Jewish exhibit opens
Posted: Tuesday, January 25, 2011 8:01 pm
The story of Jewish immigration to Tennessee and how they embraced the culture they found here is documented in a traveling exhibit opening Thursday at the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center in Brownsville.
“Bagels & Barbecue: The Jewish Experience in Tennessee” begins with the saga of early Jewish settlers emigrating from Europe, where most faced religious persecution. A few came to East Tennessee in the 1770s and to Middle Tennessee by the 1820s. By 1870, groups in Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville and Chattanooga had purchased land for cemeteries — a first concern of new Jewish communities — and founded congregations for worship.
Chronicling the life of Jewish families during the Civil War and Reconstruction, the exhibit focuses on the historic contributions during this period. Stories of interest include the beginnings of one of America’s most respected newspaper empires, which began when 20 year-old Adolph Ochs, son of Julius and Bertha from Knoxville, bought The Chattanooga Times in 1878. In 1896, he added The New York Times to what is still today a family-controlled enterprise.
For more information, visit westtnheritage.com.
Published in The Messenger 1.25.11