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Jewish Voice Charleston

A publication of the Charleston Jewish Federation • w w Grief Support Group

September | 2013 Elul 5773/Tishrei 5774

Counseling Services Educational Scholarship and Loan Aid

Eating Disorder Counseling Charleston Jewish Community

Kosher Food Pantry

Breast Cancer Support Group Emergency Financial Assistance

INDEX President’s Letter 2 Charleston Jewish Federation 3-9 Charleston Jewish Family Services 10 - 11 Charleston JCC 12 - 13 Our Community 14 - 17 Local Happenings 18 - 19

The Charleston Jewish Federation is proud to announce the formation of Charleston Jewish Family Services (CJFS) in our community. Established in the summer of 2013, CJFS provides comprehensive services that help members of our community in the most effective, compassionate way possible, p roviding people of all ages, religions and socio-economic backgrounds with the encouragement and tools they need to become productive and self-reliant. In order to meet the diverse needs of our growing community, CJFS will continue to expand our programs and services in the coming months.


The Charleston Jewish Voice is a community newspaper, published as a service by the Charleston Jewish Federation, which focuses on Jewish life in Charleston. CHARLESTON JEWISH VOICE Is printed 4 times per year by the Charleston Jewish Federation, 1645 Raoul Wallenberg Blvd., Charleston, SC 29407 SUBMISSION POLICY: The Charleston Jewish Voice does not assume responsibility for the quality or kashrut of any product or service advertised in its pages. The opinions that are expressed in these pages are those of the author's, not that of the Charleston Jewish Voice. The Charleston Jewish Voice bears the right to reject/edit any editorial, articles, or advertising that it deems inappropriate. ADVERTISING DEADLINE: November 4, 2013; February 4, May 6, August 5 and November 4, 2014. Contact with advertising questions.


As with every New Year, we set out with new resolutions and new goals for ourselves. At the Charleston Jewish Community Alliance we do the same thing. The New Year brings new and exciting changes for our two organizations. First, as I wrote in a previous article, this is the last issue of the Charleston Jewish Voice in this current format. Although this marks the end of an era, an exciting and innovative new beginning is in store for the Voice. The Voice is being revamped into a quarterly publication that will be focused on themes and trends happening in our community and around the world. When you read the new CJV this winter, you will be stunned at some of the amazing content prepared by members of the community! Interested in taking part? If so,


email Lori Hoch Stiefel at lorihs@charlestonjcc. org. As we have learned, everyone in this community likes to have a voice! Onto the second change. We are proud to announce that the Zucker Family Foundation is in the process of acquiring 3.6 acres of property from the Charleston Jewish Community Center in order to build a new state-of-the-art home for the Addlestone Hebrew Academy. This will ensure that our children and future leaders of our community will have the opportunity to take part in a fantastic curriculum in a beautiful new facility. The sale of the land and the strategic plan being developed by the JCA Board will be the first step in our evaluation in determining the future of the JCC. As Rabbi Noah Weinberg wrote in “48 Ways to Wisdom”, “People often avoid making decisions out of fear of making a mistake. Actually, the failure to make decisions is one of life’s biggest mistakes.”

Change comes from making decisions, and the decisions are tough and the risk is high that we will upset members of the community. However, they are in our community’s best interest, and, as paraphrasing from Rabbi Weinberg, if we were to not make any decisions, we would be making a huge mistake and risking the sustainability of the community that generations of our family have been part of. When setting your Rosh Hashanah resolutions, keep Rabbi Weinberg’s thoughts in mind. Don’t be afraid to set ambitious goals or make tough decisions, because, as Michelangelo said, “The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.” This Rosh Hashanah, dream big, and aspire for greatness. That’s what we are doing here at the Charleston Jewish Federation and Charleston Jewish Community Center. L’Shana Tova, Spencer Lynch


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The Charleston Jewish Federation Israel Education Fellowship Program (IEF) quadruples the money you put away for your child so that they can spend it later on a meaningful experience in Israel. The Israel Education Fellowship Program is a community program, jointly sponsored by BSBI, KKBE, Synagogue Emanu-El and the Charleston Jewish Federation. We believe that a multi-week trip to the Jewish homeland enhances young Jews’ education and their sense of Jewish identity; the IEF program makes saving for a trip to Israel easy! What to know: → Parents put $200 into each child’s IEF fund for the first year of participation. → The family’s synagogue matches the funds. → The Charleston Jewish Federation doubles the match $2-to-$1. → Parents continue to put $100-$200 into an IEF fund each year for up to 7 years. → Between the end of 7th grade and age 22, funds can be used towards an extended trip to Israel!

Eligibility: Students are able to enroll beginning in 3rd grade and must complete at least 20 hours of approved Judaic study each year in order to qualify for matching funds. Judaic study includes Addlestone Hebrew Academy coursework, a congregation’s religious school or other educational program, or organized Jewish youth group activity. To receive matching funds from the synagogue, families must be ‘members in good standing’. To receive the Federation double match, each family must make a minimum contribution of $200 to the Charleston Jewish Federation’s Annual Campaign the first year of enrollment in the program, and at least $100 to the Campaign each succeeding year.

Mazel Tov to Judi & Ted Corsaro on daughter Jessica’s engagement:

Sharon & Michael Stricker Phyllis Firetag, a very Happy Birthday: Marilyn Hoffman Neil Draisin, Mazel Tov on being named AOA’s 2013 Optometrist of the Year: Becky Fisher Sally Fischbein, a Speedy Recovery: Sharon & Eddie Toporek Blanche Seifstein, a Speedy Recovery: Marilyn Hoffman Myron Perlitz, a Speedy Recovery: Marilyn Hoffman Thank-you to everyone for your Birthday wishes: Phyllis Firetag

Itchy Sonenshine, beloved husband of Mickey Sonenshine: Judi & Ted Corsaro; Sharon & Eddie Toporek Allan Mysel, beloved husband of Carol Mysel: Sharon & Eddie Toporek Sylvia Oser, beloved mother of Eric Oser: Judi & Ted Corsaro Brenda Mott, beloved mother of Paige Williams: Judi & Ted Corsaro Maurice Nussbaum, beloved father of Susie Rieder and Alan Nussbaum: Marilyn Hoffman Frances Feinberg, beloved mother of Carolyn Draisin: Becky Fisher


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Sally Fischbein, a Speedy Recovery: Phyllis Tanenbaum




Charles Banov, a Speedy Recovery: Phyllis Tanenbaum

Dana Rothschild Levy, a Speedy Recovery: Ijo & Stanley Toporek


Marilyn Hoffman, for all you do: Phyllis Tanenbaum

To learn more about how the Israel Education Fellowship matching process works and to sign up, visit, or call Sarah Roshfeld, CJF Program Director, at 843-614-6487.

Jill Levy, for all her work with Social Services & the Kosher Food Pantry: Phyllis Tanenbaum

All applications for new student enrollees must be submitted by October 31, 2013.


Judi & Ted Corsaro, Mazel Tov on daughter Jessica’s engagement & graduation with Masters degree: Eileen & Stanley Chepenik

We look forward to sharing our yearend campaign information with you in the December 2013 issue.

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Frances Feinberg, beloved mother of Dennis & Sharon Feinberg and Carol & Neil Draisin: Liz & Spencer Lynch Irving Sonenshine, beloved husband of Mickey Sonenshine: Phyllis Tanenbaum Bernice Berry, beloved mother of Marshall Berry & Ellen Seidenberg: Phyllis Tanenbaum Doris Meddin, beloved mother of Eve Berlinsky: Phyllis Tanenbaum



Ruth Berlinsky, beloved wife of Danny Berlinsky: Phyllis Tanenbaum

Maurice Fox, beloved father of Charles & Missee Fox & family: Miriam Wilchanovsky

Mazel Tov on the 50th wedding anniversary of Janice & Ellis Kahn: Jackie Berlinsky



Maurice Nussbaum, beloved father of Alan & Neda Nussbaum & Susie & Jeff Rieder: Liz & Spencer Lynch




John Lawrence, a Speedy Recovery: Janice & Ellis Kahn Ralph Kahn, a Speedy Recovery: Janice & Ellis Kahn Andy Slotin, a Speedy Recovery: Janice & Ellis Kahn


Margot Freudenberg, beloved mother of Henry Freudenberg: Janice & Ellis Kahn Irving “Itchy” Sonenshine, beloved husband of Mickey Sonenshine: Janice & Ellis Kahn Doris Meddin, beloved mother of Eve Berlinsky: Janice & Ellis Kahn Hannah Silver, beloved mother of Sharon Binder: Janice & Ellis Kahn Frances Feinberg, beloved mother of Dennis Feinberg: Janice & Ellis Kahn Paul Wurtzel, beloved husband of Ruth Wurtzel: Janice & Ellis Kahn Gerald Feinberg, beloved husband of Joanna Feinberg: Janice & Ellis Kahn Albert Sheridan, beloved father of Desmond Sheridan: Janice & Ellis Kahn





