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Ceremony Marks 114th Anniversary of Jewish Communal Activity in Los Angeles

The role of Jewish pioneers in the early growth and development of Los Angeles was cited yesterday at ceremonies dedicating a California State Historial marker on a former cemetery in Chavez Ravine granted to the Hebrew Benevolent Society in 1855. The society was founded in 1854 and was the first charitable organization in the city. The marker commemorated 114 years of organized Jewish community life in this city.

Principal speakers at the ceremonies were Victor M. Carter, president of the Jewish Federation-Council of Greater Los Angeles, and County Supervisor Ernest E. Debs. Mr. Carter spoke of the contributions made by early Jewish settlers. Mr. Debs said a Jew had served on the first Los Angeles City Council in 1850.