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Orange County Historical Society to present online talk about Jewish history in Orange County

Jews have been in Orange County since 1857, when it was still a part of Los Angeles County, and have made significant contributions ever since. Dalia Taft, archivist for the Orange County Jewish Historical Society will speak at the Orange County Historical Society’s Dec. 10, 2020 meeting at 7:30 p.m., online via Zoom.

Taft’s program will show how many of Orange County’s Jewish residents were, and continue to be, actively involved in local commerce, culture and politics while still maintaining their Jewish identities. The lecture covers the period 1857-1945, and includes a montage of old photos, period newspaper announcements and vintage advertisements.

As the archivist for the OCJHS, Taft is responsible for increasing the awareness of the role Jews have played in the development of Orange County from 1857, when the first Jew settled in Anaheim, to now. She maintains the Society’s archives and is constantly researching and digitizing the growing collection.

She lectures regularly about the different significant periods in Orange County’s Jewish history. Ms. Taft also writes a monthly column in JLife, Orange County’s monthly Jewish magazine, highlighting images from the society’s archives, and she wrote and directed the documentary California Orange Jews, on the history of the Orange County Jewish community. She has also published the book Jewish Pioneers of Orange County, detailing the many stories of Jewish life in Orange County from the 1860s through the 1980s.

Please follow the link below to RSVP for this OCHS event (Deadline Wednesday, 12/9). An RSVP is required to received the meeting link. Priority will go to OCHS members.

To RSVP, click here: https://tinyurl.com/OCHSJewsinOC

NOTE: The Zoom link will be shared with RSVP’d attendees 24 hours hour prior to the presentation on Thursday. Please make sure your name is clearly displayed on your Zoom account when joining or you may not gain entry to the presentation.

Membership support lets us host these meetings and funds our archives and all the other services we offer to document and celebrate Orange County history. If you’re not a member, please consider becoming part of the OCHS today. (Dues start at $30, $25 for seniors.) Visit www.orangecountyhistory.org to join online. Thank you!

Please let us know of any questions: [email protected]

The article above was released by the Orange County Historical Society.