Charleston Jewish Voice | Winter 2016

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PRSRT STD Charleston Jewish Federation U.S. POSTAGE PAID Albemarle Pointe Center JACKSONVILLE, FL 176 Croghan Spur Road, Suite 100 PERMIT NO. 2840 Charleston, SC 29407





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3  Letter from CEO 4  Letter from President


5  Community Lifespan 7  Pillars of Charleston Jewish Federation 15 Life and Legacy 17 Campaign Update


19 Addlestone Hebrew Academy 19 BBYO 19 BSBI 20 JCC Without Walls 20 Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies program 21 Congregation Dor Tikvah 21 Hadassah 22 Hebrew Orphan Society 22 Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim 22 National Council of Jewish Women 23 Synagogue Emanu-El 25 Resource Guide

SPOTLIGHT 9  Jewish Education 10 Jewish Life 11 Overseas & Israel 12 Vulnerable Populations 13 Engagement and Leadership Development


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LETTER FROM THE CEO CJF 2016 BOARD MEMBERS EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Chief Executive Officer Judi Corsaro CJF President Harry Goldberg CJF President Elect Stuart Tessler CJF Vice President Ava Kleinman CJF Vice President Michael Mills CJF Treasurer Ilene Turbow CJF Secretary Eileen Chepenik Jewish Endowment Fund President Jan Pearlstine Lipov CJF Immediate Past President Spencer Lynch




has been a special year for the Charleston Jewish Federation. From our new office home at Albemarle Pointe Center, we work to secure a strong future for Jewish Charleston - one that is welcoming, full of opportunity and promise, and one that offers everyone a place to call their own. Our work falls under five pillars, representing our core values, each of which are fundamental to our mission: Jewish Life, Jewish Education, Israel and Overseas, Vulnerable Populations, and Engagement and Leadership Development. This issue of The Voice will outline the ways that we make an impact in each of these pillars. As we come to the end of another Annual Campaign and another fiscal year, Charleston Jewish Federation’s Annual Report, released in January, will detail the ways that we have connected with other organizations, the resources we have provided to the community, and the initiatives we have started or strengthened over the last year. It is also a place to thank all of our donors – community foundations that provided generous grant funding and over 700 donors who supported Jewish Charleston this year through a pledge to CJF’s Annual Campaign. We are so grateful for strong community support. Thank you to Harry Goldberg, our CJF President, the best board and professional staff I have ever worked with, and all our volunteers and donors who have helped make a very positive impact in our Jewish community. All my best,

Ellen Hoffman Marilyn Hoffman Larry Kobrovsky Ed Kronsberg

Judi Corsaro, CEO

Suzanne Lynch Harry Nadler Hilary Rieck Amanda Reeves Debbie Rothschild

CHARLESTON JEWISH FEDERATION STAFF * Part-Time Judi Corsaro - Chief Executive Officer 843-614-6480 | Lori Hoch Stiefel - Senior Director of Communications & Community Engagement 843-614-6497 |

CHARLESTON JEWISH FEDERATION Albemarle Pointe Center 176 Croghan Spur Road, Suite 100 Charleston, SC 29407 PHONE: 843-614-6600 TOGETHER WE DO EXTRAORDINARY THINGS

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Rebecca Leibowitz - Director of Strategic Initiatives 843-614-6484 | Kelly Stellrecht - Development Director & LIFE AND LEGACY™ Coordinator 843-614-6481 | Vicki Schmidt - Accountant * 843-614-6481 |

CHARLESTON JEWISH FAMILY SERVICES STAFF * Part-Time Sara Sharnoff Chesley - Director of Charleston Jewish Family Services 843-614-6494 | Joan Herrman - Kosher Food Pantry Assistant * 843-614-6491 |




y family and I started coming to Kiawah Island for vacation in 1998. Everything I knew about Charleston I learned from a carriage ride driver on Anson Street. Typical story, Ruth and I bought a villa at Kiawah and then a house, and then we moved here full time in 2009. Big difference between vacationing here and living here. We soon learned about the rich Jewish heritage of the lowcountry. We soon expanded our friendships with other Jewish families in Charleston and here on the Sea Islands. We soon became involved at the Temple and with Federation. And now that has expanded to Jewish Studies and the School of the Arts at the College of Charleston and also to the Ronald McDonald House. Testament to the welcoming nature of Charleston. Testament to the outreach from the Jewish community. I can’t think of a better place to live than here in Charleston. Even though our two daughters, Jenny and Sarah, don’t live in the area, they consider it home and have made friends here. There’s something about the lowcountry that draws you in and welcomes you. We’ve lived on the Main Line of

Philadelphia, the suburbs of Detroit, and Silicon Valley. Nowhere we’ve lived has been as welcoming as here. Nothing speaks to the welcoming and nurturing nature of Jewish Charleston than the Federation’s NAGID 360°: the leadership initiative of the Charleston Jewish community. We recently attended the inaugural meeting of this leadership development group, graciously hosted by Terry and Dennis Fisher. What we saw was a team of dedicated young professionals, ready to learn about the mission and work of all of Charleston’s Jewish institutions. As we left Sullivan’s Island that evening, we knew that we had just met Charleston’s next generation of leaders, committed to helping us shape the future of Charleston’s Jewish community. Sincerely,

