Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Erev Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the year for Jews. It is our day of atonement, a time to repent for our sins of the past year. From sundown tonight until sundown Wednesday, it is customary to fast and pray. The blowing of the shofar at the end of the temple service signifies the end of the fast. 
Portion of the Fairfax Community Mural, Canter's Deli, Los Angeles, by Art Mortimer, 1985


The early history of Jewish people in Los Angeles is very interesting. My own family followed the trail from East and Central Los Angeles to the Westside. A pictorial history is depicted in a wonderful mural on the side of Canter's Delicatessen, 419 No. Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles. The Canter Bros. started their business in New Jersey, moved to Brooklyn Avenue in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles in 1931 and later to Fairfax Avenue in West Hollywood.

Click on photo to embiggen!

If you live in Los Angeles, whether or not you are observant for this High Holy Day, take a drive by Canter's, park and really look at the mural. The highlights and history of our vibrant cultural Jewish life in Los Angeles, painted by Art Mortimer in 1985, are all there in glorious sepia and black and white for everyone to see, learn and absorb.

Have an easy fast and may you be sealed in the Book of Life!

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