Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills

As readers of Mike Davis’s controversial “City of Quartz” know, the fabulously wealthy incorporated city located just west of West Hollywood has long been the center of Jewish wealth and power in greater Los Angeles. (Gentile “old money” has tended to congregate in the restricted environs of Pasadena and San Marino.) The area surrounding the “Golden Triangle” has become even more Jewish in more recent decades, thanks to an influx of Persian Jews following the Iranian revolution of the late 1970s. The area nevertheless remains dominated by the entertainment industry and is the home of innumerable agencies, entertainment law and publicity firms, screening rooms and other businesses. It is also home to some of the town’s best-known Jewish institutions. Chief among these is Temple Emanuel, currently presided over by Rabbi Laura Geller, and Nate ‘n Al Deli, also known as interviewer Larry King’s home away from home.

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