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Inventory of the Rabbi Jacob S. Raisin Papers, circa 1700, 1889-2009

Descriptive Summary

Abstract: Clippings, correspondence, sermons, programs, certificates, diplomas, diaries, photographs, objects, and other papers of Jacob S. Raisin, Reform rabbi, author, and scholar. Raisin's writings focused on ethical behavior, intellectual history, religious observance and tradition. Materials also relate to Raisin's wife, Jane Lazarus Raisin, their children, Mordenai Lazarus Raisin Hirsch, Rachel Marla Raisin, and Aaron S. Raisin, and other family members, Raisin's record of professional activities and public service, particularly his involvement with Charleston's Jewish community, and the religious life of Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim congregation.
Title: Rabbi Jacob S. Raisin papers
Creator: Raisin, Jacob S. (Jacob Salmon), 1878-1946
Date(s): circa 1700,  1889-2009  
Extent: 5.63 linear feet
(12 document boxes, 8 oversize folders)
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 1075
Language of Material: Materials in English, Hebrew, and Yiddish.

Biographical Note

Jacob Salmon Raisin (1878-1946) served as rabbi of Charleston's Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim (KKBE) from 1915 to 1944, and as rabbi emeritus from 1944 to 1946. A noted Hebraist and scholar, he was the author of several books and many published articles and essays.

Jacob Raisin came to America in approximately 1892 from Nieswiez, Russia (now Nyasvizh, Belarus). Educated in the public schools of New York and later at City College, he began his rabbinic career in 1900 after graduating from both Hebrew Union College and the University of Cincinnati. His brother Max was also ordained by Hebrew Union College, graduating in 1903. Jacob went on to receive a Ph.D. from the University of Denver in 1911, a D.D. from Hebrew Union College in 1913, and an LL.B. from Albany Law School in 1915. Before coming to Charleston, South Carolina, in 1915, he served in synagogues in Port Gibson, Mississippi; Butte, Montana; East Las Vegas, New Mexico; and Troy, New York. While in Charleston he also led services in small communities in Dillon, Florence, Darlington, Georgetown, and Beaufort, South Carolina, and Parris Island Marine Base.

Raisin was a prolific author whose works include Georg Elyot: Katavaha Ve-Helekh Ruhah Hayeha (Hebrew), 1899; A Glimpse into Jewish Science, 1900; Sect, Creed and Custom in Judaism: A Study in Jewish Nomology, 1907; Reform Judaism Prior to Abraham Geiger, 1910; The Haskalah Movement in Russia, 1913; Jewish Contributions to the Progress of Russia, 1919; Twice Told Talmud Tales, 1929; and Gentile Reactions to Jewish Ideals with Special Reference to Proselytes, 1953 (published posthumously). He contributed articles to numerous English and Hebrew magazines and journals, including H.U.C. Journal, The New Era, The Masonic Observer, The Jewish Tribune, The Ark, The Jewish Forum, The American Hebrew, and The American Israelite.

Rabbi Raisin was active in educational and civic organizations both within and outside the Jewish community. He was a member of Charleston's local Zionist group B'nei Zion (Sons of Zion) and the Zionist Organization of America. He served as a member of the County Board of School Commissioners (Charleston), the Salvation Army, the Chamber of Commerce, the Charleston Community Chest, the Jewish Welfare Board, and many other organizations. In 1917 Jacob Raisin married Jane Lazarus and the couple had three children: Mordenai, Rachel, and Aaron.

Collection Overview

The collection contains Jacob Raisin's papers, letters, manuscripts and typescripts for his books, diaries, and one copy of a published monograph. Also included are newspaper clippings and articles by and about Rabbi Raisin, as well as diplomas, certificates, photographs, and ephemera. Collection includes selections of Raisin's correspondence, personal writings, and professional writings, many of which were published in Jewish newspapers and periodicals.

Collection Arrangement

1.  Biographical and family, 1892-2009
2.  Rabbinic work, 1900-2003
3.  Correspondence, circa 1890-1936
4.  Writing, 1889-2007
5.  Miscellaneous, circa 1700, 1908-1919

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.


    • Raisin, Jacob S. (Jacob Salmon), 1878-1946
    • Raisin, Jane Lazarus, 1887-1965
    • Hirsch, Mordenai Raisin
    • Raisin, Rachel M.
    • Raisin, Aaron S., 1922-1989
    • Raisin family
    • Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim (Charleston, S.C.)


    • Jewish authors
    • Jewish sermons
    • Jewish families
    • Jews--South Carolina--Charleston
    • Jews in public life
    • Rabbis
    • Reform Judaism


    • Charleston (S.C.)

