Western Jewry: An Account of the Jews and Judaism in California. Including Eulogies and Biographies. "The Jews in California," b
by Voorsanger, A.M., edited by [?].
Henry Hollander, Bookseller
Octavo, maroon cloth with gold lettering on the spine, in dust jacket, 248 pp., b/w photos throughout
Reprints the 1916 Emanu-El edition. One of one thousand numbered copies of the trade edition. Western Jewry tells its tale from a unique and briefly held vantage point. It was prepared in the glow of San Francisco's triumphant return to the world stage with the Pan-Pacific Exposition and published in 1916 just prior to America'sentry into the Great War. An introductory essay and profiles of California's Jewish organizations impart a sense of Jewish California in the years from the Gold Rush through the first years of the twentieth century. Over 300 short biographies and more than 200 photographic portraits of prominent Jewish San Franciscans illuminate these years. This book is of interest to members of the Jewish community, genealogists, collectors of Western Americana and historians of the late 19th century. The original edition is long out of print and has become difficult and quite expensive to acquire. Western Jewry was edited by Martin A. Meyer whose service to Congregation Emanu-El began in 1910. Among the institutions described (and illustrated) in the introduction are Congregation Emanu-El, Congregation Sherith Israel, the Federation of Jewish Charities, Mount Zion Hospital (San Francisco), Sinai Congregation (Los Angeles) and Congregation Beth Israel (San Diego). Profiles of particular interest include those of William and Salomon Haas, Philip Lillienthal, Anthony Zellerbach and Levi Strauss.
Book Id: 13131