Harry Goldberg Charleston Jewish Federation President

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years of leadership is a familiar formula of success in Jewish tradition. Such is the partnership of Joe Riley with the CHARLESTON JEWISH COMMUNITY. With a deep sense of gratitude, we pay tribute to Mayor Joe Riley. THURSDAY, JANUARY 7 | 7 PM Founders Hall, 1500 Old Towne Rd. FREE, however space is limited & RSVP is required. Register at For more information, contact Rebecca Leibowitz at

Sponsored by: Addlestone Hebrew Academy • BBYO Brith Sholom Beth Israel • Chabad of Charleston and the Lowcountry • Charleston Jewish Community Center Without Walls • Charleston Jewish Federation • Congregation Dor Tikvah • Hadassah • Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim • National Council of Jewish Women • Synagogue Emanu-El • Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program, College of Charleston WINTER 2016

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NEWBORN New babies are welcomed into


our community through our Shalom Baby program.

Charleston Jewish Community 5-13 YEARS OLD Tuition assistance for students at Addlestone Hebrew Academy, Charleston’s Jewish community day school.


3RD GRADE Enrollment begins for our Israel

Receive the gift of a free Jewish

Education Fellowship (IEF)

children’s book each month

Program, a collaboration between

through the PJ Library and PJ Our

CJF and our local synagogues.

Way initiatives.

18 - 26 YEARS OLD Visit Israel with dozens of other young Jews on a Taglit-Birthright Israel trip.


COLLEGE Get involved with Jewish Student

BBYO, Camp Judaea scholarships,

Union and share Shabbat dinner

Arts & Literature competition,

with your friends. You could also

Max Kirshstein Youth Endowment

be eligible with an interest-free

Award, and more are available to

loan through JELF!


YOUNG PROFESSIONALS NAGID 360 is Charleston’s leadership training institute and prepares young Jewish professionals to lead the future of Jewish Charleston.


SENIORS Kosher Food Pantry, Charleston

YAD encourages community and

Jewish Family Services and

leadership through social,

Senior Transportation are just a

professional, and philanthropic

few of the options.


END OF LIFE Create yourJewish legacy through an endowment or after-life giving through a will or estate.

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THE LIFESPAN OF THE 6 CJF provides a community fair share funding allocation to Taglit-Birthright Israel, which provides a free, educational trip to Israel for young Jewish CHARLESTON JEWISH adults. COMMUNITY COLLEGE 7 CJF partners with the Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program at the College of Charleston. NEWBORN 1 New babies are welcomed into our community through our Shalom Baby program. This visit provides an opportunity for new parents to become engaged in Jewish life. 6 MONTHS TO 11 YEARS

2 Children receive the gift of a free Jewish children’s book each month through the PJ Library® and PJ Our Way™ initiatives.

CJF administers JELF (the Jewish Education Loan Fund), which grants interest-free loans to Jewish students for post-secondary study. EARLY 20’S-MID 40’S

8 The Young Adult Division (YAD) of CJF encourages community and leadership through social, professional, and philanthropic activities.



assistance for students at Addlestone Hebrew Academy, Charleston’s Jewish community day school.

institute. NAGID’s mission is to prepare young Jewish professionals to lead the future of Jewish Charleston.

3 Charleston Jewish Federation (CJF) provides tuition 9 NAGID 360 is Charleston’s leadership training Scholarships provided through CJF allow children to have a safe and fun summer at Camp Baker, the Jewish Community Center’s summer camp. 3RD GRADE

4 Students can enroll in our Israel Education

Fellowship (IEF) Program, a collaboration between CJF and our local synagogues, which helps families save to send their kids on a meaningful trip to Israel. MIDDLE SCHOOL & HIGH SCHOOL

5 CJF provides funding to the local chapter of

Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, which funds Camp Judaea Summer Camp Scholarships for local Jewish teens. Students in grades 6-12 are invited to enter CJF’s annual REMEMBER Program Arts & Literature Competition. The REMEMBER Program also sponsors community-wide annual events during Kristallnacht and Yom HaShoah. CJF provides funding for our local chapter of BBYO, the Jewish youth movement for students grades 8-12.


10 The Charleston Community Kosher Food Pantry

(KFP), a service of Charleston Family Services, provides nutritious food to an average of 40 families each week that struggle with food insecurity. Over 80% of KFP clients are age 65 or over. Charleston Jewish Family Services offers mental health services from a marriage and family therapist for all ages in the community. The youngest client of CJFS is 4 and the oldest is 95. END OF LIFE

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is to make the world a better place for future generations. Creating a Jewish legacy through an endowment or after-life giving through a will or estate plan allows a donor’s generosity to make an impact on Jewish Charleston for future generations to come. As a partner of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation’s LIFE & LEGACY™ initiative, CJF works to help all members of the Jewish community create their Jewish legacies.

