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Jewish delis are closing as a tradition fades from New York to L.A.

Posted: 10:53 AM, Feb 23, 2013
Updated: 2013-04-25 19:33:18-04
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Katz’s on the Lower East Side is alive and well, but Jewish delis in Manhattan are a vanishing breed. (PIX11 photo)

(LOS ANGELES TIMES)  — In the first half of the 20th century, several thousand Jewish delis were operating in New York. But as Jewish immigration to the East Coast ebbed after  World War II  and younger generations splintered into the suburbs, the number has shrunk to a few dozen.

Demographic shifts in Los Angeles in the last few decades — along with the arrival of brands such as Langer’s in MacArthur Park, Canter’s on Fairfax and the Brent’s chain — sparked hope of a Jewish deli revival in the Southland.

Lately, however, the region has suffered the same troubles bedeviling delis in the east.

FULL STORY IN LOS ANGELES TIMES

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