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.

Minister: Rabbi Joseph Levine

 

Three year old Rosamund (Pat) Robbins and her seven year old sister Liurette stand in front of Temple Beth Sholom, Orange County’s first synagogue, in 1945, when it was located at 8th and Bush Street in Santa Ana. According to the sign behind them, there were no services on Saturday mo…

Stern & Goodman, Mammoth Department Store

The 1908 invoice shown here is for the Stern & Goodman store of Fullerton, which was opened in 1898 by German Jewish immigrants (and cousins) Jacob Stern and Joseph Goodman. The original store grew to almost an entire city block, as can be seen in the etching on the invoice, and the company …

“Always for a Little Less”

Max Isaac Karp was born in Kiev in 1875 and immigrated to the U.S. in the 1890s, along with his widowed mother Gittel and younger brother Abe. The 1900 census shows him living in San Antonio, Texas in the same neighborhood as fellow Jewish immigrant Mamie Raffee; by 1910 Max and Mamie are married…

A Mezuzah and a Menorah on Main Street

On the west side of Disneyland's Main Street, nestled in a nook between the Crystal Arcade and New Century Jewelry, is a door with a mezuzah, inscribed with the words “Dr. Benjamin Silverstein, M.D., General Practitioner.” In 1995, when then Disneyland President Paul Pressler expressed c…

Weinberg and the Green Dragon

Louis Rostoker Weinberg, seen here posing in front of the Green Dragon Café on Balboa Island, was born in Austria (later Romania) on April 14, 1900. After emigrating to the U.S. in 1920, he moved to Santa Ana and operated a produce stand at the Grand Central Market, located at Second and Br…