Jewish Heritage Collection: Oral history interview with Corinne Levy Philips

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Jewish Heritage Collection: Oral history interview with Corinne Levy Philips
Rosengarten, Dale, 1948-, Moses, Robert Altamont, 1921-
Philips, Corinne Levy, 1923-2016
Corinne Levy Philips, born in 1923 in Sumter, South Carolina, to Pauline Greenwood Gardner (of Savannah) and George Davis Levy, relates her father's family history, including stories dating to the Civil War. She describes how her family celebrated the Jewish holidays, noting that they were ultra-Reform and members of Temple Sinai in Sumter. She recalls decisions made by their rabbi, Samuel Shillman, that she believes drove members away. He held Sunday school classes on Saturdays, in direct competition with a popular local theater program. In later years he refused to marry Corinne and her husband, John Philips, because John was Catholic. John, a New Jersey native, met Corinne during World War II when he was a cadet at Shaw Field, an army air base in Sumter. The interviewee discusses her feelings about being Jewish and the changes she has observed in Reform practices. "I feel like they're running people away. Instead of modernizing, they're going backwards. . . ." Corinne and interviewer Robert Moses, a friend and neighbor, talk about Jewish stereotypes and their desire to "not be different." They also share their impressions of school integration in Sumter in the 1960s. Note: the transcript includes comments and corrections made by the interviewee during proofing.
Jewish Heritage Collection Oral Histories
Contributing Institution:
College of Charleston Libraries
Media Type:
Oral Histories
Personal or Corporate Subject:
Temple Sinai (Sumter, S.C.)
Topical Subject:
Jews--South Carolina--Sumter--Interviews, Jews--South Carolina--Sumter--Religious life, Jews--South Carolina--Sumter--Identity, School integration--South Carolina--Sumter--History
Shelving Locator:
Mss 1035-018
S.C. County:
Sumter County (S.C.)
Internet Media Type:
Digitization Specifications:
Mp3 derivative audio created with Audacity software. Archival masters are wav files.
Preferred Citation:
Corinne Levy Philips, audio interview by Dale Rosengarten and Robert Altamont Moses, 09 May 1995, Mss 1035-018, Special Collections, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC, USA.
Copyright Status Statement:
Copyright © College of Charleston Libraries.
Access Information:
For more information contact Special Collections, Addlestone Library, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC 29424.