Joseph Haber: Pioneer Jewish Jeweler of Early San Francisco

Joseph Haber

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Joseph Haber, Jeweler, San Francisco

Joseph Haber, Jeweler, San Francisco

“In all domestic virtues, charitableness and goodness of heart, he was a Jew.

“A keen businessman, endowed with high ideals of citizenship, great integrity and the ambition to make life expressive of the virtures that should adorn the Jew, placed him in a high station of life.” –Rabbi Martin Meyer, 1916.

Joseph Haber was born in Bavaria, in 1842.

Joseph Haber left home at the age of 14, and headed for New York City.


Along the way

In New York, Joseph Haber learned the jewelry trade.

He then moved to Monteal, Canada.

In 1860, Joseph Haber came to San Francisco.

Hearing of a new Gold Rush in the Caribou Mines of the Canadian Northwest – he rushed there to try his hand at prospecting, but returned to San Francisco soon with only 50 cents in his pocket.

In 186,3 he went again to Montreal.

Joseph Haber was in Ohio during the Civil War.


San Francisco

In 1865, Joseph Haber returned to San Francisco where he was employed, once again, in the jewelry business.

Along with S. B. Dinkelspiel, he organized the firm of S. B. Dinkelspiel & Co, Wholesale Jewelers – which continued until his retirement in 1893.

In retirement Joseph Haber kept himself busy with real estate investments.



Joseph Haber married Miss Fanny Solomon, in 1876.

Together they had five children: Dr. William J. Haber, Joseph Jr., Samuel B. Haber, Walter B. Haber, and Harold Haber.


Joseph Haber died in 1910.



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


Other family information and pictures would be greatly appreciated.

David Epstein is Curator for this Joseph Haber exhibit


Jews in the News

–About this time–

Rabbi Aron J. Messing

  Of Congregation Sherith Israel

    Evaluates San Francisco Jewry — 1872

The Jewish inhabitants of San Francisco are not wicked and sinful, any more than are the Jewish people of European cities. True, there are some who desecrate the Sabbath, but then there are many who keep it sacred. There are those who partake of the forbidden food, still there are many who are very strict in the observance and the observation of the dietary laws.

The most of them are generous, open-hearted and charitable, and their justice and righteousness plead for them before the world and according to the maxim of our rabbis, “Those who are thought well of by mankind generally, will also find grace in the eyes of God.”

—The Hebrew, San Francisco, January 26, 1872, WSJH, Vol. 7, #2.