Jewish Heritage Collection: Oral history interview with Jerome Moskow

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Jewish Heritage Collection: Oral history interview with Jerome Moskow
Rosengarten, Dale, 1948-, Seltzer, Mindell, Seltzer, Norton
Moskow, Jerome, 1917-1998
Jerome Moskow, born in 1917 in Andrews, South Carolina, grew up in Sumter, South Carolina, the oldest of four children. He describes how his father, Robert Moskow, at about age twelve, circa 1905, made his way from Russia, to South Carolina, via New York City. Robert, while working as a packer for a New York merchandiser, accepted an offer from customer John Heinemann to join him in South Carolina. Heinemann employed Robert in his dry goods store in Andrews and enrolled him in high school. Jerome discusses his mother's ancestry and how his parents met. Eva Cox Moskow, born into a Christian family, converted to Judaism, Robert's faith. The Moskows observed the Sabbath, attended services at Temple Sinai in Sumter, and invited their Christian friends to their Passover Seders. Jerome recalls the names of a number of merchants in Georgetown, Williamsburg, Clarendon, and Sumter counties. His father ran a few small shops before joining H. Brody & Sons in Sumter. In 1934 the Moskows moved back to Andrews and opened their own business. Jerome recounts how he met his wife, Mary, who, like his mother, converted from Christianity to Judaism. He talks about his siblings, his three children, his accounting business, his involvement in civic organizations, and the Andrews town offices that he has held, including chair of the school board during integration in the 1960s. He has been a member of Beth Or in Kingstree since its founding in 1945. He provides some history of the congregation and reports on its status at the time of the interview.
Jewish Heritage Collection Oral Histories
Contributing Institution:
College of Charleston Libraries
Media Type:
Oral Histories
Personal or Corporate Subject:
Beth Or (Kingstree, S.C.), Temple Sinai (Sumter, S.C.)
Topical Subject:
Jews--South Carolina--Andrews--Interviews, Jews--Immigrants--United States--History, Jewish merchants--South Carolina--Andrews--History, Jewish merchants--South Carolina--Sumter--History, School integration--South Carolina--Andrews
Shelving Locator:
MSS 1035-010
S.C. County:
Williamsburg County (S.C.), Georgetown County(S.C.), Sumter 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:
Jerome Moskow, audio interview by Dale Rosengarten, Mindell Seltzer, and Norton Seltzer, 25 February 1995, Mss 1035-010, Special Collections, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC, USA.
Copyright Status Statement:
© College of Charleston Libraries
Access Information:
For more information contact Special Collections, Addlestone Library, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC 29424.