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 Other King in the March on Montgomery

Rabbi Bernard P. King achieved much in his life: founding rabbi of Congregation Shir Ha-Ma'a lot in Irvine, winner of the 1993 National Conference of Christians and Jews Humanitarian Award, named one of the 100 most influential leaders of Orange County by the OC Register, to list just a few.…

Queen Gertrude

Gertrude Asher, “one of the most popular young women” of Santa Ana, was selected to be queen of the 1909 Santa Ana Carnival of Products, an early version of the Orange County Fair. Born in 1889 in Orange County, where she grew up, she was the daughter of Jewish German immigrants Isadore …

Happy 50th Federation!

June 17th marks the official 50th anniversary of the founding of Jewish Federation & Family Services Orange County. On that date in 1965, Federation was incorporated in the state of California, under the name “Jewish Community Council of Orange County.” Prior to that, community fund rais…

Rosenbloom and the Rams

Businessman Carroll Rosenbloom, owner of the Baltimore Colts and then the Los Angeles Rams, amassed the best ownership winning percentage in NFL history at that time. He was born in Baltimore in 1907 to Russian Jewish immigrants Anna and Solomon Rosenbloom, the eighth of nine children. His f…

Chaim’s Kosher Deli of Anaheim

This local ad for Chaim's Kosher Deli & Meat Market of Anaheim appeared only twice, in the Laguna Beach JCC's Shalom newsletter in March and April of 1978. While the shop was short lived, it was one of a number of early attempts to provide observant Orange County Jews with kosher products. L…