Columbia Jewish Heritage Initiative
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, established the Columbia Jewish Heritage Initiative (CJHI) in 2014. The initiative documents as well as provides access to and awareness of local Jewish history.
Oral History Program
Historic Columbia staff and CJHI committee members, in partnership with the College of Charleston's Jewish Heritage Collection, have recorded more than 50 oral histories with members of Columbia's Jewish community.Explore
In December 2016 and January 2017, Historic Columbia installed historical markers at three sites with funding from the South Carolina Jewish Historical Society:
- Site of the House of Peace Synagogue
- Site of the Tree of Life Synagogue
- Beth Shalom Cemetery
Kugels & Collards
Visit our blog, created by CJHI committee members Rachel Barnett and Lyssa Harvey, which explores Jewish heritage through food.
Jewish Merchants Project
CJHI is working with the Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina to document Jewish merchants, past and present, across South Carolina.
We’d love to hear from you!
Contact Katharine Allen, research & archives manager
Phone: 803.252.1770 x 37