Vista del Mar began as the Jewish Orphans Home – 1906

The Jewish Orphans Home of Southern California


The founding of a home in Los Angeles for Jewish orphans began as a project of B’nai B’rith Lodge #487 in 1906.

By 1908, the project was incorporated under the name, The Jewish Orphans 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

American Flag Waves
Jewish Orphans Home Dedicated with Impressive 
Ceremonies as Step in Good Wo

— 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.”

— Marco R. Newmark, B’nai B’rith Messenger, January 29, 1909

Boyle Heights “Temporary Home”

Six months after its opening, The Jewish Orphans Home was destroyed by fire.

Fortunately, there were no injuries to children or adults.

A temporary home was found in Boyle Heights.

Harris Newmark then donated 16 acres in the Montebello/Huntington Park area for a new home along with a $10,000 endowment.

The next location was in the city at 137 West Adams at the site of the former Paige Military Academy.

Orphans playing at Huntington Park

Vista del Mar

The Jewish Orphans Home moved west again, this time to a former ranch in West Los Angeles called Vista del Mar.

Original administration building, Vista del Mar

A foster care program was added in 1921.

Vista del Mar became the official name of the organization, in 1923.

More and more services were added as the years went by, including care for asthmatic children, aid for refugee children from World War II, and an adoption department.

Orphan Health Cottage “Population,” Vista del Mar

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]

Confirmation at Vista del Mar, c. late 1950’s

Chanukah at Vista Del Mar, c. 1950’s