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Orangeburg in Orangeburg County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Jewish Merchants/Jewish Life

 
 
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By Jane Ruschky, April 19, 2017
1. Jewish Merchants/Jewish Life Marker
Inscription.
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Jewish Merchants
Russell St., historic hub of Orangeburg's commercial life, was home to Jewish merchants for over 160 years. German Jews began settling in Orangeburg in the 1830s, followed in the next century by Eastern European Jews. Deopold Louis was likely the first Jewish merchant in town. Theodore Kohn, known as father of Orangeburg's graded schools, co-founded Ezekial & Kohn in 1868. By the mid-1900's as many as 15 stores downtown were Jewish owned. In 1996 Barshay & Marcus was the last to close.
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Jewish Life
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Temple Sinai, built in 1955 on Ellis Ave., became the center of religious life for Jews who lived in Orangeburg and surrounding towns. As in many small towns in S.C., in the second half of the 20th century descendants of Jewish merchants moved to larger cities in the state and beyond. Noted past residents include Robert F. Furchgott, a Nobel Prize-winning biochemist, and Evelyn Marcus, the first woman from Orangeburg County admitted to the S.C. Bar.
 
Erected 2015 by The Jewish Historical Society of South Caroina. (Marker Number 38-41.)
 
Location.
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By Jane Ruschky, April 19, 2017
2. Jewish Merchants/Jewish Life Marker
33° 29.369′ N, 80° 51.88′ W. Marker is in Orangeburg, South Carolina, in Orangeburg County. Marker is on Russell Street (State Highway 33) east of Broughton Street (Business U.S. 178), on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1161 Russell Street, Orangeburg SC 29115, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Two Old Guns Of Captain Henry Felder (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Orangeburg Confederate Memorial (about 400 feet away); Court House Square (about 500 feet away); Pioneer Graveyard (approx. 0.3 miles away); Old Dixie Club Library (approx. 0.3 miles away); Williams Chapel A.M.E. Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Church of the Redeemer (approx. 0.4 miles away); Judge Glover's Home (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Orangeburg.
 
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By Jane Ruschky, April 19, 2017
3. Jewish Merchants/Jewish Life Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Jane Ruschky of Columbia, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 85 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Jane Ruschky of Columbia, South Carolina. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on April 20, 2017.
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