East Side Jews (ESJ) in 2015-16


Highlights of our year:

ESJ was busy this year! In the fall we held our favorite event of the year, Down to the River, and welcomed 120 friends to join us for our annual tashlich by the L.A. river, followed by our annual Light up the Night event in December when we come together to laugh and examine the many ways in which LA Jews celebrate the holidays.

We held our last Last Sabbath of 2015 as a post-Christmas bagel brunch at the Silver Lake Meadow. Bagels and lox were homemade by local baker Jason Kaplan and complemented by coffee and mimosas, naturally. Fifty people came out to nosh—almost twice our monthly average of 25 Last Sabbath attendees!

In the spring we had a number of events with partner organizations, including a women’s workshop at Maker’s Mess led by Custom & Craft, a performance and talk with Shanaan Street in partnership with IKAR, SIJCC’s Community Seder with activities provided by Reboot’s Beyond Bubbie and music by Mostly Kosher, and Nu Art Project’s Seder Art Night in June, which awarded one artist with a microgrant, decided by the event’s attendees. 

We kicked off our summer with Pastronomy - a gastronomic tour of pastrami in DTLA. 40 new and old friends joined us downtown as we walked, rode the metro together and tasted samples from Langers, Wexler’s, Dog Haus and Stocking Frame. Look out for more food tours in the future! We also held film screenings in The Workshop, our new small event/meeting space on campus. Together we watched Dazed and Confused as a part of our Summer Series, and Anders Wo with the Los Angeles Israeli Film Festival.

Last Sabbath took us all around the east side to Echo Park, Hache LA, Far East Plaza, Cha Cha Cha, Cowboys and Turbans, Wood Handcrafted Pizza, Barella Bar, Vista Hermosa Park and more.

In addition, this year we launched our ESJ Members’ pass as a way for communtiy members to show their support for ESJ and get a few great perks, too!

"I really appreciate the inclusive nature that ESJ cultivates, and I love being part of a great community of friendly, progressive, interesting people on the east side" - Piper Kamins, East Side Jew

photo credit: Joel Serot