    Types of Material

    • Bas reliefs (sculpture)
    • Black-and-white photographs
    • Casts (sculpture)
    • Certificates
    • Clippings (information artifacts)
    • Commercial correspondence
    • Copper engraving (printing process)
    • Diaries
    • Diplomas
    • Galley proofs
    • Genealogical tables
    • Ketubahs
    • Manuscripts for publication
    • Passports
    • Personal correspondence
    • Picture postcards
    • Programs (documents)
    • Scrapbooks
    • Scrolls (information artifact)
    • Theses
    • Typescripts

    Related Resources

    Related Material

    Related materials in Special Collections include the Lazarus and Hirsch families papers (Mss 1018), Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim congregation records, 1798-2002 (Mss 1047), the Willard N. Hirsch papers (Mss 1074), and an oral history interview with Mordenai Raisin Hirsch and Rachel Marla Raisin (Mss 1035-083).

    Separated Material

    Published items removed and cataloged separately.

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    1. Biographical and family, 1892-2009  

    Contains biographical information and materials about members of the Raisin family, including Jacob Raisin, Jane Lazarus Raisin, Max Raisin, Rachel Marla Raisin, Mordenai Lazarus Raisin Hirsch, Aaron Raisin, Salomon Raisin, and others. Documents include educational certificates and diplomas, personal correspondence, black and white family photographs, programs, clippings, and a plaster cast and bronze bas relief of Jacob Raisin.

    Jacob Salmon Raisin materials, 1895-2008 

    This series consists of biographical materials pertaining to Jacob Salmon Raisin. These include diplomas and other documents related to his education at the University of Cincinnati, Hebrew Union College, University of Denver, City College of New York, and Albany Law School. The series also contains black and white photographs of Raisin as a young man, photographs of his parents, his wife, and his children, two scrapbooks he compiled, certificates documenting his involvement with the Freemasons, his death notice, a eulogy by David Lefkowitz, remarks by Rabbi William A. Rosenthall, and items relating to Raisin's personal library. Also included are scholarly articles about Raisin, and both a plaster cast and bronze bas relief of Raisin created posthumously by his son-in-law, noted South Carolina sculptor, Willard N. Hirsch.

    Educational documents, 1897-1935, undated   box 1 | folder 1

    Includes graduation certificates, diplomas, announcements, and tuition receipts for City College of New York, University of Cincinnati, Hebrew Union College, University of Denver, Albany Law School, and the Rabbinical College Lishkat Harabonim.

    Educational certificates, 1900, 1918   box 1 | folder 2
    (Flat storage Case F Drawer 1 | Oversize folder)

    Diploma from the University of Cincinnati and certificate of admission to the South Carolina bar.

    Hebrew Union College, 1900   box 1 | folder 3
    (Flat storage Case F Drawer 1 | Oversize folder)

    Mounted photograph of Jacob Raisin with his graduating class.

    Graduation certificate, 1900   box 1 | folder 4
    (Flat storage Case F Drawer 1 | Oversize folder)

    Jacob Raisin's diploma from Hebrew Union College.

    Genealogical materials, 1923   box 1 | folder 5

    Letter written by Raisin to his infant son, Aaron, regarding family history.

    General materials, circa 1940-2008, undated   box 1 | folder 6

    Includes death notice, eulogy by David Lefkowitz [H.U.C. classmate of Raisin's?], Sabbath remarks on Raisin by KKBE Rabbi William Rosenthall, other remarks by Maier Triest, Aaron Raisin, Mordenai Hirsch, Rita and Leon Banov, Sol Breibart, tributes from KKBE and B'nai Brith, a memorial service program, and information and articles about Raisin published in the Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina's newsletter (2005 and 2008).

    Library materials, 1946-1996, undated   box 1 | folder 7

    Includes letters written to Raisin's wife and daughter Rachel regarding his personal library and donation or purchase of his books. Also includes a typed inventory of Jacob Raisin's books presented to the Hebrew Union College library.

    Photographs, circa 1900-1927, undated   box 1 | folder 8

    Photographs of Jacob Raisin and family members, including Raisin's parents, Aaron Raisin and Taube Slutzky; his children, Mordenai, Rachel, and Aaron; his wife, Jane Lazarus Raisin; and an unidentified man in uniform.

    Scrapbook, 1895-1934   box 1 | folder 9

    Newspaper clippings by and about Jacob Raisin, in a bound volume. In English, Hebrew, and Yiddish.

    Scrapbook, 1905-1915   box 2 | folder 1

    Bound volume of newspaper clippings by and about Jacob Raisin. In English and Hebrew.

    Freemason certificates, 1910, 1933   box 2 | folder 2
    (Flat storage Case F Drawer 1 | Oversize folder)

    Jacob Raisin's Latin certificates from the Freemasons in New Mexico and South Carolina.

    Charleston Freemasons' decree, 1933   box 2 | folder 3
    (Flat storage Case F Drawer 1 | Oversize folder)

    Recognizing Raisin as Knight Commander of the Court of Honour of the 32nd Degree.

    Friendship Lodge No. 9, 1929-1937   box 2 | folder 4

    Banquet programs and menus for annual events.

    Passport, 1931   box 2 | folder 5

    Raisin's passport, issued in 1931.

