Pearlstine/Lipov Center for Southern Jewish Culture

Pearlstine/Lipov Center for Southern Jewish Culture

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If Charleston SC Coming Street cemetery, which this synagogue owns and manages, contains any Confederate symbols it is high time, in accord with the teachings and ethics underpinning Judaism, that they now be removed.

There has been renewed interest in removing or changing racist, Confederate statues and flags in South Carolina.

And because of our history and heritage, we have a lot of them.

Talk about a rogue’s gallery. Here is a small sample of some of the statues and monuments we have in South Carolina:

· The State House has six monuments honoring the Confederacy.

· Clemson University has a building named for “Pitchfork” Ben Tillman, a former S.C. governor and U.S. senator who was also a member of an all-white, post-Civil War militia responsible for lynching African-Americans. (Winthrop University also has a building named for him)

· Also on the SC State House grounds is a statue honoring Marion Sims, “the father of modern gynecology.” Sims made his discoveries by torturing female slaves without anesthesia.

· In York County, the courtroom flies a Confederate flag and displays pictures of Confederate generals, prompting African-Americans to wonder if they can get a fair trial.

According to The (Columbia) State newspaper, “The city of Greenwood, for instance, wants to change its monument honoring its fallen World War I soldiers. Now, those soldiers are listed separately on two plaques – one listing the “colored” dead, another listing the “white” dead.”

So why can’t SC communities simply remove or change these offensive items? Because the SC legislature passed a law called “The Heritage Act” that requires that at least two-thirds of both the House and Senate must approve any change to any monument. That means local government can’t change or remove any of these offensive flags or statues.

Sign our petition to repeal The Heritage Act. Let local South Carolina communities vote to remove or change offensive monuments.

I’m curious if these are the Pearlstines from my family. My grandfather’s (Isaac Jacobs) mother’s maiden name was Pearlstine, and I can’t imagine there were too many of them in Charleston. At any point! I know when I last went to the Jewish cemetery there, like HALF of the names were relatives. Mostly Jacobs but also this name & I think Karesh or some variant of that last name. And Bass.
For white supremacists, Confederate monuments aren’t about the past — they symbolize a racist vision of the future.

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2021 SJHS Annual Conference | Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina 06/25/2021

2021 SJHS Annual Conference | Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina

Join us in Charleston for the Southern Jewish Historical Society Annual Conference from October 22-24, 2021! The theme of this year's gathering is “Expanding the Archive(s) of Southern Jewish History”. Hosted by the Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina (JHSSC), we will gather together for the first time since 2019 at the historic Francis Marion Hotel in beautiful Charleston, SC.

Registration can be accessed by clicking here through the JHSSC website: SJHSConference Or copy and paste the following link into your browser: https://jhssc.org/events/2021-sjhs-annual-conference/ Members please note that registering for conference events requires using the JHSSC website link and paying SJHS dues requires using the SJHS website: SJHSDues

In addition to walking tours of the sites of Jewish Charleston, conference-goers will gather for Shabbat dinner and services at the iconic Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim. The weekend will feature a full slate of panels under the theme of "Expanding the Archive(s) of Southern Jewish History," chosen to celebrate 25 years of the Jewish Heritage Collection at the College of Charleston's Special Collections and its curator, Dale Rosengarten. Topics will range widely, including forays into southern Jewish history and creative arts, collecting Kentucky Jewish history, and refugee politics.

Please note on the program that the SJHS annual meeting will be 10:30 a.m. Friday in the Francis Marion Hotel. The keynote lecture Friday at noon and the pre-Shabbat dinner lecture at KKBE will be recorded and offered free to members after the conference has concluded.

COVID protocols will be followed per federal, state and local requirements. When making preparations to attend, note that attendees will have to arrange for transportation to and from hotels away from conference venues.

We hope to see you in Charleston!

2021 SJHS Annual Conference | Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina Plans are complete for the 2021 SJHS annual conference, hosted by the JHSSC the weekend of October 22–24. We will gather together for the first time since 2019 at the Historic Francis Marion Hotel in beautiful Charleston, SC.

[06/07/21]   The Jewish Studies Program at the College of Charleston would like to invite a junior scholar (untenured or not on the tenure track, but with a PhD) to deliver the annual Stanley and Charlot Karesh Annual Lecture in Jewish Studies. Every fall, a scholar will come to Charleston to meet with students, faculty, and the community, teach a class, and deliver a public lecture. The scholar will receive a $2000 honorarium (+ travel expenses). The deadline to apply is June 15, 2021.

If you or anyone you know is interested, please spread the word. The June 15th deadline is quickly approaching!

