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VOICE CHARLESTON JEWISH

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W W W. J E W I S H C H A R L E S T O N . O R G A PUBLICATION OF THE CHARLESTON JEWISH FEDERATION


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Contents President’s Letter By Spencer Lynch

When determining the theme for this issue of the Charleston Jewish Voice, we felt that the spotlight should be on philanthropy. Why ? Consider this quote, “What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done forJ. others and the world remains and Spencer Lynch Managing Director is immortal.”

PRESIDENT’S LETTER & CONTENTS

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CEO’S LETTER & 2014 CJF BOARD MEMBERS

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Through the 2014 Annual Campaign and the Charleston Jewish Endowment Fund (JEF), you can make an impact on the community today and its future. You can teach the younger generations of our community the importance of giving back and perform humanity’s shared responsibility of tikkun olam. A few years ago, my wife and I created a small endowment through the JEF. Our children at first did not understand why we made this investment. When we explained that it could benefit organizations that they were part of, such as Porter Gaud Jewish Life and BBYO, they understood the impact of an endowment. Today, as young adults, I am proud to say that my children understand why philanthropy is important, and they have become active givers in their respective communities. What have you done to make this community and the world a better place? Will you join members of our community in investing in it’s future? If you would like to learn more, please do not hesitate to reach out. For, when we work together to show our strength, we can do extraordinary things.

ANNUAL CAMPAIGN

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CHARLESTON JEWISH FAMILY SERVICES

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YOUNG ADULT DIVISION

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THE REMEMBER PROGRAM

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COMMUNITY

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Charleston Jewish Federation Letter from the CEO

Federation 2014 Board Members EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Chief Executive Officer Judi Corsaro CJF President Spencer Lynch CJF President Elect Harry Goldberg CJF Vice President Ellen Hoffman CJF Vice President Stuart Tessler CJF Treasurer Suzanne Lynch CJF Secretary Eileen Chepenik Jewish Endowment Fund President Jan Pearlstine Lipov CJF Immediate Past President Jeffrey Buncher

BOARD MEMBERS AT LARGE Aaron Engel Harold Fox Marilyn Hoffman Lisa Isaacson Ava Kleinman Ed Kronsberg Michael Mills Hilary Rieck Peter Rosenthal Ilene Turbow

CHARLESTON JEWISH FEDERATION 1645 Raoul Wallenberg Blvd., Charleston, SC 29407-3507 PHONE: 843-614-6600 FAX: 843-556-6206

www.JewishCharleston.org

In this issue you will find articles featuring the Jewish Endowment Fund (JEF), which is our Jewish Community Foundation for Planned Giving and Endowments. These articles highlight families in our community, their philanthropic views and the funds they have created. There are articles about the Zuckers, the Pearlstines, Janice and Ellis Kahn, the LeRoys, Max Kirshstein and Nat Shulman. Have you ever wondered what will happen when you are no longer here? A planned gift to your Jewish community enables you to be present forever. Whether your gift is used to provide for the needs of the Jewish poor, to assist the elderly, or to rescue Jews in need around the world – no matter where or when in the future, you can be there to help. Planned giving offers many benefits. If you give during your lifetime, you receive charitable income tax deductions, but perhaps most important is the enduring nature of planned giving. You create a fund to honor or remember a loved one, perpetuating your family name long beyond your lifetime. With even a small initial gift, you can create a permanent legacy using planned giving programs that are specifically tailored to help support your financial planning, estate planning goals and effectively fits within your means. You designate how your gift is to be used: to provide unrestricted funds to help meet community needs now and in the future, or to provide permanent resources to aid identified programs, projects, agencies, organizations or initiatives that are of particular interest to you and your family. It’s up to you. The JEF works in partnership with the Coastal Community Foundation. The JEF is governed by an elected board of directors which provides oversight and direction along with the support of the professional staff of the Coastal Community Foundation. We hope you will be inspired to learn how you can create your Jewish legacy. All my best, Judi Corsaro CJF, CEO

Charleston Jewish Federation FULL TIME:

Judi Corsaro - Chief Executive Officer 843-614-6600 | judic@jewishcharleston.org Lori Hoch Stiefel - Senior Director of Communications and Community Engagement 843-614-6497 | lorihs@jewishcharleston.org Sara Sharnoff - Director of Charleston Jewish Family Services 843-614-6494 | sarahs@jewishcharleston.org

PART TIME: Carol Berlin - Connecting Jewish Women 843-571-6565 | carolb@jewishcharleston.org Sandra Brett - Special Events Program Director sandrab@jewishcharleston.org Joan Herrman - Administrative Assistant 843-614-6491 | joanh@jewishcharleston.org Anthony Klassy - Senior Graphic Designer 843-614-6480 | anthonyk@jewishcharleston.org Tara Veronee - Accountant 843-614-6481 | tarah@jewishcharleston.org

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To Build and Sustain Jewish Life in Charleston, Israel and Around the World.


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Jewish Endowment Fund Jewish Endowment President JAN PEARLSTINE LIPOV

Why Create a Jewish Legacy? Jewish tradition teaches that one of our key duties is to make the world a better place for future generations. Chances are you already donate generously to the Jewish charitable organizations of your choice. But have you considered including those organizations in your will, so you can continue to make a difference for generations to come? Whether you use a will or other estate planning vehicle, your generosity can do a world of good. The Jewish Endowment Fund (JEF) in partnership with the Coastal Community Foundation is there to help you start this rewarding process. Your legacy can reflect everything that is most important and meaningful to you. The legacy planning process can engender heartfelt conversations with your family and build bonds with your partners in the community. The act of creating a legacy empowers you to complete the work of your heart, and to enjoy the peace that it brings. You are assured that your work will continue and the Jewish future will be bright.

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Establishing an endowment through the Jewish Endowment Fund (JEF), an affiliate organization of Coastal Community Foundation, allows you to create a permanent source of support for your favorite charitable organization. Many donors in the Charleston area have designed funds to benefit one or more area institutions. Charleston Jewish Federation, the Jewish Community Center, Addlestone Hebrew Academy, the Jewish Studies Program at the College of Charleston, and the local synagogues are beneficiaries of JEF funds that will provide funding for their work long into the future. Coastal Community Foundation invests the endowments in a managed pool where the philosophy is to provide for long-term growth of capital, without undue exposure to risk. The beneficiary organization receives an annual grant payment from the endowment earnings, and as the fund grows, the grant payment to the charity grows. Since its creation in 1996, JEF has granted millions of dollars to benefit organizations important to its donors. We at Coastal Community Foundation look forward to sharing some of these stories with you as we continue to collaborate and facilitate Jewish philanthropy.

