Upcoming Event

JHSSC Goes Virtual – Join us on Zoom!

The Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina is pleased to announce a new series of monthly online programs. Join past presidents of the JHSSC and noted authors and historians Judge Richard Gergel and Robert Rosen for Sunday Conversations. Stay tuned for subsequent installations of this exciting series!

Sisterhood:  SC Suffragists—Moving Forward

Sunday, August 23rd at 7PM

JHSSC, SCETV, and Historic Columbia invite you to “zoom” on Sunday, August 23rd for Sisterhood:  SC Suffragists—Moving Forward. As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment and look back at the South Carolina women who played major roles in the fight for women’s voting rights, we will bring together women across South Carolina to explore the legacy of this historic accomplishment. We will tackle the pressing issues of today, such as voter suppression and opposition to mail-in ballots, that threaten the principle of one person, one vote.

We invite you to watch or listen to the live television and radio broadcast on August 23rd at 7:00 pm on SCETV and on our social media platforms, including Facebook. Our panel of historians, public officials, and other stakeholders will be happy to entertain your questions via Facebook Live.   

Sunday Conversations with Judge Richard Gergel and Robert Rosen

Sunday, August 30, 2020 5:30 PM

 “The Geography of South Carolina’s Synagogues” 
Join Judge Richard Gergel and Robert Rosen as they explore the history of the development of South Carolina’s Jewish houses of worship from KKBE to the present. 

Special guests 
Dr. Gary Zola, Executive Director, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives and The Edward M. Ackerman Family Distinguished Professor of the American Jewish Experience and Reform Jewish History at Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion

Dr. Samuel D. Gruber, Gruber Heritage Global

REGISTER AT: https://tinyurl.com/AugustConvo


Joint Statement from the SJHS & JHSSC
The boards of the Southern Jewish Historical Society (SJHS) and Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina (JHSSC) have agreed to postpone the 2020 conference, scheduled for October 22–25 in Charleston, South Carolina. We do so with regret, but we are determined not to do anything that could jeopardize the health of our members. The course of the COVID-19 pandemic is unclear, with the possibility of a second spike in cases in the fall. Given these health uncertainties, we feel it is unwise to plan a program and make the necessary commitments for a conference this coming October. 

The program and planning committees of SJHS and JHSSC made the same recommendation and will continue to work collaboratively to host the next conference in Charleston, South Carolina, in late October 2021. 

We are disappointed that we won’t be able to come together as we have for so many years, but we believe we have made a prudent decision. Our board members are working on other programs that will allow us to interact through the remainder of this year and into 2021. We will be in touch through e-mail and other digital and print media about initiatives that allow society members to stay engaged.

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Ongoing Events

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) hopes 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 has 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, we hope, 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 803.252.7742 ext. 14 or rwaites@historiccolumbia.org

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