About the Collection

The Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim Congregation Records collection consists of Board of Trustees meeting minutes, correspondence, and various documents encompassing all aspects of congregational life. Notable in this collection are the nineteenth-century meeting minute volumes which provide firsthand accounts of the many changes adopted by the congregation in their turn towards Reform Judaism. The minutes also shed light on the changing roles of women within the congregation over time. There are several letters from Laura P. Wineman to the KKBE Board of Trustees regarding her position as the “directress” of the choir. The various letters and minutes in this collection provide a window into the religious lives of a number of prominent Charleston Jews. The Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim Congregation of Charleston, South Carolina serves as a historical focal point regarding the birth of Reform Judaism in America.

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