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Quarterly Newsletter/ February 2014

Pioneer Jews: A New Life in the Far West
By: Harriet & Fred Rochlin

The Author Reflects:

Quarterly Newsletter/ July 2013

A New and Provocative Film on the History of San Francisco's Jews

American Jerusalem: Jews and the Making of San Francisco is the epic story of pioneer Jews in San Francisco, a number of whom played a significant role in the transformation of a tiny village to California's first metropolis. This long-awaited and newly-released film will be shown once in Los Angeles. To reserve tickets, see info below:

Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049
Sunday, August 11, 2013, 2:00 P.M.
General Admission $6.00, Students' Seats $5.00, Members Free.
For Tickets, driving, and parking info, call 310-440-4500

Quarterly Newsletter/ May 2013 - Jews in the Los Angeles Mosaic

The History of Jewish Life in Los Angeles Researched, Interpreted, and Displayed as Never Before

Quarterly Newsletter/ January 2013 - Western Jewish Books & Films


Yesterday's Mavens, Today's Foodies:
Traditions in Northwest Jewish Kitchens
A Collection of Recipes and Stories
Published by Washington State Jewish Historical Society

What's New - October 2012

Open to the Public
Twenty-Four Western Jewish Archives
6,000 Linear Feet

A Quarterly Newsletter
Harriet Rochlin

What's New - June 2012

Jewish Homegrown History:
Immigration, Identity and Intermarriage
Skirball Cultural Center
March 29 - September 2, 2012

What's New - February 2012

The Magnes Reopening & New Mexican Centennial Events

The Magnes Opening, Sunday, January 22, 2012

What's New - October 2011

An Explosion of Innovative Western Jewish Exhibitions, Plays & Lectures

What's New - May 2011

38 Western Jewish Historical Societies, Museums and Archives
Available to the public Online and at Depositories

Asked to design a mass email to announce that 11 Western Jewish historical societies, 4 museums, and 23 archives had just posted been on my website, Jo Yatar, graphic designer, opened her notebook: "Is there another list like it?" "None I know of," I replied. As a longtime client, I expected and got more questions. Why did you start it? What does it include? What's noteworthy about it?

January 2009

Just as it was beginning to appear that the Jewish strain of Western history had exhausted itself, two Western Jewish biographies, and one book of biographical essays, prologue to the subject's poetry, were published in late 2008. Each was researched in depth and reflects period and place as vividly as the contributions and idiosyncracies of its key subject and his or her cohorts. Endowed with high level writing, editing and production skills, these works cast new light on radically diverse and extraordinarily able Jewish pioneers. Residents of different sections of the American West, they may never have met, and if they had, may not have willingly met again.

Frances Dinkelspiel. Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant named Isaisas Hellman Created California. St. Martin's Press. New York, 2008 ISBN-13: 978-0-312-35526-5, ISBN-10:0-312-35526-2