Monday, November 09, 2009


Lots of people are surprised when they come into our gallery and find that we have a great selection of Judaica! (We have lots of Christian items too by the way but being in the buckle of the Bible Belt people expect that).

What is this doing in a small southern town?

We have one of the oldest Jewish congregations in North Carolina. In the mid 1880’s, there were many Jewish merchants on Middle Street with family apartments above their businesses.

They held worship services in what is now called the O. Marks building. In 1865, the “Hebrews of New Bern” purchased land next to the National Cemetery for a Jewish Cemetery.

Eventually the group formed Congregation B’nai Sholem and in 1894 the trustees purchased the land now designated as 505 Middle Street in New Bern for the construction of a Temple. Today, their beautiful temple is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Here is a link to their website.

I've done drawings, paintings, prints, notecards and tiles of their building.

In addition we have lots of visitors that are Jewish or have Jewish relatives.

We sell quite a lot of Judaica and have items ranging from mezuzahs to menorahs, from gift books to magnets to soap.

So the next time you need a gift take a trip to Downtown New Bern or you might want to look on our website by clicking here.

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