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Inventory of the Lois and Raphael Wolpert Photographs of Beth Israel Congregation, 1956-1974

Descriptive Summary

Abstract: This collection consists of ten photographs taken by Lois and Raphael Wolpert documenting various events and people associated with Beth Israel Congregation in Florence, South Carolina.
Title: Lois and Raphael Wolpert photographs of Beth Israel Congregation
Creator: Wolpert, Lois Fox;
Wolpert, Raphael
Date(s): 1956-1974  
Extent: 10 items
(1 folder)
Repository: Jewish Heritage Collection, Special Collections, College of Charleston Libraries
66 George Street
Charleston, SC 29424
Phone: (843) 953-8016
Fax: (843) 953-6319
Call Number: Mss 1034-089
Language of Material: Materials in English

Biographical Note

Lois and Raphael "Ray" Wolpert, formerly of Marion, South Carolina, were active members of Beth Israel Congregation. Beth Israel, incorporated on September 27, 1912, was established as a Reform congregation to serve the growing Jewish community in Florence, South Carolina. Religious services were held in various locations until a permanent building was completed in July of 1949 on Park Avenue. As the congregation continued to grow, the need for larger facilities became apparent. Dr. Raphael Wolpert served as chairman of the Future Expansion Fund and on the Building Committee responsible for the 1969 addition and renovation of Temple Beth Israel. Lois Wolpert was a member of the Beth Israel Sisterhood, an organization directly involved in the daily activities of the congregation.

Collection Overview

This collection consists of photographs taken by Lois and Raphael Wolpert documenting the activities of Beth Israel Congregation in Florence, South Carolina. Included are images of the Junior Choir, religious school students, a confirmation service, and a groundbreaking ceremony for the addition and renovation of the temple.

Collection Arrangement

Materials are described at the item level.

Search Terms

The following terms have been used to index this collection in the Library's online catalog. They are grouped by name of person, family, or organization, by topical subject, by place, and by types of material.


    • Beth Israel Congregation (Florence, S.C.)


    • Jews--South Carolina--Florence
    • Synagogues--South Carolina--Florence


    • Florence (S.C.)

    Types of Material

    • Black-and-white photographs
    • Color photographs


    The 1956 Junior Choir, 1956

    Black and white photograph (8 x 10). Directed by Charlotte Finger, Martha Levy, and Harriet Grossfield, along with Rabbi Avery Grossfield.

    Groundbreaking for the Temple Beth Israel addition and renovation, 1969 February

    Five color photographs (4 x 4).

    Plaque commemorating the 1969 groundbreaking of the Temple Beth Israel addition and renovation, undated

    Color photograph (3.5 x 5).

    Confirmation service conducted by Rabbi Howard Folb, 1974

    Color photograph (3.5 x 3.5).

    Religious school instructor Bari Heiden and students Sheryl Fram and Beth Sopkin, 1971

    Black and white photograph (4.5 x 7).

    Abe Greenberg and Murray Lovit, undated

    Black and white photograph (5.5 x 7).

    Administrative Information

    Access Restrictions

    This collection is open for research.

    Copyright Notice

    The nature of the College of Charleston's archival holdings means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. Special Collections claims only physical ownership of most archival materials.

    The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Lois and Raphael Wolpert photographs of Beth Israel Congregation, College of Charleston Libraries, Charleston, SC, USA.

    Acquisitions Information

    Materials were donated in 2009 by Lois and Raphael Wolpert.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Anne Bennett, July 2011.

    Encoded by Sarah Dorpinghaus, February 2012.

    Reviewed, edited, and uploaded by Martha McTear, February 2012.

    Funding from the Council on Library and Information Resources supported the processing of this collection and encoding of the finding aid.

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