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.

Fisher, Kolsky, Goldsmith & Baranovich: the Jewish Roots of Orange

According to a 1979 Orange City News article by Ann Pauline Herrlein, the first store in Orange was opened by Jewish merchant Joseph Fisher in 1874.  “By 1875 the value of unimproved land soared … Yet only one year before the first store had been built in Orange. The store reportedly wa…

Stein & Fassel: Cows, Plowhorses, Sewing Machines and Mowing Machines

Felix Stein, who was born to a Jewish family in Germany in 1888, immigrated to the U.S. at sixteen and later worked as a clerk at the main Stern & Goodman store in Fullerton. When the Olinda, Placentia and Yorba Linda locations came up for sale in 1910, Stein, along with fellow employee Will…

Helena (Mendelson) Street in Anaheim

According to Leo J. Friis, author of “When Anaheim Was 21,” Helena Street in Anaheim is named for the beautiful young woman seen here, Helena Mendelson Davis. Born in 1857 in Kalisz, Poland, she was one of nine children who all eventually immigrated to the United States. She herself arri…

Dentist Over the California National Bank

Julius Jack Jacobs (otherwise known as JJ) was born on June 24, 1886 in Nappanee, Indiana, the youngest child of Russian immigrants Max and Golda, who had come to the United States in the late 1860s. He attended the University of Michigan and went on to become a dentist, establishing a pract…

Live in the Wonderful World of Eichler

 

Born in New York City in 1900 to a Jewish immigrant family, Joseph Eichler graduated from NYU with a business degree and later moved with his family to San Francisco. There, he launched a career as a home builder after World War II, and soon became famous for building architect-designe…