Shalom Y'all

'Shalom Y'all': CSU leads discussion on local Jewish history

lgierer@ledger-enquirer.comApril 28, 2014 

Columbus Museum curator of history Rebecca Bush says the Jewish people have been involved in various ways in the growth of Columbus since as early as 1830.

Those will be examined during a panel discussion of the Chattahoochee Valley's Jewish history at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday in Columbus State University's Schwob Memorial Library on the main campus.

It is a free event with lunch provided on a first-come basis. Seating is limited.

According to a news release, the program is being presented by the CSU Archives in conjunction with the Columbus Museum's ongoing exhibition, "Shalom Y'all: The Valley's Jewish Heritage," which will be on display through July 13.

Columbus State history students have been interviewing and recording oral histories from longtime members of Columbus-area Jewish congregations as part of this collaboration, to be available later through the CSU Archives.

The archives recently received a significant donation of archival materials from Temple Israel, a local Reform synagogue.

Columbus State history majors Christopher Goodrow and Mark Sciuchetti will moderate Wednesday's panel discussion.

"There is a wealth of different experiences reflected in the Jewish community here in Columbus," Bush said.

Members of the panel will be residents Jacob Beil, Michael Goldman, Vera Grifenhagen and Jean Kent whose families have a long history locally.

The Columbus Museum's exhibition documents the presence of Jewish immigrants in the Chattahoochee Valley since the 1830s with images and artifacts from a wide range of public and private collections.

Its exhibition focuses on Jewish life in Columbus and nearby communities, including LaGrange, Ga., West Point, Ga., and Eufaula, Ala.

One Jewish immigrant who moved from the Alsace region of France to Columbus in 1912 was Simon Schwob. The tailor opened a clothing store downtown and later became a prominent local clothing manufacturer. CSU's main library and the university's Schwob School of Music are products of his family's philanthropy.

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