    Obituaries, 1946, 1974   box 2 | folder 6

    Includes programs honoring Raisin's memory. Also includes a letter from Raisin's nephew Daniel Shimshoni to Mordenai Raisin, in which he translates a HaDoar article written after Raisin's death.

    Plaque of Jacob Raisin, 1949   box 2 | folder 7

    Plaster cast and subsequent bronze bas relief created by Willard Hirsch, well-known Charleston sculptor and Jacob Raisin's son-in-law.

    Aaron Raisin materials, 1897-circa 1914 

    This series contains items related to Jacob Raisin's father, Aaron.

    Biographical, 1897-circa 1914   box 2 | folder 8

    Contains Raisin's naturalization papers from the U.S. Department of Labor, as well as a later copy.

    Jane Lazarus Raisin materials, 1894-1994 

    This series consists of materials related to Jacob Raisin's wife, Jane Lazarus Raisin (1887-1965). Materials include her correspondence with her father, Marks Hubert Lazarus, her aunt Rachel Levy, and Jacob Raisin; a wedding invitation copper engraving plate announcing the marriage ceremony of Jane Lazarus to Jacob Raisin; certificates of recognition from the Jewish National Fund; congratulatory letters on the birth of Jane and Jacob Raisin's son, Aaron, and condolence notes on the death of Jacob Raisin, including letters from Stephen S. Wise and Abba Hillel Silver.

    Biographical, 1919-1994, undated   box 2 | folder 9

    Includes clippings, certificates, and other materials related to Jane Lazarus Raisin, her involvement with the Daughters of the American Revolution, Hadassah, and other organizations. Also contains obituaries and a eulogy by Rabbi Burton Padoll(?).

    Correspondence, 1894-1897, undated   box 2 | folder 10

    Personal correspondence sent from Jane Lazarus in New Jersey and Massachusetts to her father and her aunt (Rachel Levy?).

    Correspondence, 1902-1958, undated   box 2 | folder 11

    Includes postcards to Jane Lazarus Raisin, her sister Mary Lazarus, and her aunt Rachel Levy.

    Marriage, 1917   box 2 | folder 12

    A copper engraving plate and invitation announcing the upcoming marriage of Jane Lazarus and Jacob Raisin, sent by Jane's aunt Rachel Levy.

    General materials, 1917-1965 undated   box 3 | folder 1

    Includes congratulations on the wedding of Jane Lazarus and Jacob Raisin and on Aaron Raisin's birth and bar mitzvah; clippings on honors received; certificates of recognition; and death notices.

    Condolence letters, 1946-1947   box 3 | folder 2

    Condolence letters to Jane Lazarus Raisin on the death of Jacob Raisin, including correspondence from Congressman L. Mendel Rivers, Abba Hillel Silver, Maurice Eisendrath, and Stephen S. Wise. Also includes a letter from the Charleston chapter of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, stating that the April 1947 class was named the Jacob S. Raisin class.

    Speeches, 1940-1950   box 3 | folder 3

    Two speeches - one discussing Zionist institutions and democratic ideals in Israel, such as housing cooperatives (kibbutzim and moshavim), and the rescue of Jewish refugees from Germany (presented at a Hadassah conference), and the other in honor of Charleston's Jewish bicentennial.

    Jewish National Fund certificate, 1958   box 3 | folder 4
    (Flat storage Case F Drawer 1 | Oversize folder)

    Provisional certificate presented to Jane Lazarus Raisin from JNF through Hadassah.

    Max Raisin materials, 1905-2009 

    This series consists of general materials on Jacob Raisin's brother, Max Raisin (1881-1957), including newspaper clippings about Max Raisin and his rabbinic work, some of his writings, his death notice, eulogies on the occasion of his death, and a bookplate from his library.

    General, 1905-1957, undated   box 3 | folder 5

    Includes clippings about and writings by Rabbi Max Raisin, death notice, eulogies and remembrances, and a bookplate from his personal library.

    Books, 1919, 1952   box 3 | folder 6

    Title pages of books by Max Raisin.

    Genealogical, circa 2000-circa 2009   box 3 | folder 7

    Raisin family tree created by Joan Rosenthal, granddaughter of Max Raisin. Also includes a family tree by an unknown author.

    Rabbinic thesis on Max Raisin, 1985   box 3 | folder 8

    "An American Rabbi: A Translation of Four Essays from Max Raisin's Dapim MiPinkaso shel Rabi," by Rachel Hertzman, towards requirements for rabbinic ordination at H.U.C. The thesis translates four of Max Raisin's autobiographical essays from Hebrew into English.

    Rachel Marla Raisin materials, 1930-1984 

    This series consists of clippings relating to Rachel Marla Raisin (1919- ), daughter of Jacob Raisin and Jane Lazarus Raisin.

    General, 1930-1984, undated   box 3 | folder 9

    Includes information on a donation Rachel made to KKBE, and a donation made in memory of her parents to the Jewish Community Center.

