The Office of Historic Resources (OHR) recently 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 to be 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 will guide the 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 will be attempting to distill everything we know about the forces and trends that shaped Los Angeles' Jewish history into a concise narrative -- a document that will guide the identification 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.