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Inventory of the Rabbi David J. Radinsky Papers, 1970-2004

Descriptive Summary

Abstract: Correspondence, speeches, sermons, and eulogies of Rabbi David J. Radinsky, senior rabbi of Brith Sholom Beth Israel Congregation in Charleston, South Carolina, from 1970 to 2004. The collection consists primarily of correspondence between Rabbi Radinsky and members of the Charleston community, BSBI congregants, and Jewish organizations on such topics as the policies of Addlestone Hebrew Academy and the Jewish Community Center of Charleston, kashrut (dietary laws), kosher food suppliers, local businesses that prepare kosher foods under Radinsky's supervision, character references and recommendations, affirmation of religious observance for excused absences, lectures on various Jewish issues, and requests for guidance on religious and domestic issues.
Title: Rabbi David J. Radinsky papers
Creator: Radinsky, David J.
Date(s): 1970-2004    
Extent: 3.0 linear feet
(6 document boxes)
Repository: Special Collections, College of Charleston Libraries
66 George Street
Charleston, SC 29424
Phone: (843) 953-8016
Fax: (843) 953-6319
URL: http://archives.library.cofc.edu
Call Number: Mss 1121
Language of Material: Materials in English

Biographical Note

David J. Radinsky (1940- ) was born to Jack and Lillian Helen Silver Radinsky, in Seattle, Washington. He earned his B.A. in History and Hebrew from Yeshiva University in 1963, a M.A. in Semitic Studies from the Bernard Revel Graduate School, and Rabbinic Ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary in 1966.

After ordination, Rabbi Radinsky became a chaplain in the United States Army, serving one year at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and one year at Camp Red Cloud, Korea, receiving an Army Commendation Award for his service to the soldiers. Following his tour of active duty, he took the position of assistant to Rabbi Emanuel Feldman at Congregation Beth Jacob in Atlanta, Georgia.

In 1970, Rabbi Radinsky accepted the position of senior rabbi of Brith Sholom Beth Israel (BSBI) in Charleston, South Carolina, also serving until 1973 as principal of the Charleston Hebrew Institute, now known as Addlestone Hebrew Academy (AHA).

During his tenure at BSBI, Radinsky served on the boards of the Charleston Jewish Federation and its Community Relations Committee, Addlestone Hebrew Academy, Charleston Community Hebrew School, and Crisis Ministry. He was a founding member of and served on the Professional Advisory Committee of the Chaplain Pastoral Program at Bon Secours-Roper Hospital in Charleston until his retirement. He also worked as a campus minister at The Citadel and chaplain at Charleston's VA hospital, and taught at BSBI, Addlestone Hebrew Academy, and in the Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program at the College of Charleston.

Rabbi Radinsky retired from BSBI in 2004, relocating to Memphis, Tennessee, where he began teaching Jewish History, Oral Law, and the Weekly Torah Portion at the Margolin Hebrew Academy/ Feinstone Yeshiva of the South.


Collection Overview

The collection consists primarily of correspondence between Rabbi Radinsky and members of the Charleston community, BSBI congregants, and Jewish organizations and institutions. The subject matter covers a wide array of issues centering on Radinsky's responsibilities during his thirty-four years as senior rabbi of BSBI. Topics include: the policies of Addlestone Hebrew Academy and the Jewish Community Center of Charleston, kashrut (dietary laws), kosher food suppliers, local businesses that prepare kosher foods under Radinsky's supervision, character references and recommendations, affirmation of religious observance for excused absences from work, school, and testing on Jewish holidays and the Sabbath, lectures on various Jewish topics, and requests for guidance on religious and domestic issues. The correspondence also documents his interactions with Charleston's Jewish community and his involvement with Addlestone Hebrew Academy, the Chaplain Pastoral Program at Bon Secours-Roper Hospital, and the Yaschick/Arnold Jewish Studies Program at the College of Charleston, among other organizations. The collection also includes speeches, sermons and eulogies given by Rabbi Radinsky.

Collection Arrangement

1.  Correspondence, 1970-2004, undated
2.  Memorial files and speeches, 1989-2004
3.  Printed materials, 1990-2004


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.

    Names

    • Radinsky, David J.
    • Brith Sholom Beth Israel (Charleston, S.C.)