CJF administers the annual Max Kirshstein Youth Endowment Award, which honors a high school student for their achievements in community service. WINTER 2016

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WHO WE ARE The Charleston Jewish Federation’s mission is to build and sustain Jewish life in Charleston, Israel, and around the world. Federation provides a central agency for all Jewish organizations in greater Charleston. Federation also works with local Jewish leaders and community members to plan initiatives and serves as a voice for our local Jewish community through the Jewish Community Relations Council. Federation has been the trusted allocator of financial resources in Jewish Charleston for the past 65 years. CJF leverages our Annual Campaign dollars for specific initiatives at synagogues and local Jewish organizations. Organizations apply for funding through a competitive grant process. Federation fosters initiatives for the Jewish community at all stages of life – from PJ Library and PJ Our Way (ages 6 months to 11 years) to NAGID 360° (young professionals) to the Kosher Food Pantry (80% of clients are 65 or over).

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Federation supports local Jewish life and Jewish education, provides funding to our Jewish family in Israel through our overseas partners, supports vulnerable populations through Charleston Jewish Family Services, and encourages engagement and leadership development.


local. national. global.


OF CHARLESTON JEWISH FEDERATION Jewish Education • Jewish Life Overseas & Israel • Vulnerable Populations Engagement and Leadership Development


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JEWISH EDUCATION We are proud to support Charleston’s Jewish educational institutions, programs, and initiatives, which include: Addlestone Hebrew Academy: Tuition Assistance • JELF (Jewish Education Loan Fund) • Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Charleston (JCRC-GC) • Jewish Cultural Arts Programming (i.e. Jewish Film Festival at the Terrace, JCC Bookfest) • REMEMBER Program for Holocaust Education and Genocide Awareness OUR GOAL The Jewish community values education and takes seriously the responsibility of teaching both our children and the greater Charleston community about Jewish history, culture and heritage. Beyond supporting formal educational institutions and congregational schools, CJF initiatives and partnerships also educate and advocate on issues of vital importance to the organized Jewish community. WHAT WE DO CJF dedicates substantial funding to Addlestone Hebrew Academy, Charleston’s only Jewish Day School, each year. Jewish education is also emphasized in CJF-led initiatives such as the REMEMBER Program for Holocaust Education and Genocide Awareness. The more we can educate our community, the more we can inspire people to take on leadership roles and strengthen our community as a whole. WHAT’S NEXT CJF will support the needs our Jewish community through educational opportunities. Meanwhile, CJF’s REMEMBER Program and the JCRC-GC continue to increase their sphere of influence, creating deeper and even more collaborative relationships with Charleston’s clergy, schools, and interfaith councils.

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JEWISH LIFE The list of Jewish agencies and initiatives to which we provide funding and share resources continues to grow. Currently, it includes: Jewish Congregations: Brith Sholom Beth Israel, Congregation Dor Tikvah, Synagogue Emanu-El, and Kahol Kadosh Beth Elohim. Jewish Institutions and Organizations: Chabad of Charleston and the Lowcountry, Jewish Community Center Without Walls, National Council for Jewish Women Charleston Chapter, Hadassah Charleston Chapter, Coming Street Cemetery, The Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program, and Pearlstine/Lipov Center for Southern Jewish Culture. Initiatives and Events: Jewish Heritage Night at Riverdogs, Community Strategic Plan & Demographic Study, Jewish Endowment Fund: Legacy Through Philanthropy, Shalom Charleston: Welcoming and Providing Hospitality to Newcomers, and the Charleston Jewish Voice: Charleston’s Premier Jewish Community Publication.



As the central organizing body of Jewish Charleston, CJF collaborates with our Jewish community leaders to leverage resources that strengthen Jewish life in Charleston and beyond. When every organization is strengthened, we all thrive together. We bring together members of all of our partnering agencies, Jews of different backgrounds, denominations, and interests to celebrate our shared history and joys at all stages of Jewish life.

As Charleston and our community continue to grow, CJF will use tools like the Community Strategic Plan & Demographic Study in order to best adapt to changes in our community. As a new partner of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation’s LIFE & LEGACY initiative, we will help organizations in Jewish Charleston by providing the training and resources needed to secure resources for future generations.

WHAT WE DO CJF leverages national resources and raises funds to support local organizations and CJF-led initiatives for the Jewish community. CJF also convenes Jewish community leaders on areas of common interest that benefit all of our members and participants. WINTER 2016

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Through our international partners, the Charleston Jewish Federation supports Jewish people in Israel and around the world, and we work to bring the best resources from around the world to our local community: • • • • • • • •

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee is the world’s leading Jewish humanitarian assistance organization, impacting millions of lives in more than 70 countries. CJF’s Israel Engagement Initiative brings the entire community together to celebrate Israel annually on Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day, and Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day. CJF’s Voices of Israel Series provides the resources to support local agencies in bringing prominent voices of differing perspectives of modern Israeli society to Charleston. Israel Action Network is a strategic initiative created to counter assaults made on Israel’s legitimacy. Jewish Agency for Israel’s Partnership2gether connects Charleston-area Jews with the Hadera-Eiron region in Israel through engagement opportunities between members of both communities. Jewish Federations of North America Overseas Funding provides assistance to those in need around the world through partner international organizations. Secure Community Network is the cooperative national homeland security initiative educating the Jewish community on potential security threats. World ORT works for the advancement of Jewish people through training and education.




All of the Jewish people are responsible for one another, and Jewish Federations touch and support more Jewish lives than any other organization in the world.

