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Henrietta Ancker: Charitable “Woman of Valor” of San Bernardino, California

Henrietta Ancker Values Codes I – H – E – L – P   Henrietta Ancker was born in 1835 in Loebau, Prussia. There she married Louis Ancker.   San Bernardino, California The Anckers arrived in San Bernardino in 1868, with their first son, Louis, Jr. Louis Ancker

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St. Vincent’s College: Jewish Support for Los Angeles’ First Institute of Higher Learning

St. Vincent’s College: Jewish Support for Los Angeles’ First Institute of Higher Learning   Jewish pioneers supported a variety of Roman Catholic charitable projects in early Los Angeles, including the city’s first orphanage, improvements to the Catholic cemetery, renovations of the first church, construction of the cathedral,

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The Jewish Cemetery at Chavez Ravine, 1855-1902: Photographs from the Oscar Willenberg Collection

The Jewish Cemetery at Chavez Ravine, 1855-1902: Photographs from the Oscar Willenberg Collection   The Hebrew Benevolent Society of Los Angeles was formed in 1854 as the city’s first chartered charitable organization. A year later, the society established a Jewish cemetery at Lilac Terrace and Lookout Drive

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The Jewish Aeronautical Association, Los Angeles, 1933-1941

The Jewish Aeronautical Association, Los Angeles, 1933-1941 The formation of the Jewish Aeronautical Association began with an incident in 1933. Leonard Shluker, a Canadian-born flying enthusiast, was volunteering as an aircraft mechanic when another mechanic remarked that, in his opinion, a Jew could not fly an airplane. The

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Edward W. Kinney: The First to Convert to Judaism in Los Angeles, 1889

Edward W. Kinney: The First to Convert to Judaism in Los Angeles, 1889   Annie Cohn became romantically involved with Edward W. Kinney, a non-Jew, in the spring of 1889, unbeknownst to Annie’s Polish-born Jewish parents, Alice and Leopold B. Cohn. Leopold Cohn was a prosperous Los

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Chaim Shapiro: Jewish Socialist, Labor Zionist, and Candidate for California Lieutenant Governor and Los Angeles Mayor

Chaim Shapiro Values Codes I – H – E – L – P   Chaim (Khayim) Shapiro was born in the Russian Empire in 1886. When he was just fifteen years old, rumors of an imminent pogrom led Chaim and his older brother, Aaron Shapiro, to organize

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