Jacob Weinberger, A Jewish Federal Judge Who Left His Mark on Arizona & San Diego California, Part #2


Judge Jacob Weinberger, San Diego, California, #WS43/2

Judge Jacob Weinberger, San Diego, California,

Jacob Weinberger, The San Diego Years

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Jacob Weinberg and his family arrived in San Diego in 1911 after 6 years in Globe, Arizona.

From 1911 to 1941 Jacob Weinberger had his private law practice in San Diego, California.

1913 – 1914, his Law Partnership was Binnard & Weinberger

In 1922, it was Heskett & Weinberger

From 1932 to 1941 – Weinberger & Miller

Between 1941 – 1945 Jacob Weinberger served in various civic positions.

1945 to 1946 Jacob Weinberg was again in private practice



Between 1918 and 1939 Jacob Weinberger served on the Board of Education for the San Diego School District.  Several terms as President.

During 1940 Jacob Weinberger was Vice-President, Jewish Committee for Personal Service.

Between 1941 and 1943 was spent serving as City Attorney of San Diego.

Between 1943 and 1945, Jacob Weinberger served as Judge of the Superior Court of San Diego County. He was appointed by the Governor to fill vacancy left when Judge Mundo was called to military service.

Jacob Weinberger also served as Vice-Chairman of the State Democratic Central Committee.

In 1945 and 1946 Jacob Weinberger served on the Board of Directors, San Diego County Community Welfare Council

Jacob Weinberger sat on the  USO Council in San Diego in 1945.

In 1945, Jacob Weinberger was Chairman of the Army and Navy (USO) Jewish Welfare Board.

1946 to 1959 Jacob Weinberger sat as United States District Court Judge for Southern California, appointed by President Truman.

As US District Court Judge. he presided over the infamous Dora Jones Slavery Trial in 1947. A Coronado couple was convicted of keeping a black woman in bondage for 40+ years.

Judge Jacob Weinberger swore in approximately 16,000 new American citizens:

“It isn’t a fairy tale.

“America will give you back thrice-fold what you give to her.

“She did it for me; and she can do it for you.” –Judge Weinberger



Jacob Weinberger was a member of all San Diego Masonic bodies including the Shrine.

He was member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles – a lifetime member.

In 1923 Jacob Weinberger joined as a charter member, the Lions Club, and served as President from 1923 to 1930.



From 1911 on, Jacob Weinberger was an active member of Congregation Beth Israel.

In 1918 Jacob Weinberger was Chairman, Jewish Welfare Board, to provide for the special needs of the Jewish soldiers and sailors concentrated in and about San Diego during World War I.

From 1934 to 1945 Jacob Weinberger was President, United Jewish Fund of San Diego (on Board of Directors for life). (Formed to helped get European Jews out of danger.  All of San Diego, not just the Jewish population, was organized in this effort through the UJFSD.  The organization evolved into the United Jewish Federation of San Diego.)

Jacob Weinberger was a member  of San Diego B’nai B’rith  Lasker Lodge #270 and served as President. He had joined B’nai B’rith back in his Denver years.



Weinberg U.S.Courthouse, San Diego, CA, #WS3954

Weinberg U.S.Courthouse, San Diego, CA,

The Jacob Weinberger U.S. Courthouse in San Diego (Historic 1915 Building renamed for him in 1988)

The Jacob Weinberger Elementary School in 1963.


Judge Jacob Weinberger passed away in 1974 and is buried in the Home of Peace Cemetery in San Diego.


“The Jewish People of San Diego were never all of one mind as to many issues. 

“Some were explosive and others drew into their shell. 

“Jake was the great conciliator. 

“He smoothed out our differences, and worked tirelessly for our total good. 

“By 1940 he had become among us a legend in his own time. 

“There was no Jew in San Diego who could have approached the position Jake held as commanding the almost unanimous respect and support of so many of our people.”

Unnamed interviewee in Stanford Leland article


“It was at the beginning of the holocaust in Europe when Judge Weinberger and a handful of man and one woman foresaw the need to extend a helping hand to some of the human beings who were trapped in the web of a madman’s hate.  These few people formed a small organization which became – the United Jewish Fund of San Diego.

“Under the leadership and wise council of Judge Weinberger – an interrelationship with the whole community developed, with mutual understanding and respect between the Jewish and non-Jewish citizens. 

“Due to the Judge’s leadership and foresight, brotherhood in San Diego today is a fact, and there are not many communities like ours; and this is an outgrowth of the Judge’s bold leadership for social justice.” Dr. Walter Ornstein:


For Part #1, Jacob Weinberger’s Early Years in Colorado and Arizona, [click here]


More information can be found in the following issue of Western States Jewish History:

  • Jacob Weinberger, United States Federal Judge; by Leland Stanford, WSJH 43/2.


To enlarge pictures, simply click on them.

Regina Merwin is Curator for this Judge Jacob Weinberger Exhibit