Jewish immigrants quickly adapted to the South. In the Civil War, many fought for the Confederacy. In small towns especially they became part of their communities, winning honors in schools, competing on sports fields and in beauty pageants, and sometimes even enjoying that forbidden food, barbecue.
“I’m very much a Jewish Southerner. I love the South, and they’re my people.”
Jerry Sternberg, Asheville
Click the thumbnails below to view a slideshow of Jewish Southerners in North Carolina.