“Bob Berman captures the compelling spirit of a small Mississippi town—Lexington—where for more than 150 years its distinct Jewish community has made a significant impact on its neighbors, its state and its country.”
“His book is a true story of finding humanity in the most unusual of places.”
—Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans
With this comprehensive book, author Robert Lewis Berman shares the story of a Jewish society located in Lexington, which is tucked away in the heart of the Mississippi Bible belt. He provides an extensive history of the town, profiles the families who made it flourish, and records his own personal experiences. Personal photographs and interviews make this book an intimate memoir of an almost unknown Mississippi town.
The book pays tribute to Lexington’s Temple Beth El, which means “House of God.” With the Star of David embedded into colorful stained glass, this century-old synagogue stands among a sea of Christian churches. Pictures of this place of worship, past and present, are included in the text. Throughout the chapters that follow, Berman offers insight into the lives of the individuals who create this resilient community. Boasting triumphs and mourning personal tragedies, the Jews of Lexington continue to thrive. They maintain their Jewish identity, affirm their beliefs, and inspire those who behold them.