Boyle heights

Boyle Heights

Thanks to the racist and anti-Semitic restrictive covenants that prevented Jewish and nonwhite Angelenos from living in many areas of Los Angeles prior to World War II and the Civil Rights Movement, this section of East Los Angeles became the default neighborhood for middle-class and blue collar Jews as well as for Japanese and Mexican-Americans. Once one of the best areas to find great Jewish deli food as well as tacos and teriyaki—it was the original location of Canter’s, the city’s best known deli—the wartime internment of Japanese-Americans and the postwar loosening of anti-Jewish housing discrimination meant that the neighborhood quickly evolved into a primarily Latino enclave by the 1950s, though a small core of Jewish residents remained for decades. The most famous remaining Jewish landmark in the neighborhood is the once-abandoned Breed Street Shul, also known as Congregation Talmud Torah, which is currently in the process of being restored.

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