Upcoming Event

Upcoming Events


Sunday, October 4, 2020 5:30 PM

 Join Us For a Special Sunday Conversation via ZOOM (register below)

Remembering Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Reflections on RBG by Professor Leon Friedman, longtime friend and former colleague of Justice Ginsburg

Renowned lawyer, law professor, and author, Leon Friedman, whose parents were merchants in Pamplico, South Carolina, will share reminisces of his fifty year relationship with Justice Ginsburg with Judge Richard Gergel and Robert Rosen.  Professor Friedman will also share his memories of his parents’ experiences as Jewish merchants and engaged citizens in their small South Carolina town.





Sunday, October 18 11:00 AM

JHSSC Annual Membership Meeting

Bring your coffee and bagels, and join us for the Annual Membership meeting. 

Register at https://tinyurl.com/JHSSCmem



Sunday Conversations with past presidents of the JHSSC and noted authors, Judge Richard Gergel and Robert Rosen continue!  Join us for upcoming programs.

Sunday, November 1, 2020 5:30 PM

Charleston’s Early Jews and the City’s Notable History of Religious Tolerance

A Charleston 350 edition of Sunday Conversations
with Judge Richard M. Gergel and Robert N. Rosen, Esq.

With special guests, Charleston 350 Commission Co-Chairs:
Mr. Jonathan Green, City of Charleston Ambassador for the Arts
Hon. A. Peter Shahid Jr., City Councilmember, Ninth District

Register at https://tinyurl.com/NovemberConvo


Thursday, December 3 7:00 PM

Charleston Jewish Bookfest presents

Wandering Dixie, Dispatches from the Lost Jewish South by Sue Eisenfeld

Sponsored by the Pearlstine/Lipov Center for Southern Jewish Culture, KKBE Lifelong Learning, College of Charleston Jewish Studies and JHSSC



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Ongoing Projects

JHSSC’s Jewish Merchant Project
For more than 300 years, Jewish settlers – from across the Atlantic and around the country – have made their homes in South Carolina. The earliest Jews populated Charleston, Georgetown, and later Columbia, where they held a variety of occupations and became immersed in civic life. By the late 1800s, Jewish merchants had set up shop on downtown streets in towns big and small, and more than 100 years later their legacy remains alive through their descendants. The Jewish Merchant Project (JMP) goal is to preserve memories of the men and women who have played vital roles in communities across South Carolina. Their stories are our history.

Beginning in 2017, the JHSSC partnered with Historic Columbia and the College of Charleston to undertake a state-wide survey of Jewish merchants, past and present. The JMP website is the foundational product of that survey and will capture the impact of Jewish businessmen and women on communities, large and small, as well as the networks of family and friends that led Jewish men and women to call this state home.

Jewish Merchant Project | Explore the Merchant Map

Historic Columbia and Columbia Jewish Heritage Initiative
Purpose: Identify and fill gaps in the documentation of Columbia’s Jewish History; Document stories of Holocaust survivors who settled in Columbia; Encourage dialogue by collecting and sharing stories, images, and documents; Broadcast information to diverse audiences through print and web-based media and public programs; Create an ongoing coalition to sustain the effort in the future; Record stories of elders of Columbia’s Jewish community. To read the entire article about the Columbia Jewish Heritage Initiative go to Page 11 of the Fall 2015 Magazine.

To learn more about or participate in the Columbia Jewish Heritage Initiate,  go to www.historiccolumbia.org/CJHI or Contact: Robin Waites, Executive Director Historic Columbia, rwaites@historiccolumbia.org.

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Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina


JHSSC Office
96 Wentworth Street
Charleston, SC 29424
Phone: 843 953 3918
Email: scjews@gmail.com

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