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

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Jewish Heritage Collection: Oral history interview with Edward Aberman and Mary Ann Pearlstine Aberman
Rosengarten, Dale, 1948-, Stender, Barbara Karesh
Aberman, Edward, 1932-2000, Aberman, Mary Ann Pearlstine, 1935-
Edward Aberman, one of two surviving children of Bessie Samet and Sol Aberman, discusses his family history. The Samets, originally from Russia, immigrated circa 1914 to the United States from Cape Town, South Africa, where Bessie was born. They followed Samet family members to North Carolina, and ultimately settled in High Point. Sol Aberman, the son of a Russian immigrant, grew up in Chicago and left home when he was young, traveling around North America as a member of a band playing clarinet in a variety of venues, including circuses. During one stop in High Point, North Carolina, he met Bessie Samet. After they married, the couple lived in Chicago and North Carolina for a time, before settling in Rock Hill, where Sol assumed leadership of its small Jewish community. He hired students and circuit-riding rabbis to conduct holiday services, and was instrumental in building Temple Beth El in the early 1940s. Edward, who was born in 1932, describes growing up in Rock Hill, how his family observed the Sabbath, and efforts by coaches from Clemson, University of South Carolina, and The Citadel to recruit him to play football. He attended The Citadel in Charleston, where he met his wife Mary Ann Pearlstine. Mary Ann joins Edward in this interview. See also Mary Ann’s interview on the same date (Mss. 1035-222), 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).
Jewish Heritage Collection Oral Histories
Contributing Institution:
College of Charleston Libraries
Media Type:
Oral Histories
Personal or Corporate Subject:
Temple Beth El (Rock Hill, S.C.)
Topical Subject:
Jews--South Carolina--Rock Hill--Interviews, Jews--South Carolina--Rock Hill--Social life and customs, Jews--South Carolina--Rock Hill--Religious life
Shelving Locator:
MSS 1035-221
S.C. County:
York County (S.C.), Charleston County (S.C.)
Internet Media Type:
Digitization Specifications:
Mp3 derivative audio created with Audacity software. Archival masters are wav files.
Preferred Citation:
Edward Aberman and Mary Ann Pearlstine Aberman, audio interview by Dale Rosengarten and Barbara Karesh Stender, 23 September 1999, Mss 1035-221, 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.