When Martin Brower moved his family from heavily Jewish Los Angeles to barely Jewish Orange County, California, in 1974, his Los Angeles friends were amazed at his bravery and his foolishness. Orange County was considered anti-Semitic and lacking in culture. However, during the years following World War II, Orange County was transformed from a small rural community with citrus groves, row crops and cattle -- first into a bedroom community for neighboring Los Angeles County and then into a dynamic urban empire. As the Countyas population and employment base exploded, Orange Countyas Jewish population grew from a small enclave of Jewish shopkeepers into a vibrant Jewish community in excess of 100, 000. To the surprise of many, Orange County now boasts one of the leading centers of Jewish life in the nation, complete with 30 synagogues, a grand new Jewish Community Center, one of the nationas largest Jewish day schools and one of its finest homes for the aging. In his book aOrange County Jew: A Memoir, a Brower superimposes the growth of the Jewish community over the amazing development of Orange County itself, and uses as a framework the personal story of his own 36 years as a resident of Orange County and as a player among its major real estate development companies and its entrepreneurial leaders.By the time Marla returned from college and found a position with a property management firm, Judy had tired of apartment ... father, now a widower, who as a retired rabbi in his 80s took a oneeyear fill~in position as a rabbi in Perth, Australia.
|Title||:||Orange County Jew: A Memoir|
|Author||:||Martin Aaron Brower|
|Publisher||:||AuthorHouse - 2010-03-16|