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Jewish Endowment Fund

Anita Zucker

The Jerry and Anita Zucker Family Endowment Fund - Definitely a Family Affair

IN THE WORDS OF DAUGHTER, ANDREA ZUCKER Just as the Foundation fosters community philanthropy, a family is a small community in itself in which parents should unquestionably teach their children to give. Giving is not only monetary. It is also a sharing of oneself through physical or emotional support, gifts of services, or gifts of funds. My family and I are privileged enough to be able to give gifts in all of these ways. In order to reach our potential for giving, in 1996, my family established The Jerry and Anita Zucker Family Endowment Fund. The fund provides grants for charitable causes concerned with education, preservation of Jewish culture, and the general needs of the tri-county area. Through this fund, my family is able to help the community, and reminds my brothers and me of the importance of giving. By giving grants, we learn about the many wonderful groups in our area and how we can help with their goals and needs. Grantmaking is a process in which my entire family participates. The giving begins as we each devote time to reading the grant applications and writing our thoughts, suggestions, and questions on the margins of every page. After reading and thinking on our own,

we individually write suggestions for the applicants next to short summaries of their requests. It is no easy task to get the family together at once. Therefore, we set a special date and, over lunch or dinner, discuss our final decisions. The decision-making process is not simply choosing whether or not to give to an applicant. It is a more complex process that truly concerns an applicant’s needs. If an organization needs a push to develop resources on its own, we present it with the option of a matching grant. If an organization has unexplored options, we provide suggestions about what to examine. Sometimes we decide to fund an applicant in full, and other times we specify the parts of an applicant’s request that we are willing to support. It is a process involving much contemplation, in which the various skills, ages, and experiences of each family member come in handy. By working as a team, my family is able to pool its knowledge to find the best possible use for our funds. If all parents were to teach their children the importance of family giving, the greater community of South Carolina, our nation, and the world would surely benefit. I commend my parents and Coastal Community Foundation for their traditions of giving and thank them for passing on that tradition to me.


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Jewish Endowment Fund The Pearlstine Family Fund

FAMILY TIES GIVING TO CHARLESTON AND CHILDREN TO PARENTS At a meeting of his family members, Edwin Pearlstine, Jr. leaned toward me and whispered, “I wish more people were doing this, because I fear that many families are falling apart. I think more can be done to keep families together.” He was talking about giving as a family, something he knows much about. For five generations, his family has stayed together and stayed true to the grandfatherly advice passed down through generations: “Charity is the price you pay for the space you occupy.” Mr. Pearlstine is living the dream of many. His children and children’s children gather around him. “My parents and even my grandparents took a lot of pride in the city, gave a lot to the city, and were very active in community affairs and charity. I learned it from them and I am proud my children have learned it from me.” That philosophy benefits the community, the business, and the non-profits the family supports, and it also strengthens the family ties and keeps it connected to their hometown. Here is a snapshot of a single day that makes it work. In an age-appropriate celebration of giving back, the Pearlstine family conducted a scavenger hunt for the grandkids.

The clues led them to organizations that have been supported by the Pearlstines, as in this example: You will hear the pitter patter of little paws, As you venture to the site of this family favorite cause Beware where you step, you may find a mess; If you find the sign with our name, SUCCESS! If you guessed the Charleston Animal Society, you too could have had your picture taken near the Pearlstine plaque along with the grandchildren. The fun of the scavenger hunt was followed by a discussion over dinner of the responsibility of being an advisor to the Pearlstine Family Fund at Coastal Community Foundation. Started in 1989 with a commitment of $800,000, the Pearlstine Family Fund has granted out $1.7 million dollars over the intervening years, and will continue to make grants forever. That’s where the grandkids come in. They will be the next generation of advisors for the fund. Over dessert, one of the Pearlstine grandchildren, Win Lipov, turned to me and said, “Wow! Our family name is on plaques in all kinds of public places. We’ve given to organizations that benefit everyone – the entire community.” What is the teenager in your family thinking about?

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Jewish Endowment Fund The Janice and Ellis Kahn Endowment THERE IS MORE JOY IN GIVING THAN RECEIVING We have been asked to tell why we established an endowment fund through the Charleston Jewish Federation and the Coastal Community Foundation. What we do as human beings is never “perfect.” The examples we set are similarly less than ideal. Accordingly, our thought was to establish an endowment fund to help ensure Jewish education and to enrich and preserve Jewish institutions and historic sites as that will help to make up the difference for whatever remains unaccomplished. When we were very young, our hands were out there to receive what we wanted that was nearby and our thoughts were out there for whatever it was we dreamed we wanted. With maturity, the lesson learned is there is much more joy in giving than receiving. This is particularly true when the cause is so important, so meritorious. There are no self-made people, no matter how successful or famous. We all stand on the shoulders of others. Civilization provides a fertile ground for varying degrees of present day accomplishment. Long established institutions have bestowed a cocoon of security and foundation nourished by the volunteer efforts, treasure, sacrifice, planning and insight of others who came before us, many times in peril of their

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lives. Without that priceless gift, received “free of charge,” none of us would be at the level of success we now enjoy. This is true as to the community at large as well as our Jewish community. So, our thought was that it is not only time, but past time, to give back and encourage others to do the same. Our Jewish institutions of learning, activity and physical facilities require constant nourishment and support, financially and with volunteer effort, in order to survive and to continue to enrich our lives and the lives of those who will follow. Once a fund is established, it is also helpful and gratifying to continue to contribute to enhance the good already accomplished. Similarly, if a person does not have sufficient resources to establish an endowment fund, a donation to an existing fund will be put to good use. We hope and trust our modest contribution to establish the Janice and Ellis Kahn Endowment Fund For Jewish Education, Facility Maintenance and Historical Sites will help to achieve that worthwhile goal and encourage others to favorably consider doing the same. It’s the right thing to do for the right reason.


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Jewish Endowment Fund

Abby, Scott, Eli, Lara and Nate LeRoy

The LeRoy Family Fund

GIVING AS AN ACTIVE FAMILY VENTURE Over ten years ago my wife Lara and I started a type of fund with the Jewish Endowment Fund called a Donor Advised Fund. How and why we did this may surprise you. Not only were we young with two little children, but we did not have the kind of financial means that you might think is necessary. We believe that building something long-term to support our community giving was just as important as putting away for retirement. Now, more than a decade later, we can say that starting this fund was one of the better decisions we made as a young family for a myriad of reasons. Some of the reasons include: Giving as a family: Our children have grown up seeing us give plenty of our time and energy to meaningful causes. We also wanted them to understand the importance and responsibility of giving financial support. Even with a small fund we sit down each year and talk with our kids about needs in the community that we can support. Through this process, their awareness of the world around them has grown, and they’ve also learned how to evaluate the work of organizations to measure impact. Ultimately, our children have learned that they have

a voice in this world and can make meaningful impact through thoughtful, responsible financial giving. Strengthening the future: The role the Jewish Endowment Fund plays for the entire Charleston Jewish community is critical to the Jewish future for our children. This is a vehicle and set of resources for both organizations and donors to meet future financial needs. Even though we were not in a place to make a larger gift, we wanted to support and promote the JEF by starting a small fund. We did this with several thousand dollars and were allowed to grow the fund over time. A day may come where we can do much more than we have, but until then we wanted to emphasize the importance of the JEF. Too often, people associate foundations with large donations that are created by donors late in life or after they are gone. Donor Advised Funds are different in that people are actively engaging in the process of giving. People, family and friends can direct funds each year as issues and needs in the community evolve. The LeRoy Family Philanthropic Fund has been a fun and meaningful way to fulfill what is important to us and our family. I encourage you to find out more about how to start a fund for your family.


