March 4, 2020

Part VIII: The Reformed Society of Israelites of Charleston: The first expression of Reform Judaism in the United States

The previous article in this series closed by touching on the beginnings of Reform Judaism in the United States, which happened here in Charleston ju...

February 6, 2020

Part VII: The 1820s: Charleston’s Jewish Population Begins To Decrease/Many Charleston Jews Seek Opportunities Elsewhere/Reform Judaism Makes Its Appearance In Charleston

By Jeffrey Kaplan

As we saw in last month’s article and beginning in approximately 1800, Charleston’...

November 5, 2019

Part V:  Charleston’s Jews increase in numbers, dedicate a new synagogue and expand their profile

The end of the American Revolution saw a significant increase in the numbers of Charleston’s Jews. A study of the numbers of the Jews in the new republic in 1790, the year...

October 3, 2019

Part III: A Synagogue, Communal Life and Dissension

We saw in last month’s article that Charleston’s Jews began to increase in numbers in the 1730s and played an active role in the commercial life of Charles Town. A number of Jews who were shopkeepers advertised in the...

October 2, 2019

Part IV: Jewish Heroes, Jewish Patriots and (a few) Jewish Loyalists in South Carolina

The story of South Carolina’s Jews is very largely the story of the Jews in Charleston up to this point. There were a few Jews in places other than Charleston on the eve of the Americ...

July 31, 2019

Part II: Charleston’s Early Jews Vote, Gradually Increase in Numbers

The colony of Carolina was a remarkably accepting place for people of all religions, except Catholics, as we saw last month, Furthermore, the use of “reproachful, reviling or abusive” language against...

July 8, 2019

The chosen people in the Holy City

Part I: The Beginnings

Jews are not newcomers to Charleston. The first settlement in the new colony of Carolina was in 1670 across the Ashley River from what is now Charleston. Within a decade, the settlement had been moved to the penin...

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