Upcoming Events


Charleston, South Carolina
May 17 – 19, 2024

Jewish emigrants from Eastern Europe tended to identify with their town of origin and often followed their landsmen, or fellow countrymen, to their new home city in the United States. Assistance might come from family, or in some cases, from a landsmanshaft, or benevolent society. Charleston, SC, was home to a group of emigrants from Kaluszyn, Poland, who organized the Kalushiner Society in the early 1900s. 

Please join us in Charleston for a weekend full of discussions, family stories, and the history of a local landsmanshaft.



Francis Marion Hotel – BOOK HEREOnline code JHSSC24

Hampton Inn Charleston/Patriots Point – BOOK HERE

Back by Popular Demand! 
Conversations with Judge Richard Gergel and Robert Rosen returns to Zoom!

Please mark your calendars for these upcoming Zoom programs.

Sunday, April 14 5:00 PM “A Southern Passover” with Kugels & Collards authors, Rachel Barnett and Lyssa Harvey
“Pecans in charoset”? Join our hosts for a discussion about the Southern Jewish table with Kugels & Collards authors.

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

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