RAOUL WALLENBERG TRIBUTE ATTRACTS COMMUNITY-WIDE INTEREST Two hundred members of the Jewish and greater Charleston community honored Raoul Wallenberg on the 101st anniversary of his birth at a special program at the Charleston JCC on August 15th. Raoul Wallenberg saved nearly 100,000 Hungarian Jews during Holocaust, yet his life and disappearance are filled with unanswered questions. Speaker Dr. Jonathan Adelman from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver revisited Wallenberg's place in history and the importance of continuing his legacy. Wide coverage by local news publications and TV stations made the details of the Wallenberg saga even more accessible to Charlestonians. Thanks to the REMEMBER Program, Cultural Arts Committee, and to the following generous sponsors who made this program possible: Mr. and Mrs.Jack Brickman Mr. and Mrs. Michael Brickman Mr. and Mrs. Joe Sokol Mr. Harold Fox Mr. and Mrs. Bill Novit Mr. and Mrs. Herb Rosner Mr. and Mrs. Maneul Cohen Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Steinberg Mr. Ed Berlin Mrs. Marilyn Hoffman Mr. and Mrs. Harry Goldberg Newt Klements and Debra Engel Mr. and Mrs. Gerry Katz Anonymous Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Kahn


Kristallnacht Commemoration Former NBC correspondent Martin Fletcher in now an award winner author. Fletcher relates his new Holocaust-themed novel to World War II history for our annual Kristallnacht Commemoration. For more information contact SANDRA BRETT P 843.571.6565 | F 843.556.6206 | E



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Young Adult Division

YAD is excited to announce that thanks to the hospitality and support of our local congregations, YAD members are able to attend High Holiday services at the synagogue of their choice! Thank you and L’Shana Tova to KKBE, Emanu-El, BSBI, and Dor Tikvah for welcoming our young adults with open arms.

1: Downtown Shabbat in July attracted young adults from across Charleston, including David Myer, Mark Swick, and Harry Rockower! 2: YAD spent July by the pool with a kosher grillout on Daniel Island. 3: Despite looming storms, YAD had a great day at Folly Beach in July. 4: In June, 24 YAD members came together at The Shelter Kitchen Bar for a beautiful summer night. 5: Thanks to Sweet CeCe’s for hosting YAD for happy hour!







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Start the New Year with a New Start: Charleston Jews Take advantage of membership to the synagogue of your choice and the Charleston JCC, free entrance to Chabad events, PLUS a basket of Jewish goodies – all for one low price! Make 5774 the year you truly connect with the Charleston Jewish community! All Charleston singles and couples, ages 35 and under, who are new to town or not currently a synagogue member are eligible! Pay only $180 for singles or $360 for couples (can be paid in monthly installments) for the full 12 month membership period. That’s one year of community, educational, and holiday programming, Jewish goodies, and access to the JCC pool, fitness facilities, and programs for less than a cup of coffee a day! Visit for more information or contact Sarah Roshfeld at


Thanks to Michael Shemtov and the B&B team for providing Shabbat dinner to 26 YADdies on August 9th!



Night Out Calling all 35-55 year olds! If you want to meet other like-minded adults in our Jewish community, come out to the 2nd meeting of the newest social group in town on Thursday, September 12th at 7pm at Stars Rooftop Bar. Whether you’re looking to schmooze with new friends, meet that special someone, or just be a part of the Charleston Jewish community, we can’t wait to see you there! Contact Aaron Engel at with questions or check out the event “35-55 Night Out” on the Charleston Jewish Federation’s Facebook page! CharlestonJewishFederation


Thank you for your Rosh Hashanah greetings. L’Shana Tova! 1 TIKKUN OLAM - $72 Judi & Ted Corsaro Sally & Mickey Fischbein Masha & Marshall Kalinsky Nancy & Bernard Mendelson Sandra Lee Rosenblum Jack & Faye Brickman Spencer & Liz Lynch and family Margaret & Stewart Weinberg Carol Manheim, PT

2 NEDIVOT - $54 David & Linda Cohen & family Phyllis Firetag Hyman Mrs. Stanley M. Karesh Marjorie Lynch Charles & Nancy Banov

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Billy & Sydney Richman Billy & Chris Olasov Maj. & Mrs. Richard Kronick Harriett Hall Rabbi Anthony & Judy Holz Elizabeth Soffe & family Charles & Nancy Banov Dr. Stanley & Ijo Toporek

4 MAAKHAL REVIM - $18 Drs. Joseph & Virginia Benmaman Roberta Gifford Dr. & Mrs. Charles Kaiser Rita & Arthur Kurtz Martin & Adel Lazarus Lee & Natashia Lazarus Sandra Schwartz Scott & Tamar Sternfeld Bobbi & Hugo Spitz Lauren & Matt Manaker Harold I. Fox H. Sandra Bregman Barry & Lori Stiefel

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Max Kirshstein Community Youth Endowment Award Now Accepting Applications for the Max Kirshstein Community Youth Endowment Award The annual Max Kirshstein Community Youth Endowment award recognizes Charleston Jewish teenagers for outstanding community service. The Kirshstein family honors their father Max through this annual award, whose own life exemplified extraordinary dedication to others.

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The Max Kirshstein Community Youth Endowment is now accepting applications for this $1,000 award. Applications are available on line at www. and hard copies can be obtained at the Charleston JCC. The application requires written references from two or more teachers, advisors, or other supervisors who can attest to the student’s impact on the community. All applications and recommendation letters are due by November 1, 2013. The award will be presented at the Charleston Jewish Federation and JCC Annual Meeting, to be held on December 8. We look forward to honoring a Charleston Jewish teenager who serves the community in the same unselfish manner as Max Kirshstein did for so many years.

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Shalom, Baby!

“Shalom Baby,” an outreach program of the Charleston Jewish Federation, warmly welcomes new (and new-ish!) babies and reaches out to parents in the Charleston Jewish Community. Each new baby is greeted with a visit by CJF Staff and a gift, a copy of an adorable PJ Library board book and a custom-made tzedakah box from HelloEverywear!, and a delicious JCC challah.

Shalom, Sophia Rose Perlmutter! Mazel Tov to Samantha & Jake Perlmutter & big sisters Eve and Russell.

DO YOU HAVE A NEW ADDITION TO THE FAMILY? We’d love to visit and provide a gift! Contact Lori Hoch Stiefel at 614.6497 to let her know about your special new family member!

The Shalom Baby program is funded by a generous grant of the Zucker Family Foundation.

Shalom, John Harrison “Jack” Bluestein! Mazel Tov to Bess and Brett Bluestein & big sister Libby.

The American Guild of Judaic Art (comprised of over 100 professional artists from around the world) is inviting students to participate in a one-of-a-kind mentoring program where AGJA artists will mentor student artists in a unique online venue. The mentor program is a direct approach to reaching young people who express a sincere interest in learning how to create Jewish art. There will be no cost to participate and all students are welcome to apply, regardless of background. Interested students will need to submit an application by November 1, 2013. Applications can be downloaded from www. or by contacting

The PJ Library

PJ library had a fantastic event, PJ library Party at the Pool, on Sunday, July 28th. The skies were clear and sunny, the watermelon was juicy, the chocolate cake tasty and covered in frosting and candy, and the squeals of laughter from the pool infectious. A great time was had by all! We have a busy few months ahead of us, so mark your calendars! Stay tuned for more details. Sunday, October 6th - PJ Library Hayride and Hoedown Saturday, October 12th - PJ Tot Shabbat at Synagogue Emanu-El Sunday, November 3rd - Charleston Jewish Bookfest presents: PJ Library Books Alive! Sunday, November 9th - Tot Shabbat PJ Havdalah with KKBE Sunday, November 10th - PJ Library Fall Fling with AHA Academy Tuesday, December 3th - PJ Chanukah Story time Did you know that over 250 children in Charleston take advantage of receiving FREE Jewish books or music every month through the PJ Library? Do you know someone 6 months - 7 years old that would be interested in taking part in this incredible program? Sign your child up at Contact Lori Hoch Stiefel, 614.6497 or for more information.

PJ Library is a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, made possible through partnerships with philanthropists and the Charleston Jewish Federation.




