“The Chattanooga’s Jewish Neighborhoods: Where We Lived and Why,” is currently on view at the Jewish Cultural Center, 5461 North Terrace Road, through Friday, July 20 at 3 p.m. There is no cost to view the exhibit. All of the text is available in a complimentary booklet. Donations are appreciated for the booklets. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Fridays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., evenings and Sundays by appointment. For additional information call 423-493-0270.
Overview of the exhibit:
“Chattanooga’s Jewish Neighborhoods: Where We Lived and Way,” takes an in-depth look at the evolution of Chattanooga’s Jewish community. Did areas where Chattanooga’s Jewish families lived grow organically or were there predictable patterns to how they chose their neighborhoods? Research shows a definite correlation of selecting a residence to country of origin, degree of observance of a Jewish way of life, affordability and economic opportunity, in – group discrimination and socialization patterns. This exhibit does not cover all neighborhoods or all areas of the city. This exhibit has chosen to highlight four of the many areas where Jewish families have lived in the past: the West Side, Glenwood, Brookfield and Concord Highlands. Research and text for the exhibit was assembled and written by Karen Diamond.
The exhibit’s visuals depict a story of hardship, determination and a description of what Jewish communities went through to get us to the present Jewish community. The story begins with the first Jewish family to move to Chattanooga after the Civil War, to the building of Mizpah Congregation and B’nai Zion Congregation. “The story is absolutely wonderful and really teaches you a lot about the Jewish community.” states Jewish Federation intern Will Potts.
The Jewish Cultural Center, funded by the Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga, offers programs, classes and exhibits, social services and a preschool—all rooted in Jewish values. The facility enables the Jewish community to raise its visibility, foster relationships, and strengthen its identity in the Chattanooga area. Located at 5461 North Terrace, the Center and its programs are open to everyone, regardless of religious affiliation.