My latest column is in The Times this morning. I visited the Autry National Center’s new exhibit “Jews in the Los Angeles Mosaic” and attended a daylong symposium on some aspects of the Jewish experience in Los Angeles. Books could be (and have been) written about the subject, so it’s a pretty brief look, but I hope you like it.
One of my favorite quotes comes from Arthur Benveniste, a historian of the Sephardic community, who talked about his family, which was from the island of Rhodes and spoke Ladino.
“I grew up thinking the Jews spoke Spanish,” he said. “When I got to high school, somebody told me there’s a club for Jewish boys. So I found it and I joined. And these guys didn’t speak Spanish. They spoke something I never heard of called Yiddish.”