The Charleston Jewish Federation is proud to announce the formation of Charleston Jewish Family Services (CJFS) to our community. Established in the summer of 2013, CJFS provides comprehensive services that help members of our community in the most effective compassionate way possible, providing people of all ages, religions and socio-economic backgrounds with the encouragement and tools they need to become productive and self-reliant. In order to meet the diverse needs of our growing community, CJFS will continue to expand our programs and services to accommodate the community.


The mission of the Charleston Jewish Family Services is to create and advance a cohesive Charleston community by promoting identification and connectedness to the Jewish community, generating mutual respect amongst Jewish people of different practices, promoting cooperative relationships among the Jewish organizations and promoting positive relationships between the Jewish community and the community at large. CJFS services include providing food assistance, financial support, and counseling services to community members in need.



VALUES We are grounded in fundamental Jewish values, especially:

Tzedakah: The obligation of the Jewish community to create justice in the world Tikkun Olam: The collective obligation to work toward making the world right and whole B’tzelem Elohim: Treating others with the inherent dignity that arises from the belief that all human beings were created in the image of God Derech Eretz: The code of mutual respect and responsibility that guides our daily actions following the traditions of generation of Jews before us Chesed: Compassion and caring for others G’Melut Chasadim: Acts of kindness and assistance toward others Amcha: Our sense of Jewish peoplehood that connects one generation to the next Shleimut: The pursuit of wholeness through honorable actions


SERVICES Counseling Services

Charleston Jewish Community Kosher Food Pantry Since its creation in the Fall of 2011, the Charleston Jewish Community Kosher Food Pantry (KFP) has provided a Jewish communal response to hunger in our community and reflects our commitment to the Jewish values of Tzedakah ( justice) and Tikkun Olam (repair of the world) and to serving community members in need with Kavod (respect). While we have already served over 5,000 meals in 2012, with over ninety percent of those meals going to Jewish families, we hope that this initiative can grow even stronger. Community members are encouraged to sign up online to bring fresh produce for the KFP at http://www.

Charleston Jewish Family Services (CJFS) offers an array of mental health services to adults, adolescents and families in the local community. These services address issues such as depression, anxiety or adjustment disorders, relationship issues, stress management, vocational issues, and more. Therapists are able to provide effective, shortterm, supportive counseling, while making referrals to and collaborating with other healthcare professionals when appropriate. CJFS does not provide clinical treatment to those with severe and persistent mental illness. Clients with chronic psychiatric illness will be referred to an organization which provides more comprehensive services. Interested persons should call to schedule an initial in-office evaluation, to determine the appropriate services needed at 614-6494. Gleaning Gleaning has its roots in Biblical times when the corners of farmers’ fields were left unharvested and overlooked or Grief Support Group The After Shiva group provides a safe space for members forgotten crops were ‘gleaned’ as sustenance for the poor, to grieve the passing of a spouse or partner in an the hungry, the foreigner, the fatherless and the widow. understanding and supportive community. Throughout Gleaning is as important today as it was in ancient times. This the weekly sessions, the group learns about the grieving early form of welfare is now a humanitarian act of the modern process as they reflect on the past, learn to live in the world. Please sign up as a volunteer, get a group together, and pick a date and time that work for you. Then we will send present and plan for their future. RSVP is required. you out to a farm to glean fresh produce for the hungry.

Emergency Financial Assistance

People in need of financial assistance or referrals to other GET INVOLVED community agencies should contact CJFS. CJFS receives a VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES large number of calls and we are not always able to respond CJFS is the heart of the community and volunteers are the heart of CJFS! Volunteers perform important tasks, helping to all requests for emergency assistance. fulfill the agency’s mission of service to the community. Breast/Ovarian Cancer Support Group Volunteers add an extra dimension of warmth and personal One in 8 American women will develop breast cancer attention that means so much to our clients. Volunteering at some point in their lives. CJFS offers a breast cancer is your opportunity to carry on the Jewish tradition of support group designed for any breast cancer patient. The Tzedakah and Tikkun Olam. Every hour of time volunteered group provides a place where patients can meet others translates to direct service for family, friends and neighbors going through similar experiences and can gain support who struggle with critical issues related to aging, parenting, and friendship. RSVP is required. disability, poverty or job loss.

Eating Disorder Support Group

Our therapy groups for females with eating disorders will meet twice per week for 8 weeks. Clients will participate in group therapy within a safe and supportive environment with peers who share similar concerns. For more information, please call Sara Sharnoff at 614-6494.

Educational Scholarship and Loan Aid

We have several volunteer opportunities available. Are you looking for a meaningful experience? Contact Sara Sharnoff at today! • Delivery/Errands Driver • Food Pantry Helpers • Friendly Visits with Seniors • Friendly Phone Calls to Seniors • Pro Bono Professional Services

The Jewish Educational Loan Fund ( JELF) JELF provides interestfree loans to Jewish students from Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia for post-secondary education (undergraduate, graduate and vocational schools). JELF’s loans supply the final funds that a student needs to attend school and are also need-based. As a division of Jewish Family Services, we would become the administrators of JELF and advocate for young adults in our community to receive the funding they need to pursue their academic potential.


Charleston Jewish Community Center Jammin’ at the ‘J’ Join us as we open up the JCC for a night to jam! Bring your guitar, your drums, and start to play! Second Thursday of each month Thursday, September 12th, October 10, December 12 Time: 7:30pm - 9:00pm | Fee: FREE

Learn to Play Mah Jongg Are you willing to learn or do you just want to get back in the game? Join us at the JCC on Monday and Wednesday nights! Debbie Toporek will be the instructor and is eager to teach! Beginning on Monday, September 9th - *No classes on 9/18 and 9/25 Time: 6pm-8pm Location: The JCC Fee: $25 Member Fee | $8 for the card For more information, please contact Ronneca Watkins at ronnecaw@charlestonjcc. org or Debbie Toporek at

Threshold Repertory Theatre Mention the THE VOICE, and Village Repertory Theater will offer discounted tickets for their production of Fiddler on the Roof, scheduled to begin October 24th. JCC members are invited to a reception if they attend Fiddler on opening night, October 24th. Regular Admission: $25 adults; $20 seniors; $10 students Mention the Voice for a $5 discount per ticket: Tickets can be redeemed online at, use code TRJ1013. Group and season ticket discounts can be arranged by phone , 843-277-2172. For more information, please contact Sandra Brett at

Save the Date for KidsFair 2014 Sunday, March 23, 2014 Time: 10am - 4pm Rain or Shine Location: Burke High School - 244 President Street Charleston, SC 29403 Fee: $1 Per Person - Once inside Everything is FREE! For more information, please contact Carol Berlin at 843.568.4450 or


The Charleston JCC Jewish Bookfest is back!

Save these dates for our second annual series of fabulous author events. All programs feature authors and book signings. Check out the JCC website,, for additional program details, including music, cupcake contests, dessert receptions, and more! ALL EVENTS WILL BE TAKING PLACE AT THE CHARLESTON JCC, LOCATED AT 1645 RAOUL WALLENBERG BLVD., CHARLESTON, SC 29407.

Series Ticket: $36/Members | $48/Community For more information contact SANDRA BRETT P 843.571.6565 | F 843.556.6206 | E







GOLF TOURNAMENT Join us for the 2013 JCC Golf Tournament at Wescott Plantation

Join us on the green this year for a fun-filled day hosted by The Golf Club at Wescott Plantation. Play a round of golf while supporting a good cause. There will be a dinner and awards reception immediately following the tournament. 10/13 Do you want to be a sponsor? Day: Sunday Time: 11:00am registration and practice Location: The Golf Club at Wescott Plantation Community Fee: $130/person; $500/foursome

Showcase your business while helping the JCC raise funds for JCC programs. Become a sponsor for our 16th Annual Golf Tournament. Sponsorship levels range from $275 Hole Sponsor to $10,000 Tournament Sponsor.

For more information contact RONNECA WATKINS at 843.614.6488 or

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2013 10:30AM - $10/$14


ROBERT WEINTRAUB, The Victory Season: the End of World War II and the Birth of Baseball’s Golden Age

MARTIN FLETCHER, Jacob’s Oath: A Novel

Bagels & Brunch Shmooz with Robert at brunch. In addition to the on-field action, Weintraub’s book brings to life littleknown tales of ballplayers at war.

Kristallnacht Commemoration Former NBC correspondent Martin Fletcher in now an award winner author. Fletcher relates his new Holocaust-themed novel to World War II history for our annual Kristallnacht Commemoration.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2013 8:00PM - $10/$14 JEREMY DAUBER, The Worlds of Sholem Aleichem: The Remarkable Life and Aftermath of the Man who Created Tevye Wine and desserts with Jeremy Dauber Welcome Jeremy back to Charleston with his compelling Kirkus -starred biography of one of our most beloved writers.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2013 7:00PM - $8/$12

ALLEN SALKIN, From Scratch: Inside the Food Network Did you say Food Network? Who doesn’t love to hear about food? Learn the extraordi¬nary behind-the-scenes story of the Food Net¬work, the business, media, and cultural juggernaut that changed the way America thinks about food.


WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2014 7:00PM - $8/$12

JOEL DERFNER, Lawfully Wedded Husband: How My Gay Marriage Will Save the American Family Joel comes to Charleston! Enjoy wine, beer, and a look at Derfner’s new book. Charleston native Derfner shares his story of getting his own way, gay marriage, the American family, and what it means to be human. Sponsored by AFFA And for our younger readers…. SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2013 1:00PM - FREE ADMISSION PJ Library Books Alive! PJ Library stories PJ Library stories come alive with a theatrical performance of select PJ Library Books. Imaginative and interactive, kids will enjoy seeing their favorite books performed by local high school students.

All sponsorships include preferred seating, attendance at sponsors’ reception, and listing in the Bookfest Program. People of the Book Grand Sponsor - $1500 | Bookworm Sponsor - $500 | Bookmark Sponsors - $250 | Bookend Sponsors - $100


Arlene & Peter Rosenthal, Mazel Tov on son Gideon’s graduation from college: Judi & Ted Corsaro

Cathy & Alan Rovick, Mazel Tov on Abby, Daniel & Ethan’s graduation from high school & Lauren’s graduation from college: Judi & Ted Corsaro


We are the jcc.

Charleston JCC membership is open to everyone in the community. Get involved. Join us for a class, exercise the mind or body, or enjoy a cultural event or holiday program. JCC membership benefits include discounts on all programs and complete access and use of all JCC facilities. It’s all here for you at the JCC.

Charleston JCC Membership Categories Join the JCC and experience the difference! The Charleston JCC offers a supportive and friendly environment that focuses on you. Whether you are looking for after school care or seasonal camps for your children, a relaxing day at the pool, a great place to get fit, or opportunities to socialize with other members, we can help! There are many membership categories designed to fit your needs. Full Time College Student $216/Year | $20/Month

Single Senior $270/Year | $25/Month

Senior Couple $324/Year | $30/Month

Chai Timers $150/Year | $15/Month

Young Adult $270/Year | $25/mo

Young Couple $324/Year | $30/Month

Single Parent Family $432/Year | $40/Month

Diamond Club $1,500/Year

Single Adult $324/Year | $30/mo

Couple $432/Year | $40/Month

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For more information contact Chelsea Parker, Membership Director at or 843.571.6565

Sharon & Michael Stricker, Mazel Tov on daughter Leila’s graduation from college: Judi & Ted Corsaro Ettaleah & Nicky Bluestein, Mazel Tov on birth of grandson John Harrison Bluestein: Wendy Marcus & Alan Goer & family Sally Fischbein, a Speedy Recovery: Rita & Arthur Kurtz; Marilyn Hoffman Andy Slotin, a Speedy Recovery: Marilyn Hoffman Suzanne & Paul Lynch, Mazel Tov on son Scott’s graduation from high school: Judi & Ted Corsaro

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SECOND THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH Thursday, September 12, 2013 Time: 7:30pm - 9:00pm | Fee: FREE

Sunday................................. 10:00am - 5:00pm Monday.................................7:30am - 8:30pm Tuesday.................................7:30am - 7:00pm Wednesday............................7:30am - 8:30pm Thursday................................7:30am - 7:00pm Friday.....................................7:30am - 5:00pm Saturday.............................. 9:00am - 12:00pm

JCC High Holiday Hours 9/4: Erev Rosh Hashanah .................CLOSES AT 5 PM 9/5: Rosh Hashanah, 1st day............CLOSED ALL DAY 9/6: Rosh Hashanah, 2nd day..........CLOSED ALL DAY 9/13: Erev Yom Kippur......................CLOSES AT 5 PM 9/14: Yom Kippur............................CLOSED ALL DAY 9/18: Erev Sukkot.............................CLOSES AT 5 PM 9/19: Sukkot, 1st day....................... CLOSED ALL DAY 9/20: Sukkot, 2nd day...................... CLOSED ALL DAY 9/25: Erev Shimini Atzeret.................CLOSES AT 5 PM 9/26: Shimini Atzeret....................... CLOSED ALL DAY 9/27: Simchat Torah........................ CLOSED ALL DAY

Allan Mysel, beloved husband of Carol Mysel: Judi & Ted Corsaro Frances Feinberg, beloved mother of Dennis & Sharon Feinberg & Carolyn & Neil Draisin: Sharon & Eddie Toporek Claire Peggy Irwin, beloved mother of Patti Bagg: Marilyn Hoffman Amos Timnah, beloved father of Etai Timna & Noa Alper & families: Wendy Marcus & Alan Goer & family Delilah Lovett, beloved granddaughter of Jeanne & Allan Lieberman: Judi & Ted Corsaro Melton Kligman, beloved father of Mindy Odle: Judi & Ted Corsaro; Linda & David Cohen

Irene & Mitch Gilbert, Mazel Tov on son Ben’s graduation from high school: Judi & Ted Corsaro Linda Cohen, Happy “special” Birthday: Judi & Ted Corsaro Dana Rothschild-Levy, in honor of her recovery & may she have continued good health: Sharon & Eddie Toporek


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Itchy Sonenshine, beloved husband, father, grandfather & great-grandfather of Mickey Sonenshine & family: Toby Hirsch & Oskar Hirsch


Laura Zucker, Mazel Tov on receiving the 2013 Oxygen Ball Award: Sandy & Gerry Katz

Marvin Kaplan, beloved husband of Elaine Kaplan: Sandy & Gerry Katz

Marlene & Charles Williamon, Mazel Tov on receiving the S.C. Governor’s 2013 Award for Volunteerism, Volunteer Family category: Sandy & Gerry Katz

Itchy Sonenshine, beloved husband of Mickey Sonenshine: Sandy & Gerry Katz Allan Mysel, beloved husband of Carol Mysel: Sandy & Gerry Katz

JCC SENIOR PROGRAMMING IN MEMORY OF: Frances Feinberg, beloved mother of Dennis & Sharon Feinberg & Carolyn & Neil Draisin: Linda & David Cohen Hannah Silver, beloved mother of Claire & David Goldmintz: Linda & David Cohen In Memory of beloved mother of Jean D. Patiky: Wendy Marcus & Alan Goer & family

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When Is a Trip More Than Travel

Traveling to another country is always an exciting adventure. And what we remember on our return is what we learned about the history and culture, the sights we saw and the new food we experienced. But traveling to Israel for a Jew is more than a trip, it is a pilgrimage, a return home, even if it is the first visit. This summer, 50 individuals from KKBE, along with Rabbi Alexander, made that pilgrimage to Israel. It was a diverse group ranging in age from the youngest at five, to the oldest at 92. There were families, couples, and singles. Several had been to Israel before, for many this was their first trip. The itinerary took them across Israel to Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Tzvat, Beit She’arim, Masada, the Dead Sea, Jaffa, and other places. And yes, they learned more about Israel’s history, were wowed by the beauty of Caesarea, marveled at craftsmanship of the tallit makers in Tzvat, and enjoyed multiple bowls of gelato. But the real gift of the trip was the opportunity it gave each person to experience a Jewish identity as the majority, a deeper understanding and appreciation of the stories in the context of the place, and a time for self-reflection. There was a sense of wonderment when they first arrived and

the realization sunk in that almost everyone around them was Jewish, shared in the big scheme a common religious and cultural history, that being Jewish was the norm. On Friday evening there was no struggle to carve out time for rest, everyone was focused on the collective celebration of Shabbat.

their connection in the Charleston community. It may be best summed up by a quote posted by Joanna on the trip blog, “This is my connection with the past. And we all need this connection at some point in our lives. One generation down to the next and the next. At times, I find the flow of information mesmerizing, like the rhythm of the Tallit maker Most of the experiences were amazing and joyful, but in Tzfat on the loom, string by string creating his beautiful there were some less than pleasant surprises. For those tapestry. Every string is essential for the next to exist. We are who had been to Israel before, it was a shock to see the essential to each other.” rapidity of changes - light rail installed in what had once been a busy market street. There was the uneasiness of If you would enjoy seeing photos and comments posted by realizing that high rise ghost towns are being created by individuals while on the trip, please visit the blog at: http:// individuals buying homes in Israel as a safe haven because of insecurities of what is happening in their own countries. There was dismay at the actual verbal and physical violence between ultra-Orthodox and more secular Jews. While the overarching sense was of a connection with Israel, there was also a dissonance as an American, a Reform Jew and for some, as a woman. But for those who went, there was a connection with the land as “home”, and with those on the trip that will deepen

