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Sunday in Boyle Heights: Breed Street Shul
SAH/SCC Annual Members' Celebration
Sunday, November 11, 2012

Please join us for this year's SAH/SCC Members' Celebration at the newly restored Breed Street Shul in East Los Angeles to celebrate Los Angeles' cultural heritage and explore this unique piece of architecture. It’s our annual way of saying "thank you" to you, our members, for supporting the work of SAH/SCC!

Between 1910 and 1950, Boyle Heights was the most populous Jewish community in Los Angeles. The first Breed Street Shul (for education and worship) was built on the current site in 1915. By 1922, a larger synagogue was needed and the Byzantine Revival-style Congregation for Talmud Torah was designed by A.M. Edelman and A.C. Zimmerman. The original 1915 vernacular structure also remains at the rear of the site.

Even though there were 10,000 Jewish households in the area in 1930, the latter half of the 20th century found the Jewish population moving to the Westside. In addition to the Shul being left derelict from the Boyle Heights exodus, the building suffered damage in the 1987 Whittier Narrows earthquake.

This year's members' celebration will explore the restoration of this remarkable cultural and architectural resource. SAH/SCC Life Member and restoration architect Robert Jay Chattel, AIA, will share his 20 years of work on the project, including seismic retrofit, roof rehabilitation, and stained-glass window and mural restoration efforts. Other experts will be on hand as well to round out the story of this important landmark, which was named City of Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #359 in 1988, and was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2001.

Come experience the much talked about renaissance of Boyle Heights for yourself. Light refreshments will be served and there's plenty of opportunity to catch up with fellow members and the board. So mark your calendars-you could even take public transportation-and come visit the Breed Street Shul, the jewel of East LA. This event is always free to SAH/SCC members, and we encourage you to bring friends, whose ticket price can be applied toward membership that day.

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