The Jewish Orphan’s Home of Southern California
The founding of a home in Los Angeles for Jewish orphans started as a project of B’nai B’rith Lodge #487 in 1906.
By 1908 the project was incorporated under the name of The Jewish Orphan’s Home of Southern California.
Jewish Homes for Orphans
Fine Old Residence Secured for Their Abode
Organization Just Formed to Direct Affairs
Seventy-Five Children Will Share in Benefits
—Los Angeles Times, October 8, 1908, Part II p. 1
American Flag Waves
Jewish Orphans’ Home Dedicated with Impressive
Ceremonies as Step in Good Work
—Los Angeles Times February 1, 1908
“With impressive ceremonies, the Jewish Orphans’ Home of Southern California was dedicated yesterday afternoon. The building is on Macy Street, and at present has about seventeen inmates. There are accommodations for fifty children.”
B’nai B’rith Lodge and the Orphan’s Home
by Marco R. Newmark
—B’nai B’rith Messenger, January 29. 1909, Los Angeles
The local lodge of IOBB has generated some splendid ideas but far and away the most splendid that it has ever fathered is the establishment of an orphan asylum for Jewish children in Los Angeles.
Even at the risk of divulging a lodge secret, I wish to record that the Order of IOBB collectively as well as every one of its members individually, stands pledged and obligated, among other godlike undertakings, to protect and support the orphan.
Six months later, The Jewish Orphan’s Home was destroyed by fire.
There were no injuries to children or adults.
A temporary Home was found in Boyle Heights.
Harris Newmark stepped up and donated 16 acres in Montebello for a new home along with a $10,000 endowment.
However, a temporary building in Huntington Park became permanent.
The next location was in the city at 137 West Adams at the site of the former Paige Military Academy.
Vista del Mar
The Jewish Orphan’s Home moved West again, this time to a former ranch in West Los Angeles called Vista del Mar.
In 1921 a Foster Care program was started. Vista del Mar became the offical name of the organization in 1923.
More and more services were added as the years went by:
Care for Aathmatic Children
Aid for World War II reugee children,
An Adoption Department and many more
Today Vista del Mar is known as Vista del Mar Child and Family Services and is located at 3200 Motor Avenue, Los Angeles (310) 836-1223
Thanks: B’nai B’rith Lodge #427
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Picture Gallery for the Jewish Orphan’s Home of Los Angeles