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Max Kirshstein Community Youth Endowment Fund

The Nat Shulman Community Services Endowment

BY RITA KIRSHSTEIN

In 2010, after the passing of their father Max Kirshstein (OBM) his children, Rita, Paula and Nathan established an endowment through the Coastal Community Foundation and Jewish Endowment Fund in Charleston that will recognize a Jewish teenager for outstanding community service. The $1,000 cash award is presented annually to a deserving teenager. Over the last four years the Max Kirshstein Community Youth Endowment Fund has impacted six teens. In 2010, the inaugural year, Rita, Paula and Nathan honored three deserving teens and awarded each of them a $1,000 cash award. The three teens were: Shani Browdy, Jordan Kalik and Sean Lynch. “Receiving the Max Kirshstein award four years ago was a true honor. Throughout high school, I was committed to improving the community around me because I was inspired by my parents to be a leader and give back to the community. Max’s dedication to the Jewish community was something I learned about as a child growing up as a cousin of his. To think that the Kirshtein family felt that I was living up to his legacy meant a lot to me and has inspired me to get even more involved in Jewish life in college. I hope this award continues to inspire younger generations to serve the community that provides them with a vibrant Jewish upbringing.” Sean Lynch (2014) Blake Barnett received the award in 2011. Ben Gilbert received the award in 2012. Melanie Weintraub received the award in 2013. Establishing the Max Kirshstein Community Youth Endowment Award has obviously been rewarding to the 6 recipients who have received the $1000 checks since its inception. But it has also been rewarding to the three of us, Max’s children. As we intended, the award honors our dad and allows us to share his love of community. As a side benefit, it has introduced us to wonderful Jewish teens in Charleston who cares about the community in which they live. We have also been introduced to supportive staff at the Charleston Jewish Federation who organize the application and review process. We appreciate the fact that they treat this relatively small annual activity with much seriousness and enthusiasm. We look forward to supporting this award for years to come and getting to know more Charleston Jewish teenagers.

CREATED IN MEMORY OF HIS LOVING WIFE, LILLIAN SHULMAN

Nat Shulman was the first director of the Jewish Community Center and Jewish Federation in Charleston, SC and he was an outstanding leader for the welfare of the Charleston community and the State of Israel. Both Nat and his wife, Lillian were prominent architects and builders of the Charleston Jewish community. This special fund continues Nat Shulman’s legacy and his profound devotion to the well-being of our Jewish community members in perpetuity. Since its creation in 1996, the Charleston Jewish Social Services (now known as the Charleston Jewish Family Services) has been the singular Jewish community agency responsible for assessing and supporting those in need of mental, physical, emotional or financial services. The greatest challenge facing the Charleston Jewish Family Services (CJFS) is the overwhelming need for on-going financial assistance. CJFS has experienced more families at-risk of becoming homeless this past year than ever before. Financial assistance is provided while offering on-going case management and counseling with the goal of emotional and financial stability and eventual self-sufficiency. •

June 2013 through May 2014, CJFS paid for a client’s water or electric bill 59 times.

June 2013 through May 2014, CJFS paid for a client’s rent/mortgage 47 times.

June 2013 through May 2014, CJFS paid for a client’s medical bills 51 times.

June 2013 through May 2014, CJFS paid for a client’s transportation 41 times.

With every life that is transformed through support received by Charleston Jewish Family Services we honor Nat Shulman’s legacy.

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Jewish Endowment Fund Tribute Gifts Remember a loved one A tribute gift in remembrance of your loved one is the perfect way to honor and celebrate their life and legacy. Or show someone you care following the loss of their loved one by making a memorial gift in their name. Honor someone special Thank someone special, or honor a friend or family member by giving a tribute gift in their name. What better way to express your affection and appreciation, and benefit your community, too? Celebrate a memorable event Your gift can commemorate a myriad of events-birth of a child or grandchild, weddings, b’nai mitzvahs, anniversaries, graduations, promotions, awards and honors. Celebrate by giving a gift that benefits the entire Jewish community.

You can help grow an existing endowment or earmark your donation to a specific program of your choice. Whether you make your gift by phone or by mail We will gratefully acknowledge your thoughtful donation by notifying the person or family member you designate with an acknowledgement card (no gift amount is disclosed). Phone: Katie Bielsky 843-571-6565 or Joan Herrman 843-614-6491

Mail: Charleston Jewish Federation 1645 Raoul Wallenberg Blvd. Charleston, SC 29407

Whether you make your gift by phone or by mail we will gratefully acknowledge your thoughtful donation by notifying the person or family member you designate with an acknowledgment card (no gift amount is disclosed). Mazel tov to Natanya Miller and Curtis and Pumla Gutter on their recent B’nai Mitzvah at Synagogue Emanu-El.

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Jewish Endowment Fund JEWISH ENDOWMENT FUND

HOW DO I CREATE A JEWISH LEGACY? Options include: •

A simple charitable bequest

An outright gift using appreciated assets or cash

An IRA or pension plan

A life insurance policy

A charitable gift annuity

A charitable remainder trust

How do I leave a gift for a charitable organization that I admire?

Who will receive my legacy? All qualified, tax-exempt institutions are appropriate beneficiaries. Organizations you have supported in your life are natural choices. Help keep the Jewish community strong by considering your Synagogue, Federation, Addlestone Hebrew Academy or other Jewish group. You may wish to target fields of interests such as Jewish education, social services, or sending teens to Israel. You can also support organizations in the general community that have touched your life. Consider designating a share of your legacy as unrestricted by including the JEF Unrestricted Endowment. While some issues remain constant, priorities can shift in sudden and unexpected ways. This is an excellent way to express your trust in future community leaders.

It's easy. You can arrange for a gift in several ways, the most common being through a charitable gift in a will or a living trust. Many people set aside a certain dollar amount. Others leave a percentage of their estate, or any assets left over after they have provided for their family. Others leave a paid-up life insurance policy, retirement account, or other financial investment.

Do I tell the charity that I've left a gift?

Must I have an estate in order to leave a legacy?

You should engage your children in every step of the legacy planning process. Here are some suggestions:

Everyone can leave a legacy. "Estate" is simply a word used to describe any money, property, or personal belongings that you own at the time of your death. Most people leave an estate when they die, even though they may not have a great deal of wealth. Even modest gifts are appreciated. Do I have to include my wish to leave a legacy to a specific organization in my will? A charitable bequest will not take effect unless you state your intention in your will or living trust. Without a will, you may lose control over your assets after your death. When should I start to think about leaving a legacy? The answer is different for each individual. Some people make their wills when they have a first child, or when they receive an inheritance. But don’t put it off--the time is always right to think about how you wish to be remembered. Why should I consider leaving a legacy? Consider the institutions and causes you support now. Why have you made gifts of money and time? Picture your Jewish community decades from now. What would you hope to see? Through your legacy, you can ensure that the organizations you care about thrive in perpetuity and the issues you are most concerned with continue to be addressed.

That is up to you. Charities often like to know in advance so that they can recognize your generosity. They can also tell you about specific opportunities for giving. How can I invite my children into the process?

Initiate a family discussion about how your charitable giving and values.

Together, visit the institutions and programs you are committed to supporting.

Listen to and acknowledge their concerns.

How can my legacy inspire the community? The legacy planning process can build bonds with your partners in your community. It is truly a way to let your name be remembered as a blessing. How can I make sure that my legacy reflects what is important to me? The JEF is here to be your key resource, advisor and guide. Because we distribute dollars in grants to the community each year, we can help you identify community needs and potential beneficiaries. We can meet with you before you meet with your advisors to brainstorm initial ideas and goals. In future years, we can help involve your children and grandchildren in carrying out your legacy.