Funds provided by CJF and Jewish Federations across the North America support international organizations, ensuring their ongoing presence in Israel and dozens of other countries. This continual support ensures their ongoing presence in these countries, allowing them to quickly support Jews in crisis, including in eastern Ukraine, where we are caring for Jewish refugees in Europe for the first time since World War II. CJF also promotes our commitment to Israel by partnering with local organizations to hold community-wide events, including our ongoing Voices of Israel series.

As Jews, we are global citizens, with Israel as our homeland. CJF will bring more opportunities around global and Israeli issues to our community through events, trainings, and collaborations.

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Charleston Jewish Family Services • Case Management • Counseling • Emergency Financial Assistance (rent/mortgage, heating, transportation, medical) • Gleaning • Support for JCC Camp Baker • Kosher Food Pantry (KFP) • Senior Transportation • Wellness Programming Series OUR GOAL As Jews, we hold a shared responsibility of taking care of our entire community, including the most vulnerable members.

WHAT WE DO Charleston Jewish Family Services (CJFS), an initiative of CJF, provides services and support through mental health counseling, case management, emergency financial assistance, and emergency food aid through the Kosher Food Pantry. CJFS is guided by the fundamental Jewish values of tzedakah (charity) and tikkun olam (repair of the world) and treats everyone with chesed (compassion) and kavod (respect). The Charleston Community Kosher Food Pantry has truly become a community effort, with congregations and local organizations stepping up to collect food and monetary donations to help those living with food insecurity. In 2015, KFP’s Feed the Hungry Campaign partnered with 10 local Jewish organizations to shop for food using gift cards purchased by the KFP and distribute it to local food pantries and agencies during Passover.

WHAT’S NEXT? Charleston Jewish Family Services will grow its services based on the needs of the Jewish population. We will continue to provide mental health counseling, case management, emergency financial assistance, and nutritious food. With an increase in the number of Jewish seniors in the Charleston area, CJFS will remain committed to growing our senior services to accommodate the expanding needs. WINTER 2016

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YOUTH ENGAGEMENT & LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT Initiatives for Children: • Hadassah - Camp Scholarships to Camp Judaea • PJ Library and PJ Our Way • Shalom Baby Teen Organizations and Collaborations: • BBYO • Charleston Organized Synagogue Youth (COSY) • CHARLEston Youth – NFTY (CHARLEY) Israel Engagement: • Taglit-Birthright Israel • Israel Education Fellowship (IEF) Program: matching savings program Young Adult Leadership: • NAGID 360° (leadership institute) • CJF’s Young Adult Division (YAD) • Project Zug: Distance Learning on Jewish Leadership and Subsidized Trips to Israel OUR GOAL Investing in the next generation will help create a vibrant, compassionate, and connected Jewish community for the future. WHAT WE DO From Shalom Baby, where we welcome the newest members of our Jewish community, through young adulthood, CJF initiatives and partnerships with local and international organization, engage the next generation of active Jewish community members.

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WHAT’S NEXT As NAGID 360° develops and is exposed to leadership from all of our community organizations, they will work together to determine a community impact project. We can’t wait to see what they determine are the priorities and needs.


SPOTLIGHT: NAGID 360° NAGID 360° is the leadership institute of the Charleston Jewish community. Nagid is a Hebrew word meaning “leader,” and this cohort meets monthly with community leaders to help direct the future of our greater Charleston Jewish community. By taking a 360° view, this selected group of young professionals explores all the ways that our Jewish community interacts with the greater Charleston community, creating a strong and vibrant legacy of Jewish community leaders.

SPOTLIGHT: PJ LIBRARY® AND PJ OUR WAY™ PJ Library® provides the gift of free books or music each month to families raising Jewish children in Charleston. Over 315 children are currently enrolled in this program, ranging from 6 months to 8 years. Regardless of the family’s level of observance or affiliation, the gift of stories and song helps foster intergenerational Jewish learning, enables families with young children to explore their Jewish heritage, and deepens their sense of Jewish identity. PJ Our Way™ is the newest chapter of PJ Library® for kids ages 9-11. It is designed to meet the developmental needs of this age group by offering choice and creative outlets. Every month, kids visit the website to choose one book from a selection of four high-quality titles with Jewish themes; the books are then mailed to kids’ homes. Kids can also post comments and reviews onto the website.


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What aspects of Jewish life do you cherish most - learning, worship, caring for those in need or social justice? Whatever you care about most, by leaving a legacy, you ensure that things you value are sustained for future generations. To create your Jewish legacy contact: Kelly Stellrecht, Director of Development and Life & Legacy Coordinator • 843-614-6481 •

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LIFE AND LEGACY™ CHARLESTON, SC IS ONE OF THE SELECT FEW TO BE CHOSEN AS A LIFE AND LEGACY™ COMMUNITY LIFE & LEGACY™ is a collaborative partnership between the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and the Charleston Jewish Federation that benefits Charleston’s Jewish agencies, synagogues, day school, and the Jewish Endowment Fund (JEF). LIFE & LEGACY™ is an endowment initiative designed to help sustain vital programs, services, and institutions that assist the vulnerable and advance Jewish life in Charleston, in Israel and around the world. LIFE & LEGACY™ will provide training, support, and monetary incentives to the recipient organizations selected to participate in this initiative. LIFE & LEGACY™ will motivate the recipient organizations to secure legacy gifts, steward donors, and integrate legacy giving into their philanthropic culture. The Charleston Jewish Federation is committed to securing Jewish life now and for the future. CJF applied to be a LIFE & LEGACY™ community on behalf of the Jewish Endowment Fund (JEF) in order to empower our Jewish community organizations with the skills and training needed to secure legacy gifts. LIFE & LEGACY™ will play an impactful role in sustaining the future of our Jewish community.


