Shalom Charleston


Whether you are visiting Charleston or have recently relocated to the #1 City in America, we welcome you to Charleston with open arms and a warm Southern Shalom Y’all!


Potential/New Residents:


Shalom Charleston, a program of the Charleston Jewish Federation has been created to seamlessly welcome you as 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 to share the Jewish experience with!    


By arranging personalized one-on-one meetings, you will have the opportunity to meet with Shalom Charleston volunteers and receive community resources, get connected with community organizations, learn about volunteer opportunities and make new friends.  To schedule a meeting, please contact us at


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 more about our historic 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.


  • Summerville Jewish Heritage. Visit the Summerville Museum to pick up a map of the Jewish Heritage sites, and then grab lunch at Cuppa Manna, a former dry goods store of Jewish merchant and philanthropist Saul Alexander.


  • 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. 


We are happy to help you plan the perfect visit! Contact today.

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