Finding Judaism in the Holy City

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Credits and Further Readings

About the Author
Dr. Shari Rabin

Dr. Shari Rabin is a scholar of modern Judaism and American religions. She is the author of the award-winning Jews on the Frontier: Religion and Mobility in Nineteenth-century America (NYU Press, 2017). She has also contributed to other digital projects such as Mapping Jewish Charleston. She is currently writing a history of Jews, religion, and race in the U.S. South, from the seventeenth-century to the present day.

Editorial Contributor

Dr. Laura Yares, Michigan State University


This exhibit was funded by and made freely available online through the generous support of the Council on Library and Information Resources.

Further Reading

Digital Resources

LCDL Research Guide to Digitized Jewish Heritage Collection Materials

Center for Jewish History, Smithsonian Affiliate, New York, NY. 

Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life

Jewish Heritage Collection, Special Collections at College of Charleston Libraries 

Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina

Mapping Jewish Charleston, Pearlstine/Lipov Center for Southern Jewish Culture, 2022 

Mapping Jewish Los Angeles, UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies, 2019

Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience

Southern Jewish Historical Society

The National Library of Israel

Lowcountry Digital Library Collections

Cohen, Emanuel, Moses, Sexias Family Papers 

Isaac Harby Family Papers

Jewish Heritage Collection - Personal Papers

Lazarus and Hirsch Family Papers

Moses Family Papers 

Rabbi Jacob S. Raisin Papers 

Thomas J. Tobias Papers 

Zionist Oranization of America Records - Charleston Chapter


Green, Harlan. “How KKBE Started American Reform Judaism,” Charleston Magazine, January 2021.  

Krause, Allen.  “Charleston Jewry, Black Civil Rights, and Rabbi Burton Padoll,” Southern Jewish History 11, 2008.


Evans, Eli N. The Provincials: A Personal History of Jews in the South. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2005.

Ferris, Marcie Cohen and Mark I. Greenberg. Jewish Roots in Southern Soil: A New History. Waltham, MA: University Press of New England, 2006. 

Hagy, James William. This Happy Land : the Jews of Colonial and Antebellum Charleston. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1993.

Krause, P. Allen. To Stand Aside Or Stand Alone: Southern Reform Rabbis and the Civil Rights Movement. Tuscaloosa, AL: University of Alabama Press, 2016.

Miller, David (Rabbi). The Secret of the Jew: His Life, His Family. Oakland, California: Rabbi David Miller, 1930. 

Nadell, Pamela Susan and Jonathan D. Sarna. Women and American Judaism: Historical Perspectives. Hanover, MA; University Press of New England. 

Rabin, Shari. Jews on the Frontier: Religion and Mobility in Nineteenth-Century America. New York, NY: New York University Press, 2017.

Rogoff, Leonard. Homelands: Southern Jewish Identity in Durham-Chapel Hill and North Carolina. Tuscaloosa, AL: University of Alabama Press, 2001.  

Rosengarten, Theodore and Dale Rosengarten. A Portion of the People: Three Hundred Years of Southern Jewish Life. Columbia, SC: McKissick Museum, 2002.