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Jewish Endowment Fund How can the JEF work with my professional advisors? We can work with you and your professional advisors to plan your gift in a way that furthers your unique financial and charitable goals. We are available to meet and consult with your advisors throughout the process. When should I fund my legacy? Depending on your assets and goals, you can fund your legacy now or after your lifetime. For example, if you feel there is a compelling need to provide scholarships for needy children, you can begin those scholarships now and direct your estate to complete the balance of the funding. Alternatively, you can designate your entire legacy to be funded after your lifetime if that is more appropriate for you. How should I fund my legacy? With the help of the JEF and your professional advisors, you will carefully choose the source of your dollars to help fund your legacy. Examples include retirement funds, highly-appreciated stock and real estate. How should I structure my legacy?

and family members can receive income for life through charitable gift annuities or charitable remainder trusts. Or your legacy can be a simple bequest in your will or from your IRA. What is the difference between a bequest and an endowment? A bequest is a legacy gift, distributed from the donor’s estate after the end of his or her life. If not designated, it can be spent in the year that it is captured. An endowment is a permanent fund that is held in perpetuity, distributing a specified percentage annually to the designated purpose. For example, a Lion of Judah Endowment (LOJE) and Perpetual Annual Campaign Endowment (PACE) are funds that are held by the JEF and distributed each year to the Annual Campaign. An endowment can be established by bequest or during the donor's life. How can I get started? Simply contact Steffanie Dohn, the JEF Development Director at 723-3635 or Judi Corsaro, CJF CEO at 6146600 and they will arrange a confidential meeting for you. They look forward to working with you to keep the community strong and vibrant for generations to come.

Depending on your goals, your legacy can be structured in the way that is most advantageous for you. You, your spouse

Annual Campaign Jewish Women From Rochester, New York Are Treated to Some Southern Jewish Hospitality On March 30th, Marilyn Hoffman hosted in her beautiful home a group of Jewish women visiting Charleston from Rochester, New York. Our Lions of Judah and board of directors (women of course) all came to show our Rochester guests some real Jewish southern home hospitality. Marilyn shared with the group her passion for the Charleston Jewish Federation and why she believes so strongly in the mission and the important work Federation does in Charleston, Israel and around the world. The other women were encouraged to share their experiences being involved with the Jewish Federation. The entire group of women enjoyed mingling and playing Jewish geography. It was very meaningful to meet other Jewish women who share the same values of tikkun olam, tzedakah and chesed and care about their fellow Jews.

Ruth Goldberg, Ilene Turbow, Ava Kleinman & Marilyn Hoffman


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Annual Campaign 2014 Charleston Jewish Federation Annual Campaign The Charleston Jewish Federation (CJF) puts our Jewish values of Tzedakah, Tikkun Olam and Chesed into action. CJF is a collaborative network of people who have a profound belief that it is our responsibility to improve the lives of those less fortunate. Thank you to the following individuals who have donated to the annual campaign as of June 8, 2014. We hope you will take this opportunity to add your name to our list of donors. If we respond with strength and vision we will overcome the many challenges facing our community and the Jewish people. Please use the return envelope and send your donation to the Charleston Jewish Federation. (Make checks payable to CJF) The Federation Annual Campaign runs from January 1, 2014-December 31, 2014.

Please consider making the greatest tax deductible donation that you can. For your convenience, you may return the tearoff form below in the enclosed self-addressed envelope, or you may make your donation online at www.jewishcharleston.org

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Donor Names Thank you to the following individuals who have donated to the annual campaign as of June 8, 2014. WOMEN’S GIFTS Prime Minister’s Council Black Diamond Lion Of Judah $100,000 + Anita G. Zucker Ruby Lion of Judah $10,000- $17,999 Jan Pearlstine Lipov Marilyn Hoffman Lion of Judah $5,000-$9,999 Susan Addlestone Berlijn Nancy Banov Gail Barzman Jackie Berlinsky Linda Cohen Judi Corsaro Ruth Goldberg Ellen Hoffman Phyllis Firetag Hyman Ann Therese Hyman Ava Kleinman Elaine Krell Elisabeth Lynch Suzanne Lynch Andrea Muzin Ellen Nadler Rebecca Nirenblatt Susan Pearlstine Susie Sheftel Roxann Spandorfer Sunny Steinberg Catherine Stuhr Toporek Elaine Tessler Sharon Toporek Barbara Zucker Laura Zucker Pomegranate $2,500-$4,999 Marlene Addlestone Mrs. Alwyn Berlin Debra S. Engel Sandra G. Peskin Sandra Brett Mindelle K. Seltzer $1,000-$2,499 Elza Alterman Susan Altman Janet Berg

Eileen Chepenik Jody Cohen Lynda Denberg Julie Ellison Sally Fischbein Marsha Golod Judy Grossman Carol Mysel Karen Pinosky Sheran Rittenberg Sara Snyder Freida Sokol Susie Steinberg Ilene Turbow Ellen Yampolsky $500-$999 Marilyn Barron Dorothy Cohen Barbara S. cohn Heather R. Dawson Deborah Ellison Debra Engel Johanna Feldman Jeanne Lieberman Sandra Lipton Judy Lutz Ann Mandel Shirley Prystowsky Dianne Ratner Hillary Rieck Sheralyn Rosenblum Carla Seitz Carol Seltzer Debra Sistino Theresa Solomon Karen Stark Sharon Stricker Ann Walsh Blanche Weintraub Wine $100-$499 Anonymous Roslyn Barkowitz Jo Ellen Basile Margaraet Bender Carol L. Berlin Traci Black Tsivia Browdy Frances Chases Rosemary Cohen

Amy Davis Evaline Delson Audrey Fleishman Sharon Forman Marsha Freudenberg Ibis Glass Sylvia Greene Gretchen Gross Elaine Heckelman Mordenai Hirsch Judy Holz Lisa Isaacson Janice W. Kahn Renee Kahn Norma Karesh Ellen Kay Peggy Krawcheck Cindy Kupferman Betty Lancer Lara LeRoy Jeanne Lichtman Terry Linker Marjorie L. Lynch Doris Meyers Christine L. Olasov Betty Pearlman Rachel Raisin Josine GosschalkReavis Sydney Silverman Patricia Rones-Sykes Arlene Rovick Rochelle Rutledge Barbara Schwarz Faye Seigel Joann Sherman Ruth Silverman Naomi Simon Margaret Weinberg $1-$99 Shari Allen Sharon Applebaum-Hess Sheila Asher Charlye Berlin Joan Berlinsky Frieda Bernstein H. Sandra Bregman Julia Brown Judy Carle Blanche Cohen


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Annual Campaign Caroline Cohen Pam Coyle Linda Finkelstein Carina Gerscovich Roberta Gifford Naomi Gorstein Rosalyn Haller Flo Herman Joan Herrman Lora Kratzok Marsha Y. Kronick Alice Levkoff Charlotte Levine Charlotte P. Libater Millie Maier Rosalyn Monat-Haller Rachel Morley Sara Sharnoff Eleanor Spicer Reuben Nina Rose Lynda Schwartz Tara Veronee Trudi Weiner Shelley Yonas MEN’S GIFTS $25,000-$99,999 Hyman Bielsky $18,000-$24,999 David L. Cohen $10,000-$17,999 Jack Brickman David Dumas Randolph Friedman Sam Shapiro $5,000-$9,999 Charles Banov Stuart Barzman David Ellison Aaron Engel Eli Hyman Larry Lipov Spencer Lynch Harry Nadler Edwin Pearlstine Jr. Mark Tannenbaum Stuart Tessler $2,500-$4,999 Manuel Cohen Joseph Engel Harold Fox Richard Friedman

