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Jewish Studies Program

Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina--Fall Meeting

Saturday, November 9, 2013 - 8:00am to Sunday, November 10, 2013 - 5:00pm


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A Summer to Remember: 
Jewish Summer Camps in the American South
Columbia, SC

Jewish summer camps have been a fixture of the southern landscape for 60 years. Blue Star, Judaea, Camp Jacobs, Barney Medintz, Coleman, and Ramah have nurtured generations of youngsters, creating a Jewish social milieu that is hard to find in small southern communities. The fall meeting of the Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina -- to be held at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, November 9-10, 2013 -- will explore the ethos of southern Jewish camps and their ongoing impact on the way young Jews see themselves and the world.

Marcie Cohen Ferris will launch the two-day meeting with a keynote lecture, "God First, You Second, Me Third."     
A panel of former campers and camp directors, including Blue Star's Rodger and Candy Popkin, will share their memories and perceptions. Moderated by Eli Evans, the roundtable discussion will allow plenty of time for audience participation. On Sunday, Macy Hart, who found himself the new director of the Henry S. Jacobs Camp in Utica, Mississippi, four days after graduating from the University of Texas, will describe how, from that small acorn, a mighty oak grew in the Dixie diaspora. And last but not least, Eric Singer, founding director of Camp Ramah Darom, will discuss his vision for a new type of camp that provides services year-round.


Synopsis of the final program

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