    Mordenai Lazarus Raisin Hirsch materials, 1929-2005 

    This series consists of materials relating to Mordenai Lazarus Raisin Hirsch (1918- ), daughter of Jacob Raisin and Jane Lazarus Raisin. Materials include documents on her tenure as a first-grade teacher at the Addlestone Hebrew Academy (called Charleston Hebrew Institute from 1956-1986), her participation in events and celebrations at KKBE, and her involvement in the 100th anniversary celebration of the Charleston Gas Light Company.

    Addlestone Hebrew Academy, 1988-1997, undated   box 3 | folder 10

    Includes clippings, remarks, and recognitions for Mordenai's 39 years of service teaching.

    Charleston Gas Light Company, 1946   box 3 | folder 11

    Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the company, with descendants of company founders. Mordenai's ancestor Joshua Lazarus was the company's first president.

    General materials, 1929-2005, undated   box 3 | folder 12

    Includes KKBE programs, clippings, certificates, professional and personal correspondence, and writings.

    Scrapbook, 1934-2005   box 12

    Scrapbook containing clippings on various members of the Raisin and Hirsch families, including Rachel Raisin and Mordenai Raisin Hirsch, Willard Hirsch, and Jane Hirsch, compiled in part by Mordenai Raisin Hirsch.

    Aaron S. Raisin (1922-1989) materials, 1932-1989 

    This series consists of general materials on Aaron Raisin (1922-1989), son of Jacob Raisin and Jane Lazarus Raisin.

    General, 1932-1988   box 3 | folder 13

    Materials include newspaper clippings on Aaron Raisin's success as a physician, as well as educational certificates and programs from his youth in Charleston.

    Biographical, 1942-1989, undated   box 3 | folder 14

    Includes photographs, clippings, and other documents related to Aaron Raisin, his medical education and career, his service at KKBE, and his death, including a eulogy by Rabbi William A. Rosenthall.

    Genealogical, undated   box 3 | folder 15

    Family trees handwritten by Aaron Raisin.

    Salomon Raisin materials, 1892 

    This series consists of two business receipts of Salomon Raisin, a presumed relation of Jacob Raisin's.

    Receipts, 1892, undated   box 3 | folder 16

    Two receipts in Hebrew for goods purchased by Salomon Raisin from Louis Minsky, of New York.

    2. Rabbinic work, 1900-2003  

    This series consists of materials related to Rabbi Jacob Raisin's congregational service before and during his tenure at KKBE, including newspaper clippings regarding his professional life and pulpits, programs from various synagogue, community, and rabbinate events, requests for books he authored, professional correspondence, personal correspondence between Jacob Raisin and Jane Lazarus Raisin, an invitation to an event in the Taft White House, and a signed letter to Jacob Raisin from President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

    Congregations served prior to KKBE, 1900-1915 

    This series consists of materials relating to the years Jacob Raisin served as a pulpit rabbi at congregations before KKBE in Charleston, including Gemiluth Chesed in Port Gibson, Mississippi (1900-1905); Temple B'nai Israel in Butte, Montana (1905-1907); Temple Montefiore in East Las Vegas, New Mexico (1907-1911); and Temple Berith Shalom in Troy, New York (1912-1915). Also includes occasional rabbinic work performed at Temple Emanu-El of Borough Park (1911-1914). Includes newspaper clippings, official programs, professional correspondence, and invitations, including one to the Taft White House.

    Mississippi, Montana, and New Mexico, 1900-1906, undated   box 3 | folder 17

    Includes clippings and other materials from Raisin's pulpits at Congregation Gemiluth Chesed (Port Gibson), Temple B'nai Israel (Butte), Temple Montefiore (East Las Vegas).

    New Mexico, 1908-1910, undated   box 4 | folder 1

    Includes clippings from Raisin's rabbinic service, primarily at Temple Montefiore (East Las Vegas). Also contains information from a Reform rabbinical conference in Charlevoix, Michigan. Includes an invitation sent to Raisin to attend an event at the Taft White House, as well as a letter signed by Taft's secretary, Charles Hilles, in response to correspondence from Raisin, and a request from the Drew Theological Seminary Library for a copy of Sect, Creed and Custom in Judaism.

    New York, 1911-1914, undated   box 4 | folder 2

    Clippings, programs, invitations, and other materials from the time Raisin lived in New York, during which he maintained an affiliation with Temple Emanu-El of Borough Park.

    Troy, New York, 1912-1915, undated   box 4 | folder 3

    Includes clippings, programs, correspondence, and other materials related to Raisin's service at Temple Berith Shalom in Troy (New York); a signed letter from New York Governor Martin Glynn to Raisin, authorizing him to attend a congress in Berlin protesting the violation of the Berlin Treaty of 1878; an invitation to meet legislators from Governor Sulzer; and an invitation to the 25th anniversary celebration of the Jewish Publication Society.

    Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim, 1914-2003 

    This series consists of materials relating to Raisin's tenure as rabbi of Charleston's KKBE congregation (1915-1946), including correspondence between Raisin and search committee chairman Thomas Tobias concerning Rabbi Raisin's initial application for the position at KKBE; correspondence between Raisin and Jane Lazarus prior to their marriage; programs from official KKBE events; newspaper clippings relating to Rabbi Raisin's work at KKBE; invitations to Charleston community events; a signed letter from President Franklin D. Roosevelt, a request from the Library of Congress for one of Raisin's books, and copies of card catalog records from the Hebrew Union College (H.U.C.) library for Raisin's published works.

    Building, 1914-2003   box 4 | folder 4

    Materials on events related to KKBE property, including the dedication of the organ, the rededication of the Coming Street Cemetery, and the renovation of the temple building on Hasell Street.

    Correspondence, 1915-1917, undated   box 4 | folder 5

    Correspondence, mostly relating to Raisin's application for the pulpit at KKBE, dated 1915, and his initial engagement to lead High Holiday services in a letter from Thomas Tobias. Also includes personal correspondence between Raisin and Jane Lazarus.

    Rabbinic work, 1915-1923   box 4 | folder 6

    Clippings, programs, and announcements relating to Raisin's work at KKBE.

    Rabbinic work and Jewish military, 1916-1918, undated   box 4 | folder 7

    Clippings, programs, and announcements about Jacob Raisin's work at KKBE, especially military-related items. Includes an invitation to Raisin's home for Jewish soldiers, sailors, and marines in and around Charleston, and Raisin's Armed Forces registration certificate and "souvenir of service."

    Rabbinic and community work, 1919, undated   box 4 | folder 8

    Includes programs, clippings, and other materials related to Jacob Raisin's work at KKBE, especially concerning Jewish Welfare Board meetings in Charleston and Atlanta and the Salvation Army. Includes a liquor permit issued to Raisin, necessitated by South Carolina's Prohibition of 1916.

    General materials, 1920-1923   box 4 | folder 9

    Clippings of articles by and about Rabbi Jacob Raisin, railway passes, brief from the October 1920 South Carolina Supreme Court term for the case John R. Campbell v. The First National Bank of Charleston and Janie L. Raisin and Mary Lazarus regarding resolution of funds lost to Campbell through a loan made to T. Moultrie Mordecai. Also includes letter written by Raisin and other members of the South Carolina American Jewish Relief Committee raising funds for Jewish victims of violence in Russia, Poland, and Hungary.

    KKBE and community work, 1924-1925   box 4 | folder 10

    Clippings of articles by and about Rabbi Jacob Raisin and KKBE congregation, program from the Centennial Celebration of the Commencement of Reform Judaism, and a letter from United Jewish Campaign Chairman David Brown appointing Raisin to the campaign's National Committee.

    Rabbinic writings, 1926-1927, undated   box 4 | folder 11

    Includes clippings by and about Rabbi Jacob Raisin and KKBE, articles on kindness to animals, social justice, and interfaith issues, and articles about Hadassah Quat, Raisin's niece.

    General materials, 1928-1929, undated   box 4 | folder 12

    Includes personal and professional clippings relating to Rabbi Jacob Raisin, engagement notice of Doris Quat, Raisin's niece, and a deposit ticket issued by the Library of Congress for two copies of Raisin's Twice Told Talmud Tales.

    Rabbinic work, 1930-1935   box 4 | folder 13

    Includes clippings about Raisin and KKBE, a signed letter from President Franklin D. Roosevelt requesting Raisin's assessment of the Social Security and WPA programs in Charleston, with a draft of Raisin's response on the reverse.

    KKBE and community, 1936-1940   box 4 | folder 14

    Includes clippings, programs, and miscellaneous materials about Rabbi Jacob Raisin, KKBE, and other Charleston institutions, such as Ashley Hall. Also includes a photograph of Raisin with General C. P. Summerall, President of the Citadel, at WTMA radio.

    Community work, 1938-1939, 1946   box 4 | folder 15

    Includes clippings about Rabbi Jacob Raisin, as well as articles from the Hebrew weekly newspaper HaDoar.

    Rabbinic work, 1939-1946, undated   box 4 | folder 16

    Contains professional clippings and correspondence of Rabbi Jacob Raisin, including a letter sent to Senator Carl Hatch endorsing the Equal Rights Amendment, a letter from The Citadel's General C. P. Summerall acknowledging Raisin's retirement, notice from H.U.C. of an exhibition of alumni publications, photocopies of H.U.C.'s card catalog records of all of Raisin's works, and a letter from Governor Olin Johnston on Raisin's election to Charleston County's Board of Trustees of School District #20.

    Tribute, 1944   box 4 | folder 17
    (Flat storage Case F Drawer 1 | Oversize folder)

    Tribute given to Rabbi Jacob Raisin from KKBE congregation for 29 years of service and resolution electing Raisin rabbi emeritus for life.

    KKBE sesquicentennial, 1974   box 4 | folder 18

    Sesquicentennial booklet for KKBE congregation.

    General, undated   box 4 | folder 19

    Includes assorted personal and private clippings.

