Arizona Exhibition Halls: Northern & Southern

Arizona Exhibition Halls

Arizona’s “Jewish European” history goes back to the early days of the Spanish Conquest.

Members of the Spanish army and many of the early Spanish colonists were conversos, Jews who had been forcibly converted to Christianity in Spain.

This Arizona Exhibition Hall focuses on the Pioneer Jews of the second half of the 1800’s, when the Arizona Territory had come under control of the United States.

Arizona Territory Seal

— The Phoenix & Northern, Arizona Exhibition Hall —

This Arizona Exhibition Hall focuses on the northern two-thirds of the current State of Arizona. Phoenix is its largest city.

The cities and towns of Prescott, Flagstaff, Solomonville, Siligman, and Kingman were all part of the Jewish Pioneer period in Northern Arizona.

Early Jewish Pioneers of Phoenix and Northern Arizona

The Diamonds of Phoenix, The Boston Store & Diamond’s Department Store

Jacob Weinberger: Federal Judge Who Left His Mark on Arizona and San Diego California

Michael “Big Mike” Goldwater: Founder of Arizona Retailing & Political Dynasties

Wolf (Lukinitsky) Lukin: Pioneer Jewish Merchant of Tempe, Arizona and Friend of the Pima Indians

The Korrick Brothers of Phoenix, The New York Store & Korrick’s Department Store

Wolf (Saclis) Sachs: One of the “Ten Cattle Kings of Arizona”

Isadore & Anna Solomon: Founders of Solomonville, Arizona Territory


Temple/Congregation Beth Israel of Phoenix/Scottsdale, AZ

The Cutler✡Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center of Phoenix, Arizona

— The Tucson and Southern Arizona Exhibition Hall —

This Tucson Exhibition Hall focuses on the southern one-third of the current State of Arizona. Tucson is its largest city.

The cities and towns of Yuma, Nogales, Bisbee, and Tombstone were all part of the Jewish Pioneer period in Southern Arizona.

Early Jewish Pioneers of Tucson & Southern Arizona

Nathan Benjamin Appel: First Jewish Settler in Arizona

Dr. Herman Bendell: Superintendent of Indian Affairs, Arizona Territory

Rosa Katzenstein Drachman: “Tough” Pioneer Woman of Tucson, Arizona

Philip Drachman, Early Pioneer of Tucson, Arizona

Samuel H. Drachman: Tucson Tobacco Merchant and Community Leader

Abraham H. Emanuel: Pioneer Mayor of Tombstone

Leopold Ephraim: Arizona Jewish Merchant & Miner

Fred Fleishman: Jewish Pioneer Druggist of Tucson, Arizona

The Marcus Goldbaum Family of Tucson

Hyman Goldberg: Tucson Indefatigable Early Jewish Pioneer

Isaac Goldberg: Early Jewish Pioneer of the Arizona Territory

Isaac & Jacob Isaacson: Original Pioneer Brothers of Isaacson/Nogalas, Arizona) [Updated by family]

Lionel and Barron: The Jacobs Brothers of Tucson, Arizona: Merchants & Bankers

John B. “Black Jack” Newman: Jewish Miner, Developer & Farmer

Hattie Ferrin Solomon: First Jewish Girl Born, Educated & Wed in Tucson

Charles Moses Strauss: First Jewish Mayor of Tucson

Louis Zeckendorf: Pioneer Jewish Merchant of Tucson

William Zeckendorf: Flamboyant Tucson Jewish Merchant


From Arizona’s First Synagogue to the Jewish History Museum of Tucson

Temple Emanu-El of Tucson: Arizona’s First Synagogue

The Original Settlers of Tucson

The Original Settlers of Tucson