NEWS FROM TEMPLE SINAI
Monument at Temple Sinai Jewish Cemetery
The pictured monument was placed in front of the Gazebo on 8-15-2019 at the Jewish Cemetery. Tony Kramer presented the idea for the monument to the Board and it was approved. Tony also wrote the inscription that you see here. Much thanks and appreciation to Tony for his efforts in getting the monument erected!
Jewish Merchant Exhibit Opens at TSJHC
For more than 300 years, Jewish people have made their homes in South Carolina. Welcomed as traders and merchants, they settled first in Charleston, Georgetown, and Beaufort, but soon looked beyond the port cities for opportunities to sell goods and set up shop. After 1865, Jewish merchants (many of German origin) filled gaps on main streets decimated by the Civil War. Arriving in the mass immigration of East European Jews to America that began in 1881, newcomers trickled south, supplied and guided by regional wholesalers and local jobbers. By 1900, Jewish-owned stores were fixtures on downtown streets in cities large and small, and in small towns across the state. More than 100 years later, few of the founding families remain behind the counter, but the pioneer generation lives on in the memories of the descendants.
Launched in 2016 by the Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina, the Jewish Merchant Project aims to document these stories through a statewide survey, an online map showing the locations of stores, illustrated narratives, and an exhibition.
A Store at Every Crossroads exhibit will be on display through the end of November in the Ackerman Exhibition Hall.
Elizabeth Moses Gift Shop
The Elizabeth Moses Gift Shop, named in memory of Elizabeth Moses who put so much time and effort into the creation of Temple Sinai Jewish History Center, opened 8-1-2019 in conjunction with the introduction of Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina’s exhibit, “A Store at Every Crossroads.” Much hard work by Diana Roof and Annie Rivers went into the opening.
There are many interesting articles for sale that you will want to come and check out!
Coming soon — In addition to the gift shop, there will also be a lending library which will consist of books of interest to the Jewish Religion.
Inaugural Inspire! Festival gives $24K to Sumter Arts Community
John K Crosswell Home for Children
On July 12, 2019, Marlene Denemark delivered a large supply of school supplies to the Crosswell Home for Children. Suvy Allred, the director of the home, accepted the supplies on behalf of the children residing there.
The supplies were gathered during the Sumter Sisterhood’s “Area Day” which was attended by the women of the Southeast Sisterhoods (North and South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and Alabama). One of the projects of the Sisterhoods was to donate school supplies that would benefit the Crosswell Home.
The Crosswell Home provides a home and education to children who are unable to live with their families for various reasons.
Southeast WRJ Sisterhoods Area Day
Temple Sinai Sisterhood hosted fifty-three visitors from the Southeast Women of Reformed Judaism Sisterhoods Area Day on June 23, 2019. The women of the Southeast Sisterhoods include: North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia and Alabama. They meet to share information, news, ideas, problems and to enjoy each other’s company.
The ladies enjoyed a full program which included breakfast and lunch. A slide show presentation covered issues such as social justice, social media as well as other topics of interest.
The group was given an opportunity to tour the new Temple Sinai Jewish History Center. We hope the ladies will be ambassadors for the Center and spread the word to others to visit us in Sumter.
2019 Historical Preservation Stewardship Award
Each year thousands of South Carolinians work to preserve the state’s legacy that is reflected in our historical buildings, structures and sites. Since 1995, Preservation South Carolina, the SC Department of Archives and History, and the office of the Governor have recognized exceptional accomplishments in the preservation, rehabilitation and interpretation of our architectural and cultural heritage with a series of statewide awards. The Stewardship Awards recognize those who have ensured the ongoing preservation of historic buildings, structures or site through long-term care, planning, management, protection, or continuous ownership.
Temple Sinai received the 2019 Historic Preservation Stewardship Award for the Temple Sinai Jewish History Center. The award was presented by Governor Henry McMaster at the South Carolina State House Friday, June 21, 2019.
Robert and Clara Moses
ABE STERN CELEBRATES HIS 90TH BIRTHDAY
One of our most beloved members, Abe Stern, just celebrated his 90th birthday.
This year’s Passover Seder was held on April 19th, 2019 in the Temple’s new Ackerman Exhibition Hall. A huge thank you to Marlene Denemark and Helen Roodman (pictured) for all their hard work organizing the event and preparing the fine meal. Gary Kaplan and Rabbi Josef Germaine led an energetic service which was enjoyed by the forty two members and guests who attended. Pictured are Nicholas and Alex Perales who, as you can see, enjoyed themselves whole heartily.
The Second Annual Holocaust Remembrance Day
The Second Annual Holocaust Remembrance day was held on 5/5/2019 in Sumter.
The program started at the Opera House. The attendees were greeted by Seth Reimer, Cultural Director of the Opera House. Seth introduced a short film from the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC. This was followed by remarks from Henry Goldberg whose parents, Bluma and Felix Goldberg, were Holocaust survivors.
The group then silently marched from the Opera House to Temple Sinai. Upon entering the sanctuary, they heard the names of victims who died in the Holocaust read by Damian Picariello. They then had an opportunity to light a candle in memory of the victims. Henry Goldberg read a letter written by his mother describing conditions during the era and her own personal experiences. A tour of Temple Sinai Jewish History Center and the Mary Burkett Exhibit followed the reading of this gripping letter.
We appreciate the efforts of the City of Sumter in helping to organize and promote this event.
Mary Burkett’s drawing were on display in the Ackerman Exhibition Hall of Temple Sinai Jewish History Center through June 13th. Ms. Burkett also gave a talk about her drawings at the Temple this same evening.
Below you will find, in Mary’s own words, the inspiration for her work.
My name is Mary Burkett. I am not an artist. I am a nurse. I have no artistic training whatsoever. The sum total of my experience with drawing is skimming a book and attempting a few sketches in 2008. In January 2017, I decided to try sketching again. Searching for subjects on the Internet, I was captured one day by the face of a little boy named Hersch, and I do mean captured. I felt as though Hersch were calling out to me to be drawn, and I simply couldn't say no. I printed out his picture and began drawing. In a matter of hours, something quite amazing occurred. Hersch peeked out of the paper at me, just as if he had been hiding there all along. I, with no artistic training, watched as he slowly came to life under my hand, and he became not a drawing, but a little boy. What I didn't know when I first saw Hersch was that he had died in the Holocaust, murdered at Auschwitz at four years old. I also didn't know that his sweet face was just a beginning to me. I have searched for information on their little lives because I believe they deserve to be remembered, and I have made every effort to be accurate. Come with me now, and I'll introduce you to the Beloved Children of the Holocaust.