Individual American Orphanages: Vista del Mar--Jewish Orphan's Home


Figure 1.--Here we see a scene at Vista del Mar. The press caption read, "Studio's Loss is Orphan's Gain: When RKO-Radio finished with a curculsr slide used in a current picture , it was taken to the Vista del Mar Jewish Orphsn's Home near the film capital, where Joan Fontaine, romntic lead in the film, made the presentation." The film was dated, October 23, 1937. Until this time, Vista del Mar was a have for American Jreish children. Sone they would begin to take in Euopean Jewish refugee children orphaned by the NAZIs.

The Vista del Mar Homr began as the Jewish Orphan’s Home of Southern California (1906). It was founded as home in Los Angeles for Jewish orphans as a project of B’nai B’rith Lodge #487 (1906), The project was incorporated under the name of The Jewish Orphan’s Home of Southern California. They secured a fine old residence to house the children. They began with 17 children. A newspaper report read, “With impressive ceremonies, the Jewish Orphans’ Home of Southern California was dedicated yesterday afternoon. The building is on Macy Street, and at present has about seventeen inmates. There are accommodations for fifty children.” A 1909 report revealed, "“The local lodge of IOBB has generated some splendid ideas but far and away the most splendid that it has ever fathered is the establishment of an orphan asylum for Jewish children in Los Angeles." The Home was destroyed by fire (July 1909). There were no injuries to the children or staff. A temporary Home was found in Boyle Heights. Harris Newmark stepped up and donated 16 acres in the Montebello/Huntington Park area for a new home along with a generous $10,000 endowment, a substantil amount of money at the time. The next location was in the city at 137 West Adams at the site of the former Paige Military Academy. The Jewish Orphan’s Home moved West again, this time to a former ranch in West Los Angeles called Vista del Mar. A foster Care program was started (1921). Vista del Mar became the official name of the organization (1923). More and more services were added as the years went by, including care for asthmatic children, aid for World War II refugee children, a aAdoption department and much more. Vista del Mar is known as the Vista del Mar Child and Family Services and is located at 3200 Motor Avenue, Los Angeles.










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