Jews of Los Angeles area

Jews in California have a long and rich history. You can find information on many aspects of this history at the HUC libraries.

You can check our catalog for many of these resources.

To Find ... Search by ...
Jews as a group Do a Browse/subject search with the format Jews--State--City or region
for example: 
Jews California Los Angeles 
Jews California Los Angeles County
Jews California Los Angeles Metropolitan Area 
Jews California Pasadena
Smaller groups Do a Browse/subject search under a group name or designation 
for example: 
Sephardim California Los Angeles 
Jews, Iranian California Los Angeles
Individuals Do a Browse/subject search under the person's name (lastname, first)
for example: 
Zeldin, Isaiah
Or search by profession 
for example: 
Rabbis California Los Angeles
Congregations Do a Browse/subject search under the congregations name
for example: 
Wilshire Boulevard Temple 
Many congregational newsletters are available on microfilm through the American Jewish Periodical Center (AJPC)

Journal Articles

The library has a large collection of journals. To find articles within these journals, search one of these databases: Index to Jewish Periodicals, (from HUC computers or the Jewish Studies Portal) or RAMBI


News Sources
Jewish Journal 
Jewish Community Chronicle (archive)
LA Times The historical LA Times is available through the LA Public Library

Community Organizations 
Search the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles
or the Jewish Federation of Greater Long Beach and West Orange County

Regional Studies at the North American Jewish Databank 
There are several studies available for the Los Angeles area as well as many other California cities.

While the Library thinks that these sites are useful, their content is not under our control and may express views that are not shared by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

If you have any further questions about finding information on this, or any other topic, ask your local HUC-JIR librarian or email  us.