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.

The Eyes and Hearts of Santa Anaites

The Nickelsburg family of Worms, Germany consisted of four brothers and two sisters, all of whom emigrated to California in the late 1860s. Three of the brothers, Adolf, Siegfried, and Moritz, ran two successful general merchandise stores in Northern California for over a decade. In 1883 Sie…

M. Calisher, Anaheim Merchant

Moritz Calisher, born in Prussia in 1826, immigrated to the U.S. at the young age of 19. Listed as a peddler, he was typical of the many Jewish men fleeing anti-Semitism and limited opportunities in their countries of birth. Arriving in New York and working his way out west, he met and marri…

Daughters of Israel

Mrs. S. Hurwitz, known to her friends and family as Edith (née Nasatir), and her husband Sam were pillars of the small yet vibrant Jewish community in Santa Ana in the first half of the 20th century. Sam owned Hurwitz Men’s Wear on 4th Street, and the couple were intimately involved in al…

Outstanding Selfless Dedication and Devotion

Retired pediatric cardiologist Stanley Kegel, born and raised in Los Angeles, received his medical degree from the UC San Francisco School of Medicine in 1956 and did his post-graduate work at the LA County General Hospital and the UCLA Medical Center. He later moved to Orange County, where …

Candles of Every Description

Born in Vermont in 1879, Fred Jacobs was the youngest of four children of Ellen and Alfred, a shoemaker who had immigrated from Canada. After his first marriage ended in divorce, Fred married a second time and he and his wife Alice had a son, Robert, in 1924. First settling in Los Angeles, t…