jewish heritage month

Movie industry trailblazers of the Jewish community of Los Angeles
Wendy Horowitz, May 07, 2024

The history of the Jewish community of Los Angeles began before California became a state: Jewish settler Jacob Frankfort arrived in 1841 while the region was still a Spanish colony.

Le-shanah tovah. A Happy New Year [Postcard for the Jewish New Year] Williamsburg Art Co., New York, printed in Saxony (Germany), n.d. Yiddish and Hebrew The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, University of California, Berkeley
Tina Lernø, September 14, 2023

Happy New Year! May your year be sweet and filled with joy!

Collage of picture books with Sephardic representation
Meredith Sires, May 22, 2023

Last week, I came across a perfect Mother’s Day gift in the form of Mazal Bueno! a new board book by Sarah Aroeste sprinkled with Ladino, the Judeo-Spanish language of Sephardic Jews.

Collage of books on Jewish cuisine
Janice Batzdorff, May 12, 2023

Bourekas (savory stuffed pastry) and shakshuka (eggs cooked in a spicy tomato sauce) are favorite foods for some Jewish people, while knishes (pastry filled with mashed potatoes) and potato latkes (pancakes) are preferred by others.

Anne Frank at her desk in her Montessori school, 1940
Tina Lernø, May 08, 2023

In 2022, inspired by Anne Frank’s story, 10-year-old Anne Frank LA student-activist Olivia Prince, with the support help of Anne Frank LA, approached Councilmember Paul Koretz (CD5) about declaring an official day to honor Anne’s legacy. And he agreed.

On April 20, 2006, President George W. Bush declared that May would be Jewish American Heritage Month after resolutions passed unanimously in both the House and Senate. President Barack Obama further supported this resolution with his own proclamation issued on April 30, 2013, in which he stated: