Jewish Histories in Multiethnic Boyle HeightsMain MenuIntroduction: Urban Space and the Making of a NeighborhoodMapping Jewish Histories in Boyle HeightsTimeline: Intersecting Histories in Boyle HeightsHinda and Jacob Schonfeld Digital ArchiveAbout This ExhibitCaroline Luce15876dd2f73462af784ac961ee54f3b5170890ceUCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies www.levecenter.ucla.edu
Helen Gahagan Douglas at campaign rally, 1944
12018-03-24T16:55:55-07:00Caroline Luce15876dd2f73462af784ac961ee54f3b5170890ce2262Helen Gahagan Douglas speaking at rally to re-elect President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1944. Having served on the Democratic National Committee representing California and as Chairman of the Women’s Division from 1940 to 1944, Douglas mounted her own successful campaign to represent California’s 14th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1944. She served for six years before running for Senate in 1950, losing that bid to Richard Nixon. Abraham Maymudes is pictured sitting in background, right. From the Shades of L.A. Collection, Los Angeles Public Library.plain2021-04-19T12:55:28-07:00Caroline Luce15876dd2f73462af784ac961ee54f3b5170890ce
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12018-03-22T20:00:51-07:00Abraham Maymudes9gallery2021-05-04T12:34:14-07:00Born in Poland, Abraham Maymudes (1901-1989) emigrated to New York in 1920, where he worked as a furrier and studied at the Arbeter Ring (Workers Circle) Teacher’s Seminary. After teaching at a Yiddish school in Cleveland, he and his wife moved to Boyle Heights in 1933 to lead the Jewish People’s Fraternal Order’s (JPFO) three Yiddish schools in the neighborhood. Maymudes was elected secretary of the JPFO, operating its low-cost insurance program for its 250 members, leading its massive war bonds drive during World War II, and running the local office of the Morgn Frayhayt (Morning Freedom), a Communist Yiddish daily. Maymudes retired from his post with the JPFO after the war, but continued his work with the paper, serving as national editor from 1959 to 1963. The photographs above come from Maymudes' personal collection and were donated to the Los Angeles Public Library by his son, August (z"l).