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Orange County’s Jewish History- Vim and Enthusiasm

Jewish Ladies Auxiliary, Santa Ana Daily Register, May 8, 1920

In our latest installment about Orange County’s first synagogue, Congregation B’nai Brith (not to be confused with the service organization), we see a Ladies’ Auxiliary being formed, which, according to the Santa Ana Daily Register, “evidenced a vim and enthusiasm which augers well for the new organization.” Today known as “Sisterhood” or “Womens’ Club,” this group was for the women of the synagogue to assist with whatever was needed in the new congregation. In addition, we learn that five months after B’nai Brith’s founding, the search was on for a permanent building and that the religious school was flourishing. It also mentions that most of the most of the Ladies’ Auxiliary were members of the Daughters of Israel Relief Society, which later became Jewish Family Service. Unfortunately, things went downhill from there. Rabbi Jacob Boutcher, who started in January of 1920, was gone by July. The rabbi who replaced him, Henry Radowitz, left in July 1921; the last mention of the synagogue is in January 1922. But while Jewish OC would have to wait until 1943 for its second (and lasting) synagogue, Temple Beth Sholom, it’s good to know our history and to see that the synagogue was lauded in the Society pages, a clear sign of acceptance of the Jewish community.

DALIA TAFT, DIRECTOR OF THE ORANGE COUNTY JEWISH HISTORICAL SOCIETY, HIGHLIGHTS IMAGES FROM THE ARCHIVES EVERY MONTH. FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT HTTPS://WWW.JCCOC.ORG/PAGES/OC-JEWISH-HISTORICAL-SOCIETY. YOU CAN ALSO CONTACT DALIA AT DALIAT@JCCOC.ORG OR AT (949) 435-3400, EXT. 360. THE ORANGE COUNTY JEWISH HISTORICAL SOCIETY IS A PROGRAM OF THE MERAGE JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER AND IS FUNDED BY THE JEWISH COMMUNITY FOUNDATION ORANGE COUNTY.

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