    Subjects

    • Rabbis--South Carolina--Charleston
    • Orthodox Judaism--United States
    • Jews--Dietary laws
    • Jews in public life
    • Jews--Social life and customs
    • Jews--Societies, etc.
    • Judaism--Customs and practices
    • Synagogues
    • Jewish day schools
    • Jewish community centers
    • Jews--South Carolina--Charleston

    Types of Material

    • Correspondence
    • Obituaries
    • Eulogies
    • Speeches (documents)
    • Clippings (information artifacts)

    Related Resources

    Related Material

    Related materials in Special Collections include Brith Sholom Beth Israel (Charleston, S.C.) congregational records (Mss 1068), oral history interviews with David J. Radinsky (Mss 1035-163, Mss 1035-168, Mss 1035-278), David J. Radinsky's translation and commentary on Rabbi Hirsch Zvi Margolis Levine's notebook (Mss 1035-244, Mss 1035-284a, 1035-284b), and the panel discussions "The Future Needs of the Charleston Jewish Community" (Mss 1035-227), "Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Judaism But Been Afraid to Ask" (Mss 1035-232), "Intermarriage and Conversion" (Mss 1035-237), "Prayer and Women: Three Jewish Viewpoints" (Mss 1035-245), "The Essence of Judaism" (Mss 1035-250), "The Jewish View of the Christian" (Mss 1035-262), "Mitzvah as Commandment" (Mss 1035-282), "Looking at the Past and to the Future: From the Pulpit of Brith Sholom Beth Israel" (Mss 1035-286b).


    Detailed Description of the Collection

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    1. Correspondence, 1970-2004, undated  

    Includes correspondence with local and national Jewish organizations and institutions, interfaith organizations, local schools, Addlestone Hebrew Academy, the Chaplain Pastoral Program at Bon Secours-Roper Hospital, and BSBI's president, board members, and congregants. Topics include: policies for Addlestone Hebrew Academy and the Jewish Community Center of Charleston, kashrut (dietary laws) pertaining to catering for events, kosher food suppliers, and local businesses that prepare kosher foods under Radinsky's supervision, character references and recommendations for students, affirmation of religious observance for excused absences from work, school, and testing on Jewish holidays and the Sabbath, lectures on various Jewish topics, requests for guidance on religious and domestic issues, and notes of thanks. Includes correspondence in Hebrew.



    1970-1971   box 1 | folder 1


    1974   box 1 | folder 2


    1975   box 1 | folder 3


    1976   box 1 | folder 4


    1977   box 1 | folder 5


    1978   box 1 | folder 6


    1979   box 1 | folder 7


    1980   box 2 | folder 1


    1981   box 2 | folder 2


    1982   box 2 | folder 3


    1983   box 2 | folder 4


    1984   box 2 | folder 5


    1985   box 2 | folder 6


    1986   box 2 | folder 7


    1987   box 3 | folder 1


    1988   box 3 | folder 2


    1989   box 3 | folder 3


    1990   box 3 | folder 4


    1991   box 3 | folder 5


    1992   box 3 | folder 6


    1993   box 4 | folder 1


    1994   box 4 | folder 2


    1995   box 4 | folder 3


    1996   box 4 | folder 4


    1997   box 4 | folder 5


    1998   box 4 | folder 6


    1999   box 5 | folder 1


    2000   box 5 | folder 2


    2001   box 5 | folder 3


    2002   box 5 | folder 4


    2003   box 5 | folder 5


    2004   box 6 | folder 1


    Undated   box 6 | folder 2

    2. Memorial files and speeches, 1989-2004  

    Memorial files include eulogy notes, clergy and memorial records, and obituaries. Materials are arranged alphabetically according to the last name of the deceased. Speeches include invocations and blessings for community events and celebrations, dedications, and Holocaust commemorations.



    Memorial files A-H, 1990-2004   box 6 | folder 3


    Memorial Files J-L, 1989-2004   box 6 | folder 4


    Memorial files M-Z, 1989-2004   box 6 | folder 5


    Speeches, 1990-2004   box 6 | folder 6

    3. Printed Materials, 1990-2004  



    Programs and newsletters, 1990-2004   box 6 | folder 7

    Programs, booklets, and issues of BSBI's newsletter, the Brith Sholom Beth Israel Messenger.



    Clippings, 1991-1992   box 6 | folder 8

    Articles featuring Rabbi Radinsky regarding a Holocaust memorial event and the Charleston Jewish community's celebration of the High Holidays, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.



    Administrative Information

    Access Restrictions

    This collection is open for research.

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    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Rabbi David J. Radinsky papers, College of Charleston Libraries, Charleston, SC, USA.

    Acquisitions Information

    Materials were donated in 2004 by Rabbi David J. Radinsky.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Amy Lazarus, June 2015.

    Encoded by Amy Lazarus, August 2015.

    Reviewed and uploaded by Joshua Minor, August 2015.

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