Harry Goldberg William H.Golod Carl Jacobson Barry Krell Jonathan Krell Mitchell Sherman C. Leonard Zucker $1,000 - $2,499 Edmund Barron Edward Berlin Mitchell Fischbein Ellis Kahn Bruce Kleinman Edward Kronsberg,II Yosef Levanon Paul Lynch Mark Pinosky A. Bernard Solomon $500-$999 Joseph Chase Morris Ellison Leo Fishman Larry Freudenberg Buddy Karesh Newton Klements Martin Lazarus Morey Lipton Myron Lutz Seth Manaker Owen Meislin Burnet Mendelsohn Robert B. Miller Robert New Carl Novit Arnold Prystowsky Ira Rosenberg Mitchell Sherman Dean Schuyler Gary Snyder Bernard Stark Bernard Steinberg Jonathan Steinberg Mark Wine Marty Yonas $100-$499 Ross Appel Seymour Baron Jan N. Basile Jack Bass Stephen Baumrind Steven Berlin Wayne Braverman Craig Browdy

Barry Clarke Glenn S. Cohen Alan F. Coleman Ted Corsaro Mark Deitch Kenneth Fox Paul Garfinkel Richard Glass Herbert S. Goldberg David Grossman Marc Haspel Al Hawkins Anthony Holz Warren Hyman Ian Kay Maurice Krawcheck Richard Kronick Seth Kupferman Ira Lash Terrill Leff Scott LeRoy Meyer Lipman Larry Minkoff William Olasov Adrian Reuben Harold “Billy” Richman Jerry Robinson Adam Rosner Jay Rovick Patrick Rutledge Phil Saul Sidney Segal Jeffrey Simon Lawrence Simon Andrew Slotin Stanley Stewart Philip Slotin Edwin Toporek Lyle Walsh Julius ( Skippy ) Weil Stewart Weinberg Melvin Wyland $1-$99 Jordan Adelson Gary Allen Joseph Beker Barry Breibart Tim Carle Ed Coyle Stanley Feldman Gerald H. Firetag Martin Gold Gerald Katz David Kratzok

Sandra Brett, Hillary Rieck, Lori Hoch Stiefel, Sara Sharnoff, Judi Corsaro & Jaffa Miller

Kate Tobakos, Ashley Mandel, Nina Rose, & Carina Gerscovich

Mitzvahs and Martinis Recap BY KATE TOBAKOS

On a lovely spring evening I attended Mitzvahs and Martinis hosted by the Charleston Jewish Federation at the outstanding local eatery, Ms. Roses. As the Martini orders were being taken by wait staff, Jewish women across the generations mingled and caught up with each other about their busy lives with careers, family and friends. Then, we all sat together sipping our delicious libations and munching on yummy appetizers. We listened to the passionate and devoted professionals and volunteers of the CJF talk about the exciting and important programming and services they offer such as PJ Library, Shalom Baby, Kosher Food Pantry and much more. We heard about a community mission that they took to Cuba, where CJF staff and volunteers visited several Jewish communities offering friendship and assistance from the CJF and our local Jewish Community. The ladies challenged us to harken the call to get involved at the CJF by volunteering our time and our experiences through any programming they offer or to share ideas for new programming. They urged us to give of ourselves to do important and everlasting mitzvahs for others. As I sat in the room looking around at all the interested and caring faces listening intently to our impassioned speakers of the evening, I felt the feeling of Tikkun Olam-”healing the world” spread through the room. The event concluded, and we left our new and old friends with a renewed motivation to serve our Jewish community and use our collective strengths and our valuable time to help the CJF continue their mission to serve, help and enhance the Charleston Jewish Community and beyond.


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Charleston Jewish Family Services Oh Canada!

MONTREAL WELCOME CHARLESTON TO THE AJFCA

A MESSAGE FROM CHARLESTON JEWISH FAMILY SERVICES DIRECTOR, SARA SHARNOFF In the past few months the number of clients served by our Charleston Jewish Community Kosher Food Pantry (KFP) has increased dramatically. We recently acquired 25 new clients from the Sherman House who use our pantry on a weekly basis. In May, we distributed 1,720 pounds of food, which translated to 108 bags. While we are thrilled to help so many deserving people, it has put a huge strain on our resources after distributing approximately 450 pounds of food each week. The KFP is the only food pantry in West Ashley and to date we have provided food to anyone who is food insecure.

Sara Sharnoff, CJFS Director

The Association of Jewish Family and Childrens Agencies (AJFCA) is a membership association for approximately 125 Jewish family service agencies across the United States and Canada. They are united by the values of our Jewish tradition and work together toward our common goal of tikkun olam, repairing the world. Charleston Jewish Family Services is proud to have joined the AJFCA community. During the first weekend of May, I had the privilege of attending the annual AJFCA and International Association of Jewish Vocational Services (IAJVS) conference that took place in Montreal, Canada. The conference was an interactive and informative gathering of professionals and lay leaders from the member agencies throughout North America and Israel. While attending the conference, I had the opportunity to connect with other agency leaders and share our common experiences in leading Jewish family service agencies in our communities. This year’s conference theme was Inspiring Creativity in a Changing World, which challenged our local practices and encouraged us to adapt for the future. We discussed branding techniques, how to utilize technology to enhance our community connections, and ways to engage new volunteers for our services. I am grateful for the meaningful connections that were formed during the conference, and I look forward to communicating with the AJFCA agencies as we move forward in 2014. As a delightful bonus, one block away from where the conference was being held, the annual Israel Rally took place in St. Phillips Square, boasting an attendance exceeding 12,000 people. It was incredible opportunity to witness the unity between the United States and Canada and our love for Israel.

We need your continued support to keep our shelves stocked with healthy and nutritious foods. Every donation made to the KFP goes directly into its EXCLUSIVE bank account, meaning NO OTHER organization has access to its funds. Thank you for all of your help. TOGETHER we can fight the war against hunger in Charleston. For any questions or comments regarding the KFP, please contact Sara Sharnoff at SaraS@JewishCharleston.org or 843-614-6494.

Gloria Adelson

KOSHER FOOD PANTRY CHAMPION Gloria Adelson has spent the past several months volunteering for the Charleston Jewish Community Kosher Food Pantry. With the increase in the amount of families utilizing the pantry, volunteers are an integral par t of keeping the shelves stocked with nutritious and filling foods. Gloria goes grocery shopping and purchases the staple items that go into every KFP bag. Thank you Gloria for volunteering your time and energy to help us fight against the war on hunger in Charleston.

Gloria Adelson in the Kosher Food Pantry

“Charleston Jewish Family Services” (CJFS) mission is to preserve and protect the basic human needs of all members of the community and to promote positive social functioning in all of our clients. The ultimate goal is to provide support and assistance to those in need of help and the committee is guided by the Jewish values of tzedakah (charity) and tikkun olam (reparation of the world.) For more information about CJFS, please contact Sara Sharnoff at saras@jewishcharleston.org or 843-614-6494. www.charlestonjfs.org


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Rebecca Szer in the Kosher Food Pantry

Q & A With Rebecca Szer 22-YEAR OLD COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON STUDENT

How did you find out about the Kosher Food Pantry (KFP)? I found out about the KFP when I was searching for volunteer opportunities on the JCC website.

SUNDAY, JUNE 22, 2014 5:05PM - GATES OPEN AT 4:00PM National anthem to be sung by winner of “Charleston Jewish Idol” Hatikvah to be played after national anthem! First pitch auctioned off, proceeds going to Kosher Food Pantry (KFP)!

What made you want to volunteer at the KFP?

In between-innings games, and much more!

