Southern Jews & the Atlantic World
October 21 – 23, 2022
College of Charleston
Charleston, South Carolina

Planning is complete for the 46th annual SJHS conference, which will be held in Charleston, South Carolina, from October 21 to 23. Hosted by the Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina, the 2022 conference will take place at the historic College of Charleston. The theme for this year’s conference is “Southern Jews and the Atlantic World.” Once a major port in the Atlantic mercantile system, Charleston is an ideal locale to delve into the transatlantic history of southern Jewry. Charleston has remained at the heart of southern Jewish economic, cultural, and religious life for more than three centuries, and conference-goers will have the opportunity to participate in walking tours of Jewish Charleston, Shabbat dinner and services at the historic Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim, and an evening with the treasures housed in the Jewish Heritage Collection at the College’s Addlestone Library. The conference weekend will also feature a variety of panels exploring various aspects of southern Jewish life and the Atlantic world.

2022 SJHS Conference schedule

Friday, October 21, 2022

8:30-9:30 AM
Registration, Jewish Studies Center

9:30 AM-10:00 AM
Welcome Remarks: Jay Silverberg, Yaron Ayalon

10:00-11:15 AM
Panel #1: Jews, Modernism, and the Cosmopolitan South

Chair: Marian Mazzone

Sam Gruber, “The International Style Comes South”

Leonard Rogoff, “Matisse and his ‘Baltimore Ladies’: The Cone Sisters Collect Modernist Art”

Cheyenne McClain, “Dr. Abram Kanof: Collecting International Judaica and the Development of Southern Jewish Identity”

Break for lunch (on your own)

12:30-1:45 PM
[concurrent] Panel #2: Colonial Jews and the Atlantic World

Chair: Sandy Slater

Sara Jay, “Practicing Empire in the American South: What a Historian of North African Jews Can Learn from Studying Jews in Colonial Atlantic World”

José Alberto Tavim, “Aaron Lopez’s Business Networks and the South”

Rivi Feinsilber, “Jews and Anti-Jewish Prejudice: Trans-Atlantic Transfer to the New World”

12:30-1:45 PM
Panel #3: Performance and Memory in the American South

Chair: Catherine Eskin

Heather Nathans, “‘Old Christmas Times in the South’: A Jewish Lady’s Recollections of Plantation Performance”

Michael Hoberman, “Housebound Specters: The Mordecai House Dynasty’s Fall from Grace”

Gabrielle Berlinger, “Everyday Things, Singular Stories: Preserving and Presenting Jewish Material Culture in Greensboro, NC”

2:00-3:15 PM
[concurrent] Panel #4: Encounters with the State

Chair: Lance Sussman

Seth Barrett Tillman, “New Thinking on Jacob Henry”

Eric Eisner, “Jewish Rights on Middle Ground: Race and the Religious Test in Antebellum Maryland”

John Williams, “The Jewish Problem: Jewish Merchants in the American South during the Civil War”

2:00-3:15 PM
[concurrent] Panel #5: Politics of Preservation

Chair: Grant Gilmore

George H. McDaniel, “Looking for Lushington: The Lost Quaker Commander of Charleston’s Revolutionary Jewish Militia”

Barry Stiefel, ”Jews, National Identity, and Historic Preservation: Trans-Atlantic Experiences from the Mount Vernon Ladies Association and the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings”

Hannah Lebovitz, “Where Did the Shtetl Go? Investigating Jewish Self-Erasure in Dallas, Texas”

3:30-4:30 PM
SJHS Board Meeting

Dinner KKBE

5:30 PM
Kanter lecture: Michael Cohen, “​​The Economics of Southern Jewish History”

7:00 PM
KKBE Shabbat Services

Saturday, October 22, 2022

8:00-9:00 AM
Shabbat services

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Tour options:
Upper King Street
Coming Street Cemetery
Old Slave Mart Museum

11:00-12:15 PM
Panel #6: Rising Stars of Southern Jewish History

Chair: Marni Davis

Michael Jacobs, “A New Home in the Old South: Southern Jewish Women’s Role in Identity Formation, 1800-1865”

Jacob Morrow-Spitzer,  “Bastions of Localism: Mapping Southern Jewish Politics, 1870-1900”

Mimi Brown Wooten, “La Djusticia Amerikana: Leo Frank in the Ladino Press”

Box Lunch

12:45-2:00 PM
Helen Stern Fund Lecture

Shari Rabin, “Dissent, Providentialism, and Slavery: A New Interpretation of Early Charleston Jewish Life”

2:15-3:30 PM
Panel #7: Pride and Prejudice: Race and Jewish Identity in the South

Chair: Phyllis Leffler

Jeremy Popkin, “Benjamin Gratz and Lexington: A Southern City and Its First Jewish Resident”

Evan Howard Ashford, “Abraham’s Choice: Race Loyalty Versus Civil Rights During the 1865 Freedom Summer”

Andrew Baker, “Max Heller’s Transatlantic Connections and the Palmetto State: 1979-1996”

3:45-5:15 PM
[Concurrent] Panel #8: Agents of Change

Chair: Josh Parshall

Anne Blankenship, “Varied Approaches to Immigrant Care: The Jewish Women of Charleston, Philadelphia, and Cincinnati”

Anne Gessler, “Ida Weis Friend: A Model for Southern Progressive Activism in 20th-Century New Orleans”

Amy K. Milligan, “‘The Dark-Eyed Jew’ of Alabama”

Rebecca Shimoni Stoil, “Atlantic Enigma: The Shifting Identities of Francis Salvador”

3:45-5:15 PM
[Concurrent] Roundtable #9: Material Culture

Chair: Josh Furman

Gabrielle Berlinger

Dale Rosengarten

Hilit Surowitz-Israel

Anna Tucker

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
JHC reception Jewish Heritage Collection, Addlestone Library

Dinner on your own

Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022

9:00-10:00 AM
SJHS Member meeting

9:00-10:00 AM
JHSSC Member meeting

9 AM – noon
Book signing, coffee and bagels

10:30-11:45 AM
Panel #10: Social Justice

Chair: Stephen Whitfield

Ashley Walters, “Reading the Civil War through the Russian Revolution”

Eli Rosenblatt, ““Bishop Charles L. Russell and the African-American Reception of the Talmud, 1920-1964”

Margaret Norman and Melissa Young, “A Case Study of the Holocaust and Human Rights: Fred and Anny Kraus in Birmingham, Alabama, 1954-1970”

Leah Cannon Burnham, “Atlanta Jews and the Pursuit of Due Process for Cuban Detainees, 1980-1987”

Closing remarks @ 11:45 AM

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