Neon Night Walks: Jewish Lights Over Broadway 1/16/22
Jewish Lights Over Broadway
In person walking tour Sunday Jan 16, 7pm
When Jewish pioneers first came to LA near the middle of the 19th century, they brought their lights; Sabbath candlesticks, Chanukah menorahs, and bright dreams of a better life with them. As we walk down Broadway, we will see how those dreams were transformed into neon-lit and neon-topped movie palaces and department stores, eye-catching jewelry shops and scent-filled markets. Along the way, we will also discover how Broadway-area Jewish entrepreneurs, many of them immigrants, filled the city’s homes with music, the latest in fashion, and the pantry staples required to satisfy a hungry, growing city.
The tour leader, Edmon J. Rodman is a journalist who has written extensively about LA Jewish history for the LA Jewish Journal, and his own publication, MegilLA. His articles have appeared in the Forward, Jerusalem Post, Los Angeles Times, and Los Angeles Herald Examiner. Edmon has given talks on local Jewish history at the Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum, and at the Mirage Jewish Community Center in Irvine. For the Getty Center, he created a family guide, and at UCLA, built a cardboard shtetl.