Growing nostalgic for Boyle Height’s Jewish past

Will the renovation of the Breed Street Shul in Boyle Heights mean the revival of the Jewish community in the now predominately Latino neighborhood? A story in Jewish Journal on the ongoing renovation of the historic synagogue said many nearby residents miss “the former vision of Boyle Heights” as a multicultural community and their former Jewish neighbors. Rebuilding the shul, however, is not about rebuilding Boyle Heights’ former Jewish community, said Stephen Sass, President of the Jewish Historical Society, which is spearheading the renovation of the building into a community and historic center. But never say never:

“We’re not looking to recreate a Jewish community in Boyle Heights. Although that might happen, too. We just don’t know.”

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