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American snapshot: Boyle Heights

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Betty Uchida and Lucille Weiss clink glasses during the Seder ritual in Boyle Heights, April 2, 2012

A great photo taken by Taylor Soppe for KPCC tied to a sweet little story, that of a group of elderly Jewish and Japanese American retirees sharing a Passover Seder in Boyle Heights.

Their celebration Monday made perfect sense. The historic neighborhood has long been a port of entry for immigrants, today mostly Latino. In the past, it was also home to large communities of Japanese and European Jewish immigrants, some of whom remain in retirement homes.

The residents of two retirement homes were brought together for the Seder, in which the Passover staples were followed by a sushi lunch. L.A. at its best.

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