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.

40 Years of Honoring Israel

On May 6th, 1973, Orange County held its first ever community-wide celebration of the founding of the state of Israel. Called “the largest event ever planned by the Jewish community,” it was created by Ken Levin, Federation’s first executive director, in honor of Israel’s 25th birthd…

Honest, Generous, True-Hearted Benjamin Dreyfus

January 28, 2013 will mark the 126th anniversary of the death of Benjamin Dreyfus, the first Jewish citizen of what would later become Orange County. As can be seen from the front page of the next day’s Los Angeles Daily Herald, his unexpected passing was a shock to the community. Accordin…