The Jewish community in Valdosta, Georgia, has been praying in a synagogue since 1920; formally organized as a congregation in 1908; and has celebrated religious services continually since 1894. All that began at Valdosta’s “Sim Smith’s Corner” in 1866 with the arrival of a Confederate veteran, Abraham Ehrlich. His family, along with the Engels and Marks families who followed, were the hitherto “three lost Jewish families.” Their untold story challenges the image of the persecuted Jew in the South. Relying heavily both on their own words and those of their Gentile neighbors, an intricate, warm, intimate, and human saga unfolds. You’ll peek over their shoulders at work, play, and prayer as they become respected and revered prominent members of the town’s society and contributors to its post-Civil War recovery and growth. In these pages, you’ll see a more humane, kinder, more receptive, more accepting, more hospitable, and gentler Georgia than is usually supposed. And as such, reading this tale is more of an experience than just a casual read.
Chant of Ages; Cry of Cotton
- From the Publisher
May 22, 2014
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