LIFE & LEGACY™ kicks off in Charleston on February 18, 2016 at the home of Jan & Larry Lipov. JPRO NETWORK’S BERNARD RODKIN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ISRAEL FELLOWSHIP Mazal tov to Lori Hoch Stiefel, Charleston Jewish Federation’s Senior Director of Communications and Community Engagement on being one of two recipients of this year’s JPRO Network’s Bernard Rodkin Professional Development Israel Fellowship. The award was presented at the Jewish Federations of North America’s Annual General Assembly. She stands in good company with Charles “Chip” Edelsberg, founding Executive Director of the Jim Joseph Foundation; Marc B. Terrill, President of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore; Jamie Cahn, Campaign Director of the Savannah Jewish Educational Alliance; Mark S. Young, Director of Alumni Engagement for the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary; Kim Kaplan, Deputy Director of the Hebrew Free Loan Society; and Mordy Wolfish, Vice President for Programs at Repair the World In June 2016, Lori will be apart of a cohort traveling to Berlin and Israel for a 12-day educational experience and professional development opportunity. JPRO Network’s mission is to connect, educate, inspire, and empower professionals working in the Jewish community sector. WINTER 2016

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THANK YOU TO OUR DONORS Your support as a contributor to the Charleston Jewish Federation’s 2015 Annual Campaign makes an impact on thousands of Jewish lives around the world. CJF supports local JEWISH LIFE and JEWISH EDUCATION, provides funding to our Jewish family in Israel through our OVERSEAS partners, supports VULNERABLE POPULATIONS through Charleston Jewish Family Services, and promotes ENGAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT. Your pledge helps make a difference wherever there is a need. When our resources are pooled together, we can accomplish more than any of us can do on our own. TOGETHER WE DO EXTRAORDINARY THINGS! Kindest regards,

Harry Goldberg CJF President

Judi Corsaro CJF CEO

Kelly Stellrecht CJF Development Director

Ava Kleinman 2015 Campaign Chair

THERE’S STILL TIME TO ADD YOUR VOICE TO OUR 2015 ANNUAL CAMPAIGN Fill out and submit your pledge card by December 31, 2015 and your name will be included in our 2015 Annual Report. Yes, please accept my gift to the 2015 CJF campaign in the amount of $ Name Address City Email Check enclosed


Credit card

Please mail to: 176 Croghan Spur Rd., Suite 100 Charleston, SC 29407

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We look forward to a very successful and growing campaign under the leadership of Harry Nadler as Campaign Chair, who comes to us with an extensive fundraising and philanthropic experience. Harry Nadler began his career in Jewish Community Center work in St. Louis as a youth director and BBYO regional director. He later served the Nashville JCC as the program director and then as Executive Director of the JCC in Charleston, SC from 1976 to 1981. In 1981 he became the executive director of the JCC in Indianapolis. In 1984 he assumed the position of Executive Vice President of the Indianapolis Jewish Federation, a position he held for 17 years. In January of 2001 his family moved to Boca Raton where he became Executive Vice President of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County. He joined World ORT in July 2002 as the North American Representative to the Jewish Federations, a new position created to strengthen the relationship between World ORT and the organized North American Jewish communities. Through his network of contacts developed over 40 years serving the Jewish communities Harry has been able to help represent ORT to federations and foundations and at the same time to serve as the liaison to the volunteer and professional leadership of World ORT for the organized Jewish community in North America. In 2012 the family moved back to Charleston after a 31 year absence and immediately got involved in the Jewish community. Harry is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and received a Masters in Social Work from George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University. He is married to former St. Louisan, Ellen Braun, the father of three including Tamar Sternfeld, the director of Dixie Council BBYO, and the grandfather of seven, four girls and three boys. WINTER 2016

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COMMUNITY NEWS ADDLESTONE HEBREW ACADEMY What is Addlestone’s Jewish voice this winter? It is simple - the answer is our kids! Last month when the children were able to see the school for the first time, the excitement was uncontainable. Kids were chanting their class cheers throughout the building and proudly showing off that this was their new school. There is so much excitement for our kids to begin their new class in their new environment using the new tools that our school has to offer. Kids will start to use the Apple technology on a regular basis as extensions of their learning tools. They are so excited to grow, play, and be a part of Addlestone Hebrew Academy. Addlestone Hebrew Academy has increasingly found that their unique caring communities and educational opportunities resonate with families who might not have considered day school when their child first began school. Many day schools run excellent “on-boarding” programs to help new students acclimate to the immersive experience of day school Hebrew and Jewish studies. Year after year elementary and middle school students seamlessly make the transition from secular academic settings to day school. In recent years it has been well documented that the largest influx of transfer students to Jewish day school occurs during the middle school years when families are seeking a more enriching and values-based academic experience for their emerging teens. The rigor of a day school academic experience prepares day school graduates to go on to successful high school careers at exclusive secular private schools, Jewish high schools, and public schools.

