Samuel Bloom, Early Jewish Pioneer and Quality Tanner of San Francisco


Samuel Bloom

Samuel Bloom, Tanner, San Francisco

Samuel Bloom, Tanner, San Francisco

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Samuel Bloom was born in Poland, in 1833.

Samuel Bloom came to the United States at the age of fifteen.

Hearing of the gold discoveries in California, Bloom headed West via Nicaragua.


Along the way

Samuel Bloom first opened a merchandise store in Georgetown, California in El Dorado County in the Northern reaches of the Gold Country.


San Francisco

An opportunity arrived in San Francisco for Samuel Bloom to open a tannery – a trade of both his father and grandfather.

Samuel Bloom & Sons became one of the best known tanneries in the West.

It remained in business well into the 20th Century.

Tannery in the 1800s, #WS5678



Samuel Bloom was one of the founders of Congregation Beth Israel in San Francisco – also known as the Geary Street Synagogue – and served as a member of its Building Committee.



Samuel Bloom was a Past Master of the Ancient Order of United Workmen

Bloom also served as President of the Montefore Lodge of B’nai B’rith.



Samuel Bloom married Pauline Alpern of San Francisco.

Together they had three sons; Joshua, Solomon, and D.C., who continued on managing the tanning business of their father.


Samuel Bloom died in 1910

“Samuel Bloom was a man of education in the broadest sense of the term. His charities were numerous, while the principal Jewish organizations of San Francisco counted him among their most valued supporters.”  –Rabbi Martin Meyer, 1916



  • The Jews of San Francisco, by Martin A. Meyer, Ph.D., Emanu-El, San Francisco, June 1916

David Epstein is Curator for this Samuel Bloom Exhibit.

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