Jewish Soldiers in Blue and Gray

by | May 4, 2012 | What’s Happening

Wednesday, May 9, 7pm

Ohef Sholom Temple and its adult education committee will present the film Jewish Soldiers in Blue and Gray, Faith Under Fire in the American Civil War.
This film explores the little known and little publicized history of the Civil War Jews who fought on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Line: 7,000 for the Union and 3,000 for the Confederacy.
Learn about General Grant’s “General Order No. 11” expelling Jews from Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi; the rise of Sephardic Jew Judah P. Benjamin to Secretary of State of the Confederacy; the imprisonment of Confederate spy Eugenia Levy Phillips, and Moses Ezekiel, a young VMI cadet who fought in the Battle of New Market.
Dramatic and informative, this film brings to light remarkable stories of courage and faith, and fills a gap in the history of American Jewry. It is a must-see film for Civil War and American Jewish History enthusiasts.
The film will be followed by a discussion facilitated by Barbara Dudley and Charles Cooper. For more information, contact Linda Peck, director of Congregational Life at or 625-4295.