The Coming Street Cemetery

Daughters of the American Revolution Award Grant to KKBE for Coming St. Cemetery Restoration The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) has announced that the organization will donate $10,000.00 to Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim (KKBE) for the Coming Street Cemetery Restoration project. Funding for this project was made possible through the sponsorship of the Sumter’s Home Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, located in Sumter, SC. Jews have lived in Charleston, South Carolina since 1695, forty-five years after the founding of the colony. By 1749 the community was numerous enough to organize a Jewish congregation, Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim, Holy Congregation House of God (KKBE). In 1764 this small Jewish congregation acquired a common burial ground, the Coming Street Cemetery. Within the cemetery’s historic walls lie the remains of many notable Jewish Charlestonians, including eleven soldiers who fought in the American Revolution. The walls and tombstones have been ravaged by the effects of time, an

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Anita Rosenberg, President of KKBE said, “We are extremely grateful to the DAR for this generous grant. We feel quite fortunate that they have chosen to assist us in restoring and preserving the Revolutionary graves and surroundings in the Coming Street Cemetery. We appreciate the effort of Sumter’s The DAR grant will be used over the next year for wall Home Chapter DAR in preserving this important element of restoration, and the repair of the Revolutionary War soldiers’ South Carolina’s history during the American Revolution. graves. The repairs needed for each grave vary, but may involve tree root removal, extensive box tomb rebuilding, More information on KKBE’s history and the Coming Street cleaning and repair with restoration mortar. The original Cemetery is available on If you are interested boundary walls constructed by 18th century craftsmen are in a tour of the Coming Street Cemetery, please contact the severely compromised with significant through-wall cracks KKBE office, 843-723-1090.) which now present an urgent danger to the very graves they have protected for centuries. Although additional funding will be needed to completely restore and preserve the

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Summer 2013

The summer of 2013 was a banner summer for Dixie Council BBYO. Twenty-one teens from Dixie Council (Savannah, Augusta, Columbia, and Charleston) joined teens from all over the world for a variety of leadership programs this past year. Whether participating in International Leadership Training Conference, International Kallah, Chapter Leadership Training Conference, International Leadership Seminar in Israel, or any one of our other incredible summer experiences, these teens had the summer of a lifetime and are ready to be the leaders of the future, and they are ready to start now! The 2013-2014 school year is off with a bang for BBYO. We start the year off with our annual Labor Day Dance weekend, but with a twist. This year, we are opening our doors to welcome any Jewish teen, BBYO member or not, to join us


Yeshiva University’s Certificate Program in Experiential Jewish Education, Now in its Third Year, Seeks to Revolutionize Field Michael Davies, who will head shul in Charleston, SC, is a participant July 15, 2013, New York, NY—During two concurrent seminars in July, Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future Certificate Program in Experiential Jewish Education graduated its second cohort and inaugurated a third. It is one of the few professional programs to focus on the unique role experiential Jewish education plays in the transmission of Jewish values and traditions—and to arm practitioners with research, methodology and skills to increase their effectiveness on the job. “One of the greatest measurable growths we’ve seen over the last few years is the buy-in of organizations,” said Rabbi Kenneth Brander, YU’s vice president for university and community life and the David Mitzner Dean of the CJF. “From the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and Birthright NEXT to Hillel International, NCSY and rabbinical groups, organizations are not only giving their staff time off to participate in our program but even covering most of their tuition. They are seeing a clear a return on investment— the program is addressing an important need for both educators in the classroom and in a more informal environment about the benefit of the Certificate Program in Experiential Jewish Education.” The Certificate Program is divided into four modular seminars over the course of a year which focus on the foundational theories and practical applications of experiential Jewish education. Titled “Imparting Values,” “Creating Experiences,” “Cultivating Communities,” and “Self Development,” the seminars model experiential learning themselves to provide participants with new tools and ideas they can implement in their own programs. They also offer an important and not-oftenheard message in the field of experiential education: content first. “We want people to sit down and think about what the Jewish content, values or story is before they start thinking about how to tell it,” said Shuki Taylor, the program’s director. “Typically, there’s a huge emphasis on the experiential aspect of making things fun and

for the Labor Day Dance. Our theme of “Proud to be Dixie” will be incorporated throughout the weekend as we return to our roots to celebrate our 50th anniversary. For 50 years, Jewish teens in Charleston have been learning leadership skills, celebrating our Jewish heritage and making friendships that will last forever through BBYO. Also this year, we bring to you BBYO Connect. BBYO Connect is our program for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. BBYO Connect is a chance to get out of the house and make some new Jewish friends. We will be heading to the movies, bowling, ice skating, and many more events. On behalf of Dixie Council BBYO, we wish you all a happy and healthy new year. L’shana tovah, tikatevu v’techatemu, may you be inscribed and sealed in the Book of Life.

Do you have a teen who is looking for something fun to do? Contact Tamar Sternfeld, Dixie Council Director at 843-6193613 or for more information.

Yeshiva University creative and hiring people that are charismatic, and that’s important, but we’re trying to shift the focus so that the field doesn’t rely so heavily on those things. Creativity and charisma are subject to burnout, which contributes to the short lifespan of careers in this field, but if we build knowledge and skills in our professionals, those are things that only get better and deeper with experience.” One of the Certificate Program’s initial goals was to lengthen the typical three-year career trajectory of experiential Jewish education professionals, something Taylor is already witnessing. “We’ve seen a huge amount of promotions among our participants and graduates,” he said. “People who were program directors are now directors of their department, people who were assistant rabbis are now rabbis of their own shuls. Others have found more senior positions in different organizations, and still others have successfully secured Wexner, Greenspon and Tikvah Fellowships.” According to Taylor, the program is facilitating these positive transitions by not only giving participants more methodologically-sound tools, but also opening doors to opportunities they may not have realized existed. “Our program enables these professionals to focus on their strengths, understand what they’re great at and build on that,” he said. A recent graduate of Cohort II, Rabbi Michael Davies, will be transitioning from an associate rabbinic position in California to a senior rabbinic position with Congregation Dor Tikvah in Charleston, SC. “Having gone through the program, I have a better sense of the underlying science of education and the formation of Jewish identity, and I see it throughout my work – in preparing and giving drashot [sermons], in weekly classes and shiurim, in leadership training with teens in and out of the classroom and so much more,” he said. YU’s Certificate Program in Experiential Jewish Education is made possible with generous support from the Jim Joseph Foundation. “The Foundation believes that professional development for dynamic experiential Jewish educators is a worthwhile investment and programs like the Certificate in EJE are important for the growth and development of the field of Jewish education,” said Dawne Bear Novicoff, senior program officer at Jim Joseph.




As the New Year Begins

As the new year begins, we focus on the preparations for the High Holy Days, and for the beginnings of a new school year. At Addlestone Hebrew Academy, we have been working diligently to prepare for our students and their families. While many believe that the summer consists of rest and relaxation, the time is actually used for extensive planning and training. Most eyes are now focused on the year ahead with great enthusiasm and excitement, it is the overwhelming success and leadership shown by the Addlestone and its students in the past year, which fills us with tremendous pride. The class of 2013 graduated and will be attending The Academic Magnet, James Island Charter High School, Hanahan High School, Charleston Collegiate, Ashley Hall.


NATIONAL SPANISH EXAM In 2013 tour students received three gold medals, one silver medal, two bronze and two honorable mentions for the National Spanish Exam. ¡Muy Bien! Since 2007, our students have consistently ranked in the Top 5 on the National Spanish Exam. SCISA MATH MEET AHA’s Math Team won First Place three out of the last four years. Our students consistently place in the top five individually. SCISA STATE SPELLING BEE Students in Grades 3-8 are able to compete in the SCISA Spelling Bee. In 2011, an AHA 6th grader placed 1st in the state, and a 5thgrader and 3rd grader each placed 4th in the state for their grades.


LOWCOUNTRY SCIENCE FAIR In 2013, the Lowcountry Science Fair, sponsored by the College of Charleston, represents students mostly from the tri-county area in both public and private schools. LOW COUNTRY SCIENCE FAIR: AHA student achieved 1st Place in their category, 3rd place overall, and qualified for the Broadcom Masters Competition


7TH GRADE DUKE TIP The Duke TIP Talent Search identifies academically talented 7thgraders based on standardized test scores. To qualify, a student must have scored 95% or higher on a grade-level standardized test. In 2013, 100% of AHA 7th graders qualified for Duke TIP. Duke TIP Qualifiers in 4th and 5th Grades Duke TIP also recognizes 4th and 5th Grade students who scored at least in the 90th percentile on a national achievement test. In 2013, 70% of AHA 4th graders and 5thgraders qualified for Duke TIP. AMERICAN HEBREW ACADEMY HONORS SOCIETY Two AHA 8th graders- were inducted in 2012. Daughters of the American Revolution Essay Winner. An AHA 8th grader won the DAR Essay contest. GEOGRAPHY BEE An AHA student won 1st place in Addlestone’s Geography Bee and qualified for the State Geography Bee sponsored by National Geographic.

recognized heart problem, extreme emotional stress can lead to severe (but often short-term) heart muscle failure. Now do we have your attention?

