B'nai Jacob Synagogue

On this West Virginia Morning, we explore how to stay connected to one’s faith while houses of worship are closed. We also bring you a few moments of Zen, courtesy of the West Virginia Botanic Garden, and we listen to this week’s Mountain Stage Song of the Week.

January 2, 2006: Rabbi Samuel Cooper Dies

Jan 2, 2020
Rabbi Samuel Cooper
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Rabbi Samuel Cooper died in Florida on January 2, 2006, at age 97. The Toronto native visited Charleston in 1932 to lead the High Holiday services for the B’nai Jacob Synagogue. The congregation was so impressed that a delegation followed him on his return home, caught up with him in Baltimore, and hired him as full-time rabbi. Cooper returned to Charleston to begin nearly a half-century in the B’nai Jacob pulpit.

He was the synagogue’s first rabbi born in North America. He guided the congregation from old-style Orthodox Judaism to a more modern Orthodox perspective.

Ohio State University

The widow of the Shoney’s Restaurants founder has died. Betty Schoenbaum was 100.

Schoenbaum and her late husband, Shoney's founder Alex Schoenbaum, were longtime philanthropists in West Virginia, Sarasota, Florida and Columbus, Ohio, where she met him on her first day of classes at Ohio State University.

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin
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Senator Joe Manchin is visiting Israel this week to meet with senior government officials and business and energy leaders.
 

This article is part of a special series highlighting the Jewish experience in West Virginia. It's a companion to the television series The Story of the Jews, airing March 25 and April 1 at 8 pm on West Virginia PBS.