Thursday, May 20, 2010

The Breed Street Shul Project

I was pleased to recently lend my support to The Breed Street Shul Project's work to restore the historic Boyle Heights Shul, which dates back to when the neighborhood was home to a thriving Jewish community. The non-profit, which was established in 1999, also aims to forge closer relationships between the Jewish and Latino communities.

The Breed Street Shul encompasses two historic synagogues -- a 1923 un-reinforced brick building and a 1915 wood-frame building. Both buildings have been designated by the City of Los Angeles as Historic-Cultural Monuments and are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. My interest in the The Breed Street Shul Project in driven in part because of my family background -- my paternal grandparents immigrated to the United States from Mexico, while my maternal grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Russia who settled in Boyle Heights. More information about The Breed Street Shul Project is at