Jewish Heritage Collection: Oral history interview with Gerald Wolpe

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Title:
Jewish Heritage Collection: Oral history interview with Gerald Wolpe
Interviewer:
Rosengarten, Dale, 1948-
Interviewee:
Wolpe, Gerald, 1927-2009
Date:
1999-11-15
Description:
Rabbi Gerald Isaac Wolpe, a descendant of Polish and Lithuanian Jews, grew up an only child in Roxbury, Massachusetts, surrounded by extended family. After graduating from rabbinical school in 1953, he served as a chaplain in the United States Marine Corps at Camp Lejeune. Two years later, his civilian career was launched in Charleston, South Carolina, where he led the Conservative Synagogue Emanu-El until 1958. The rabbi discusses far-ranging topics including the Jewish businessmen of Charleston, his view of what fueled the Conservative movement, how he balanced his personal beliefs about segregation with the concerns of his southern congregants, the making of Porgy and Bess, and how South Carolina Representative L. Mendel Rivers got his name. After serving Temple Beth El in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, for eleven years, Wolpe moved to Har Zion in Philadelphia, where he led the congregation for three decades before retiring.
Collection:
Jewish Heritage Collection Oral Histories
Contributing Institution:
College of Charleston Libraries
Media Type:
Oral Histories
Personal or Corporate Subject:
Wolpe, Gerald Isaac, 1927-2009 -- Interviews, Kaplan, Mordecai Menahem, 1881-1983, Waring, Julius Waties, 1880-1968, Rivers, L. Mendel (Lucius Mendel), 1905-1970
Topical Subject:
Jews -- South Carolina -- Interviews, Rabbis -- South Carolina -- Charleston -- Interviews, Synagogue Emanu-El (Charleston, S.C.), Segregation -- South Carolina -- Charleston -- History, Charleston (S.C.) -- Race relations -- History, African Americans -- Relations with Jews, World War, 1939-1945 -- Jews, Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945), Jewish merchants -- South Carolina -- Charleston –- History
Geographic Subject:
Lowcountry
Shelving Locator:
MSS 1035-231
S.C. County:
Charleston County (S.C.)
Internet Media Type:
application/pdf, audio/mpeg
Digitization Specifications:
Mp3 derivative audio created with Audacity software. Archival masters are wav files.
Copyright Status Statement:
Digital resource copyright 2011, The College of Charleston. All rights reserved. For more information contact The College of Charleston Library, Charleston, SC 29424.