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Do you know who was the first Jewish settler in the Augusta area? What was his occupation?

Isaac Hendrix was a fur trader, doing business with the Native Americans in the area.

Do you know who is the physician pictured above and what was his specialty? What building in Augusta is named in his memory?

Dr. Robert B. Greenblatt, an endocrinologist. The library at the Medical College of Georgia
is named for him.

Do you know which Jewish organization in Augusta is the second oldest of its kind in the United States? What is its official name?

At the center of Jerusalem, in an area about twice the size of the Mall in Washington sit three major holy sites: the Al-Aqsa mosque, the third holiest site in the world for Muslims; the Western Wall, part of the holiest site in the world for Jews; and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which marks the place where many Christians believe Jesus was crucified, entombed and resurrected. Between 587 B.C. and A.D. 70, Jews built — and then saw destroyed — two temples in Jerusalem that were the center of their religious and communal life. Nearly 2,000 years later, Jerusalem and the Temple remain central to traditional Jewish thought and prayer. For Muslims, Jerusalem is a site of key events in the life of Jesus and other important figures. It’s also the spot where, according to traditional interpretations of the Koran and other texts, the prophet Muhammad ascended to heaven. (Washington Post, May 14, 2018)

Do you know that before owning and managing shops in many cities in the South, what was a common occupation for many Jewish merchants?

The Jewish peddler who traveled from town to town, often accepting hospitality for the
Sabbath as he went on his way. Later, the peddlers earned enough to establish the small shops that dotted the southeast.