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.

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 Congregation Emanu-El.

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



Goldstein was a member of the Masons.


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

Together they had eight children.


Emanuel Lewis Goldstein died in 1892.

Virginia Goldstein died in 1915.

“Emanuel Lewis Goldstein was pious, charitable, kindly, gentle, and a great lover of animals.”

— Rabbi Martin Meyer, 1916


  • Martin A. Meyer, The Jews of San Francisco (San Francisco: Emanu-El, 1916).
  • Fred Rosenbaum, Visions of Reform: Congregation Emanu-El and the Jews of San Francisco, 1849-1999 (Berkeley: Judah L. Magnus Museum, 2000).

David Epstein is curator of this Emanuel Lewis Goldstein exhibit.