In 2007 Dalia answered an ad in JLife for a one-year, part-time job curating oral histories of Jewish men and women born and raised in Orange County. 14 years later Dalia is immersed in her work uncovering Orange County’s fascinating and often hidden Jewish history.
Join us to learn more about her journey and some of OC’s secret Jewish roots.
Dalia Taft is the archivist for the Orange County Jewish Historical Society. In that role she is responsible for increasing the awareness of the role Jews have played in the development of Orange County from 1857, when the first Jew settled in Anaheim, to now. She maintains the Society’s archives and is constantly researching and digitizing the growing collection. She helped organize the organization’s website and created their logo, and lectures regularly about the different significant periods in Orange County’s Jewish history.
Ms. Taft also writes a monthly column in JLife, Orange County’s monthly Jewish magazine, highlighting images from the society’s archives, and she wrote and directed the documentary California Orange Jews, on the history of the Orange County Jewish community. She published the book “Jewish Pioneers of Orange County,” detailing the many stories of Jewish life in Orange County from the 1860s through the 1980s.
Ms. Taft graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles with a degree in art, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and her professional experience includes work as an educator at the Simon Wiesenthal Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles and public relations manager with the Easter Seals organization.
She and her husband Noah live in Irvine and have two children, Nathan and Kayla. They also now have a daughter-in-law, Erika, whom they absolutely adore.