• Recovering Yiddish Culture in Los Angeles aims to apply the digital strategies that have so greatly enhanced the field of Yiddish Studies to recover a long-forgotten body of Yiddish works: those produced by the Yiddish writers and poets who settled in Los Angeles.



Travel back through time and space to experience the history of Jewish Los Angeles

What if you could “go back in time” and visit Boyle Heights in the 1920s? What if you could hear the music and voices coming out of Zellman’s Men’s Wear or Ginsberg’s Vegetarian Café? What if you could follow the pathways of immigrant families who just landed in LA in 1900 to make a new life for themselves?

Launched in 2011 through a partnership with the UCLA Library and Special Collections, the University of Southern California, and other community archives, the Mapping Jewish Los Angeles Project uses digital tools and multimedia technologies to enable a broad audience to discover the complex histories of the Los Angeles Jewish community, linking culture to urban spaces over time as a way of appreciating intersecting histories, ethnicities, and experiences. We recover and preserve hidden archives, explain their significance and historical context, and facilitate access to them, stimulating new research, teaching, and community engagement throughout Los Angeles and beyond.

A current focus of Mapping Jewish LA is documenting such historic Jewish Neighborhoods as Boyle Heights and Fairfax. The Hinda and Jacob Schonfeld Collection, based at UCLA, is a research and teaching archive dedicated to the legacy of Jewish Boyle Heights, home to waves of immigrants in the early 20th century. If you or your family has memories or materials you would like to share, contact collectingjewishla@gmail.org.