Whether you are just visiting or have recently relocated, we welcome you to Charleston with open arms and a warm southern "Shalom Y’all!"
Shalom Charleston, a program of the Charleston Jewish Federation, was created to seamlessly welcome the newest members to the Charleston Jewish community. Think of us as your welcome wagon, and the ones to go to whenever you have a question. The diversity represented through programs, synagogues, and activities here are guaranteed to foster opportunities for you to find others in which to share the Jewish experience!
By arranging personalized one-on-one meetings, you will have the opportunity to meet with Shalom Charleston volunteers to receive community resources, get connected with community organizations, learn about volunteer opportunities, and make new friends. To schedule a meeting, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tourists and Visiting Groups
No trip to Charleston would be complete without a proper orientation to our rich Jewish southern history! Recommendations:
Visit Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim (KKBE). Founded in 1749 as a Sephardic Orthodox congregation, in 1841, Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim – also known as KKBE – was firmly committed to the path of religious Reform Judaism. Their sanctuary is the second oldest synagogue building in the United States and the oldest in continuous use. Learn More and Schedule a Tour Here >>
Jewish Walking Tours. We would happy to reccomend experienced tour guides that can share with you our Jewish history.
Charleston Holocaust Memorial. In Marion Square, downtown Charleston, this memorial was constructed in 1999. Its mission is one of remembrance and it stands as a permanent monument – a reminder of the Holocaust for future generations, long after the few remaining survivors in our community are gone.
A World of Jewish Culture. A World of Jewish Culture was Inaugurated in 1998 as a joint project of the Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program at the College of Charleston, in cooperation with Piccolo Spoleto. This annual series, always late May/early June, brings Jewish music, lectures, movies and other content to the Charleston festival.