Since the late 1980’s, the Los Angeles metropolitan area has been home to one of the world’s largest Jewish populations. The Los Angeles metro area has the world's second largest Jewish population outside of Israel (following the New York metro area) . Source: Jewish Virtual Library.
In 2015, Jews in Los Angeles County are estimated to constitute almost half of all Jews in California and 6.7% of the entire U.S. Jewish population. Source: Brandeis University.
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Also visit the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles
Jews have played no small part in Los Angeles history. Solomon Lazard, a Los Angeles merchant, not only served on the Los Angeles City Council in 1853, but also headed the first Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce. Emil Harris, a Polish Jew, served as Los Angeles Police Chief in 1877 and 1878. Famed Los Angeles chronicler and community leader Harris Newark (and founder of Montebello), was Jewish. His uncle, Joseph Newmark, who as an ordained rabbi, began conducting the first informal Sabbath services in Los Angeles in 1854, also founded the Hebrew Benevolent Society that same year -- the first charity organization in Los Angeles. The first formal Jewish services were conducted by Rabbi Abraham Wolf Edelman for the newly formed B’nai B’rith congregation in 1862.