Weekly Update • Thursday, October 29
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Session 9: Jewish Cemeteries
Tuesday, November 17, at 11am Central
Join the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life (ISJL) on Tuesday, November 17, for a visit to the South's Jewish cemeteries. We'll learn about cemeteries in big cities and small towns, think about what these sites can teach us about tensions between assimilation and tradition, and consider the fascinating nuances of Jewish burial culture. We'll also learn about what it takes to preserve these historic places.

Expect special guests, new insights, and views of beautiful historic cemeteries!

Southern Jewish Historical Society members at Natchez City Cemetery in Natchez, Mississippi.
Past Program: Virtual Bus Ride
This week ISJL Director of Heritage and Interpretation Nora Katz, ISJL Director of History Dr. Josh Parshall, and ISJL Community Engagement Program Manager Rachel Glazer hopped on a virtual bus to talk about what we've learned on the ISJL Virtual Vacation so far. We answered questions about rabbinical involvement in the Civil Rights Movement, how we define the South, southern Sephardic communities, and even kosher food in the South. We also talked about what's next for the ISJL Virtual Vacation, and spotlighted some places we'd love to visit.

If you missed the session, it's available any time on our website.
Southern Jewish Heritage Tour participants enjoying dinner together in Memphis.
Go Deeper
Read
We made a lot of recommendations this week. Ready to go on your own southern and Jewish research journey? The ISJL Encyclopedia of Southern Jewish Communities is the place to start. And the Southern Jewish Historical Society's bibliography is the place to go to find resources—sorted by both state and theme.

Explore
You may be asking, "Why visit cemeteries as a tourist? Why do historic cemeteries matter?" We're going to dive into that question during our next session, but Loren Rhoads, who runs the popular blog Cemetery Travel and who wrote the book 199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die, has some insight to offer us. Enjoy Rhoads's writing on her blog, and read more about why we should all visit cemeteries.

Watch
Ready to dive into one of the South's historic cemeteries? Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta hosts an annual program called Capturing the Spirit of Oakland, which features the voices and stories of the people buried in the cemetery. In 2020, the program is on film and available to you no matter where you are.

Bonus
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Trailer for the 2020 edition of Capturing the Spirit of Oakland. Atlanta's Oakland Cemetery has a significant Jewish history that we'll explore during the next session of the ISJL Virtual Vacation.
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We're excited to introduce you to the South’s vibrant cultural heritage, the big themes of southern Jewish history, the folks working to advance social justice in the South, and our region’s natural beauty, music, and food. There’s so much to explore—join us for a summer vacation from the comfort of your home!

Weekly digital events—live on the ISJL Facebook page and available any time on the ISJL Virtual Vacation website—feature museums, historic sites, scholars, chefs, and more from across the region.

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Start your virtual southern Jewish journey with ISJL resources designed to provide engaging windows into the history of the Jewish South.
The ISJL's Virtual Road Trip Through the Jewish South is an interactive collection of online resources accessible from anywhere. Check it out and get inspired before you begin the Virtual Vacation!
We'll travel again soon! When it's safe to hit the road, the ISJL can build a variety of trips through different southern states, emphasizing southern Jewish life, Civil Rights history, and southern culture. It's never too early to start planning your group's next adventure!