Passover After the Civil War

Northern Jews come to the aid of the southern Jewish community.

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That Passover, in a nation divided by civil war, the unity of the Jewish community was affirmed. Soon after, appeals would be sent from the beleaguered Southern Jewish communities of Charleston, North Carolina, and Columbia, South Carolina. Those appeals would also be answered. The Jewish periodical The Occident printed in its July 1866 issue an appeal on behalf of Charleston's Jewish community. "We were pleased to see that the appeals were not looking with mute despair on the past, but working with hope to repair the losses with new success in the future."

That Passover of 1865, the wounds of the Jewish community caused by the division of the nation began to heal.

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Larry Domnitch

Larry Domnitch is a freelance writer and Jewish educator. He has a master's degree in Jewish history from Yeshiva University's Bernard Revel Graduate School.