Joseph Levoff was born on July 7, 1930
in Shanghai, China. His father was born in Manchuria while his mother came from Siberia in
Russia. Levoff grew up in Shanghai's French Concession and went to the Shanghai Jewish
School. In 1949, Levoff and his family left Shanghai for Israel. In Israel, Levoff served in
the air force for three years before being honorably discharged. After leaving Israel in
1964, he moved to Los Angeles, and became involved with the restaurant business. Levoff was
a member of the American Far Eastern Society, which consisted of former residents of China,
like himself. He was president of this group for nearly ten years until he moved back to
Israel. The collection contains a number of photographs and photographs albums documenting
his family's experiences in Shanghai and Israel, as well as some print materials related to
Levoff's life in Shanghai.
Joseph Levoff was born on July 7, 1930 in Shanghai, China. His father was born in
Manchuria, and his mother came from Siberia, Russia. Levoff grew up in Shanghai's French
Concession, and went to the Shanghai Jewish School. He was also part of the Jewish Club and
the Foreign YMCA. The latter was where he spent most of his recreactional time socializing
and participating in numerous sporting events.
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