Because Hadassah is commited to improving the quality of life, health care, and medical research, this is a very timely program. Our focus is women’s heart health. Learn about health warning signs and how to improve your heart health from a practicing cardiologist, a nutritionist, and a fitness specialist. See for yourself what Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO) is bringing to the forefront of cardiac research with a Skype session with Israel. You won’t just be sitting around for this program: for your body there will be chair exercises; for your mind there will be a chance to address your questions to our experts.

Women of all ages should be concerned. All women can take steps to prevent it by practicing health lifestyle habits. Learn what these are. Take action. Another burning question – are you interested in exercising your creativity? Reprising last year’s very successful program at EarthArt Pottery in South Windermere, Tuesday, September 10, 2013, 7-9:00pm. This is your chance to learn glass fusing and create one-of-a-kind pieces. You can paint pottery; you can make something out of clay.



These are just a few of the highlights from the past year. Looking forward to a new year brings many hopes, opportunities, and an emphasis on the future. The faculty, staff ,and board of trustees are excited to work with our entire community as we watch our new building become a reality and, most of all, as we watch our children grow and learn!

Are you Heart Smart?

Come one come all to Hadassah’s ARE YOU HEART SMART? program on Sunday, October 6, 2013, 1:00-3:30pm at the Jewish Studies Center at the College of Charleston.

We need to be more responsible advocates for our personal health. We should be helping our mothers, grandmothers, sisters, daughters and friends. This program will provide information that highlights the risks and warning signals unique to women. The older a woman gets, the more likely she is to get heart disease. In the U.S. coronary heart disease is the #1 killer of women as well as men. According to the U.S. National Institutes of Health, there’s even a condition called Broken Heart Syndrome. In this recently

PASS IT ON! POETRY CONTEST A student selected by the Pass It On! Poetry contest to have his poem published in their annual collection of student works. AHA LIONS BASKETBALL TEAM The AHA Lions Varsity Basketball Team played in the Trident Basketball Association’s senior boys division, earned a number 1 seed spot in the playoffs, and was named the Senior Boys 3-AAA Division Champions. The AHA Lions Jr. Varsity Basketball Team participated for the first time in the Trident Basketball junior boys division and was very successful. AHA ALUMNI An AHA Alumni graduated as the Valedictorian from Porter Gaud High School

The September 10th program is also our Chapter Opening Meeting. Learn what’s planned for the coming months, and help elect the Nominating Committee that will propose the candidates for the 2014 Executive Board. If you’re interested in serving on the Board or on nominating committee, you don’t have to attend this program. Just drop an email to our HadassahCharleston@ or call Sandi Archambault at 769-5667 or Sharon Hox at 971-6116 and your interests will be represented. Speaking of our – each month

an electronic newsletter called Byte-Size is sent to all members for whom we have email addresses. Please be sure you’re on the list. As The Charleston Jewish Voice is reducing the frequency of publication, the Chapter email is the best source for timely information. Send a message to us to be added to the mailing list. We promise not to flood you with stuff. You can also visit our website at and click “chapters” to find Charleston. “L’Shanah Tovah BEST WISHES FOR A SWEET NEW YEAR!”



We are so excited to wish you L’Shanah Tovah as we begin the new year of 5774. The past couple of years at Synagogue Emanu-El have been filled with great programs, and this year we will continue and strengthen that trend. Please stop by to say hello and check out what we can offer you. High Holy Days at Emanu-El will feature services led by Rabbi Rosenbaum and several talented congregants who will lead us in prayer and worship. We are so proud to have these people share their gift and help us introduce festive services that demonstrate the power of our community. Among our service leaders will be Sam Book, Ellen Miriam Brandwein, Dan Greenstein, Jasmine Hubara, Rachel Hunsinger and Dara Rosenblatt. For our High Holy Days schedule and more info, please see or call us at 571-3264. The 3rd Annual Kosher Grill-Off Jews, Brews N’ Qs will once again be the talk of the town. Coming up on Sunday, October 27th, this event will be delicious, kosher and fun. Contact our office at 571-3264 or if you’d like to compete or purchase tickets. Another wonderful program is Emanu-El University, now in its 5th year! A great way to enrich your Jewish journey, you are welcome to join and learn with us:

Wishing you L’Shanah Tovah Judaism 101 (Instructor: Lara LeRoy): A thorough introduction to Judaism. Explore customs, rituals, and holidays. Appropriate for introductory learners, those looking for a “refresher course”, and for those considering converting to Judaism. The Jewish Challenge of Modernity (Instructor: Robert Lovinger, PhD): History books give the historian’s interpretation of the facts s/he selects. This class will examine source documents (in translation) and data so class members can draw their own conclusions about the life of Jews in the Modern World, beginning in the mid-17th century.

Brown Bag Lunch Series BIBLICAL TABOOS: IDOLATRY, NECROMANCY, AND SODOMY PROFESSOR JOHN HUDDLESTUN Wednesday, September 18, 2013 12:00—1:00pm in Arnold Hall, Jewish Studies Center, 96 Wentworth In this Brown Bag series, we consider three fun and exciting biblical taboos, ones that are often misrepresented or not well understood in the biblical text. While idolatry is prohibited in the first two Exodus commandments, a number of questions come to mind as one reads these laws. In addition to the Exodus texts, we will look at some other relevant biblical passages; Isaiah, Jeremiah, a Mesopotamian description of the making of cult statues, and archaeological evidence from sites in Israel. With necromancy, we consider not only the well-known story in 1 Samuel 28, where king Saul has the prophet Samuel brought up from the dead, but also a number of other biblical passages; Isaiah, Psalms, and non-biblical inscriptions that refer to the status and cults of the dead in ancient Israel and Canaan.

Conversational Hebrew: A chance to brush up on your Hebrew in a friendly atmosphere. Join Maya Hirsch-Kupchik at the Synagogue. Basic Hebrew conversational skills required. Fridays, noon-1:00PM, beginning October 4th A Touch of the Bavli: A Talmud Introduction: Join Rabbi Rosenbaum as we explore some of the essential sugyot (sections) of the Babylonian Talmud, and learn how they helped to shape the Jewish world today. Thursdays, 9:30-10:30AM, October 3, 2013-May 22, 2014

Adult B’nai Mitzvah (Instructors: Rabbi Adam J. Rosenbaum & Pam Coyle): Learn trope (Torah/Haftarah cantillation) and the structure and content of Shabbat services – and help to lead it yourself at Emanu-El! Participation pending, the Adult B’nai Mitzvah service will take place Saturday, May 17, 2014.

Danish & Drash: A sneak peak at the week’s Torah portion prior to Saturday morning services. Complete with coffee and treats! Led by Rabbi Rosenbaum. Saturdays, 9:00-9:30AM

Tuition: $54 for one semester, $100 for both semesters, $136 for the full year of Adult B’nai Mitzvah. Contact the office at 5713264 or to register!

Let us know what other spiritual, social and educational opportunities you’d like to see; we are always looking for brilliant ideas. L’Shanah Tovah!


Monday Night at the Movies Starts at 7:00pm in Arnold Hall, Jewish Studies Center, 96 Wentworth Street (at Glebe.) Popcorn and lemonade will be served. Screenings are free and open to the public. All are in Hebrew with English subtitles. Join us for a series of six films showcasing different elements of Israel’s rich and nuanced modern culture with a discussion after each screening led by Professor Oren Segal. September 16 – My Father My Lord (Hofshat Kaits) (2008, 72min) A respected rabbi, Avraham, and his wife have one son, Menachem, whose birth they regard as miraculous. Menachem’s curiosity about the world is repeatedly stymied by his father, who is forced to come to terms with the demands of his faith and the welfare of his own family.