As co-service chair for Alpha Epsilon Delta (National Health Preprofessional Honors Society) at the College of Charleston, it is my responsibility to find volunteer opportunities for our members. I had been searching for a new place, someplace were students could “get their hands dirty” and make an impact right here in the Charleston community. After our first service event, I fell in love with the KFP. Learning of all the companies that provided donations restored my faith in humanity, and I loved knowing that I was truly making a difference in someone’s life. Since similar sentiments were expressed by many of our members, we started scheduling more service events at the KFP.

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What’s your favorite part about working in the KFP? After my first visit to the KFP, I was inspired by their values and overall dedication to their mission statement. It is truly rewarding to volunteer in an organization where the directors possess such passion for their work. It inspired us to get involved, and to spread the word about the severe hunger problem facing the Charleston community. This made our contribution to the KFP all the more rewarding. What would you like other people to know about the KFP or what it’s like to be a volunteer? If you are looking for a place to volunteer, I would wholeheartedly recommend the KFP. It is an amazing organization, and volunteering there has truly been one of the most rewarding experiences.

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FREE PARKING INCLUDED *Reservation deadline for tickets with t-shirts: 6/9/14 For tickets and sponsorship information, call BEN ABZUG at 577-DOGS (3647) For any other questions, please contact LORI HOCH STIEFEL at lorihs@jewishcharleston.org or 614-6497.

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The “Young Adult Division” (YAD) of the Charleston Jewish Federation offers young Jewish adults a broad range of social, educational, cultural, and volunteer opportunities. As the only organization in Charleston dedicated to young professionals and singles, multiple events are held each month that bring together adults from all backgrounds and parts of town to engage in not only meaningful experiences, but fun activities that bring together the next generation of Jewish leaders. For more information about YAD, please contact Lori Hoch Stiefel at lorihs@jewishcharleston.org or 843-614-6497.


The REMEMBER Program Never Again

YOM HASHOAH ANNUAL DAY OF REMEMBRANCE

The REMEMBER program, under the leadership of Dr. Evaline Delson, Phillis Kalisky-Mair and the Remember Committee is proud to have once again offered the Charleston community a meaningful Yom Hashoah Commemoration. Our speaker Morris Glass shared his experience as a survivor of the Pabiance Ghetto, Lodz Ghetto, and Auschwitz.

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Though we can never truly imagine the horrors of his experience, we are so touched that he deepened our understanding by sharing his memories. We also paid tribute to survivors and those who were killed in the Shoah by reading names of those with local connections aloud. The spiritual atmosphere of KKBE, musicians and Silent March to the Holocaust Memorial at Marion Square completed our remembrance. Special thanks to the Jewish Choral Society and Addlestone students for a haunting rendition of LeDor Vador, our wonderful Rabbis, and everyone who made our Holocaust remembrance possible.

Dr. Evaline Delson & Phillis Kalisky-Mair

Morris Glass

The “REMEMBER Program� for Holocaust and Genocide Awareness. For more information about the REMEMBER Program, please contact Sandra Brett at sandrab@jewishcharleston.org

Addlestone Hebrew Academy Society and Jewish Choral Society performing at the 2014 Yom Hashoah Commemoration.

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Community Addlestone Hebrew Academy

OH, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO… OH, THE DIFFERENCE YOU’LL MAKE Addlestone Hebrew Academy wishes our alumni of the Class of 2010 Mazel Tov as they graduate high school and advance to the next phase of their education: Sam Book – University of Florida, Ethan Cohen – Princeton, Nicholas Hoffman – MIT, Jared Kraay – studying abroad in Israel, Max Toubiana – The Citadel. Clearly, these remarkable students have excelled academically, but we can be sure that their education has included much more than academics. In a 2007 study called THE IMPACT OF JEWISH DAY SCHOOL: A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF JEWISH COLLEGE STUDENTS “[Jewish] day schools succeed at imparting an orientation of civic and social responsibility to their students. Former day school students express a stronger sense of responsibility towards addressing the needs of the larger society by influencing social values, helping those in need, volunteering their time to social change efforts, and finding careers that allow them to be of service to the larger community as compared with their public and private school peers.” At Addlestone Hebrew Academy, it is no accident that our students and alumni are dedicated to making a positive difference in their community. We believe that education should kindle students’ love of learning and prepare them for continued academic success. But we strive for much more than that! While our students are reaching their intellectual potential, they also are developing leadership skills, a respect for the earth and commitment to tikkun olam, a moral compass, and a pride and joy in their Jewish heritage. The recent groundbreaking on our future state-of-the-art building provides an opportunity to advance our commitment to providing the best foundation for our students who will in turn be the leaders in our community. We encourage you to show your support of the future of Charleston’s Jewish community by donating to Addlestone’s capitol campaign.

BBYO

DIXE COUNCIL TEENS CELEBRATE 90 YEARS OF BBYO HISTORY This month, the over 150 Jewish teens in BBYO Dixie Council celebrate 90 years of shared BBYO history. Founded on May 3, 1924 with the first chapter of the high school fraternity, the Aleph Zadik Aleph (AZA), for young men in Omaha, NE, it grew to include young women with the founding of the B’nai B’rith Girls (BBG), AZA’s sister program, on April 22, 1944 in San Francisco, CA. Today, BBYO is a welcoming home to more than 40,000 Jewish teens who take part in programming around the world. Participants find a safe place where they can be themselves, learn, lead, serve and have fun with friends who become brothers and sisters. As a part of BBYO Dixie Council, local Jewish teens can not only connect to an organization with a rich, vibrant history and inspiring alumni network, but they also have access to programming focused on leadership skills, community service, identity-building and Jewish values. Over the past year, BBYO teens in Charleston have come together with Jewish teens from across the community to learn about Hunger Awareness, celebrate Havdallah, and even volunteer together. In February, BBYOers heard from community leaders like Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg at BBYO’s annual International Convention and joined 10,000 other Jewish teens giving back to their community through J-Serve, the international day of Jewish youth service. This year, Charleston’s Jewish teens joined together to help repair the Coming Street Cemetery. The teens spent the day cleaning, weeding, and taking in some of the history that Charleston’s Jewish community has to offer. The teens learned the life-lesson that philanthropy is more than just about money. About BBYO: BBYO is the leading pluralistic Jewish teen movement aspiring to involve more Jewish teens in more meaningful Jewish experiences. For 90 years, BBYO‘s leadership programs the Aleph Zadik Aleph (AZA) and the B’nai B’rith Girls (BBG) have

been providing exceptional leadership programs and identity enrichment experiences, shaping the confidence and character of more than 400,000 alumni who are among the most prominent figures in business, politics, academia, the arts and Jewish communal life. Now, BBYO’s network of Jewish teens, alumni, parents, volunteers and philanthropists serves as the Jewish community’s most valuable platform for delivering to the post Bar/Bat Mitzvah audience fun, meaningful and affordable experiences. With yearround activities in hundreds of local communities and inspiring world-wide travel experiences, BBYO’s broad program menu enables teens to explore areas of leadership, service, civic engagement, Israel education and Jewish values. For more information on BBYO, please visit www.bbyo.org or contact Tamar Sternfeld at tsternfeld@bbyo.org or 943-619-3613.

