Jewish Heritage Collection: Oral history interview with Mary Ann Pearlstine Aberman and Edward Aberman

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Title:
Jewish Heritage Collection: Oral history interview with Mary Ann Pearlstine Aberman and Edward Aberman
Interviewer:
Rosengarten, Dale (1948-, Stender, Barbara Karesh
Interviewee:
Aberman, Mary Ann Pearlstine, 1935-, Aberman, Edward, 1932-2000
Date:
1999-09-23
Description:
Mary Ann Pearlstine Aberman, the elder of two daughters of Milton Alfred Pearlstine and Cecile Mayer Pearlstine, provides some background on her mother’s family the Mayers, whose ancestors arrived in the United States from Bavaria in the early 1800s, and her father’s family, the Pearlstines, who emigrated from Germany to South Carolina in the mid-1800s. Born in Charleston, South Carolina, she describes growing up in the Hampton Park Terrace neighborhood of Charleston, next door to her first cousins. The family did not keep kosher but they did observe Shabbat by lighting candles before dinner and attending Friday night services at the Reform synagogue, Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim (KKBE). She remembers that Jewish Citadel cadets were invited to join members of Charleston’s Jewish community for worship and holiday observances; they even taught Sunday school. She met her husband, Edward Aberman of Rock Hill, when he was attending The Citadel. Mary Ann reviews some of her father’s civic contributions to the Charleston area, particularly his involvement in the South Carolina State Ports Authority, and she recalls Pearlstine family involvement in Brith Sholom and KKBE. She also briefly discusses the founding of Emanu-El, the Conservative congregation, in 1947, noting that KKBE lost some of its members to Emanu-El at that time. Mary Ann is joined in this interview by Edward Aberman. See also Edward’s interview on the same date (Mss. 1035-221), the Abermans’ interview with fellow Rock Hill, South Carolina, residents Jack Leader, Harriet Marshall Goode, and Martin Goode on September 21 , 1999 (Mss. 1035-218), and an interview with Rock Hill native Sophia Marie Friedheim Beers (Mss. 1035-220).
Collection:
Jewish Heritage Collection Oral Histories
Contributing Institution:
College of Charleston Libraries
Media Type:
Oral Histories
Personal or Corporate Subject:
Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim (Charleston, S.C.), Brith Sholom (Charleston, S.C.), Emanu-El (Charleston, S.C.)
Topical Subject:
Jews--South Carolina—Charleston--Interviews, Jews--South Carolina--Charleston--Social life and customs, Jews--South Carolina--Charleston--Religious life
Language:
English
Shelving Locator:
MSS 1035-222
S.C. County:
Charleston County (S.C.)
Internet Media Type:
audio/mpeg
Digitization Specifications:
Mp3 derivative audio created with Audacity software. Archival masters are wav files.
Preferred Citation:
Mary Ann Pearlstine Aberman and Edward Aberman, audio interview by Dale Rosengarten and Barbara Karesh Stender, 23 September 1999, Mss 1035-222, 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.