Pearlstine/Lipov Center for Southern Jewish Culture

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Selma's only synagogue has 4 members and is fighting for its life - Jewish Telegraphic Agency

https://www.jta.org/2019/07/05/united-states/selmas-only-synagogue-has-4-members-and-is-fighting-for-its-life

Note photo credits for Amy Milligan, who participated in our NEH institute "Privilege and Prejudice: Jewish History of the American South." Congrats Amy!!

jta.org Temple Mishkan Israel stopped having weekly services in the 1970s. Its remaining caretakers want to turn it into a museum.

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» Transmission of Trauma: Legacies of the Holocaust Studying the South

Click on the link to read Charleston Research Fellow Lucas Wilson's report on his work on the transmission of trauma in families of Holocaust survivors. The Center for Southern Jewish Culture is accepting applications for 2019/2020 fellows now through August 1.
https://blogs.cofc.edu/southern-studies-minor/2019/05/28/transmission-of-trauma-legacies-of-the-holocaust/

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Research Fellowships

The Pearlstine/Lipov Center for Southern Jewish Culture at the College of Charleston invites applications for its research fellowship program. Fellowship stipends will amount to $500/week and, depending on availability, may include free housing.

Applicants must be working on projects of scholarship, public history, or artistic production that would benefit from research in Charleston. Preference will be given to those coming from out of state and those using materials from the Jewish Heritage Collection at the College’s Addlestone Library. Recipients may include senior scholars, graduate students, and independent scholars, as well as journalists, filmmakers, artists, and exhibition curators.

Applicants must submit a cover letter explaining their research needs in Charleston and the proposed length of the fellowship period; a curriculum vitae; and a 2-page proposal that describes the project. Applications should be emailed to Center director Dale Rosengarten and associate director Adam Domby, at [email protected]. We have two deadlines: August 1 for those hoping to visit during the academic school year (September-April) and March 1 for those hoping to visit during the summer (May-August).

More info at https://jewish-south.cofc.edu/research-fellowships/

jewish-south.cofc.edu Research Fellowships Charleston Research Fellowship The Pearlstine/Lipov Center for Southern Jewish Culture at the College of Charleston invites applications for its research fellowship program. Fellowship stipends will amount to $500/week and, depending on availability, may include free housing. Ap...

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» The Pollitzer Sisters in Charleston—And Around the World Studying the South

Enjoy this new blogpost from Charleston Research Fellow Melissa Klapper!

https://blogs.cofc.edu/southern-studies-minor/2019/06/12/the-pollitzer-sisters-in-charleston-and-around-the-world/

blogs.cofc.edu During my visit to Charleston last March as research fellow at the Pearlstine/Lipov Center for Southern Jewish Culture, I made a sort of pilgrimage to 5 Pitt Street, the house where sisters Anita, Carrie, and Mabel Pollitzer grew up. I was delighted not only to see a historical marker on the site, b...

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Reading tea leaves – From Under the Fig Tree

Thoughts on our recent NEH Summer Institute on "Jewish History in the American South" by one of our visiting faculty members.

https://www.fromunderthefigtree.com/2019/06/11/reading-tea-leaves/

fromunderthefigtree.com Reading tea leaves Author mweckerPublished on June 11, 2019June 11, 2019Leave a comment on Reading tea leaves I've just returned home after having spent nearly a week -- and a most stimulating one, at that -- in Charleston, South Carolina, at an NEH-sponsored Summer Institute on Southern Jewry. Host...

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Piccolo Spoleto's World of Jewish Culture series includes trio of documentaries

Join us!

https://www.postandcourier.com/features/piccolo-spoleto-s-world-of-jewish-culture-series-includes-trio/article_0ca92c1e-7ff4-11e9-9aa6-b332192e5b43.html

postandcourier.com The annual 10-day Piccolo Spoleto Festival program, A World of Jewish Culture, this year includes a film series, “Southern Jewish Life on the Big Screen” — three documentaries on pioneering

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Jewish South Summer Institute – Summer Institute at the College of Charleston

We look forward to welcoming 25 scholars from across the country to Charleston today for our summer institute, “Privilege and Prejudice: Jewish History in the American South.”

