By Charles Reznikoff

Original 12 months of publication: 1950

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The small team of Jewish population of Charles city, within the Colony of South Carolina, met in 1750 to arrange themselves completely right into a spiritual neighborhood. This booklet tells that community’s tale all the way down to the current day. It describes the method of adjustment either one of the Jews and their faith. It recounts the participation of the Jews within the fortunes of the broader Charleston group and within the occasions which represent the historical past of the South. It areas earlier than the reader a two-hundred-year list of loyalty to Jewish culture and repair to South Carolina as colony and state.

Of detailed curiosity is the truth that Charleston’s used to be the 1st Jewish group within the usa to start experimenting with reform within the Jewish ritual. The authors bring up the questions why spiritual experimentation must have all started there instead of in different towns and to what volume the yankee Reform move rose out of the yank surroundings instead of in imitation of Reform in Europe. the following background of Judaism in Charleston is, in view of those early trends, both instructive for Jews and for all scholars of cultural survival. No less significant is the facts provided during the quantity of the pleasant family members that have received among the Jews of Charleston and their Christian neighbors.

The spirit of freedom and equality inherent within the American culture has made for the improvement of bizarre members whose actions have transcended their group. between such women and men hooked up with the Jews of Charleston have been: Moses Lindo, an early instance of the supersalesman; Francis Salvador, the innovative her who died all to quickly; Isaac Harby, who used to be born to quickly to prevail as a journalist; Penniah Moise, the blind poetess.

In the training of The Jews of Charleston, the Bicentennial Committee, for the party of the community’s two-hundredth anniversary, had the cooperation of a couple of amazing historians who shaped a piece of writing Board less than the chairmanship of Professor Salo W. Baron. they chose males of recognized skill within the box of ancient writing and study and commissioned them to organize the quantity. Charles Reznikoff could be remembered for his novels, by means of The Waters of big apple, and The Lionhearted, and for the poetry and essays which he has contributed to varied periodicals. His collaborator, Dr. Uriah Z. Engelman, is the writer of the increase of The Jew in Western international. He has performed loads of learn in Jewish group existence within the usa and was once a Director of the dept of analysis of the yankee organization for Jewish schooling. the 2 authors, less than the overall supervision of the Editorial Board, produced this readable and trustworthy background of 1 of the main attention-grabbing Jewish groups within the usa. it's a contribution to Jewish in addition to American heritage, to the examine of acculturation in addition to of the survival powers of Judaism. the student and the layman alike will locate it attention-grabbing and instructive.

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Others, like Isaac Pinto, the wholesale wine merchant, whose advertisements appeared from 1760 to 1762, were probably more important. Such, for example, was Philip Hart, partner in a business at Georgetown and part owner of a vessel. Isaac De Pass, likewise (he spells his name in his advertisements “Depaz,” “De Paz,” “De Pas,” and finally “De Pass”) was the sole owner of the brigantine. The Carolina, in 1744; and, about the same time, Solomon Isaacs was the sole owner of the sloop, The Heron, in 1747, and Joseph Tobias the owner of the schooner.

The Inhabitants, who... were esteemed the polite & genteelest People on the Continent... ” However, he was a sickly man and had just landed from 20 How The Jews Settled in Charles Town a wretched voyage—his first at sea; no doubt, he was very glad to be ashore. It was not enough to be rich or powerful in Charles Town. The rich planter or merchant was supposed to have good taste and good manners. The schools of New England taught children to become industrious and God-fearing men and women. The aristocrats of Charles Town educated their children to make them fit for their station.

Instead, he volunteered his mind and ventured his body, joining not merely in the talk 39 The Jews of Charleston of liberty but in its action: serving in town, not without distinction, among the gentlemen of the Congress of South Carolina as the province struggled to become a state, and riding in the districts at the head of plain folk to defend the country. To judge him, then, by intention, by strict devotion to noble ends, is to rank him among the heroes of the American Revolution. As a Jew, these facts remain: he was the first to hold an important elective office in the New World and the first to die in the cause of American liberty.

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