SJHS Grants & Applications | Southern Jewish Historical Society 06/04/2021

SJHS Grants & Applications | Southern Jewish Historical Society

Are you or someone you know doing research on Jewish history in the American South??? The Southern Jewish Historical Society (SJHS) provides grants for scholarly research, project completion, and the preservation of archival collections related to the history of Jews in the U.S. South. This year's deadline is June 18, 2021. For details and application instructions, see the SJHS grants page below.

SJHS Grants & Applications | Southern Jewish Historical Society The SJHS Grants Committee is now accepting applications for the current year (2021 cycle). IMPORTANT NOTE for 2021 APPLICANTS: The COVID-19 Pandemic has adversely affected the prospects for grant projects, making research travel and on-site visits to many libraries and archives impossible and limiti...

The new Museum of Southern Jewish Experience opens in New Orleans 05/27/2021

The new Museum of Southern Jewish Experience opens in New Orleans

Congrats to Carly Berlin, niece of Charleston’s own David Popowski, for great reporting on our sister institution, New Orleans’ new Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience 🌝💥🎉

The new Museum of Southern Jewish Experience opens in New Orleans The new Museum of Southern Jewish Experience opens in New Orleans

05/20/2021

Have you ever wondered about your southern Jewish roots? We are delighted to announce that the Southern Jewish Historical Society and JewishGen are cosponsoring an inaugural program in a series titled, “Researching Jewish Families in America.” The series will highlight archives, museums, and historical society collections of interest to family historians from around the country.

“Researching Jewish Families in America: Focus on Southern Jewish Resources”, will be Tuesday, May 25th at 2:00 EST. The presentation will feature repositories with collections about the Jews of South, and will include the following panelists:

Jeremy Katz, Director Cuba Family Archives, The Bremen Museum in Atlanta
Dale Rosengarten, Founding Director of The Jewish Heritage Collection at the College of Charleston
Josh Parshall, Director of the History Department, Institute of Southern Jewish Life in Jackson, Mississippi
Anna E. Tucker, Curator, Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience in New Orleans
Ellen Kowitt, Director of JewishGen.org’s USA Research Division.

The program is free. Registration can be accessed here: http://bit.ly/JewishGenTalks-SouthernUSA

Have you ever wondered about your southern Jewish roots? We are delighted to announce that the Southern Jewish Historical Society and JewishGen are cosponsoring an inaugural program in a series titled, “Researching Jewish Families in America.” The series will highlight archives, museums, and historical society collections of interest to family historians from around the country.

“Researching Jewish Families in America: Focus on Southern Jewish Resources”, will be Tuesday, May 25th at 2:00 EST. The presentation will feature repositories with collections about the Jews of South, and will include the following panelists:

Jeremy Katz, Director Cuba Family Archives, The Bremen Museum in Atlanta
Dale Rosengarten, Founding Director of The Jewish Heritage Collection at the College of Charleston
Josh Parshall, Director of the History Department, Institute of Southern Jewish Life in Jackson, Mississippi
Anna E. Tucker, Curator, Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience in New Orleans
Ellen Kowitt, Director of JewishGen.org’s USA Research Division.

The program is free. Registration can be accessed here: http://bit.ly/JewishGenTalks-SouthernUSA

Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience to open in New Orleans with rooms full of 'meaning and memory' 05/19/2021

Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience to open in New Orleans with rooms full of 'meaning and memory'

Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience to open in New Orleans with rooms full of 'meaning and memory' In the brand-new Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience, amid the photographs and maps and interactive exhibits, is a simple, understated object that embodies the purpose of the institution at

Karesh Annual Lecture - College of Charleston 04/16/2021

Karesh Annual Lecture - College of Charleston

The Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program at the College of Charleston invites applications from junior scholars (untenured or scholars not on the tenure-track) to present the Stanley and Charlot Karesh Annual Lecture in Jewish Studies in Charleston, SC, in October or November 2021. The scholar will receive a $2000 honorarium (+ travel expenses), spend a few days in Charleston, interact with students, faculty, and members of the community, teach a class, and deliver the formal lecture. The application is now open for this opportunity, and the deadline to apply is June 15, 2021. Description and contact info are below.

https://jewish.cofc.edu/karesh-annual-lecture.php?fbclid=IwAR2ftP9pwwCDc_Ci0gWWDM21MPJzdcpdoOtQIPY3ienU-52779qCe-6GrDQ

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04/06/2021

“The Soul of Judaism: Jews of African Descent in America” – A Conversation with Dr. Bruce D. Haynes

Join University of California, Davis Professor Bruce D. Haynes for a look into the diverse origins of Jews of African descent in the United States. Dr. Haynes’s most recent book explores the full diversity of Black Jews, including bi-racial Jews of both matrilineal and patrilineal descent; adoptees; black converts to Judaism; and Black Hebrews and Israelites, who trace their Jewish roots to Africa. In doing so, he challenges the dominant western paradigm of Jews as white and of European descent and offers insights into how Black Jewish individuals strive to assert their dual identities and find acceptance within their respective communities.