While we hope to see you at the events associated with "A World of Jewish Culture," note that Institute events are restricted to official participants and faculty, as per the regulations of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Jewishsouthsummer.cofc.edu

jewishsouthsummer.cofc.edu For more than four decades, historians have been working diligently to shed light upon the experiences of Jews living in the American South. Yet despite concerted endeavors, the subject of southern Jewry has remained isolated from the broader field of southern history, as well as from American and J...

The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives

Two 19th-century ketubot. The first is from 1857 and is for the marriage of Solomon Joseph and Rebecca Abraham, both of Charleston, S.C. The other is from 1873 and is for the marriage of David Nieto and Esther Balasco—residents of Kingston, Jamaica.

College of Charleston Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program

While food may seem simple, what people eat is shaped not only by geography and the environment, but also by culture, religion, and the interaction of different groups over time.

On April 9, the Pearlstine/Lipov Center for Southern Jewish Culture proudly hosted food historian Marcie Cohen Ferris and James Beard Award–winning chef and author Michael Twitty for a conversation about two communities that have been cooking and eating in the South from the colonial period to the present day: Jews and African Americans. Drawing on their influential books, Matzoh Ball Gumbo: Culinary Tales of the Jewish South and The Cooking Gene: A Journey through African American Culinary History in the Old South, Ferris and Twitty reflected on how foodways can illuminate our understanding of the region and its people.

This event was part of the College-wide World Affairs Signature Series on “Global Foodways.”

College of Charleston Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program

My Food is My Flag: Jewish, African American & Southern Foodways is one day away! Thanks to the Charleston City Paper for the coverage. Will you be joining us?

https://www.charlestoncitypaper.com/charleston/cofc-will-host-michael-twitty-and-marcie-cohen-ferris-for-tuesday-lecture-on-race-and-ethnic-identity-in-southern-food/Content?oid=27643599

Tomorrow is the day! We hope to see you there for what promises to be a fascinating conversation.

Coming up on April 9 - "My Food is My Flag": A Conversation about Jewish, African American, and Southern Foodways with culinary historians Michael Twitty and Marcie Cohen Ferris. We hope to see you there!

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Faculty | Libraries’ Dale Rosengarten to Receive Folk Heritage Award

We are bursting with pride - our associate director Dale Rosengarten, is a recipient of the South Carolina General Assembly’s Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award, presented annually to recognize work that keeps the state’s traditional art forms alive! Dale was recognized for her important work in Advocacy, African-American Lowcountry Basketry & Southern Jewish Heritage.

https://library.cofc.edu/faculty-libraries-dale-rosengarten-to-receive-folk-heritage-award/

library.cofc.edu The College Libraries wish to congratulate our own Dale Rosengarten, founding director of the Jewish Heritage Collection, for being honored with the South Carolina General Assembly’s Jean Lan…

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A History of American Jewish Women Shows How the Country Influenced Them, and Vice Versa

Congrats to Pamela Nadell on her New York Times review! We loved hosting her at Jewish studies this morning!

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2019/03/29/books/review/americas-jewish-women-pamela-s-nadell.amp.html

nytimes.com In “America’s Jewish Women” Pamela S. Nadell offers a sweeping historical tour, moving from colonial times through the feminist struggles and until today.

Coming up on April 9 - "My Food is My Flag": A Conversation about Jewish, African American, and Southern Foodways with culinary historians Michael Twitty and Marcie Cohen Ferris. We hope to see you there!

The Southern Jewish Historical Society will host its 44th annual conference from October 24-27 in Charlottesville, Virginia. The conference theme is “Jews, Race, and Public Memory.”

Proposals are due March 29!
https://www.jewishsouth.org/upcoming-conference

The Southern Jewish Historical Society will host its 44th annual conference from October 24-27 in Charlottesville, Virginia. The conference theme is “Jews, Race, and Public Memory.”