BBYO is already off to a great start this programming year. In the upcoming year, we plan to focus on recruitment, meaningful programming, and having a positive impact on the community. Iris Baker AHAVA #1134 is making and selling Tervis Tumblers with a pink BBYO logo and a portion of each will go towards Sharsheret, an organization whose purpose is supporting Jewish women affected by breast cancer. Iris Baker’s Stand UP cause this year is neglected and underprivileged children. We plan to donate items to and work with the Lowcountry Orphan Relief. Dixie Council BBYO’s Stand UP cause is human trafficking and we plan to raise money and awareness for organizations fighting to end human trafficking. We plan to incorporate BBYO international initiatives in programs that promote gender equality, aid children in need, and fight to end hunger. We hope to recruit more Jewish teens through more meaningful programming that has a positive impact on both the local and global communities. Throughout the year, both AZA and BBG will be working to find local causes in our community and abroad that we want to highlight and support. In the upcoming year, by recruiting more Jewish teens and providing more meaningful Jewish experiences, we hope to further inspire young generations of Jewish people.


What sets Jewish day schools apart are the role models – teachers and older students – who demonstrate how to be good people, able leaders, ambitious students, and strongly identified Jews. Students learn how Judaism can be a thread which weaves meaning and joy into the tapestry of their lives. With this strong foundation, day school students are given lifelong tools to engage in the broader world with the confidence of knowing who they are and from where they have come. Addlestone Hebrew Academy is proud to be able to serve its students and families with the utmost sensitivity and pride in Jewish education.


The Hebrew word for voice is Kol, spelled with a kuf, but it has another meaning as well. If you switch out the kuf for a kof, the word kol means everyone. At BSBI we therefore believe that the most meaningful voice is the voice of everyone. We must strive as a community to be inclusive and come together as one voice. In Jewish law there is a concept called Trei Kolei lo mishtamai, which means that two voices sung at the exact same time cannot be differentiated. (This construct has implications for shofar blowing and Torah reading, but certainly has its exceptions for the trained ear.) What this suggests is that when two voices come together, they actually become one entity. As such, the voice of everyone is not a cacophony of idiosyncratic voices, but rather a harmonious symphony of oneness, we all complement each other.

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COMMUNITY NEWS The people who walk through the doors of BSBI are diverse. Some are pushed through the door in baby strollers and some walk through with canes. Some are youthful college students and some are established Baby Boomers. Our minyan is composed of people who are fully observant in all aspects of Jewish law and practice, as well as people who are not as observant. Our congregational Shabbat dinners are filled with people who celebrate Shabbat every week and people who have never celebrated Shabbat at all. Our events are attended by members and non-members alike. We are a diverse crowd, but we come together as one people to be inspired and to grow, and to have a fun time in the process. While all of the notes of the BSBI voice are unique, there are two notes that stand above the rest. Our uncompromising love for Israel and our passion for Torah learning. Many of our programs revolve around these themes. Israel is our ancestral homeland and a beacon of morality for the world. The study of Torah is sophisticated, nuanced, and challenges both the mind and the soul. Join us at BSBI to not only hear our voice, but to make it even stronger.

JCC WITHOUT WALLS A New Voice And A New Mission The Charleston Jewish Community Center enters its second month “without walls” with a clear a concise mission: to provide Jewish programming or experiences through a Jewish lens for the entire community while creating an atmosphere of inclusion and togetherness. As we move away from being the “hub” of the Jewish community and into our modern role of bringing Jewish programming to all corners of Charleston, we have seen an amazing reception for our new mission. Our voice, goals, and mission express those of our community. To create an atmosphere of inclusion and acceptance at all of our events, classes, and programs. The Charleston Jewish Community Center Without Walls endeavors to create partnerships with organizations throughout the community to help make these programs possible. We have been very busy in the community, from our work with the multiple organizations to bring Amy Jill Levine to Charleston, working with the Folly Beach Farmers Market to put on an Israeli Night at Folly Beach, to our partnership with the City of Charleston Recreation Department to bring international music classes to multiple recreation centers around Charleston, we are making our mark and accomplishing our goals. November and December has seen JCC WOW (our shortened name!) put on programs with Synagogue Emanu-El, our annual Kristallnacht Commemoration, featuring author Edwin Black on November 8th, and our first large scale community event “Let Your Little Light Shine” a Hannukah Gospel brunch featuring Robin Shuler and Rossilind Daniels leading a mixed choir in songs both Gospel and Jewish on December 13th at the Woolfe Street Playhouse. We are very excited for our new role in the Jewish community, being the voice for inclusion and togetherness through Jewish programming; we hope that you will join us as we set out to accomplish our goals as a JCC Without Walls. We like to say “experience the WOW!”


