Jewish Historical Society

of Southern California


organizers of the


Breed Street Shul Project, Inc.





Dear Friend,


Please join Jewish Historical Society/Breed Street Shul Project on Sunday, April 9, for a special celebration in partnership with Chamber Music in Historic Sites/The Da Camera Society.


That day, Cuarteto Latinoamericano -- based in Mexico City and Miami - will appear at Breed Street Shul, 247 N. Breed Street, Boyle Heights at 12:30 p.m. at a mini-concert to play "Sueños de Sefarad," a brief work written for them by David Stock and based on four Ladino themes. Cellist Eric Han will provide 15-minute performances at the Shul at 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., alternated with the Breed Street Shul Project video and tours of the Shul from noon to 3 p.m. These events are free and open to the public. For more information, call (323) 761-8950 or email  


At Tamayo Restaurant, Curarteto Latinoamericano will offer two performances (2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.) of Latin American quartets, including music by two Latin American Jewish composers (Osvaldo Golijov and Gabriela Lena Frank). For more information on tickets for the Tamayo concert and associated activities, which also include a reception at a nearby art gallery and the opportunity to order dinner after the concert, call 213-477-2929, or visit


I look forward to seeing you Sunday, April 9.




Stephen J. Sass








Please click here to read the Jewish Journal article about the Cuarteto Latinoamericano’s wonderful visit to the Breed Street Shul on Sunday, April 9, 2006 (Posted: 05/10/06)!





Dear Friend,


It's another Big Sunday at the Breed Street Shul.  Join us next Sunday, May 7, from 1-3 p.m. in Boyle Heights as we build bridges on Breed Street again this year as part of Big Sunday '06, L.A.'s Annual Day of Service. Come join the fun!


We need volunteers for two projects that day:


1. Help us welcome and show people the Shul and also help with some gardening and exterior clean up.


Your Project




Go Back to Breed Street: Show People the Shul



1:00 pm - 3:00 pm. Breed Street houses one of L.A.'s oldest landmarks - The Breed Street Shul - and one of L.A.'s most vibrant Latino communities. For the past few years we've brought these communities together for a special day - and it's always such a hit, we're doing it again! The Breed St. Shul is undergoing a massive restoration. The shul will be hosting an open house (of sorts) to say hello to the neighbors, and tell them of the great plans for the shul. (And we need you to help them hand out the snacks!) Boyle Heights




2. Help put on a party for our neighbors, Cesar Chavez House (the former Mount Sinai Clinic building), a shelter serving homeless families: 


Your Project




Go Back to Breed Street: Go to a Shindig at a Shelter



1:00 pm - 3:00 pm. Breed Street houses one of L.A.'s oldest landmarks - The Breed Street Shul - and one of L.A.'s most vibrant Latino communities. For the past few years we've brought these communities together for a special day - and it's always such a hit, we're doing it again! Cesar Chavez House (formerly Chernow House) is a nice shelter serving nice homeless families. Join us as we throw a party for them full of good food, good cheer?and a visit from a special guest! Boyle Heights



You can sign up by emailing us at, or directly on the Big Sunday website,  We're grateful to David Levinson and all the other wonderful people at Temple Israel of Hollywood and supporting organizations for putting on this amazing day of community service each year.


I look forward to seeing you next Sunday.


Shabbat shalom,




Stephen J. Sass



P.S. In case you didn't see this week's Jewish Journal article about the Cuarteto Latinoamericano's wonderful visit to the Breed Street Shul:






NEWS: Please join us for Tu B’Shvat Arbor Day, Tree Planting at historic Temple Beth Israel in Highland Park on Sunday, February 26.  Please click here to learn more about this special family-oriented event, cosponsored by the Jewish Historical Society (Posted 3/3/06)





NEWS: We are proud to announce that the JHS annual meeting will take place on Thursday, January 19 at the Skirball Cultural Center.  Please click here to view the annual meeting flyer (Posted 1/05/06)


NEWS: Exhibition-Related Program (Posted 10/05/05)


Sacred Spaces

Historic Houses of Worship in the City of Angels


Preserving Los Angeles:

Buildings, Congregations, Communities

Tuesday, November 1, 7:30 p.m.

Free. No Reservations necessary

Located at the Skirball

2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90049


(310) 440-4500


This panel discussion will examine, from both historical and practical perspectives, the significance of preservation within the continually changing landscapes of Los Angeles. Moderated by Frances Anderton, host of DnA: Design and Architecture and producer of To the Point and Which Way, LA?, all broadcast on 89.9 KCRW and Panelists include Brenda Levin, President and Principal of Levin & Associates Architects; Rev. Dr. Frank Alton, Pastor of Immanuel Presbyterian Church; Stephen J. Sass, President of the Jewish Historical Society of Southern California; and attorney Susan Brandt Hawley.


Co-organized by the Skirball, the Getty Conservation Institute, the Jewish Historical Society of Southern California, and the Los Angeles Conservancy. Also presented in conjunction with the Los Angeles Conservancy’s education initiative Curating the City: Wilshire Boulevard.



Scholars and students of American Jewish history will convene in Charleston, South Carolina, June 5-7, 2006, to explore new developments in this burgeoning field. The conference program, registration form, and accommodations information all are now available online at:


In the plenary session, a panel of historians from across the country will discuss the usefulness of the concept of regions for American Jewish history. 

Other session highlights include:


Ø      Roundtable on the Eldridge Street Project

Ø      "The Jewish Woman in America" after Thirty Years

Ø      City Jews, Country Jews

Ø      Changing American Jewish Identities


A special performance of "Gershwin in Charleston: Selections from 'Porgy and Bess'" will be staged on Monday evening, June 5,

at historic Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim. 

Tuesday's panels and presentations will conclude with a field trip to Middleton Plantation and a Southern Jewish feast, served with

commentary by ethnographers and chefs.


Sponsored by the American Jewish Historical Society, the American Jewish Archives, and the College of Charleston, the 2006 Scholars' Conference coincides with the Spoleto Arts Festival, one of the country's premier celebrations of the performing and visual arts. Participants who arrive on Sunday, June 4, will be treated to "A World of Jewish Culture"-a full program of concerts, performances, and film.


We hope you can come!


For more information, please contact:


Dale Rosengarten, Ph.D.

Program Chair, 2006 Biennial Scholars' Conference on American Jewish History

Special Collections, Addlestone Library

College of Charleston

Charleston, S.C. 29424

tel: 843.953.8028

fax: 843.953.8019





Enid R. Idelsohn

Administrator, Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program

College of Charleston

96 Wentworth Street, Room 215

Charleston, S.C. 29424

tel:  843.953.3918

fax:  843.953.7624



Register Now for 2006 Biennial Scholars' Conference on American Jewish History

We had a very successful Mitzvah Day this year at the Breed Street Shul!  Members of Temple Aliyah in Woodland Hills gathered at the shul on Sunday, November 5, 2006 along with Clean N’ Green, a volunteer group serving southern California, to pull weeds, sweep, pick up trash, and garden around the perimeter of the building!  Thanks to all our volunteers for your help!  We look forward to the next Mitzvah Day.  Stay tuned for upcoming announcements. (Posted: 11/27/06)

Please click here to view the JHS 2006 annual letter, written by JHS president Steve Sass!  Please click here to make your much-needed secure online contribution!  (Posted: 12/19/2006)