04/06/2021

Join us tonight @ 7PM for a conversation with Professor Bruce D. Haynes about this latest book, "The Soul of Judaism: Jews of African Descent in America." You can register here: https://bit.ly/BruceHaynes2021

Join us tonight @ 7PM for a conversation with Professor Bruce D. Haynes about this latest book, "The Soul of Judaism: Jews of African Descent in America." You can register here: https://bit.ly/BruceHaynes2021

03/22/2021

We spoke about the proposed Clementa C. Pinckney Hate Crimes Act during our last P/L event. Here is an opportunity to learn more about the bill, which is now before the SC House. This bill would enhance penalties for crimes committed against victims because of their race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or disabilities. SC is one of only three states without a hate crimes bill.

Please consider attending a virtual event featuring SC Representative Beth Bernstein and past State Senator Joel Lourie to learn more. You can register here: https://tinyurl.com/565nxt72

For more information or to submit a question for the speakers, email [email protected].

We spoke about the proposed Clementa C. Pinckney Hate Crimes Act during our last P/L event. Here is an opportunity to learn more about the bill, which is now before the SC House. This bill would enhance penalties for crimes committed against victims because of their race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or disabilities. SC is one of only three states without a hate crimes bill.

Please consider attending a virtual event featuring SC Representative Beth Bernstein and past State Senator Joel Lourie to learn more. You can register here: https://tinyurl.com/565nxt72

For more information or to submit a question for the speakers, email [email protected].

Michael Hoberman 03/22/2021

Michael Hoberman

Check out this wonderful re-reading of Allegra Goodman's "Kaaterskill Falls" and Phillip Roth's "American Pastoral" by Professor Michael Hoberman, an alum of our Summer Institute.

https://www.tabletmag.com/contributors/michael-hoberman

Michael Hoberman Michael Hoberman is a Professor of English and American Studies at Fitchburg State University and author of A Hundred Acres of America: The Geography of Jewish American Literary History.

03/10/2021

"Shared Legacies" Discussion

"Shared Legacies" director, Dr. Shari Rogers, and locals who experienced the Civil Rights Movement in Charleston provide additional insight into the film.

02/16/2021

Thrilled to have had Charlton as a presenter on our “Body & Soul” program in October. Congrats to you and the whole band! 🎉

Congratulations to our brother and bandmate, Charlton Singleton on being recognized for the South Carolina Governor’s Award 🥇!!! This is the highest honor that our state bestows upon an artist and we could not think of another more worthy. Charlton, we love you brother and are proud to be a part of your musical family. ❤️ (Ranky Tanky now has two S.C. governor award recipients. Our drummer, Quentin E. Baxter was recognized in 2017) WHO IS THE GREATEST 🍾💥🚀

https://www.scartshub.com/scac-to-honor-7-with-governors-awards-for-the-arts/

02/12/2021

A Conversation with Bakari Sellers

CNN analyst, attorney, and politician Bakari Sellers joins assistant professor Ashley Walters (College of Charleston) to discuss his recently published memoir: My Vanishing Country.

02/02/2021

Please join us on Thursday, Feb. 11 @ 7PM via Zoom for a book talk with former state congressman, CNN political analyst, and author Bakari Sellers. Seller’s recent memoir, My Vanishing Country (2020), tells a story of two generations. He traces his father’s rise to become a civil rights hero, as well as his own childhood growing up in Denmark, South Carolina. In his book, he addresses the plight of the South's dwindling rural, black working-class, many of whom can trace their ancestry back seven generations. My Vanishing Country: A Memoir is Seller’s first book and has received critical acclaim.
Register:
http://bit.ly/BakariSellers2021

Please join us on Thursday, Feb. 11 @ 7PM via Zoom for a book talk with former state congressman, CNN political analyst, and author Bakari Sellers. Seller’s recent memoir, My Vanishing Country (2020), tells a story of two generations. He traces his father’s rise to become a civil rights hero, as well as his own childhood growing up in Denmark, South Carolina. In his book, he addresses the plight of the South's dwindling rural, black working-class, many of whom can trace their ancestry back seven generations. My Vanishing Country: A Memoir is Seller’s first book and has received critical acclaim.
Register:
http://bit.ly/BakariSellers2021

01/26/2021

The current “Special Issue on Women and Gender” in the journal American Jewish History has a star-studded Table of Contents, including the Pearlstine/Lipov Center’s new director, Prof. Ashley Walters, who authored “‘Oriental Leaven’: Anna and Rose Strunsky in the Unpublished Writings of Jack London and Sinclair Lewis,” an essay that explores inter-ethnic sexual politics in the Progressive Era.

