Center Talk, Spring 2018

This fall the Center treated Charleston to Jenna Weissman Joselit’s eloquent meditation on the Ten Commandments in the American South and to Jeffrey Rosen’s stimulating interpretation of the legacy of Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, including verbatim quotations from the great jurist without a note in sight!   In October, as

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Center Talk, Fall 2017

The Center for Southern Jewish Culture had an exciting 2017! This past Spring we hosted “An Evening with Kinky Friedman,” the iconoclastic Texas singer and politician. He gave a free performance to a crowd of over 150 and participated in an on-stage conversation with acting director Shari Rabin about his

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Center Talk, Spring 2017

Fall 2016 has been an exciting time for the Center for Southern Jewish Culture, even with director extraordinaire Dale Rosengarten on sabbatical! In September, we sponsored the first talk in the Jewish Studies Program’s “Jews and Elections” series. Acting Director Shari Rabin spoke about the 1860 Presidential election, a time

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The First Jewish Americans Exhibit Opens in New York October 27

The First Jewish Americans: Freedom and Culture in the New World opens at the New York Historical Society in Manhattan on Thursday, October 27. Former Center for Southern Jewish Culture director Adam Mendelsohn and current directors Dale Rosengarten and Shari Rabin collaborated, with others, on a previous version of the

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Shari Rabin Publishes in the Journal of Southern Religion

Acting Director Shari Rabin has published an article entitled “Mohalim, Not Missionaries: Outsider and Insider Bodies in Southern Religious History” as part of a special issue on “Outsiders, Dissenters, and Critics” in the Journal of Southern Religion. In this article, only the second on a Jewish topic in the journal’s history, she

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Center Talk, Fall 2016

The Center for Southern Jewish Culture has had a busy 2016! Our website went live in March, helping expand our online presence. You can now find us at JewishSouth.cofc.edu, in addition to Facebook.com/JewishSouth, and Twitter.com/JewishSouth. We are also compiling an email list. If you’d like to receive the latest information

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By Dawn’s Early Light, Princeton, February 13 – June 12, 2016

For Jews, a tiny minority in the early Republic, freedom was both liberating and confounding. As individuals they were free to participate in the new nation’s political and social life, but America’s dawn also signaled the twilight of an earlier age. Constraints that had maintained social cohesion loosened, and once-rigid

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Synagogues of the South

In 2016, the Pearlstine/Lipov Center for Southern Jewish Culture is developing a new online exhibition titled “Synagogues of the South”, curated by Dr. Samuel D. Gruber, based on material from the William A. Rosenthall Collection at the Marlene and Nathan Addlestone Library at the College of Charleston. The exhibit will

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Mapping Jewish Charleston

Mapping Jewish Charleston will explore the Jewish presence in the city at significant moments in each century. The exhibit will pinpoint historical sites, introduce topical themes, and link places to appropriate documents, images, and oral histories. The final “page” on the 21st century will pinpoint new sites of Jewish interest,

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Center Talk, Spring 2016

In early November, the Pearlstine/Lipov Center for Southern Jewish Culture held its first public event, a discussion of “Jews in the Freedom Summer” with Bruce Watson, author of this year’s College Reads! selection, Freedom Summer: The Savage Season That Made Mississippi Burn and Made America a Democracy. On November 19th

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