Celebrating Orange County's Jewish History

Dalia Taft, archivist of the Orange County Jewish Historical Society highlights images from the archives every month. Her columns are also featured in JLife magazine. To view earlier articles, contact Dalia at History@JFFS.org.

Rosy Kaplan – Jewish Teen Athlete

In honor of the recent Maccabi Games, this month’s column pays tribute to Rosy Kaplan, an early Orange County Jewish teen athlete. Rosy was born in Fresno on June 7, 1913 to Hyman (later Herman) and Yetta Kaplan, immigrants from Minsk, Russia. The family moved to Santa Ana, where Hyman and…

Simon, Al & Harry – The Horowitz Brothers of Garden Grove

In November of 1891 the Horowitz family of Ukraine emigrated to New York city, where they stayed for fifteen years. With seven children to care for, parents Morris and Sarah headed to Los Angeles in 1906 for work opportunities. Morris was a shirt maker and notions dealer, and three of his so…

The First Jewish Center in Orange County

36 years ago, on a hot July day in Laguna Beach, Orange County welcomed its first ever Jewish Community Center. Founded by Polly Sloan and a group of strongly motivated volunteers, the center was an enormous success, bringing in Jews from all over the county. In less than three years, in May…

Goldye Lichtenstein, Girls’ Sports Editor

Goldye Lichtenstein Harris was born on August 5, 1919 in Anaheim, where her father, Maurice, owned a popular clothing store called The Style Shop, located at 103 W. Center Street. In 1932 Maurice opened up a second dress store called The Gloria Shop at 162 W. Center Street, and then a third …

Stein-Strauss Street

Felix Stein and Fred Strauss were German Jewish immigrants who immigrated to America as teenagers in the early 1900s, eventually making their way out west to Fullerton. Both found work at Stern & Goodman Mercantile, and in 1918 Stein purchased the store from the original owners. Strauss, mea…