From Kaluszyn To Charleston

Charleston, SC
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.

Friday, May 17 

TBD Services, followed by a Shabbat dinner at BSBI, 182 Rutledge Avenue

Join family and friends as we kick off the weekend with Friday Shabbat services, followed by a wonderful Shabbos dinner! Roast chicken, brisket, freshly baked challah – just like your grandmother and mother cooked!

Saturday and Sunday events will take place at the Francis Marion Hotel, 387 King Street

Saturday, May 18

11:30 AM Registration and Lunch

12:15 PM Opening Remarks ~ Steve Savitz, President, Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Keynote: Landsmanshaft and Jewish Immigrant Fraternalism in the U.S. South ~ Josh Parshall, Director of History, Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life  

1:30 PM – 1:45 PM Break

1:45 PM– 2:30 PM The Kalushiner Society: A Southern Landsmanshaft ~  Ashley Walters, Director, Pearlstine/Lipov Center for Southern Jewish Culture, College of Charleston

2:30 PM – 2:45 PM Break

2:45 PM – 4:15 PM St. Philip Street Memories ~ Panel Discussion, moderated by Dale Rosengarten

4:15 PM – 5:30 PM Remembering the Martyrs and Survivors ~ David Popowski and Chad Gibbs, Director, Zucker/Goldberg Center for Holocaust Studies, College of Charleston

5:30 PM Reception ~ Kalushiner Society exhibit, Jewish Heritage Collection, 3rd floor, Addlestone Library, College of Charleston

Dinner on your own.

Sunday, May 18

9:00 AM Board meeting

10:30 AM Kaluszyn Today ~ Joe Gellman and Ed Goldberg with Chad Gibbs

11: 30 AM Walking Tours

1:00 PM Conference ends

Kalushiner society panel pt. 1

Kalushiner society panel pt. 2

Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina



JHSSC Office
96 Wentworth Street
Charleston, SC 29424
Phone: 843 953 3918

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