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Lastly, we take up the topic of sodomy. Despite popular views of the story, a close reading of this narrative reveals little, if any, connection to homosexuality; other biblical references to Sodom do not support such a reading. In addition to Genesis, we will grapple with the thorny issue of the biblical prohibitions against homosexuality in Leviticus; 18:22 and 20:13, and the various explanations offered by biblical scholars for these laws; cultic, social, moral, etc. So come spend that otherwise humdrum lunch hour with us in a discussion of death, sex and idols! September 18: ”Shall I fall down before a block of wood?” - The Making of Idols and the Biblical Prohibition against Them JEWISH AT THE CITADEL: A PANEL DISCUSSION Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 10:00am LOCATION: Physicians Auditorium (Enter from promenade at the intersection of Glebe and George Streets) Though Jewish cadets have attended the Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina since its earliest years in the midnineteenth century, little has been recorded, aside from oral histories, about the shared and individual experiences of those cadets. Alumni recall that historically the Citadel fluctuated between accepting expressions of Jewish life based on the college President, all of them generals and admirals, some of them more open than others. Join a panel of Jewish Citadel alumni and current cadets for a discussion of their experiences as Jews on campus, as well as the different movements that altered the Citadel into the college that it is today. Moderated by Dr. Joelle Neulander, Associate Professor of History at the Citadel, our panelists include Bernard Warshaw ’42, Bernard Solomon ’47, Bill Endictor ‘59, Les Bergen ’69, Steve Josias ’70, Alan Reyner ’72, and Jonathan Rosen ’14.

Monday Night at the Movies Starts at 7:00pm in the Levin Library (Room 209), Jewish Studies Center, 96 Wentworth Street Second in our series of six films showcasing different elements of Israel’s rich and nuanced modern culture with a discussion after each screening led by Professor Oren Segal. September 30 – Dear Mr. Waldman (Michtavim Le America) (2006, 86min) In the early sixties, Hilik, a ten year-old boy who lives in Tel Aviv, is torn between his fear that his father, a Holocaust survivor, would abandon him, and the wish to make him happy. Hilik chooses to test his father’s love for him, while accepting the risk of losing him. This film will be shown in the Levin Library on Monday, September 30th. Popcorn and lemonade will be served. Screenings are free and open to the public. All are in Hebrew with English subtitles. CURIOUS TALES OF THE TALMUD FINDING PERSONAL MEANING IN THE LEGENDS OF OUR SAGES RABBI HESH EPSTEIN Monday, September 30, 2013 at 7:00—8:30pm in Arnold Hall, Jewish Studies Center, 96 Wentworth The Talmud’s role as a primary source of Jewish law can obscure its value as a literary treasure. The stories in the Talmud reveal an imaginative richness that is a crucial part of the interpretation and preservation of a treasured culture. The course will draw upon the wisdom contained in hundreds of volumes of post-Talmudic literature. It is predicated on the understanding that the Talmud employed cryptic stories and parables to relay relevant and profound messages in a way that makes the reader an active partner in decoding the text and constructing its meaning. Written in esoteric language, these stories couch within them penetrating insights into life, our universe, God, humankind—and how they all come together. September 30: A Study in the Art of Anthropomorphism




A Summer to Remember: Jewish Summer Camps in the American South Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina fall meeting Bound up with childhood and coming of age, summer camps elicit powerful memories. Across the South Jewish summer camps forge an extended social network for affirming identity, making friends, and finding future spouses. For parents eager to reinforce their kids’ sense of being Jewish, summer camps perform an essential function. “A Summer to Remember: Jewish Summer Camps in the American South” is the theme of the fall meeting of the Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina, to be held in Columbia, SC, on

November 9–10, 2013. Jewish summer camps have been a fixture of the southern landscape for sixty years. Blue Star, Judea, Barney Mednitz, Coleman, and Ramah, the most recent arrival, have nurtured generations of youngsters, creating a Jewish social milieu hard to find in small southern communities. Join us in Columbia for a weekend of reflection and remembrance as the Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina explores the history of these camps and their ongoing impact on the way Jewish youths see themselves and the world. For the full schedule and to register visit


World famous artist Peter Max, will be exhibiting “A Journey through the career of a Pop Culture Icon: An artistic diversity that has defined American Art”. Mr. Max, who is Jewish and has lived in Shanghai, Israel, Paris and New York, has assembled a collection of his greatest and mostrevered imagery spanning four decades: from his iconic Pop Art designs commemorating Woodstock to the 2013 unveiling of Max’s design for the cruise ship Breakaway, this new exhibition speaks to the evolution and maturation of America’s most

popular living Artist. Exhibit previews begin Saturday, September 14th and the exhibition extends through September 22nd. Peter Max will be making two very special appearances at Art Mecca of Charleston Gallery on Saturday, September 21st from 6-9pm and Sunday, September 22nd from 1-4 pm. Mr. Max was most recently the Official Artist for the 2013 Celebrate Israel Parade in New York. “Every day, I draw and paint. I love color. My love of astronomy and the universe and its galaxies has inspired my work.”


Selden K. Smith Foundation For Holocaust Education Three Year Campaign Reaches Goal The Selden K. Smith Foundation for Holocaust Education sincerely thanks all of our supporters. Thanks to you, we have reached our goal of $100,000. Thank you to all who have supported the Foundation during its three year campaign. Your dollars will be wisely used to fund various Holocaust educational projects throughout South Carolina. The Foundation was formed in May 2010 to further the educational programs of the SC Council on the Holocaust. It functions as a private source of funding and has a 501(c) (3) status. Current economic conditions and cutbacks in state appropriations have resulted in the need for private funding to ensure the future of various educational projects in our state. In 2010 a three year campaign to raise $100,000 was launched. The Foundation is staffed by volunteers and less than 1% of funds raised goes to operating expenses. The Foundation honors survivors who moved to SC and SC soldiers who liberated the concentration camps. It also addresses related issues of international conflict, genocide, anti-Semitism,



racial prejudice and intolerance. Funding is provided to schools, colleges, churches, synagogues, civic groups and individuals. Projects include teacher grants, classroom supplies, student field trips, teacher training, Holocaust speakers, exhibits and other related educational programs.

efforts. As we celebrate the High Holy Days, we remember survivors and liberators. What a nice way to honor or remember a family member or friend with your donation (acknowledgement cards sent upon request). Your generosity is greatly appreciated. Wishing all a Healthy & Happy New Year!

The Foundation carries the name of Dr. Selden Smith, a retired Columbia College history professor who became interested in teaching the Holocaust over three decades ago. This special interest brought him in contact with survivors and liberators in SC, whose friendships have enriched his life and further impassioned his commitment to Holocaust education. He was appointed to the Council and served as the chair for many years. Dr. Smith remains active on the Council and Foundation.

Minda Miller, Foundation Chair To donate and for more information please visit our website:


Or mail your contribution to: The Selden K. Smith Foundation for Holocaust Education PO Box 25740 Columbia, SC 29224

The Foundation still needs your continued support. If you have never given, please make a donation now. If you have given before, we thank you and ask you to continue to support our

Board Members: Margaret Walden, Eileen Chepenik, Dr. Lilly Filler, Marlene Roth, Leah Chase-Advisor, Selden Smith-Chair Emeritus





- Sarah Finkelstein, a past president of the Charleston Section of the Council of Jewish Women, was awarded the coveted Hannah G. Solomon Award? - David Gilston, founder and owner of the David M. Gilston Insurance Agency, Inc. has been awarded, for the sixth consecutive year, The Golden Eagle Award by The Leading Producers Round Table of the National Association of Health Underwriters. - Phyllis Katzen is the new Board Chair of Addlestone Hebrew Academy? Phyllis is married to Marvin Katzen of “Doin’ the Charleston” fame, and is the daughter of Janet and David Gilston and mother of two AHA graduates - Emily Novit Lieberman and B.J. Novit. Can’t forget grandkids Ruby Lieberman and Ruthie Novit! - Ellen Hoffman of Nirenblatt and Hoffman has been named by The Charleston Apartment Association as member of its 2012-2013 leadership group? - Myles Spar, M.D., son of Marcia and Harvey Spar, has been awarded the Bravewell Leadership award by Bravewell Collaborative? - Dr. Neil Draisin has ben named by The American Optometric Association as 2013 Optometrist of the Year? - Loren Stender, son of Barbara Karesh Stender, has been appointed to a State Department post with the American Embassy in Tel Aviv? - Jack Bass was inducted into the South Carolina Academy of Authors? - Maggie Berlin, daughter of Judith Berlin and Ellison Berlin, a member of the

- Mazel Tov to Zachary Goldstein, son of Amy and Eric Goldstein, who celebrated his Bar Mitzvah at Sinai Temple Family Minyan, Los Angeles on April 27th. Zachary is the grandson of Rita and Artie Kurtz and Janice and Barry (OBM) Goldstein. - Brooke Pamela Rovner celebrated her Bat Mitzvah this summer at KKBE. She is the daughter of Dr. Eric and Dr. Michelle Rovner. - Mazel Tov to Hannah Pauline Chase, daughter of Ben and Susan Chase who became a Bat Mitzvah at Synagogue Emanu-el. Hannah is the granddaughter of Philip (OBM) and Leah Chase and Art (OBM) and Phyllis Shorago. - Mazel Tov to Kamy Goldsmith on becoming a Bat Mitzvah at KKBE on May 25th. She is the daughter of Nicole and Geoff Goldsmith.