Lynn Bernstein

Charleston JCC

LYNN BERNSTEIN JCC KITCHEN ENDOWMENT Lynn Bernstein, a long-time member of the Charleston Jewish community, was known for her kosher catering business and her love of cooking in general. Lynn carried on the tradition of her mother Anita Bernstein (OBM) and her grandmother Mildred Bernstein (OBM) in providing catering for many events within the greater Charleston Jewish community. She often did the catering for the Charleston Jewish Community Center’s large events and was involved in the community even while struggling to overcome her final illness. After Lynn’s untimely death, her family and friends decided to create an endowment fund reflecting Lynn’s cooking


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background. The Lynn Bernstein JCC Kitchen Endowment was created in early 2013 and portions of the earnings from this fund are used to replace or supplement equipment and supplies for the Charleston Jewish Community Center’s kosher kitchens. If you would like to contribute to this fund, please contact Ronneca Watkins, JCC Executive Director at (843)614-6488 or ronnecaw@charlestonjcc.org William Ackerman Endowment for JCC Capital Improvements The William Ackerman Endowment for JCC Capital Improvements is an endowed fund of the Coastal Community Foundation. William Ackerman (OBM) was an active member within the Charleston Jewish community as well as Charleston in general. He was president of the Charleston Jewish Community Center when it moved west of the Ashley to its current location. Every year the JCC receives a portion of the earnings from Mr. Ackerman’s Endowment to be used for improvements to the facility. In 2013, the JCC received annual funds to redo the floors in our J-Care cottage as well as the floors in our Cottage Fitness Room. If you would like to learn more about this fund or to contribute to the William Ackerman Endowment for JCC Capital Improvements, please contact Ronneca Watkins, JCC Executive Director at (843)614-6488 or email her at ronnecaw@charlestonjcc.org.

Hadassah

HADASSAH MEDICAL ORGANIZATION – A LASTING GIFT TO ISRAEL AND THE WORLD Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO) provides medical care to over one million patients a year regardless of race, religion or nationality. HMO includes the Middle East’s most advanced medical facilities: two hospitals in Jerusalem and the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower. HMO is internationally renowned for its pioneering medical research, which benefits people in every corner of the world. Being at the forefront—bringing new life into the world. The OB/GYN floor of the Charlotte R. Bloomberg Mother & Child Center at

Hadassah University Medical Center in Ein Kerem combines comfort and intimacy with state-of-the- art technology. The unit is recognized worldwide for its remarkable success in in Vitro fertilization (IVF). Highrisk pregnancy is another area of expertise. The OB/GYN unit takes on highly challenging, complicated cases; their success rate is notable. The neonatal ICU is filled with premature babies of every ethnicity. Concerned parents watch over their newborns, sharing their hopes and fears—a true bridge to peace through medicine. More than 80 Women Gave Birth at HMO during Jerusalem Snowstorm. In midDecember 2013, Jerusalem was hit by a snowstorm that left nearly 20” of snow on the ground and caused power outages around the city for several days. The storm made travel nearly impossible. At HMO nurses worked 16-hour shifts because blocked roads prevented others from making it in. Doctors worked 3-4 consecutive days to cover for colleagues who couldn’t find transportation. The city may have been a standstill, but that did not stop babies from being born. One woman’s water broke in the middle of a traffic jam due to road bloackage. She was rescued by an ambulance and transported safely to deliver her baby at Hadassah. Two pregnant women in separate cars, on Highway 443 to Jerusalem, were stranded while trying to reach Hadassah Hospital on Mount Scopus during the snowstorm. In the same traffic jam was Dafna Cohen, head nurse in pediatrics at Hadassah-Mount Scopus. Seeing flashing lights next to a car on the side of the road, she stopped and helped a medic on the scene deliver a baby. For 2014, the Charleston Chapter of Hadassah is focussing grassroots fundraising efforts to buy a hospital grade breast pump. These breast pumps are the strongest and most durable breast pumps available to breastfeeding mothers. The price tag is high – over $4,000 so our goal is high – we want to raise $5000. Please help us reach this goal – send

a contribution payable to Hadassah, to Ruth Oser, Chapter Treasurer, at 4 Hobonny Lane, Charleston 29407. You don’t have to be a member of Hadassah to contribute to this very worthy goal. The stories of Hadassah’s medical personnel saving lives and bringing new life into the world continue. For more information about Hadassah and any of our programs, including major gifts, legacy endowments, and perpetual yarzheits in Israel, contact us as 971-6116 or HadassahCharleston@ gmail.com. Please remember Hadassah in your will or trust.

Hebrew Orphan Society MAKING A DIFFERENCE

This Society, ABI YETOMIN UBNE EBYONIM, or the Society for the Relief of Orphans and Children of Indigent Persons, was founded in 1801 by 12 Jewish men. Its primary object will be as a charitable and service society which gives support and contributions to worthy causes and institutions as determined by a majority vote of the membership. This includes educating, clothing, medical help, and the general welfare of the community. The Society today consists of no more than 36 members, men and women, who are Jews, and age 35 or older. They are elected into the Society based upon their record of service to the Jewish and secular community. Their election is for life. Of the various areas of support for our community is the health and well being of each individual. Much of our support, in this area, is provided through the Zippora Solomons fund. Through this fund about half of our support goes to the Jewish Social Service arm of the Charleston Jewish Federation. With these funds help is given for doctor visits, medications, transportation to doctors offices, dentists, and pharmacies. Assistance is also provided to the Kosher Pantry to provide those foods necessary to help those in need. The Hebrew Orphan Society does not solicit contributions but does accept voluntary donations for general or specific purposes.


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Community KKBE

VISIONING FOR THE FUTURE Now in our 265th year as a congregation, more than 1,300 individuals call KKBE their spiritual home, having grown as a congregation with 235 families in 2004 to a community of 515 families in 2014. What makes us different from other synagogues is while we are a thriving institution of Living Judaism; we have the unique responsibility of preserving our long and rich history. We are a pioneer of religious freedom, and exuberance in so many different ways; caretaker of the oldest Jewish cemetery in the South; site of Reform Judaism’s first American congregation; and, of course, home of our beautiful Sanctuary that next year celebrates its 175th Anniversary. KKBE has been setting the trend for the funding of synagogues for a long time. A recent Reform Judaism Magazine article entitled When Jews Choose Their Dues, notes that, “The first Reform synagogue

in America, Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim in Charleston, South Carolina, founded in 1749, abolished the practice of holding mid-service auctions in part because of fears that if Christians saw Jews holding an auction in the middle of services, it would reinforce the perception of Jewish avarice. In time other Reform congregations followed suit.” Through visionary leadership from a committed corps of lay leaders and staff, we are now taking the steps to ensure our legacy for another 265 years by embarking on a long range strategic funding initiative designed to re-think the entirety of how we operate. The primary goal of our work is to create a sustainable model that relies on both current giving and testamentary gifts, a true commitment to our children so that the legacy of our ancestors may be carried on for 265 more years. As we continue to grow as a congregation, providing much needed programming and services, we

will be looking to our community and beyond to help support our sacred work. We look to our 2014-2015 fiscal year as a transformative opportunity to secure the funding to restore the interior of our sanctuary and to grow our endowment. We know that there are many in the community who are aware of KKBE in its present form and our historic significance, but how many have actually experienced a tour of 90 Hasell St., visited our museum or been led through the gates of our pre-Revolutionary War Coming St. Cemetery? We encourage you to take advantage of these great opportunities to learn the vibrant history of not only KKBE, but of Jewry in Charleston. We look forward to welcoming you, and your support is always appreciated.

