The Story of the Jews in Georgia includes involvement in the civil rights movement with Rabbi Jacob Rothschild leading the fight.
GPB’s panel discussion turned the lens on Georgia’s Jewish heritage and a dismal chapter in the state’s history: the temple bombing. Guest blogger Jeremy Katz, from the Breman Museum, gives an account of the event in this post.
But hearing accounts of what happened from real people who were in Atlanta at the time and attended the Temple, make the story come alive.
The panel discussion afforded that opportunity as Janice Rothschild Blumberg, the widow of Rabbi Rothschild, was one of the guests. She described how she learned about the bombing and received a phone threat with her characteristic detail and wit.
While the bombing blew apart the Temple, it drew blacks and whites together to fight social injustice and build a better city.