Sat Nov 07

Napa Valley’s Jewish Heritage with the Napa Valley Historical Society

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As the world “rushed in” to profit from California’s gold strike of 1848, many Jews joined the throngs, not necessarily to mine but to sell merchandise to prospectors. Some settled in Napa Valley. 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. This is their story.

Raised in Illinois, Donna Mendelsohn settled in California in 1961, and Napa in 1998 with her husband David. She is co-founder of the Jewish Historical Society of Napa Valley, a past president of Congregation Beth Shalom, Napa and co-founder and president of Ner Tamid Jewish Community Cemetery in St. Helena. She coordinated the permanent exhibit Jews and the Napa Valley at the Napa Valley Museum in Yountville.

Jewish Historical Society of Napa Valley at Congregation Beth Shalom, Napa

Join us at 7pm on Friday, November 7 via Zoom. An e-mail will be sent on the day of the event with a link to access the virtual event.

This presentation highlights the Who Tells Our Story section on People in Napa Valley between the years 1830-1930. Virtual tours and presentations by selected authors will augment educational modules published at


November 07

7:00 pm 8:00 pm



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