Emanuel Lewis Goldstein: Jewish Pioneer Wholesale Grocer of San Francisco

Emanuel Lewis Goldstein

Emanuel Lewis Goldstein

Emanuel Lewis Goldstein

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Emanuel Lewis Goldstein was born in Himme, Germany in 1821.

Emanuel Lewis Goldstein came to New York at the age of 13.

In 1849 he crossed the plains for California, enduring many hardships while en route.

San Francisco

Once in California Emanuel Goldstein helped create the San Francisco wholesale grocery firm of B. Drefus & Co.


Emanuel Lewis Goldstein was an early organizer of Temple Emanu-El.

He was also an active member of the Eureka Benevolent Society.


Emanuel Lewis Goldstein was a member of the Masons.


In 1854, Emanuel Lewis Goldstein traveled to New York City and married Miss Virginia Waterman.

Together they had eight children.


Emanuel Lewis Goldstein died in 1892.

“Emanuel Lewis Goldstein was pious, charitable, kindly, gentle, and a great lover of animals.” –Rabbi Martin Meyer, 1916.

Virginia Goldstein died in 1915.



  • The Jews of San Francisco, by Martin A. Meyer, Ph.D., Emanu-El, San Francisco, June 1916.
  • Visions of Reform, Congregation Emanu-El and the Jews of San Francisco, 1849- – 1999, Fred Rosenbaum, Judah L. Magnus Museum, Berkeley, CA, 2000.

David Epstein is the Curator for this Emanuel Lewis Goldstein Exhibit

Other family information and pictures would be greatly appreciated.