Proposals are due March 29!

https://www.jewishsouth.org/upcoming-conference

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Museum focused on Southern Jewish history to open on Howard Avenue in 2020

https://www.nola.com/news/2019/03/museum-focused-on-southern-jewish-history-to-open-on-howard-avenue-in-2020.html

nola.com The museum will tell the stories of Jewish communities across the South.

Center Director Shari Rabin at tonight's mini-course on Southern Jewish History. The last session will be at 7pm on Monday, March 11 in Arnold Hall (JWST Room 100)!

Friday is the deadline to apply for our NEH Summer Institute, "Privilege and Prejudice: Jewish History in the American South." If you are a college or university professor (including advanced graduate students and non-tenure track folks), we hope to see you your application!

College of Charleston Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program

We’re famous!

Prof. Shari Rabin's Southern Jewish History course and the Pearlstine/Lipov Center for Southern Jewish Culture hard at work! Stop by the Jewish Studies Center before the end of the semester to check out this incredible, student-curated exhibit.

Applications for our NEH Summer Institute are due a week from tomorrow, on March 1! We'll be spending two weeks in beautiful Charleston exploring the Jewish history of the South and creative ways to teach about it.

Southern Jewish Historical Society

Considering submitting a proposal for this exciting upcoming conference!

The Call for Papers is out for our next conference, on "Jews, Race, and Public Memory," to be held in Charlottesville, Virginia, October 24-27.

https://www.jewishsouth.org/upcoming-conference

Association for Jewish Studies

Hey that's us! Please do send along your applications!

The College of Charleston Pearlstine/Lipov Center for Southern Jewish Culture is seeking applications for its research fellowship program. Stipends & housing are provided. Deadline: March 1

Apply now: http://jewish-south.cofc.edu/research-fellowships/

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Research Fellowships - Jewish South

March 1 is the deadline to apply for a Summer 2019 Charleston Research Fellowship!

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The Pearlstine/Lipov Center for Southern Jewish Culture at the College of Charleston invites applications for our research fellowship program. Fellowship stipends will amount to $500/week and free housing.

Applicants must be working on projects of scholarship, public history, or artistic production that would benefit from research in Charleston. Preference will be given to those coming from out of state and those using materials from the Jewish Heritage Collection at the College’s Addlestone Library. Recipients may include senior scholars, graduate students, and independent scholars, as well as journalists, filmmakers, artists, and exhibition curators.

Applicants must submit a cover letter explaining their research needs in Charleston and the proposed length of the fellowship period; a curriculum vitae; and a 2-page proposal that describes the project. Applications should be emailed to Shari Rabin, director of the Center at [email protected]. We have two deadlines: August 1 for those hoping to visit during the academic school year (September-April) and March 1 for those hoping to visit during the summer (May-August). More information can be found at http://jewish-south.cofc.edu/research-fellowships/.

jewish-south.cofc.edu Charleston Research Fellowship The Pearlstine/Lipov Center for Southern Jewish Culture at the College of Charleston invites applications for its research fellowship program. Fellowship stipends will amount to $500/week and, depending on availability, may include free housing. Applicants must be work...

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» A Jewish Jacobin in Revolutionary Charleston: Abraham Sasportas Studying the South

Read about our recent Charleston Research Fellow Philippe Girard's fascinating work in this blogpost, "A Jewish Jacobin in Revolutionary Charleston: Abraham Sasportas."

http://blogs.cofc.edu/southern-studies-minor/2019/02/11/a-jewish-jacobin-in-revolutionary-charleston-abraham-sasportas/

blogs.cofc.edu Charleston, where I spent a week doing research in January 2019 as a fellow at the Pearlstine/Lipov Center for Southern Jewish Culture, is famous for its rich architecture and history. Some of it has not yet been fully explored: that is the case of Abraham Sasportas, who built the two houses now kno...

