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Nathan J. Rosenband letter

Identifier: Mss 1034-067

Collection Overview

Contains one letter, dated August 28, 1856, from Nathan Rosenband, president of Berith Shalome. The letter appears to be a general notice informing the congregation of Berith Shalome that Mr. Elias Jacobs had been hired "for one year to be Chazan (Conductor of Prayers), Shochat (Butcher), and Moel, Circum'r." The duties of the Shochat are given in four main points. This letter was obtained by Henry Aaron (Harry) Alexander, Sr., given to his son Henry Aaron Alexander, Jr., and then given by Judith W. Shanks to Special Collections at the College of Charleston.


  • Creation: 1856


Language of Material

Materials in English.

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This collection is open for research.

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Biographical Note

Berith Shalome is the oldest Orthodox synagogue in the South and one of the oldest Ashkenazic congregations in the United States. Founded by Polish and Prussian immigrant Jews in 1854 in Charleston, S.C., the congregation was continually strengthened by waves of Eastern European arrivals who found their way to Charleston throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. Internal tensions within the membership led to the establishment of a second Orthodox Shul, Beth Israel Congregation in 1911. Those strains were eased in 1955 by a newly merged Brith Sholom Beth Israel Congregation.


1 folder (1 item) : 1 leaf ; 25 cm.

Acquisitions Information

Materials donated by Judith W. Shanks from the H.A. Alexander papers.

Related Material

Related materials in Special Collections include the Brith Sholom Beth Israel (Charleston, S.C.) congregational records (Mss 1068).



Inventory of the Nathan J. Rosenband Letter, 1856
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