A widely-embraced Jewish value is that of hachnasat orchim, welcoming the stranger, more broadly conceived as Jewish hospitality. The biblical patriarch Abraham is often presented as the model of hospitality based on his actions in parshat Vayera of opening wide the sides of his tent, and seeking out, then welcoming three passing travelers. Abraham eagerly exceeds their requests, and insists on seeing them off as they depart. Since its founding in 1984, the Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program has worked hard to exemplify Abraham’s model of hospitality in opening our doors to CofC students and local community members alike to take in a breadth of Jewish student life activities, community programs, and academic offerings. In 2016, as in years past, our Charleston Jewish voice will be a welcoming one, offering an open seat at the table to all who wish to join us. Specifically, we plan to do so in two ways. The first is the January 10th, 2016 opening of Marty’s Place – our kosher vegan/vegetarian dining hall which aims to capitalize on the great power of food in bringing people together. Certified by the Charleston Kosher Commission, the dining hall will serve rotating a la carte options to students on the campus meal plan, as well as to community members paying with cash or credit card. These offerings will better enable Jewish Studies and the College to admit and welcome kosher-observant students to campus, as well as provide a convenient, ethical, fresh, and healthy dining option for community members – both Jewish and not. It’s our latest statement of our view of town and gown – bridging the divide between our students and the broader non-academic community. In the year to come, Jewish Studies will also place a premium on reconnecting with Jewish alumni of the College who have chosen to make Charleston their home beyond graduation, or have returned to the Lowcountry after time spent away. That demographic is sizable, having grown significantly in recent years as Charleston has become a more attractive place to live. We do all we can to welcome our alumni when they are prospective students, and strive to fill their four years at the College with meaningful and transformative religious, cultural, and social opportunities. Our local alumni remain very much a part of the Jewish Studies and JSU/Hillel family postgraduation, and so we will make concerted efforts to offer them valuable networking, social, and cultural opportunities, thereby WINTER 2016

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COMMUNITY NEWS preserving their connection to the College and to one another. It will be an effort on our part to reach a younger constituency and one with connection to both the College and to Charleston. In the year to come, please join us for a program, or for a meal at Marty’s Place. The door is always open.


where they feel comfortable attending and participating in services upon reaching the age of Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Through exciting and engaging Shabbat morning activities with the teens, on top of our very successful weekly Tot Shabbat program, Dor Tikvah will continue to be a destination for kids (and their families) on Shabbat. Through the many opportunities we offer youth, teens, and adults, we aim to reach all who are interested in finding their Jewish voice and continuing on the path to the next step in their Jewish journey. We hope to see you soon at Congregation Dor Tikvah. For more information go to

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At Congregation Dor Tikvah we believe in giving everyone a voice. We urge seekers, questioners, and thinkers to continuously search for meaning in their Jewish journeys. We aim to develop programs for all ages that will encourage growth and personal fulfillment through education and empowerment. For those lifelong learners out there, we continue to expand on our educational offerings throughout the year. Our weekly Torah Study (Saturdays and Sundays) and Talmud (Thursday noon and evenings) classes are sure to give you something to think about along with a great group of people to discuss and share with. This year we are adding a number of class series that will keep you coming back for more. In the late fall we are offering our Taste of Judaism series, which will go through major philosophical topics such as the afterlife, concept of G-d, and the Jewish view on sexuality. In the winter we will be doing a series called Movies and Messages, using contemporary cinema to teach ideas about Judaism and life. And in the spring we will have a class focusing on developing healthy relationships through a Torah lens. All classes will be taking place on Tuesdays at 7:30pm at the home of Rabbi Michael and Ora Davies. So many opportunities to learn something new! We will also be placing significant emphasis on empowering our teenagers through a new leadership training initiative under the direction of Shimon Hirsch, our Youth Education and Programming Coordinator. The teens, supervised by Shimon, will be leading our already spectacular Shabbat Youth program as well as additional youth programming occurring over the course of the year. The program will also provide a forum through which the teens will be able to connect with one another while also developing the skills and strengths of future leaders in our community and beyond. The younger children in our community will benefit from this enhanced youth program as well. We will be working on a program of increased exposure and knowledge of the various Shabbat prayers, looking to help the children to the point

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The broad Jewish community of Charleston may think of Hadassah as an organization of women, and it may think of Hadassah in terms of our hospitals and medical care. But we are so much more than that. Some recent headlines give a perspective on the continuing work that Hadassah does to help heal our world. Implantation of embryonic stem cells to treat severe age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Hadassah ophthalmologists said they are implanting the cells in the hope of eventually finding an effective treatment for the degenerative disease. Hadassah-Neurim, a Youth Aliyah village near Netanya brings the story of Louis. Louis says he feared nothing more than spending endless years as a boy soldier in the Eritrean army/ national service, where conscription can go on to age 50. Louis made his way to the UN compound in Sudan. There are multiple stories of kidnapping there, but he survived and crossed the “shoot-on-sight” guards to enter Egypt and the used money gathered by his family to pay the notorious smugglers who guide Eritreans through Sinai and into Israel. “I was terrified all of the time,” he said. The word among the refugees was that the Israeli guards don’t shoot, so he was relieved to be captured by the Israelis and sent to detention in the Negev facility Holot. The doctors who examined him confirmed that he was only a child of 14. Over 40,000 immigrants from Eritrea have entered Israel this way. Partners with Hadassah - Jewish sympathy website announces a partnership to provide content for remembering loved ones and expressing condolences. Hadassah’s members will have direct access to the hundreds of articles in’s Learning Center, specifically the Yahrzeit and Kaddish Center that provide information and guidance on ways to commemorate loved ones according to the Jewish faith. National Jewish Memorial Wall - is a commemoration and remembrance platform offering complimentary email yahrzeit reminders and an online memorial wall where users can share stories and photos to honor the memory of their loved ones. As a partner, Hadassah will be given its own portal through which members can access the wall, along with a free email yahrzeit reminder service.

