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Beth Israel Congregation (Beaufort, S.C.) records

Identifier: Mss 1076

Collection Overview

Collection consists of original minute book and photocopied reproduction containing minutes of the regular monthly, annual, and special meetings of the officers of Beth Israel Congregation, as well as assorted supplementary information regarding the congregation including chronological lists of secretaries, reverends, rabbis, and treasurers from 1916 to 1963, a listing of congregational events from 1910 to 1946, and member donations and dues. Also included are real estate titles for the synagogue lot and cemetery lot and the congregation's long-term lease with the city of Beaufort.


  • Creation: 1905-1961


Language of Material

Materials in English

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

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Historical Note

Chartered and incorporated in 1905, Beth Israel is a small Conservative congregation whose synagogue is located at 401 Scotts Street in Beaufort, South Carolina. Before the construction of the sanctuary, Beaufort Jews met in the Masonic Hall above a store on Bay Street. Some ceremonial functions were held in the large hall on the second floor of the Beaufort Arsenal on Craven Street. The synagogue was built in 1908, with Rabbi George Solomon of Savannah, Georgia, officiating at the dedication ceremony and the installation of Torah scrolls in the ark. In 1910, members of the congregation purchased land for a cemetery and, in 1920, acquired a parsonage for the religious leader. The social hall was added in the 1950s. Initially an Orthodox congregation, Beth Israel became Conservative in 1949.


0.35 linear feet (1 document box)


Original minute book and photocopied reproduction, real estate titles, and long-term lease of Beth Israel, a small Conservative congregation in Beaufort, South Carolina.

Collection Arrangement

Materials are described at the folder level.

Acquisitions Information

Materials donated in 2009 by Rose Yospe Mark.

Related Material

Related materials in Special Collections include Beth Israel Cemetery: 906 Bladen Street, Beaufort, S.C. by Stanley B. Farbstein.

Processing Information

Processed by Joshua Minor, September 2012.



Inventory of the Beth Israel Congregation (Beaufort, S.C.) Records, 1905-1961
Processed by: Joshua Minor; machine-readable finding aid created by: Joshua Minor
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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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