Los Angeles Jewish Pioneers

Sol & Ephiam Shirpser, El Monte Area Jewish Merchants & Public Servants

Sol Shirpser Values Codes: I – E – L – P Sol Shirpser was born in Warsaw, Poland, in 1850. Along the way . . . . During the late 1850s, Sol’s mother, Rebecca Jetta, married David Shirpser. Sol took his step-father’s name when the latter adopted […]

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Leopold M. Loeb: Organist of Congregation B’nai B’rith, Los Angeles, c. 1887-1895

Leopold M. Loeb Values Codes: H – E – L Leopold M. Loeb was born in Hamburg, Germany in 1849. He immigrated to New York in 1866 and became a naturalized citizen in 1877. Loeb made his living as a music teacher in Toledo before moving the […]

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Alfred Arndt: Jewish Religious Functionary of Early Los Angeles

  Alfred Arndt Values Codes: H-E-L Alfred Arndt was born in Russia in 1856. He was a typical nineteenth-century self-styled traveling Jewish clergyman, whose professional title was as fluid as his employment. There is no record of his education (perhaps he was an autodidact), but whatever he […]

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Victor Rosenstein: The First Cantor of Los Angeles

Cantor Victor Rosenstein  Values Codes: H-E-L The life story of Victor Rosenstein is not well preserved. The little that remains tells of a struggling nineteenth-century cantor, floating from congregation to congregation, mistreated by temple boards, and never receiving the respect or remuneration he felt he deserved. For […]

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Alex Ratner, Founder of Ratner’s Deli in NYC, Early Jewish Pioneer in the San Fernando Valley

Alex Ratner Values Code: I-E-L-P Curator’s Note: How many of us have experienced crepes or potato pancakes at Ratner’s Dairy Deli in New York City – as either a visitor or Gotham native? Although this Exhibition is about a 20th Century Pioneer, we feel “allowed” to break our […]

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Al Levy, Jewish Pioneer Restaurateur of Los Angeles & Hollywood

Al Levy (Asher Michael Levy) Values Codes: H-I-E-L Al Levy was born in Liverpool, England in 1860. His father was Bernard Levy, a jeweler and his mother was Martha Ansell Levy. The family moved to Dublin, Ireland where Al was educated. Al Levy specifically studied the history of […]

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