Napa Valley's Jewish Heritage

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As the world rushed in to profit from California's gold strike of 1848, many Jews joined the throng, not necessarily to mine but to sell merchandise to prospectors. Some settled in Napa Valley, a basin of rich agricultural land nestled between two mountain ridges. These pioneers conducted business, making significant contributions to the development of the Valley. Participating in cultural life, holding public office, and leading organizations, many also made fine wines, something perfected thousands of years ago as commanded in scripture. They continue to do so, and this is their story told through photographs.
ISBN: 9780738588988
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: California
Series: Images of America
Images: 227
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Henry Michalski was born in Kazakhstan and came to America with his Polish parents in 1949. In 1968, he began teaching history in the Napa public schools and at Congregation Beth Sholom's Sunday school. Now retired, he and his wife, Lynn, have visited Israel numerous times. Raised in Illinois, Donna Dover Mendelsohn came to California in 1961, settling in Napa in 1998 with her husband, David. As cofounder of the Jewish Historical Society of Napa Valley and past president of Congregation Beth Sholom, Donna coordinated the exhibit Jews of the Valley and the book Under the Vine and the Fig Tree by Lin Weber.
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