possibly in the nation.  This work is part of SurveyLA (​the multi-year, citywide Los Angeles HIstoric Resources Survey), a partnership between the City and the Getty to identify the significant historic resources in every corner of Los Angeles.

The new historic context help City to identify and better protect the important places in Los Angeles that have been associated with the history of the Jewish community.  ​The project is to distilling everything we know about the forces and trends that shaped Los Angeles' Jewish history into a concise narrative -- a document that will guide the evaluation of the particular places that are still standing and that have contributed to the story of L.A.'s Jewish community. ​It will be discussing themes related to Jewish religion and spirituality, social organizations, commerce and business, the entertainment industry,and arts and culture -- and addressing the changing Jewish geography of Los Angeles, from Boyle Heights to Fairfax, Pico-Robertson to the Valley.  

T​o make this effort successful, the OHR wants to tap into the collective knowledge and memory of Los Angeles' Jewish community.  The context focuses on people and places associated with themes such as religion and spirituality, social organizations, commerce and business, the entertainment industry, and arts and culture.  If you have information to contribute, please contact Janet Hansen at