It has been two years since we last published our Book of Life and Memorial Service booklet.
We would like to give our members and friends the opportunity to participate in the publishing of this new edition. Perhaps most importantly, this new edition of the Yizkor prayer book is dedicated to the selfless members of the Charleston Chevra Kadisha. We believe it is most appropriate that this Book of Life is dedicated in their honor.
Rabbi David Radinsky has written a short history of the Charleston Chevra Kadisha and this article will appear in this book.
A short sample of this article is as follows :
By Rabbi David J. Radinsky, Rabbi Emeritus Brith Sholom Beth Israel Congregation
The Holy Society of Charleston, S.C. has since 1856 served all Jews who desire a dignified burial according to Jewish law. Just two years after it was founded and one year after it was incorporated, the new orthodox, ashkenazic synagogue, Brith Sholom(Berith Shalome was the original spelling), bought a parcel of land in the Magnolia section, north of the city limits of Charleston, SC for a cemetery in 1856. The first grave whose inscription is entirely in Hebrew dates to 1856. The inscription indicates that the person buried there died as a result of a drowning accident. Shortly thereafter, the newly elected president of Brith Sholom, Nathan Rosenband, passed away and was also buried in the cemetery.
To participate please contact Kenny Fox, Shirley Prystowsky, Herb Rosner, Steve Berlin, Stanley Baker, Maurice Fox, Chuck Jacobson or Paul Schwartz.