Jewish Heritage Collection: Oral history interview with Stanley Karesh and Charlot Marks Karesh

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Jewish Heritage Collection: Oral history interview with Stanley Karesh and Charlot Marks Karesh
Rosengarten, Dale, 1948-
Karesh, Stanley, 1921-2012, Karesh, Charlot Marks, 1924-
Stanley Karesh grew up in the Hampton Park Terrace neighborhood of Charleston, South Carolina, in the 1920s and ’30s. His family kept kosher and attended Brith Sholom. Stanley describes the shoe store his grandfather Charles Karesh built at 545 King Street. Charles immigrated with his wife, Sarah Orlinsky Karesh, to Charleston, circa 1878, from their hometown of Trestina (Trzcianne), in Polish Russia. They operated a store in the small town of Greeleyville, South Carolina, for a few years before returning with their growing family to Charleston, eager to live in a larger Jewish community. Stanley refers to a number of Charleston families, including Rittenberg, Friedman, Bielsky, Barshay, Kaminski, Jacobs, Banov, Livingstain, and Pearlstine, many of whom are related to the Kareshes. He also mentions his maternal grandparents, Harry and Anna Smolensky Feinberg, and cousin Rabbi David Karesh of Columbia. Stanley attended dental school in Baltimore, where he met Charlot Marks. The couple married in 1945 in her hometown of Greensboro, North Carolina. They raised three daughters in Charleston, and they were one of the first families to move to South Windermere, a subdivision west of the Ashley River. Stanley discusses the changes over time in relations between members of the Orthodox and the Reform synagogues and between the two Orthodox congregations, Brith Sholom and Beth Israel. He and Charlot, the youngest charter members of Conservative Synagogue Emanu-El, which broke away from Brith Sholom in 1947, recount its origins and offer their view of how its members differed from the Orthodox congregants from whom they split.
Jewish Heritage Collection Oral Histories
Contributing Institution:
College of Charleston Libraries
Media Type:
Oral Histories
Personal or Corporate Subject:
Synagogue Emanu-El (Charleston, S.C.), Brith Sholom (Charleston, S.C.), Beth Israel (Charleston, S.C.), Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim (Charleston, S.C.)
Topical Subject:
Jews--South Carolina--Charleston--Interviews, Jewish merchants--South Carolina--Charleston--History, Jews--South Carolina--Charleston--Social life and customs
Shelving Locator:
MSS 1035-037
S.C. County:
Charleston County (S.C.)
Internet Media Type:
Digitization Specifications:
Mp3 derivative audio created with Audacity software. Archival masters are wav files.
Preferred Citation:
Stanley Karesh and Charlot Marks Karesh, audio interview by Dale Rosengarten, 06 September 1995, Mss 1035-037, Special Collections, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC, USA.
Copyright Status Statement:
Digital resource copyright 2014, College of Charleston. All rights reserved. For more information contact Special Collections, Addlestone Library, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC 29424.