We want to give a shout out, as well, to the Center’s founding director, Adam Mendelsohn, who co-edited the issue, and to recent Charleston Research Fellows Melissa R. Klapper and Jillian M. Hinderliter, who contributed mightily to this landmark publication.

https://www.press.jhu.edu/journals/american-jewish-history

The current “Special Issue on Women and Gender” in the journal American Jewish History has a star-studded Table of Contents, including the Pearlstine/Lipov Center’s new director, Prof. Ashley Walters, who authored “‘Oriental Leaven’: Anna and Rose Strunsky in the Unpublished Writings of Jack London and Sinclair Lewis,” an essay that explores inter-ethnic sexual politics in the Progressive Era.

We want to give a shout out, as well, to the Center’s founding director, Adam Mendelsohn, who co-edited the issue, and to recent Charleston Research Fellows Melissa R. Klapper and Jillian M. Hinderliter, who contributed mightily to this landmark publication.

https://www.press.jhu.edu/journals/american-jewish-history

01/20/2021
01/11/2021

Congratulations to Shari Rabin, Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies and Religion at Oberlin College and the former Director of the Pearlstine/Lipov Center for Southern Jewish Culture. Dr. Rabin has received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities to write a book about Jewish history in the American South, from 1669 to the present day. We are so excited for Dr. Rabin and to get our hands on what we are sure will be a fantastic book.

https://www.oberlin.edu/news/shari-rabin-awarded-research-fellowship-national-endowment-humanities?fbclid=IwAR0KtznoWzn60xqL90zvHBm8nePBIQdw0bLP1YlGLblaPXYvMoAo0BMaNu4

01/07/2021

We would like to welcome our new director, Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies, Dr. Ashley Walters. Our heartfelt thanks go to Dr. Dale Rosengarten, founding curator of the Jewish Heritage Collection at Addlestone Library, for stewarding the Center since its inception in 2014 and helping make the College an engine of research on southern Jewish history and culture.

postandcourier.com 11/26/2020

C of C project maps area’s Jewish history from 1788 to today

The Moultrie News turns a spotlight on Jewish life east of the Cooper. Check out article linked below.....👍🏽🏝🥸

postandcourier.com The Mapping Jewish Charleston project by the College of Charleston’s Pearlstine/Lipov Center for Southern Jewish Culture charts a history of Judaism up to the present day.

11/24/2020

Revisiting Southern Jewish History in 2020

jewish-south.cofc.edu 11/22/2020

Revisiting Southern Jewish History 2020

Register now and tune in tomorrow for a conversation with scholars Shari Rabin and Adam Domby, former director and associate director (respectively) of the P/L Center for Southern Jewish Culture. 📚

jewish-south.cofc.edu Works of history tell us not only about the past but about the concerns of the times and places in which they were written. In 1976, Eli Evans published The Provincials: A Personal History of Jews in the South, a combination of personal narrative, travel journalism, and history that

10/29/2020

Tune in for a conversation between artist Shimon Attie and Center director Dale Rosengarten, premiering this evening (10/29) at 7pm on the Halsey's page.

🌐 Our next artist highlight for the "Dis/placements: Revisitations of Home” virtual project is Shimon Attie.
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Born in Los Angeles, California (1957)
Lives and works in New York City

Shimon Attie’s work reflects on the relationship between place, memory, and identity. His artistic practice includes creating site-specific installations in public places, accompanying art photographs, immersive multiple-channel video, and mixed-media installations for museums and galleries, and new media works. Attie earned a BA from the University of California, Berkeley in 1980, and an MA from Antioch University in 1982. He earned his MFA from San Francisco State University in 1991. Since that time, Attie has received more than 25 commissions to create new works of art in more than ten countries around the world.

Attie’s work can be found in the collections of museums around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; and Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel, among many others.
He has received multiple honors including fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (1993), Stiftung Kunstfonds (1993), the Pollock-Krasner Foundation (1998), the American Academy in Rome (The Rome Prize) (2001), and the John S. Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (2008). In 2013-2014, Attie was awarded the Lee Krasner Lifetime Achievement Award.

Shimon Attie’s work was featured at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park in Charleston in 2005 in The History of Another, co-organized by the Halsey Institute.
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📌 Make sure to tune in to our page at 7:00 PM EST today for the release of our Illustrated Conversation video discussion between Attie and his respondent writer, Dr. Dale Rosengarten. Find out more at http://displacements.org/
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#museumfromhome #halseyinstitute #displacements #contemporaryart Shimon Attie College of Charleston College of Charleston - School of the Arts

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“The Soul of Judaism: Jews of African Descent in America” – A Conversation with Dr. Bruce D. Haynes
"Shared Legacies" Discussion
A Conversation with Bakari Sellers
Revisiting Southern Jewish History in 2020

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