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Burton L. Padoll papers

Identifier: Mss 1082

Collection Overview

Sermons, addresses, photographs, publications, and other papers of Burton L. Padoll, rabbi and civil rights activist. The bulk of the collection consists of Padoll's typed and handwritten sermons and addresses from his various rabbinates, including at Charleston's Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim. Topics include the Sabbath and High Holy Days celebrations as well as civil rights and other pertinent issues of the period. The collection also includes photographs of Padoll and his family, newspaper clippings announcing his retirement, and an article about Padoll's civil rights activism in Charleston written by Solomon Breibart in 2009.


  • Creation: 1957-2009


Language of Material

Materials in English

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Use Restrictions

This collection has use restrictions. Materials in the Sermons and addresses, 1957-1969 series may not be reproduced in their entirety without the written consent of the donor. Sermons may be quoted in part, but quotes may not exceed more than five consecutive sentences. This restriction expires in 2015 unless renewed by the donor. Please contact Special Collections at the College of Charleston Libraries for more information.

Biographical Note

Burton L. Padoll (1929-2004), was born to Leah and Charles Padoll in Canton, Ohio. Padoll attended the Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he was ordained in 1957 and received an honorary Doctorate of Divinity in 1982. After his ordination, Padoll served as assistant rabbi in Brookline, Massachusetts. In 1961, Padoll took a position as rabbi of Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim (KKBE) in Charleston, South Carolina, where he served for six years. During this time, Padoll strongly advocated for civil rights and criticized Charleston's Jewish community for their failure to aid the struggle for racial equality.

After leaving Charleston in 1967, Padoll moved to Peabody, Massachusetts, where he became the rabbi of Temple Beth Shalom in 1969 until his retirement in 1989. Padoll lived in Mount Jackson, Virginia, until his death in 2004.


0.8 linear feet (2 document boxes)


Sermons, addresses, photographs, publications, and other papers of Burton L. Padoll, rabbi and civil rights advocate. Materials largely relate to Padoll's rabbinate at Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim in Charleston, South Carolina, from 1961-1967.

Collection Arrangement

  1. Biographical files, 1957-2009
  2. Sermons and addresses, 1957-1969

Acquisitions Information

Sermons and addresses donated in 2005 by Melissa Padoll. Additional material donated by Sheila Padoll in 2005 and 2011.

Alternate Form of Materials

Digital reproductions available online in the Lowcountry Digital Library.

Related Material

Related materials in Special Collections include A New Year, 5727: Two Rosh Hashonah sermons; Since 1749- The Story of K.K. Beth Elohim of Charleston, S.C.: American Judaism through more than two centuries; and an oral history interview with Burton Lee Padoll, 1999 (Mss 1035-224).

Processing Information

Processed by Joshua A. Minor, February 2011.



Inventory of the Burton L. Padoll Papers, 1957-2009
Processed by: Joshua A. Minor; machine-readable finding aid created by: Sarah Dorpinghaus
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Repository Details

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