    KKBE rabbis subsequent to Raisin, 1984-1992, undated   box 4 | folder 20

    Includes materials by and about rabbis William Rosenthall, Anthony Holz, and Allan Tarshish.

    3. Correspondence, circa 1890-1936  

    This series consists of correspondence, primarily personal, to and from Jacob Raisin, his colleagues, family members, including his wife, his children, and his brother, the local B'nai Brith lodge, and Henrietta Szold. Family correspondence sent to Jacob Raisin while he was traveling details day-to-day events. Also includes several letters to and from Barnett Elzas. Some of Raisin's letters are in Hebrew.

    circa 1890-1934   box 5 | folder 1

    Correspondence from Barnett Elzas to Jacob Raisin, from Elzas to an unidentified woman, and from Charles Simonton to Elzas.

    1907-1936   box 5 | folder 2

    Correspondence in Hebrew written by Jacob Raisin, and a postcard from Henrietta Szold.

    1918-1919   box 5 | folder 3

    Personal correspondence from Jacob to Jane Raisin.

    1920   box 5 | folder 4

    Personal correspondence between Jacob and Jane Raisin.

    1921-1922   box 5 | folder 5

    Correspondence to Jane and Max Raisin; also a congratulatory note to Jacob Raisin from Dan Lodge (B'nai Brith) on the birth of his son.

    1923   box 5 | folder 6

    Personal correspondence to Jane Raisin.

    1924   box 5 | folder 7

    Personal correspondence to Jane Raisin.

    1928-1929   box 5 | folder 8

    Personal correspondence among Jacob, Jane, Mordenai, Rachel, and Aaron Raisin.

    1931-1932   box 5 | folder 9

    Personal correspondence from Jacob Raisin to his family.

    1933-1935   box 5 | folder 10

    Personal correspondence between Jacob Raisin and his family, and some letters from Raisin to colleagues and friends. Also includes a letter from KKBE making the Raisins honorary members of the congregation.

    Undated   box 5 | folder 11

    Personal correspondence from Jane and Rachel Raisin to Jacob Raisin.

    4. Writings, 1889-2007  

    Diaries, 1892-1910 

    This series consists of two diaries compiled by Jacob Raisin, relating general events and daily life, personal reflections, and musings or letters to his brother Max Raisin. Some of the diary entries are in Hebrew.

    1892-1905   box 5 | folder 12

    "My Life's Tragi-Comedy, Volume 1." In a letter to his brother Max at the beginning of the volume, Raisin notes that the diary is modeled after Samuel Johnson's. The diary is a combination of personal reflection and daily record-keeping.

    1905-1910   box 5 | folder 13

    "Light and Shadows." A bound volume, mostly of letters written to Max Raisin, primarily in English.

    Manuscripts, 1893-1938 

    This series consists of Raisin's English and Hebrew writings. These materials are either notes Raisin made for publications, sermons, or other speeches and lectures, or they are bound volumes of Raisin's thoughts, teachings, and ecclesiastical research, arranged chronologically. There are also several versions of Raisin's translation into Hebrew of Oliver Goldsmith's poem "The Deserted Village." The materials include Raisin's writings on living an ethical life, short biographical essays, or sermons on figures including George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Abraham Geiger, and Harry Houdini. Also included are writings on the Jews of Charleston, the Jews of Russia, Pirkei Avot (Sayings of the Fathers), a topical anthology of teachings on numerous issues, and discussion of Jews in English literature.

    Hebrew composition book, 1893-1895   box 5 | folder 14

    A combination of journal entries and poems by Jacob Raisin, written in Hebrew.

    "The Renaissance or the Rise and Spread of Hascala among the Russian Jews, Volume 1," 1900   box 6 | folder 1

    Corrected typescript.

    "Creed and Custom in Judaism," 1903   box 6 | folder 2

    Bound handwritten manuscript and related review. Later published as a book (see box 9, folder 13).

    Ethical writings, 1905   box 6 | folder 3

    Collection of handwritten essays by Jacob Raisin in Hebrew (pp. 28-71) on ethical topics with section headings like simple ways; living with the community and living simply; the study of simple living.

    "Treatise on the Simple Life," 1905   box 6 | folder 4

    Handwritten pages in Hebrew by Jacob Raisin.

    Ethical journal, 1906   box 6 | folder 5

    "Anthology." Bound volume by Jacob Raisin, includes writings and clippings on individual topics such as age, children, flattery, hope, magnanimity, etc., organized in alphabetical order.

    "Minhagim of Nomology (Customs of Law-Making)," 1906   box 7 | folder 1

    Unbound, handwritten manuscript.

    "Lincoln, the First American," 1906   box 7 | folder 2

    "Haskalah or, the Russo-Jewish Renaissance," 1907-1913   box 7 | folder 3

    Bound corrected typescript. Includes receipt inside book for binding costs from A. Rafalovsky, New York.