SCU/Mp 98 Girls Elite team, won the S.C. Youth Soccer Association State Championship in the U14 division?

delighted to say the least. - Hayley and Jordan Lash announce the birth of “Hudson”. Proud grandparents are Terri and Ira Lash. - Welcome to Rachel Viviann, daughter, born to Buffie Gideon Lee and Gary Lee. The family is now living in Savannah, Ga. - Big sister, Libby, is excited about her new baby brother, Jon Harrison. “Jack’s” parents are Brett and Bess Bluestein. The very happy grandparents are Dr. Etta Leah and Nicky Bluestein. - Mazel Tov to Shannon and Philip Berlinsky on the birth of their son Brooks. The proud grandparents are Ruth (OBM) and Danny Berlinsky. - Ruth and Bill Schwartz are delighted with the arrival of their grandson Raphael Charles Weinreich, son of Rebecca and Josh Weinreich. Mazel Tov to all. - Mazel Tov to Lorin and Mark Lynch on the birth of Shane-Carter Erwin. Big sister Maci-Sullivan Rothberg and grandparents Sue and Andy Rothberg are beaming.

DID YOU HAPPEN TO SEE...? - A beautiful picture of Jana Baker and Jason Roth featured in the “Post and Courier” at The Charleston Library Society and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra’s Remix young professionals group “old-world” casino party held at the Charleston Library Society?

LOVE AND MARRIAGE - Mazel Tov to Rick and Dunlap Silver on the marriage of their daughter Kate to Scott Lindhorst on June 8th at KKBE. Kate is the granddaughter of Helen (OBM) and Sidney (OBM) Silver and the late Mr. and Mrs. F. Barrow Culp. - Randy Barkowitz and Amy Loef were recently married by Rabbi Yossi Refson. Randy is the son of Roslyn and Donald Barkowitz and the grandson of Dave (OBM) and Betty Lancer. Amy is the daughter of Sharon and Freddie(OBM) Loef of Atlanta. - Congratulations to Judith and Mark Green on Hillary’s recent marriage to Christopher Mahon. - Mazel Tov to Missee and Charles Fox on the engagement of their son Daniel to Libby Stidham. Daniel is the grandson of Joan and Maurice (OBM) Fox. - Marni Kornhauser recently became engaged to Michael Perrino. Marni is the daughter of Iris and Bobby Kornhauser. - Mazel Tov to Leah-Tedrick Moutz on her engagement to Ray Williams. The couple live in Durham, North Carolina. - Mazel Tov to Kenzie Marcus Goer on his recent engagement to Chelsea Corn. Kenzie is the son of Wendy Marcus and Alan Goer, and the grandson of Mimi and the late Ernest (OBM) Goer.

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS - Phyllis Firetag celebrated her 80th birthday. Way to go Phyllis! - Eddie Toporek celebrated the big 70. - Linda Cohen celebrated her 70th with gusto! - Leah Chase celebrate her 75th birthday while home for a few days.

VITAL STATISTICS - Mazel Tov to Samantha and Jake Permutter on the birth of Sophia Rose born May 3rd. Sisters Eve and Russell now have a new “doll” to play with. How lucky to have both sets of grandparents, Marty and Jerri Perlmutter and Phillipa and Clive Brock, living here in Charleston. - Rabbi Elisar and Morah Tovi Admon welcomed daughter Yael to their beautiful family. Big brothers and big sisters are delighted with their new sibling. - Congratulations to Kara and Colby Chisholm on the birth of their daughter Colby. Grandparents Carolyn (Cookie) and Jim Chisholm are

EDUCATION - Good luck to all our recent high school graduates who will be embarking on their University adventure! - Ted James, son of Diane and Eric James, graduated in May from MUSC. He is doing his residency in Internal Medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital. - Robert Kleinman, son of Cathy Meyerson Kleinman and grandson of Jane and Jerry Meyerson, graduated from American University in Washington, D.C. - Brian Sistino, son of Debbie and Joe Sistino, graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Masters in Architecture. - Michael Blum, M.D., son of Sarah and Stu Blum was promoted to Associate Vice Chancellor for Information at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Hospital. - Drew Kornhauser, son of Iris and Bobby Kornhauser will attend Case Western Reserve School of Dentistry. Mazel Tov to Ray Greenberg on your new position at University of Texas Medical School. Thank you for everything that you have done for the Charleston Jewish and greater Charleston Community. We wish you and Leah the very best.

CALENDAR TUESDAY, 9/3/2013 28 Elul

7:00pm - Emanu-El University

WEDNESDAY,9/4/2013 29 Elul Erev Rosh Hashanah

Erev Sukkot 10:00am - KKBE Sukk-out 12:00pm - Brown Bag Lunch series

THURSDAY,9/5/2013 1 Tishrei

THURSDAY, 9/19/2013 15 Tishrei

Rosh Hashanah,1st Day

Sukkot, 1st Day

FRIDAY,9/6/2013 2 Tishrei

FRIDAY, 9/20/2013 16 Tishrei

7:00pm - Emanu-El University

Rosh Hashanah, 2nd Day 5:15pm - Emanu-El Family Shabbat 5:30pm - KKBE Congregational Dinner

SATURDAY, 9/7/2013 3 Tishrei

9:30am - Emanu-El Anniversary & Tot Shabbat

MONDAY, 9/9/2013 5 Tishrei

WEDNESDAY, 9/18/2013 14 Tishrei

Sukkot, 2nd Day 6:00pm - Emanu-El Friday Night Live Sukkah dinner

SUNDAY, 9/22/2013 18 Tishrei

12:00pm - NCJW Untying the Strings of Violence Race Family Fun Day 3:00pm - Dor Tikvah Sukkah Hop 3:00pm - Sushi in the Sukkah 4:00pm - BSBI Annual Meeting

5:30pm - JCA Executive Committee Meeting 7:00pm - JCA Board of Directors Meeting

TUESDAY, 9/24/2013 20 Tishrei

TUESDAY, 9/10/2013 6 Tishrei

WEDNESDAY, 9/25/2013 21 Tishrei

12:00pm - Emanu-El Hazak Lunch 6:30pm - Chabad Tashlich Cruise 7:00pm - BSBI Board Meeting 7:00pm - Hadassah Chapter meeting 7:00pm - Emanu-El University

WEDNESDAY, 9/11/2013 7 Tishrei

6:00pm - KKBE Sisterhood Board meeting 6:30pm - Emanu-El Board meeting

FRIDAY, 9/13/2013 9 Tishrei Erev Yom Kippur

SATURDAY, 9/14/2013 10 Tishrei Yom Kippur

SUNDAY, 9/15/2013 11 Tishrei

10:00am - KKBE Brotherhood Builds Sukkah 5:00pm - Emanu-El Brotherhood and YAD Beer and Build

MONDAY, 9/16/2013 12 Tishrei

6:30pm - Dor Tikvah Board of Directors meeting 7:00pm - Israeli Film: My Father My Lord

TUESDAY, 9/17/2013 13 Tishrei

7:00pm - Emanu-El University

Erev Shimini Atzeret 7:00pm - KKBE Simchat Torah

THURSDAY, 9/26/2013 22 Tishrei

Shimini Atzeret 11:30am - KKBE Simchat Torah and Yizkor Service 6:30pm - KKBE Brotherhood meeting

FRIDAY, 9/27/2013 23 Tishrei Simchat Torah

SATURDAY, 9/28/2013 25 Tishrei

10:00am - KKBE Consecration

SUNDAY, 9/29/2013 25 Tishrei

8:00am - Emanu-El Taking Sukkah Down 10:00am - KKBE Brotherhood Take-Down Sukkah 10:00am - Jewish at the Citadel 11:00am - Hadassah Chapter Meeting 12:00pm - Emanu-El Sisterhood and Men’s Club Paid up Brunch

MONDAY, 9/30/2013 26 Tishrei

7:00pm - Israeli Film Night: Dear Mr. Waldman 7:00pm - Rabbi Hesh Epstein: Curious tales of the Talmud

6:00pm - KKBE Executive Board meeting 6:00pm - AHA Executive Committee meeting 7:00pm - AHA Board Meeting


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Charleston Jewish Voice - September 2013  

The Charleston Jewish VOICE, produced by the Charleston Jewish Federation, is a community newspaper that reaches over 2,900 people. This was...