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Los Angeles Landmarks and Attractions with Jewish Cultural Significance

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This is one in a series of articles on the cultural riches of Los Angeles. This is a list of attractions, landmarks and other places in Los Angeles of significance to Jews and people interested in Jewish culture and contributions in Southern California.

The Skirball Cultural Center

Skirball Cultural Center
Photo © 2011 Kayte Deioma, used with permission
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90049
(310) 440-4500
www.skirball.org
The Skirball Cultural Center celebrates Jewish culture in America with exhibits, music programs, lectures, theatre, comedy, film and literary programs.

The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust

Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust
Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust
Los Angeles Museum of The Holocaust
100 S. The Grove Dr.
Los Angeles, Ca. 90036
T (323) 651-3704
www.lamoth.org
The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust was founded in 1961 and opened in its current location in Pan Pacific Park in 2010. Every detail, from the museum's architecture, to exhibit design to artifacts and the participation of living survivors, tells the story of life for European Jews before, during and after the Holocaust. Some exhibit components were designed by Holocaust survivors.

Nearby: The Grove, The LA Farmers Market

The Museum of Tolerance

Museum of Tolerance
Simon Wiesenthal Plaza
9786 West Pico Blvd (southeast corner of Pico Boulevard and Roxbury Drive)
Los Angeles, CA 90035
(310) 553-8403
www.museumoftolerance.com
The Museum of Tolerance is the educational branch of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. The museum's exhibits promote tolerance and understanding by putting the Holocaust in historic and contemporary context Exhibtis examine what leads people to hate and how to address continuing forms of discrimination and prejudice today.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center

Simon Wiesenthal Center Library and Archives
1399 South Roxbury Drive (third floor)
Los Angeles, CA 90035-4709
(310) 772-7605
www.wiesenthal.com
The Library and Archives of the Simon Wiesenthal Center are located across the street from the Museum of Tolerance. The collection, which is open to the public, focuses on the Holocaust, genocide, antisemitism, and Jewish communities around the world. The Library has material in many languages for all ages and educational levels, including periodicals, videos and story books as well as original diaries, artifacts and memorabilia.

The Grauman Movie Palaces

Grauman's Chinese Theatre
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Sidney Patrick Grauman was born in 1879 to Jewish parents in Indianapolis, Indiana, but his greatest legacy was left in Los Angeles where he built a number of movie palaces that remain some of the city's most beloved landmarks. Few visitors pass through LA without visiting Grauman's Chinese Theatre to compare their hands and footprints to those of famous actors in the Forecourt of the Stars. Another of Sid Grauman's masterpieces is the Egyptian Theatre a few blocks away. The very first theater that Sid Grauman and his father David Grauman built in Los Angeles was the Million Dollar Theater (307 S. Broadway) in Downtown Los Angeles. It currently operates as a Spanish language theater.

Paramount Studios

Paramount Studios Gate
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5555 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038
www.paramountstudios.com
The grand entrance gates to Paramount Studios in Hollywood are the legacy of Adolph Zukor, born Adolph Cukor in 1873 to Jewish parents in Ricse, Hungary and his partner Jesse Louis Lasky, Sr. You can drive by Paramount to admire the gates, take a Studio Tour or see a TV show taping.

Sony Entertainment Studios in Culver City

Sony Entertainment Studios 10202 West Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
www.sonypicturesstudiostours.com
Sony entertainment Studios occupies the original home of MGM Studios, founded by Jewish sons Louis B. Mayer and Samuel Goldwyn. You can drive by and admire the colonnade that fronts Washington Blvd, or take the tour and walk the sets where films such as the Wizard of Oz were made.

Breed Street Shul

Breed Street Shul 247 North Breed Street in Boyle Heights
Los Angeles, CA 90033
www.breedstreetshul.org
Opened in 1923, Breed Street Shul in Boyle Heights in East LA is one of the oldest Synagogues on the West Coast. It was abandoned in 1996, but was restored by the Jewish Historical Society of Southern California and has been nominated for the National Register of Historic Places.

Annual Jewish Events in Los Angeles

Hanukkah Menorah
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Individual museums above, Jewish Community Centers and Synagogues have a variety of events open to the public. Additionally there is the annual Israeli Independence Day celebration in Woodly Park and a number of festive Hanukkah Celebrations around Los Angeles.

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