Las Vegas Jewish community

Getting Serious About Vegas

03/21/2011 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Las Vegas —This desert oasis was home to pioneering Jews long before “the Strip,” with its lavish entertainment and legalized gambling, became a household word.

Jews began arriving in southern Nevada as early as 1850, lured by a gold strike in Carson City.

Another attraction was the building of the Hoover Dam, which drew some Jews to Las Vegas in the 1930’s.

But it was the appearance of legalized gambling here in 1931 that made massive tourism a possibility and a growing Jewish presence a reality.

The Wynn Las Vegas, top, where “Le Rêve” is playing. Above, the Las Vegas federation building. George Medovoy
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