HUC-JIR’s Involvement with "Jews in the Los Angeles Mosaic" at the Autry

Friday, May 24, 2013

Members of our HUC-JIR community are involved in the new exhibition at the Autry in Griffith Park, Jews in the Los Angeles Mosaic, on view from May 10, 2013 – January 5, 2014.  The exhibition explores how a growing Jewish community settled, prospered, and helped shape the economy, politics, and culture of a city—and how the diversity and dynamism of Los Angeles have transformed the local Jewish community for the past 160 years.  Featuring more than 150 stories, documents, objects, and images of family, community, and society, Jews in the Los Angeles Mosaic highlights how the history of Jews in Los Angeles is at once familiar—one of the many in the cultural mosaic of the city—and unique.

Bruce A. Phillips, Ph.D., Professor of Jewish Communal Service and a demographer and historian of American Jewish life, spoke about his father Bill Phillips, who owned Phillips’ Music Store in Boyle Heights, on May 26 from 1:00-2:00 pm. Dr. Phillips served as a consultant for the exhibition and is featured in a video that will run as part of the exhibition. Watch Dr. Phillips' video. He also donated several objects to the exhibition.

On May 19, the Autry held a symposium for their exhibition, bringing leading scholars together with community leaders to examine the multiethnic experience in Los Angeles and the formation of the mosaic and consider the Jewish experience in Los Angeles as a part of the broader picture of Jewish life in America. Steven F. Windmueller, Ph.D., Rabbi Alfred Gottschalk Emeritus Professor of Jewish Communal Service, served as a panelist on the Jewish experience in Los Angeles as a part of the bigger picture of Jewish life in America.

Exhibition curator Karen Wilson, Ph.D., received her master’s degree from HUC-JIR’s Edgar F. Magnin School of Graduate Studies at our Jack H. Skirball Campus in Los Angeles.

Learn more about Jews in the Los Angeles Mosaic.


Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's first institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, the American Jewish Archives, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding. www.huc.edu