The San Fernando Valley

The post-war exodus from Boyle Heights found many Jewish Angelenos heading for the warmth of the Valley and such sprawling quasi-suburban communities as Encino, Sherman Oaks, Tarzana, Northridge and Woodland Hills. The gigantic area is dotted with an assortment of Orthodox, Conservative and Reform congregations and such gastronomic landmarks as Art’s Deli and the original branch of the Jerry’s Deli chain in Studio City, as well as Northridge’s Brent’s (our favorite). That aside, easily the best-known Jewish landmark in the area is the Skirball Cultural Center. The famed museum is technically located in the Sepulveda Pass, near the point where Los Angeles proper meets the Valley.