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Ketubbah, Charleston, S.C., 1848
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Ketubbah
Charleston, S.C., November 1, 1848 (Heshvan 5609)
Parchment and ink
Private collection

This ketubbah, or marriage contract, written in Aramaic and English and dated “73 years of the independence of the U.S.,” solemnizes the marriage of Judah B. Polock and Mary Hyams, a relation of Judah P. Benjamin. The officiating minister, Rev. Jacob Rosenfeld, was the first hazzan of Shearit Israel and the son-in-law of Rebecca and Isaiah Moses. His wife Leonora taught Sunday school with her husband, and was a contributor to Eleanor Solomons’s album quilt.

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