Jewish Heritage Collection: Oral history interview with Isadore Cohen and Samuel Rosen

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Jewish Heritage Collection: Oral history interview with Isadore Cohen and Samuel Rosen
Rosengarten, Dale, 1948-, Gurock, Jeffrey S., 1949-, Rosenblum, Sandra Lee Kahn
Cohen, Isadore, 1918-, Rosen, Samuel, 1929-
Isadore Cohen (b. 1918) and Samuel Rosen (b. 1929), Charleston natives and sons of immigrants from Russia and Poland, share their early memories of the Orthodox synagogues, Beth Israel and Brith Sholom, and discuss the relationship between the two congregations before and after their merger in the mid-1950s. They describe their Hebrew education, including their teachers—a number of rabbis plus a Mrs. Allen, daughter of Rabbi Gillman. Topics relating to the first half of the twentieth century covered in the interview include Jewish merchants, the Kalushiner Society, founded by immigrants from Kaluszyn, Poland, popular venues for Jewish functions, and the Cohen and Rosen family businesses, both small grocery stores. Interviewer Professor Jeffrey Gurock from Yeshiva University also provides information he discovered while conducting research for his book Orthodoxy in Charleston: Brith Sholom Beth Israel and American Jewish History.
Jewish Heritage Collection Oral Histories
Contributing Institution:
College of Charleston Libraries
Media Type:
Oral Histories
Personal or Corporate Subject:
Beth Israel (Charleston, S.C.), Brith Sholom (Charleston, S.C.)
Topical Subject:
Jews--South Carolina--Interviews, Jews--South Carolina--Charleston--Social life and customs, Jewish merchants--South Carolina--Charleston--History, Jewish sects--South Carolina--Charleston--History
Shelving Locator:
MSS 1035-277
S.C. County:
Charleston County (S.C.)
Internet Media Type:
audio/mpeg, application/pdf
Digitization Specifications:
Mp3 derivative audio created with Audacity software. Archival masters are wav files.
Preferred Citation:
Isadore Cohen and Samuel Rosen, audio interview by Dale Rosengarten, Jeffrey S. Gurock, and Sandra Lee Kahn Rosenblum, 10 March 2004, Mss 1035-277, Special Collections, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC, USA.
Copyright Status Statement:
Digital resource copyright 2013, College of Charleston. All rights reserved. For more information contact Special Collections, Addlestone Library, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC 29424.