This past Monday, patrons of the library learned about the long and evolving history of the Jewish culture and people within the state of Mississippi.
Dr. Stuart Rockoff, Director of the History Department at the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life and the Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience, guided visitors through the settlement of Jewish merchants in Mississippi during the 1800s up to the present day decline of the Jewish community throughout the state.
The presentation titled “The History of Jews in Mississippi” was attended by over 35 people from around Columbus, Tupelo, and even Sulligent, Alabama.
The event was part of the series held in conjunction with the traveling exhibit A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs, 1910-1965.
The next program in the series will be the “Yellow Brick Road Adventure” where families and children will enjoy a picnic dressed as their favorite character while watching The Wizard of Oz! The “Yellow Brick Road Adventure” will be in the Meeting Room of the Library on Thursday July 28 at 3:00pm.
A Fine Romance is sponsored by the American Library Association, Nextbook Press, the Mississippi Humanities Council, and the Friends of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library. It was developed by Nextbook, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting Jewish literature, culture, and ideas, and the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The national tour of the exhibit has been made possible by grants from the Charles H. Revson Foundation, the Righteous Persons Foundation, the David Berg Foundation, and an anonymous donor, with additional support from Tablet Magazine: A New Read on Jewish Life.