We recently celebrated the opening of our exhibit, "Picturing Southern Jews: Family Portraits from the Jewish Heritage Collection" with friends of the Center and Fall 2018 "Southern Jewish History" students who helped curate the exhibit. Also in attendance were members of four of the families whose photos were on display, including Betty Hirsch Lancer, who is herself pictured at her family's store in 1948. Check out the exhibit all semester in room 305 of the Jewish Studies Center at 96 Wentworth Street!

The government is back open, which means that applications can again be submitted to our NEH Summer Institute for College and University Professors on "Jewish History in the American South." The deadline is March 1.

https://jewishsouthsummer.cofc.edu/how-to-apply/

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"Jews Heathens and Infidels": Southern Jewish Beginnings - Jewish South

Exciting news! Center director Shari Rabin will be giving a three-part mini-course on "Southern Jewish History" on Monday nights this spring! Join her at 7:15pm in Arnold Hall at 96 Wentworth Street on the following evenings:

February 25 - "Jews, Heathens, and Infidels": Southern Jewish Beginnings
March 4 - "A Class of Citizens": Jews and the Civil War
March 11 - "The Quiet Voices": Jews and the Civil Rights Movement

http://jewish-south.cofc.edu/event/jews-heathens-and-infidels-southern-jewish-beginnings/?event_date=2019-02-25

jewish-south.cofc.edu Part 1 of a mini-course offering an overview of the history of Jews in the southern United States from colonial times until the present. We will explore some of the key events of southern Jewish history, seeking to understand how Jews have confounded, complicated, and conformed to the region’s “...

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Historic Columbia Seeks to Preserve Columbia’s Jewish Food History

Nice coverage of our friends at the Columbia Jewish Heritage Initiative!
https://t.co/5Y1ndYvlFu

free-times.com Moving often means having to let parts of your past go, especially when shifting into a new culture altogether as an immigrant. While things are lost over time — like

Synagogues of the South

We are a year late reporting this, but good news stays good news. Here’s a report on a new historical exhibition at one of the South’s oldest and most storied congregations Tour Synagogue in New Orleans. We also attach some postcard views of Touro Synagogue’s 1909 building from the William A. Rosenthall Judaica Collection.

From Southern Jewish Life (February 2018), p. 43

Touro Synagogue dedicates historical display

On Jan. 19 [2018], Judah Touro was on hand for the dedication of a new Touro Synagogue historical display on the New Orleans congregation’s 190th anniversary, and help the congregation observe his 164th yahrzeit.
Robert Applebaum, dressed in an early-1800s outfit, started his address with "my name is Judah Touro," and described Touro's life in a first person narrative, including his role in supporting the congregation, for which it was named in his memory following a merger in 1881.
Rabbi Alexis Berk said many years ago, Applebaum "became very intrigued with the man... he researched and became very familiar with who this man was."

Touro's address was part of the celebration for what Berk referred to as the "long dreamed of" display, with dozens of the congregation's historical artifacts in two display cases. Berk said the evening was "to celebrate the history of this magnificent place in word, in photograph, in story and in song."

Touro Synagogue is the sixth-oldest chartered Jewish congregation in the United States, and the first one outside the original 13 colonies.

One case focuses on Judah Touro's life, while the other focuses on congregational memorabilia, from Touro and its predecessor congregations, Gates of Mercy and Dispersed of Judah. Among the items is a cover from the 1828 congregational constitution and bylaws, incorporation documents written in French, the first ledger, dating back to 1833, a record of marriages from 1871, a letter from Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise, founder of the Reform movement, regarding the reinternment of burials from the first Gates of Mercy Cemetery, and a 1907 terracotta tile from the dome.
Congregational Historian Adrien Genet said "many people worked over several decades to bring this to fruition."

In 1993, after many years on the board and as an officer, she suggested that the congregation needed a historian, and was immediately appointed.
She referenced several little-known historical facts about the building, which was completed in 1909. She pointed out gas jets in the back of the sanctuary, put there because in 1909 some members of the building committee weren't convinced that electricity would become popular.

One artifact in the cases is the pre-1984 silver eternal light that used to be in the sanctuary. When it was taken down during the renovation, Genet said, it was realized that the eternal light for all those years had been an electrified gravy boat.

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