Directory of the Early Los Angeles Pioneers
A list of Los Angeles Jewish Pioneers is below. Just click on a name to be taken to his/her exhibit.
Los Angeles’ Early Jewish Pioneers
The first Jewish Pioneer, Jacob Frankfort, arrived in Los Angeles in 1841 and was listed in a Mexican census in 1844.
The 1851 United States Census listed 8 resident Jews in Los Angeles..
The 1870 Census showed 330 Jews out of a total Los Angeles population of 5,720 = 5.74% Jewish.
The Jewish population of the entire United States was less than 1% of the total!
“The Earliest Pioneers of Los Angeles” focuses on many of these early settlers, how and why they succeeded so well.
This Directory of the Early Los Angeles Pioneers features Jewish Pioneers in the decade in which they first started to affect Los Angeles history. Many more will be added over time.
Click on each individual name to see how – using specific Jewish Values – each Pioneer affected the growth and development of Los Angeles.
Early Los Angeles Jewish Pioneers
Jacob Frankfort & the First Eight Jewish Pioneers of Los Angeles
Morris Goodman: First Jewish Councilman of Los Angeles & Founder of Anaheim, Part I
Herman W. Hellman: Los Angeles Merchant & Banker
Joseph P. Newmark: The First Newmark in Early Los Angeles
John Jones: Early Los Angeles Jewish Pioneer
Solomon Nunes Carvalho: Early Jewish Community Pioneer, Artist & Photographer
Bernard Cohn: Pioneer Merchant & Civic Leader
Kaspare Cohn: Creator of Many “Living Legacies” of Los Angeles
Jacob Elias: Los Angeles Jewish Pioneer Merchant & Leader
Isaias W. Hellman: Pioneer Banker of the Wild West, Part I
Wolf Kalisher: Pioneer Jewish Merchant & Indian Advocate
Maurice Kremer: Very Early Pioneer Jewish Merchant of Los Angeles
Samuel Labatt: Created the First Los Angeles Official Charity Organization
Solomon Lazard: Major Jewish Pioneer of Early Los Angeles; Infrastructure
Joseph Newmark: Early Los Angeles Pioneer: Uncle of Harris Newmark, Unofficial Rabbi of Early Los Angeles
Rosa Newmark: Matriarch of the Los Angeles Newmark Family and Founder of the Ladies Hebrew Benevolent Society
Harris Newmark: The First Patriarch of Los Angeles
Louis Phillips: Rancher and Real Estate Pioneer
Samuel Prager: Early Los Angeles Jewish Merchant
Henry Wartenberg: Businessman and Community Leader
Rabbi Abraham Wolf Edelman: The First Rabbi of Los Angeles
Abraham Haas: Purveyer of Food Stuffs, Wholesale & Retail
Emil Harris: Los Angeles’ First Jewish Chief of Police
Leopold Harris: Men’s Clothier of Los Angeles
Isaac Lankershim: Creator of the San Fernando Valley Breadbasket & A Jewish Enigma
Eugene Meyer: Los Angeles Merchant and Civic Investor
Simon Nordlinger: Los Angeles Pioneer Jeweler
Eugene Germain: Pioneer Jewish Purveyer of Fruits and Nursery Products
The Jacoby Brothers: Pioneer Merchants of Los Angeles
Max Meyberg: Owner of the Crystal Palace and Creator of La Fiesta de Los Angeles
Rabbi Hyam Sneersohn: The First Chassid Rabbi in Los Angeles, 1870
Rabbi Abraham Blum: The Third Rabbi of Congregation B’nai B’rith
Herman Frank: Partner of Harris & Frank Department Store
The Hamburgers: A Los Angeles Department Store Family
Al Levy, Jewish Pioneer Restaurateur of Los Angeles & Hollywood
Rabbi Emanuel Schreibner: The First Reform Rabbi of Los Angeles
Herman Silver: Los Angeles Jewish Civic Leader & Pioneer Water Commissioner
Alfred Arndt: Jewish Religious Functionary of Early Los Angeles
Abraham Frankum Frankenstein: Musical Director of the Orpheum Theater, Los Angeles
Emuel Goldwater: California Garment Industry Pioneer
Mina Norton: Early Professional Teacher of Los Angeles
Victor Rosenstein: The First Cantor of Los Angeles
Alex Ratner, Founder of Ratner’s Deli in NYC, Early Jewish Pioneer of the San Fernando Valley
Rabbi Michael G. Solomon: The Fourth Rabbi of Congregation B’nai B’rith
More Early Jewish Pioneers will be added in the future.
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