In Search of Fairfax

Map: Jewish Concentration by Neighborhood, 1951

The Jewish Federation-Council’s 1951 study found that the majority of Jews in Los Angeles tended to live within three contiguous areas—the San Fernando Valley, the Westside (stretching from Beverly Hills to the Pacific Palisades), and the Beverly-Fairfax neighborhood. Even so, Beverly-Fairfax the boasted the highest concentration of Jewish residents throughout Los Angeles. The relatively high concentration of Jewish residents, along with the plethora of schools, social clubs, restaurants, and storefronts that primarily catered to Jews, helped to distinguish Fairfax as Los Angeles’ prime Jewish neighborhood.

Source: Fred Massarik, “A Report on the Jewish Population of Los Angeles, 1951” (Los Angeles: Jewish Federation-Council of Greater Los Angeles, 1951).

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