Chattanooga is truly a city that reflects America’s diverse history, possessing a rich, antebellum heritage combined with the energy and determination of the many brave immigrants who transformed this area from a traditional Southern town into a cosmopolitan center of the New South. One of Chattanooga’s most important contributors, the Jewish community has played an integral role in improving and diversifying the life and culture of this historic Tennessee town. In this volume of over 200 photographs, you will enjoy a celebration of the struggles, the stories of heroism and of common life, and the many successes of Chattanooga’s Jewish citizens. Touching upon all aspects of Jewish life, the Jewish Community of Chattanooga will take you on an exciting visual tour of the Jewish experience with beautiful and rare photographs of different Life Cycle events, Hebrew-oriented schools, such as the Jewish Day School, Jewish cemeteries, past and present-day synagogues, and its people, including many families, prominent businesspersons, special achievers, and community and civic leaders.
About the Author
Author and historian Joy Effron Abelson Adams has expanded upon her previous work as the curator of the Chattanooga Jewish Reflections Exhibit and has put together a wonderful collection of images and informative captions that both show and tell the history of Jewish Chattanooga, a fitting testimony to the Jewish ethic of hard work, love of family, and faith. Whether a member of the Jewish community or simply a lover of Tennessee history, you will enjoy thumbing through these captivating pages and learning more about the contributions the Jewish community has made in Chattanooga’s continued growth and prosperity.