The Charlotte Jewish Historical Society, originally a project of the Carolina Agency for Jewish Education, collected oral history interviews which are part of an ongoing larger oral history collection. UNC Charlotte worked with the Charlotte Jewish Historical Society to create transcripts of this group of interviews with the intention of putting them on-line. Prominent members of the Charlotte’s Jewish community discuss the Jewish experience in the Queen City and chronicle the many changes they have seen throughout the twentieth century. Interviewees focus on the burgeoning Jewish population, life in the temples and a vibrant Jewish Community Center, along with a growing acceptance of and involvement of Jews in social and civic organizations. They also talk about their own personal experiences with Jewish education, statewide youth networks, and brushes with anti-Semitism.
Homepage: Temple Israel on the Shalom Park at the time of its construction, circa 1986-89. Courtesy of the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Charlotte.
Right: “Circuit Riding Rabbi.” Blumenthal Family Papers.