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Lois and Raphael Wolpert photographs of Beth Israel Congregation

Identifier: Mss 1034-089

Collection Overview

This collection consists of photographs taken by Lois and Raphael Wolpert documenting the activities of Beth Israel Congregation in Florence, South Carolina. Included are images of the Junior Choir, religious school students, a confirmation service, and a groundbreaking ceremony for the addition and renovation of the temple.


  • Creation: 1956-1974


Language of Material

Materials in English

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

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Biographical Note

Lois and Raphael "Ray" Wolpert, formerly of Marion, South Carolina, were active members of Beth Israel Congregation. Beth Israel, incorporated on September 27, 1912, was established as a Reform congregation to serve the growing Jewish community in Florence, South Carolina. Religious services were held in various locations until a permanent building was completed in July of 1949 on Park Avenue. As the congregation continued to grow, the need for larger facilities became apparent. Dr. Raphael Wolpert served as chairman of the Future Expansion Fund and on the Building Committee responsible for the 1969 addition and renovation of Temple Beth Israel. Lois Wolpert was a member of the Beth Israel Sisterhood, an organization directly involved in the daily activities of the congregation.


10 items (1 folder)


This collection consists of ten photographs taken by Lois and Raphael Wolpert documenting various events and people associated with Beth Israel Congregation in Florence, South Carolina.

Collection Arrangement

Materials are described at the item level.

Acquisitions Information

Materials donated in 2009 by Lois and Raphael Wolpert.

Processing Information

Processed by Anne Bennett, July 2011.



Inventory of the Lois and Raphael Wolpert Photographs of Beth Israel Congregation, 1956-1974
Processed by: Anne Bennett; machine-readable finding aid created by: Sarah Dorpinghaus
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Funding from the Council on Library and Information Resources supported the processing of this collection and encoding of the finding aid.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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