Celebrating Orange County’s Jewish History

Pictured here in his Santa Ana High School yearbook is Stanley Marx Reinhaus, Class of 1908.  Son of Orange County Jewish pioneers Max and Martha (Straus), Stanley was born in 1889 and lived in Orange County his entire life. His father Max was active in the Masons and elected to the Board of Education in 1901, and his mother was very involved in the Ebell Club, a Santa Ana women’s group. His uncle was Levi Gildmacher, another prominent Jewish citizen. Stanley graduated from U.C. Berkeley in December of 1911, six months early, and went on to become a lawyer. After serving in WWI, he returned to Santa Ana and established a successful law practice. He married Selma Haas, and they raised their son and daughter in the same house where he grew up, at 809 W. 4th Street. When he passed away in 1956, he was listed in Who Was Who in America, a component of Who’s Who in American History.

Dalia Taft is the archivist of the Orange County Jewish Historical Society of Jewish Federation Orange County and highlights images from the Society’s archives every month. For more information, please visit www.jewishorangecounty.org/historical. You can also contact Dalia at historical@jfoc.org or at (949) 435-3484.

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