Jews join ranks of Civil War re-enactors - Community

Jews join ranks of Civil War re-enactors

DEBRA RUBIN JTA News & Features | Posted: Friday, July 27, 2012 12:00 am

Kim Drapkin says she has gunpowder in her blood. She loves to shoot, but you won't find her on a range with goggles and a pistol, or out in a forest with a hunting rifle and a camouflage vest. A reproduction of an 1861 model Springfield, muzzle-loading rifled musket is more her style. And you can find her on an open field wearing the gray woolen uniform of the Confederate States army.

Drapkin, 50, is one of a minority of Jews among the many thousands of men and women who each year don the blue and gray for Civil War re-enactments. Participants are typically drawn to the re-enactments, which often include weekend campouts and period-style Saturday evening dances, by their love for history and the outdoors, along with the camaraderie of the encampments.

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