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September 26, 2022


Oct 09, 2022
4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
Virtual Event

Poet Laureate of Southern Jews: Personal Remembrances of Eli Evans

Free with RSVP
Online via Zoom

Please join our panel of Eli Evans’ colleagues, friends and family remembering the man whose passion for southern Jewish history provided a legacy that has thrived for five decades. The panelists will bring their own perspective to the discussion about their colleague, their friend, their father.

The panelists are:

  • Robert Rosen, moderator: When not involved in his Charleston law practice, Robert likely will be found studying and writing history. He has authored several books about the history of Charleston and southern Jewish history and has been a frequent participant with SJHSSC programs. Mr. Rosen also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Historic Charleston Foundation and is Chairman of the Arts and History Commission of the City of Charleston. He is past president of the JHSSC.

  • Marcie Cohen-Ferris: Marcie is a professor in the Department of American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ferris’s research and teaching interests include southern history and culture–particularly the foodways and material culture of the American South, the history of the Jewish South, and American Jewish identity and culture.

  • Josh Evans: Josh, a SAG-AFTRA actor with multiple television and film credits to his name, is the only son of Eli and Judith Evans. His work can be seen on

  • Macy B. Hart: Macy is the founder and President Emeritus of the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life (ISJL). Before establishing the ISJL, Macy was Director of the Henry S. Jacobs Camp in Utica, Mississippi, for 30 years. He also founded the Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience (MSJE) in 1986; the new MSJE is now open in New Orleans.

  • Len Rogoff: Leonard, former president of the SJHS, has written and lectured on the Jewish history of North Carolina.  He is now historian for Jewish Heritage North Carolina.

  • Steve Whitfield: Steve is the Max Richter Professor of American Civilization, Emeritus, at Brandeis University. He has written extensively about American political and cultural history, and southern Jewish history. 

This event is in partnership with the Southern Jewish Historical Society, Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina, Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life, The Covenant Foundation and the American Jewish Historical Society.

We hope you can join us for an afternoon devoted to a man who meant so much to all of us. We look forward to seeing you.


Online via Zoom