Jewish Merchants/Jewish Life Historical

Jewish Merchants/Jewish Life Historical (HM1XZ8)

Location: Orangeburg, SC 29115 Orangeburg County
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Country: United States of America
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N 33° 29.369', W 80° 51.88'

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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.
HM NumberHM1XZ8
Year Placed2015
Placed ByThe Jewish Historical Society of South Caroina
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, April 20th, 2017 at 9:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 512572 N 3705561
Decimal Degrees33.48948333, -80.86466667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 29.369', W 80° 51.88'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 29' 22.14" N, 80° 51' 52.8" W
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Area Code(s)803
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1145 Russell St, Orangeburg SC 29115, US
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