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**Update, June 13, 2016**
Phase one of the mobile version of our guide to Columbia’s Jewish Heritage is now available! Click here to learn more about sites with ties to the Jewish community.
The CJHI team is working to add additional people and places in the coming months. If you have a story or photograph you’d like to share, please get in touch with us here. We’d love to hear from you!
Historic Columbia, in partnership with the College of Charleston’s Jewish Heritage Collection, the Jewish Community Center and Columbia Jewish Federation, the Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina and Richland Library, has established the Columbia Jewish Heritage Initiative - a multi-discipline project, which will document as well as provide access to and awareness of local Jewish history.
In April 2014, leadership of the Jewish Community Center (JCC) and Columbia Jewish Federation (CJF) approached Historic Columbia (HC) about expanding an existing community-based initiative to include a thematic exploration of local Jewish history. In response to the initial inquiry, HC and the JCC/CJF invited representatives from various state and local organizations that support the Jewish community through religious, educational, cultural, and research activities to discuss the needs and opportunities in the community. To date, concerns voiced by various constituents include:
Through the Columbia Jewish Heritage Initiative, Historic Columbia will work with its partners to:
At the outcome of this initiative Columbia’s Jewish history will be documented and accessible in a variety of formats including expanded archives, print materials, web-based tours and interviews, and public programs. Make a donation to the Columbia Jewish Heritage Initiative!
If you are interested in learning more about the initiative and/or getting involved, please contact Robin Waites, Executive Director, Historic Columbia at 803.252.7742 ext 14 or email@example.com.
Historic images courtesy of Special Collections, College of Charleston Library, David Fechter, and the McKissick Museum.
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