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The first full-length presentation of Jewish life, history, and culture in California from the Gold Rush to the twenty-first century.
California Jews were often among the first settlers to establish a west coast community. They enjoyed unprecedented access to political power a generation earlier than their New York counterparts. They thrived in the multicultural mix, redefining the classic black-white racial binary by forging relations with a variety of religious and ethnic groups in both San Francisco and Los Angeles.
This lavishly illustrated volume is the first to look at a variety of issues that have shaped California Jewry over its one hundred and fifty year history. Essays discuss Jews and the gold rush, synagogue architecture, Latino-Jewish relations in Los Angeles, the Jewish community of Venice, kibbutzniks in San Fernando, Hollywood s Jewish organizational leadership, Jewish response to Japanese incarceration during World War II, post-war affiliations between Jews and Catholics in the Bay area, San Diego Jewish life and its connection to SDSU, Jewish women s activism, the California counter-culture, and the birth of Brandeis Camp Institute. The volume also includes two photo essays that capture different styles of California Jewish art--the Ketubot (wedding contracts) of artist Robert Saslow, and the work of Michelle and David Plachte-Zuiback, Jewish stained glass artists.
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