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Arts & Entertainment - July 19, 2013

The promised land by the Bay

Documentary depicts the bright new life many European Jews found in Gold Rush San Francisco

by Rebecca Wallace

San Francisco in 1858 was truly a city on the edge. There was no transcontinental railroad yet, no easy way from East Coast to West, unless you thought that 40 days' travel by land and sea, complete with dodging alligators in the Panama jungle, sounded like fun. So on the rare days when steamer ships arrived in San Francisco Bay with supplies, the city celebrated.

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