Synagogue Emanu-El

COSY HAS EXCELLED AT TIKKUN OLAM PROGRAMMING THIS PAST YEAR Synagogue Emanu-El prides itself on doing its share to promote programs


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Community and causes that will help transform the world positively. Our United Synagogue Youth chapter, COSY, exemplifies this quality of Tikkun Olam at its best. First, a couple of words about COSY: United Synagogue Youth is an organization of Conservative Jewish youth groups. Based out of Conservative synagogues, USY chapters attempt to provide a unique social, educational, and service-oriented experience for students in grades 9-12. Our chapter, COSY, was officially founded just two years ago. In the brief time since then, COSY has been recognized twice by the Ein Gedi sub-region (most of the Deep South) as a chapter on the rise, and recently won the HaNegev region’s (Deep South and Florida) Chapter of Excellence. COSY will be HaNegev Region’s nominee for International USY Chapter of the Year, which will be named at the International USY convention this December.

COSY has excelled at Tikkun Olam programming throughout this past year. On two different Sundays, COSY hosted the “COSY Café”, in which USY parents cooked made-to-order breakfasts to anyone at the Synagogue, while the USYers took orders and served the food. The food was free but tips were encouraged – and all gratuities went to the COSY Tikkun Olam fund. On the night of March 15th, during Emanu-El’s Megillah reading, several COSY members “stole” the Synagogue’s Megillah scroll in the middle of the reading. They announced that they had taken the scroll “hostage” and would return it only if they the congregation would give $200 for Tikkun Olam. Within minutes, the money was raised and the Megillah reading resumed. Additionally, COSY participated with BBYO and CHARLEY in a screening of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, in which attendees were required to bring

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in food donations to fight hunger. Also, at the Ein Gedi Sub-Regional convention this past November, hosted by COSY, participants helped with the “Lost and Found Auction,” proceeds of which went to the region’s Tikkun Olam fund. Following HaNegev guidelines, COSY was allowed to allocate 40 percent of the Tikkun Olam funds it raised to an organization of its choice. The USYers chose to give to the David Lindenbaum Fund, which provides scholarships for USYers in need of financial assistance to attend future regional gatherings, so that they will have equal access to the formative Jewish experiences that USY provides. Synagogue Emanu-El is so proud of the COSY and the excellent work that our teens have done for the sake of those in need.

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Community Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program A TIME TO KEEP BUILDING

The Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program is a community-inspired initiative housed at the College of Charleston. Its lead gifts from Henry and Sylvia Yaschik and Norman and Gerry Sue Arnold made the program happen, and the College has warmly and enthusiastically embraced the opportunity. The Jewish Studies Program has always received critical support from our community in the form of annual giving, our Friends of Jewish Life (FOJL) campaign, and endowment giving, our A Time to Build campaign. The incredible growth of Jewish Studies, and the Jewish Student Union/Hillel, which is contained within the Program, has made us rely increasingly on annual giving. That the community continues to rise to the occasion is a sign of its commitment to our mission and the quality of our programming. The success of our development efforts is also evident in the newly established Pearlstine/Lipov Center for Southern Jewish Culture, as well as the expansion to the Sylvia Vlosky Yaschik Jewish Studies Center, which will break ground in August. When Jewish Studies launched A Time to Build two years ago, our $10 million goal was ambitious. Happily, with widespread community support we have accomplished a great deal, even exceeding our $10 million goal. On November 1st, 2014 the College of Charleston will launch a $125 million comprehensive campaign, in order to support broad areas that are vital to the College’s envisioned future, including scholarships, faculty enhancement, and upgraded facilities. The College’s ambitious campaign is recognition of growth, both real and anticipated. Similarly, Jewish student enrollment at the College (over 800 students, or 8% of our undergraduate student body) continues to rise, as does participation in our JSU/Hillel programming, and Jewish Studies’ various community offerings, including Sunday morning brunches, Monday evening classes, and large-scale events such as Chanukah in the Square, A World of Jewish

Culture, and the Three Rabbi Panel. On November 1st, Jewish Studies will launch its own similarly comprehensive $5 million campaign, fondly referred to as A Time to Keep Building. We recognize our incredible growth, and proudly intend to continue to make Jewish Studies at the College yet better. A Time to Keep Building will fund our core initiatives – brunches, lectures and student programming – and make the operation of the Program less dependent on annual funds. The campaign will focus on endowment initiatives, including a Sunday Morning Lecture Endowment, Israel Studies Initiative, faculty and staff enhancement, and scholarships. To learn more about our campaign initiatives, or to discuss making a planned gift, please contact Mark Swick at swickmn@cofc.edu, or 953-4930. Gifts can be made through the College of Charleston Foundation or the Coastal Community Foundation’s Jewish Endowment Fund.

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Jewish Resource Guide Addlestone Hebrew Academy Abby Levine info@addlestone.org | 843-571-1105 www.addlestone.org

PJ Library速 Lori Hoch Stiefel lorihs@jewishcharleston.org | 843-614-6497 www.facebook.com/PJLibraryCharleston

BBYO Tamar Sternfeld tsternfeld@bbyo.org | 843-619-3613 www.bbyo.org

The Remember Program Sandra Brett sandrab@jewishcharleston.org | 843-571-6565

Brith Sholom Beth Israel (BSBI, Orthodox) Rabbi Moshe Davis info@bsbisynagogue.org | 843-577-6599 www.bsbisynagogue.com Chabad of Charleston and the Lowcountry Rabbi Yossi Refson info@southernspirit.org | 843-884-2323 www.southernspirit.org Charleston Jewish Community Center (JCC) Ronneca Watkins ronnecaw@charlestonjcc.org | 843-571-6565 www.charlestonjcc.org Charleston Jewish Federation Judi Corsaro info@jewishcharleston.org | 843-614-6600 www.jewishcharleston.org Charleston Jewish Family Services Sara Sharnoff saras@jewishcharleston.org | 843-614-6494 www.charlestonjfs.org Charleston Jewish Community Kosher Food Pantry Joan Herrman joanh@jewishcharleston.org | 843-614-6491 www.charlestonjfs.org Charleston Jewish Voice Lori Hoch Stiefel lorihs@jewishcharleston.org | 843-614-6497 Connecting Jewish Women Carol Berlin carolb@jewishcharleston.org | 843-614-6495 Israel Education Fellowship Judi Corsaro judic@jewishcharleston.org | 843-614-6600 Israel Engagement Committee Lori Hoch Stiefel lorihs@jewishcharleston.org | 843-614-6497 Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) Lori Hoch Stiefel lorihs@jewishcharleston.org | 843-614-6497

Shalom Baby Lori Hoch Stiefel lorihs@jewishcharleston.org | 843-614-6497 Young Adult Division (YAD) Lori Hoch Stiefel lorihs@jewishcharleston.org | 843-614-6497 Congregation Dor Tikvah (Orthodox) Rabbi Michael Davies info@dortikvah.org | 843-410-3230 www.dortikvah.org Hadassah Sharon Hox | Ilene Turbow | Sandi Archambault hadassahcharleston@gmail.com www.hadassah.org Hebrew Benevolent Society Dr. William Golod golodwh@musc.edu Hebrew Orphan Society Dr. Alan Nussbaum alan.nussbaum@gmail.com Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina Marty Perlmutter jhssc@cofc.edu | 843-953-3918 www.jhssc.org Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim (KKBE, Reform) Rabbi Stephanie Alexander info@kkbe.org | 843-723-1090 www.kkbe.org National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) Linda Krawcheck lkrawcheck@yahoo.com www.ncjwcharleston.org Synagogue Emanu-El (Conservative) Rabbi Adam Rosenbaum emanu-el@emanu-el.com | 843-571-3264 www.emanu-el.com Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program, College of Charleston Marty Perlmutter jwst@cofc.edu | 843.953.5682 | jewish.cofc.edu


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