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Max Furchgott photographs of Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim

Identifier: Mss 1034-020

Collection Overview

Includes ten photographs (b/w) and twenty-two negatives (b/w) taken by photographer, Max Furchgott. All are images of people and events at Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim (KKBE), Charleston, SC, from 1948 to 1957. Bulk of images document KKBE's original tabernacle (erected 1838) and the new "Bicentennial" Tabernacle, constructed in 1948, dedicated in 1950. Includes images of the dedication of the Bicentennial Tabernacle, 1950; KKBE Board Members, 1950 and 1951; KKBE Sunday School, 1957; misc. images of Penina Moise's gravestone, Shearith Israel Synagogue (Wentworth Street), and KKBE's historical marker (on gates). NOTE: Negatives are stored separately in Jewish Heritage Collection negative binders.


  • Creation: 1948-1957


Language of Material

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

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Biographical Note

Photographer, Max Furchgott was born in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1917. Originally interested in painting and drawing, Furchgott took art classes at the University of South Carolina and later moved to New York City. While in New York, he earned a living making water color portraits from photographs. Furchgott returned to Charleston during the late 1930s and continued to pursue the portraiture trade. While inquiring about job opportunities, a local photographer offered to sell Furchgott a studio and teach him to be a photographer. Furchgott accepted the offer and opened Furchgott Studio (41 George Street) in 1939, where it continues to operate in 2002.


1 folder (50 items) ; 13-28 cm.

Acquisitions Information

Materials donated by Max Furchgott.

Related Material

Related materials in Special Collections include an oral history interview with Max Furchgott (Mss 1035-33), oral history interviews with Robert Furchgott (Mss 1035-252, Mss 1035-256) and the Arthur Furchgott papers (Mss 1043).

Inventory of the Max Furchgott Photographs of Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim, 1948-1957
Processed by: Special Collections staff; finding aid created by: Special Collections staff
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Repository Details

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