The Temple Sinai Jewish History Center was created in partnership between the Sumter County Museum and Temple Sinai, a Reform Jewish synagogue located on Church Street in Sumter, SC, in a beautiful and historic 1913 building. Over the years, dwindling numbers in the temple’s congregation led its members to consider long-term planning for the building itself, if the day comes when the congregation is no longer viable. In the partnership, the congregation continues to use the temple sanctuary to conduct Friday night and holiday services, while the museum developed, installed, and oversees a permanent exhibit about Jewish history in South Carolina and Sumter in the adjoining social hall. The museum also includes a large section devoted to the Holocaust and Sumter’s ties to the Holocaust.
The Temple Sinai Jewish History Center has welcomed thousands of guests and the numbers continue to grow as more people hear about the exhibit and programs. With free admission provided for all school groups, the Center has seen middle school, high school, and college-level students of both public and private schools from five counties. Sumter County Museum plans to continue developing programming geared towards all ages and backgrounds to reach more of our local population.
The Temple Sinai Jewish History Center fund was created to support multiple programs and events hosted by the center and allows for continued low-cost admission.