    "The Conflict between Rationalism and Traditionalism or, Reform Judaism Prior to Abraham Geiger," undated   box 7 | folder 4

    Handwritten manuscript written while in East Las Vegas.

    "Suffragism - Defeated or Delayed: A Rabbi's Plea for Equality, "1915   box 7 | folder 5

    Includes the typed version of this essay and also correspondence between Raisin and Mrs. M. E. Halsey regarding the suffragist movement.

    "The Jews of Charleston," 1920   box 7 | folder 6

    A history of Jews in South Carolina and Charleston, including a list of KKBE's past rabbis and presidents.

    "Deserted Village," 1920-1931   box 7 | folder 7

    Handwritten Hebrew translations of Oliver Goldsmith's poem by Jacob Raisin from 1920, 1928, and 1931.

    "Kindness to Animals," 1925   box 7 | folder 8

    "Harry Houdini," 1926   box 7 | folder 9

    "Father Abraham" (Lincoln), 1927   box 7 | folder 10

    "We Jews," 1929   box 7 | folder 11

    "Twice Told Talmud Tales," 1929   box 7 | folder 12

    Address delivered at the 7th Annual Convention of the South Carolina Federation of Temple Sisterhoods, 1930   box 7 | folder 13

    "Jewish Affirmations: A Manual for Confirmands, and Those Interested to Know the Doctrines and Ideals of Judaism, 1931"   box 7 | folder 14

    "Washington the Mason," 1932   box 7 | folder 15

    Article on George Washington.

    "The Sayings of Our Fathers," 1932   box 7 | folder 16

    Written at the request of Harry Comins, Youth Activities Director for the Commission on Jewish Education, as a discussion guide for teenagers.

    "Judaism and Proselytism," 1938   box 8 | folder 1

    Unbound corrected typescript.

    "Judaism and Proselytism," 1938   box 8 | folder 2

    Unbound typescript.

    Hebrew writings, undated   box 9 | folder 1

    Hebrew writings, undated   box 9 | folder 2

    "Blocks or Stepping Stones," undated   box 9 | folder 3

    "Jackie Cohen and Jackie Coogan," undated   box 9 | folder 4

    Article about persons and groups claiming to be descended from Abraham and related to the Children of Israel.

    "Why Go to Church or Synagogue?" undated   box 9 | folder 5

    "Jewish Types in English Literature," undated   box 9 | folder 6

    Printed essay by Raisin in Hebrew.

    "Reform Judaism Prior to Abraham Geiger," circa 1910   box 9 | folder 7

    Bound corrected typescript.

    Published works, 1889-2007 

    This series consists of Raisin's published works in English, which appeared primarily in Jewish newspapers and journals, as well as Twice Told Talmud Tales. Also includes numerous published articles on Jewish history, social issues, Reform Judaism, and children's stories.

    "The Beginnings of the Renaissance among the Russian Jews," H.U.C. Journal, 1899   box 9 | folder 8

    Essay on Jewish scholars, their intellectual contributions to Russian Jewish life, the Russian government's attitude towards Jews, Russian massacres of Jews, and related topics. Article spans 16th to 18th centuries.

    "A Glimpse into Jewish Science as Developed among Russian Jews," Reform Advocate,1900   box 9 | folder 9

    "Moses and Washington," Temple Sinai Pulpit, 1903   box 9 | folder 10

    "The First of the Maskilim," The New Era, March/April 1905   box 9 | folder 11

    Article on Isaac Baer Levinsohn, Russian-Jewish scholar and leader of the Enlightenment movement.

    "Prince of Commentators," American Israelite, 1905   box 9 | folder 12

    Article on Rashi, 11th century French rabbi, who authored numerous commentaries on the Old Testament and other Jewish texts.

    Clippings, announcements, and reviews of Sect, Creed and Custom in Judaism, 1907   box 9 | folder 13

    "Judaism, the Scriptures and Masonry," The Masonic Observer, 1910   box 9 | folder 14

    "The Conflict between Rationalism and Traditionalism, or Reform Judaism Prior to Abraham Geiger," 1910   box 9 | folder 15

    Program and printed booklet of talk given by Raisin at the Central Conference of American Rabbis in Charlevoix, Michigan. Geiger was a German-Jewish scholar and founder of Reform Judaism.

    "Disillusionments," The Jewish Tribune, 1910   box 9 | folder 16

    Article about parenting.

    "Tales from the Talmud," The Ark, 1903, 1914   box 9 | folder 17

    "Twice Told Talmud Tales," issues 7-20, The Ark, 1915-1917   box 9 | folder 18

    "On the Eve of Election," The Jewish Monitor, 1916   box 9 | folder 19

    Pamphlet discussing the decline of ethics amongst politicians, and the general state of conflict between political parties.

    "The Jewish Contribution to the Progress of Russia," The Jewish Forum, 1919   box 9 | folder 20

    "A Daughter of Israel," The Jewish Forum, 1921   box 9 | folder 21

    Article on the life and contributions of Grace Aguilar, British-Jewish writer on Jewish history and religion.

