Where it all Began

July 13, 1964
Cedars of Lebanon Hospital
Los Angeles, California

Cedars of Lebanon, (we just called it “Cedars”) was the oldest Jewish hospital in Los Angeles. It had already merged administratively with Mt. Sinai hospital when I was born in 1964, but it was not until 1976 that the hospital sold this elegant building on Fountain Avenue and decamped to the more modern and spacious Cedars-Sinai campus funded by the Max Factor Foundation.

Scientology owns it now, but I don’t care. I was born there, my little sister was born there, and my little brother was born there, and it will always be a special place for me. I’ll make it a point to drive by whenever I’m near downtown.