Synagogues of the South

Helpful Links

Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life: The institute’s encyclopedia includes the history of Jewish congregations and communities in thirteen southern states.

Jewish Heritage Collection: The Jewish Heritage Collection documents Jewish history and culture in the American South, with an emphasis on South Carolina, from colonial times to present day. The archives grows out of an active program of collection, field work, and public education that was inaugurated in January 1995 by the Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina, the College of Charleston’s Jewish Studies Program, and McKissick Museum at the University of South Carolina.

Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina: JHSSC meets twice a year in different cities and towns across South Carolina, and publishes a biannual magazine. Its statewide survey of Jewish burial grounds, accessible on this site, continues to expand, as additional tombstones are photographed and genealogical information discovered. Consult its Resources page for useful links to genealogical sites and other points of interest.

Life of the Synagogue: an online exhibit featuring images related to synagogues and other aspects of Jewish life and culture from around the world, selected from the William A. Rosenthall Judaica Collection, housed in Special Collections, Addlestone Library, College of Charleston.

Mapping Jewish Charleston: an online exhibit that invites you to explore the Jewish presence in Charleston over the centuries through images and texts from our archives, plotted on historical maps that document the shifting geographical distribution of Jews and Jewish institutions across the urban landscape. 

Pearlstine/Lipov Center for Southern Jewish Culture: The College of Charleston’s Center for Southern Jewish Culture seeks to broaden public knowledge and inspire conversations about the southern Jewish experiences through programming, fellowships, and public history projects. Generously funded by the Pearlstine/Lipov family in 2014, it brings together the resources of the Jewish Studies Program, the Jewish Heritage Collection, and the Jewish Historical Society of Southern Carolina.

Rabbi William A. Rosenthall Judaica Collection and Papers: in 2007 Special Collections, Addlestone Library, College of Charleston, was pleased to accession the papers of William A. Rosenthall, rabbi, scholar, and collector of Judaica. This site provides collection resources as well as news about uploads of material.

Rabbi William A. Rosenthall postcards on LCDL: A particular collecting focus of Rosenthall was images of synagogues located around the globe, including European synagogues destroyed by the Nazis or converted to stables and warehouses. Also included are images of cemeteries, tombs, Jewish neighborhoods, and other Jewish sites of interest.

Samuel Gruber’s Jewish Art & Monuments: News, articles, and information about Jewish art, architecture, and historic sites. This blog includes material posted on International Survey of Jewish Monuments.

Southern Jewish Historical Society: Since 1977, the Southern Jewish Historical Society has worked to foster scholarship about the experience of southern Jews.  With an annual conference, academic journal, and active grant and award programs, the society has helped to move southern Jewish history from the margins of the American Jewish narrative into the mainstream.