    "The Literature of the Haskalah," The Jewish Forum, 1921   box 9 | folder 22

    "Professor Gotthard Deutsch,"The Jewish Forum, 1922   box 9 | folder 23

    Speech on Deutsch, an Austrian-Jewish scholar who later immigrated to America and taught at H.U.C.

    "Hebrew Journalism and Belles-Lettres," The Jewish Forum, 1922-1923   box 9 | folder 24

    "Creatures, Mute but Eloquent," The Talmud Magazine, 1923   box 9 | folder 25

    "America and the Polish Jews," The Jewish Tribune and Hebrew Standard, 1923   box 9 | folder 26

    "The Literature of the Haskalah (Enlightenment)," The Jewish Forum, 1924   box 9 | folder 27

    "Lafayette and the Jews: His Gift to Dr. de Leon in 1824 Now First Told," The American Hebrew, 1924   box 10 | folder 1

    "A Hundred Years of Reform Judaism," The American Hebrew, 1924   box 10 | folder 2

    "The Cradle of Reform Judaism," The Jewish Tribune, 1925   box 10 | folder 3

    "It Is No Vain Thing for You," The Jewish Tribune, 1925   box 10 | folder 4

    Weekly sermon on Chapter 32 of the book of Deuteronomy.

    "The Cradle of American Judaism," The American Israelite, 1925   box 10 | folder 5

    "Dayton versus Jabneh: How Judaism Would Regard the Teaching of Theories Not in Accord with the Literal Interpretation of the Bible," The Jewish Tribune, 1925   box 10 | folder 6

    A Jewish opinion on the Scopes trial.

    "L'shanah Tovah (Happy New Year)!," The Community Reflector, [1927]   box 10 | folder 7

    "Confessions of a Reform Rabbi," The Reflex, 1928   box 10 | folder 8

    Twice Told Talmud Tales, 1929   box 10 | folder 9

    A note reading "1st copy?" appears on the title page, apparently in Raisin's hand. Printed by Behrmans' Jewish Book Shop in New York.

    "How to Number Our Days and Years," The Southern Israelite, 1929   box 10 | folder 10

    "Tolstoy: From a Jewish Viewpoint," B'nai Brith Magazine, circa 1930   box 10 | folder 11

    "For Junior Readers: Stories from Twice Told Talmud Tales, "Young Israel, 1931   box 10 | folder 12

    "Washington, the Mason!," The New Age, 1932   box 10 | folder 13

    "Jews, George Washington and Religious Liberty," The Jewish Forum, 1932   box 10 | folder 14

    "Our Fountain of Youth," The American Jewish Times, 1936   box 10 | folder 15

    Discussion of Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) as Jewish fountain of youth or opportunity for renewal.

    Gentile Reactions to Jewish Ideals, 1953-1954, undated   box 10 | folder 16

    Clippings and publications related to Raisin's posthumously published book.

    "Humanitarianism of the Laws of Israel: Kindness to Animals," Jewish Tracts No. 6, undated   box 10 | folder 17

    "The Treatment of Animals among the Jews," The H.U.C. Journal, undated   box 10 | folder 18

    Books removed from the Raisin collection and cataloged separately, 1889-2007   box 10 | folder 19

    Includes photocopies of cover pages of books removed for cataloging. Also includes items that were laid inside books. Several volumes were inscribed to Jane and Jacob Raisin by the authors. Authors include Max Raisin and Daniel Shimshoni, Jacob Raisin's nephew.

    5. Miscellaneous, circa 1700, 1908-1919  

    This series consists of materials of unknown origin or uncertain relation to Jacob Raisin or his family.

    Megillat Esther, circa 1700?   box 11

    Deerskin(?) scroll with Megillat Esther (book of Esther read at Purim). Possibly made in North Africa (Morocco), written with a reed.

    Ketubah (marriage contract), 1908   box 10 | folder 20
    (Flat storage Case F Drawer 1 | Oversize folder)

    Original marriage contract in Hebrew from September 1908 (18 Elul 5668) between Esther Devorah daughter of Rabbi Abraham and Rabbi Yitzchak.

    Various clippings, undated   box 10 | folder 21

    Contains clippings of an index of general Jewish texts and reference works, photocopy of the above-mentioned ketubah from 1908. Also includes a slip from the Ladies' Free Loan Association in New York, Treasurer, A. Reisen.

    Black leather case, undated   box 10 | folder 22

    Pin and snuff box, circa 1917-1919, undated   box 10 | folder 23

    Pin from the Jewish Welfare Board.

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    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Rabbi Jacob S. Raisin papers, College of Charleston Libraries, Charleston, SC, USA.

    Acquisitions Information

    Materials were donated in 2005 and 2012 by Mordenai Lazarus Raisin Hirsch and Rachel Marla Raisin.

    Processing Information

    Initial inventory by Marie Ferrara, 2008.

    Processed by Jessica Epstein, August 2012.

    Encoded by Jessica Epstein, August 2012.

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

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