Jewish Heritage Collection: Oral history interview with Klyde Robinson

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Jewish Heritage Collection: Oral history interview with Klyde Robinson
Rosengarten, Dale, 1948–
Robinson, Klyde, 1922–
Klyde Robinson, son of Eva Dora Karesh and Mitchel Robinson, describes his family history, including the possibility that William Robinson, the first of his father’s side of the family to come to America, may have been a Christian. Klyde’s grandfather Rudolph Robinson died a young man and his wife, Nettie Meyer, subsequently married Harry Goldberg of Charleston, South Carolina. Although Rudolph and Nettie had attended Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim (KKBE), Charleston’s Reform synagogue, Nettie joined Harry at the Orthodox synagogue, Brith Sholom, once they married. She kept a strictly kosher home and observed all the Jewish holidays. Klyde’s mother, who was born in Elloree, South Carolina, died when Klyde and his two older brothers, Rudolph and Irving, were very young. Anticipating her death, she asked Mitchel to marry her niece, also named Eva Dora Karesh, after she passed away. Mitchel complied and, later, the second Eva Dora gave birth to his fourth son, Melvin. Klyde discusses the loss of the Hanover Street Cemetery, where several members of the Robinson family were buried, to foreclosure in the 1930s. He recalls the social distance between members of KKBE and Orthodox Jews, and between members of the two Orthodox synagogues, Brith Sholom and Beth Israel, during his childhood. He explains why, after raising his children in the Reform synagogue, he returned to the Orthodox tradition of his youth, and notes a trend in Charleston where some Jews, who were raised in KKBE, are switching to Orthodoxy. Note: see transcript for corrections made by interviewee during proofing. See Mss. 1035-166 for a follow-up interview on September 5, 1997. See the Klyde Robinson Collection, Mss. 1024, in Special Collections at the College of Charleston Library, for related material.
Jewish Heritage Collection Oral Histories
Contributing Institution:
College of Charleston Libraries
Media Type:
Oral Histories
Personal or Corporate Subject:
Robinson, Klyde, 1922–, Karesh family, Robinson family, Goldberg family, Beth Israel (Charleston, S.C.), Brith Sholom (Charleston, S.C.), Brith Sholom Beth Israel (Charleston, S.C.), Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim (Charleston, S.C.), Hanover Street Cemetery (Charleston, S.C.)
Topical Subject:
Jews--South Carolina--Interviews, Jews--South Carolina--Charleston--History, Jewish merchants--South Carolina--History, Jewish sects--South Carolina--Charleston--History, Cemeteries--South Carolina--Charleston
Geographic Subject:
Lowcountry, Midlands
Shelving Locator:
MSS 1035-165
Internet Media Type:
audio/mpeg; application/pdf
Digitization Specifications:
Mp3 derivative audio created with Audacity software. Archival masters are wav files.
Copyright Status Statement:
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