COMMUNITY NEWS Hadassah offers its own memorial program – the ‘Perpetual Yahrzeit’ program, which allows members to have the Kaddish prayer recited in memory of a loved one each year under the renowned Chagall Windows in the Abell Synagogue at Hadassah’s hospital in Ein Kerem, Jerusalem. Hadassah will add the opportunity to sign up for complementary email yahrzeit reminders.

HEBREW ORPHAN SOCIETY The Society for the Relief of Orphans and Children of Indigent Persons was founded in 1801 in Charleston by 12 Jewish men. The purpose was to establish a charitable and service society which supports and contributes to worthy causes and institutions, including education, medical assistance, clothing, food, and the general welfare of the community. Today, the Society consists of 36 Jewish men and women, elected by the Society for life based on their record of service to the Jewish and secular community. During the 2014-2015 academic year through the Edgar Miles Scholarship program, the Society awarded over $45,000 in college scholarships to South Carolina high school graduates in need of financial assistance. Also, in the 2015 fiscal year, $40,000 was awarded to Charleston Jewish organizations, including Jewish Family Services and the Kosher Pantry, to provide for clothing, shelter, medical needs, educational scholarships, and religious programs. In its 214th year, the funds for these needs have been provided by bequests and donations of individuals, families, and members of the Society in order to distribute charity. The Society does not solicit contributions but does accept voluntary donations for specific and general purposes. Current officers are President: Wm. Olasov, Pres.-Elect: Eileen Chepenik, and Sec./Treas.: Dr. Wm. Golod.


blowout! We welcomed over 2,000 attendees, served dozens of knishes, hundreds of sandwiches, copious amounts of hot dogs and baked goods, and of course the famed Bernstein rolled cabbage. Not only did we serve great food, we had eclectic entertainment and general merriment. What was important about this event? Yes, this was a fundraising event, but more than that we were truly able to showcase KKBE, its history and current community. We had a core group of devoted leaders to orchestrate the big picture and the tiny details, but we were also able to draw from a wide swath of KKBE’s community as we had well over 150 volunteers from the congregation to help with every aspect of executing this high-level program. Seizing the momentum of this great community event, KKBE looks to 2016 with great energy and purpose. Recognizing that we have created something that not only nourished appetites, but souls too, KKBE is embarking on a strategic plan that will develop a comprehensive mission of welcoming and inclusion into our congregation. The group will examine questions such as: what does it mean to be a member of KKBE? What is expected from our members, and what is expected from the clergy, staff, and leadership in return? How can we best serve those that are searching for a connection? We look to the new year of 2016 with great excitement and focus on how to make KKBE the best it can possibly be through honoring our past, being mindful of our present, and building for our future. We are the Charleston Jewish showcase to the world for many who come through our doors, and we look forward to carrying this torch beyond today!

NATIONAL COUNCIL OF JEWISH WOMEN The Charleston section of NCJW follows as closely as possible our purpose, which is to turn progressive ideals into action inspired by Jewish values. We have for many years worked in our community to advocate for victims of domestic violence. For 2016, we are adding advocacy for victims of human trafficking. Our “Smashin Fashion Show” on November 22 at Synagogue Emanuel benefitted “Doors to Freedom,” a safe haven for victims of human trafficking. The director of this home is hoping to expand by purchasing a large home in Summerville. Proceeds from the fashion show fundraiser are slated towards this venture. NCJW Charleston will continue to be in the public eye by participating in Chanukah in the Square. We have a booth with Judy Volkman’s balloon creations for the children and our two human dreidels circulating the crowd with toy dreidels.

On October 11, 2015, KKBE hosted the inaugural Lowcountry Nosh: Charleston Jewish Food and Heritage Festival to celebrate the 175th Anniversary of its historic sanctuary. It was overwhelming to see so much support from the Jewish community, greater Charleston community, and from the many tourists and visitors that were in town. We shut down Hasell Street to have a party and it was a

We will again be at the Barnes and Noble in West Ashley in December doing our gift wrapping. This is an enjoyable way to receive donations and to engage our organization with the community. Our goal for 2016 will be to attract younger women to our fold. We need to have our ideals carried on into generations to come! WINTER 2016

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We are taking a hands-on, heart-felt, aggressive approach to the directive of tikkun olam! We are engaging all aspects of Emanu-El: our Men’s Club, Sisterhood, High Holiday opportunities, other holiday opportunities, youth, and seniors! For the latest advances in eye care - like Allegretto Wave LASIK & the Before rushing into what Emanu-El should do to make this new ReSTOR cataract lens - look to Ettaleah Bluestein, MD, voted focus a real-time reality, we formed a committee to first look “Most Trusted LASIK Surgeon” by the Post & Courier - Biz Buzz and South Carolina’s only Centurion award winner for outstanding LASIK back on the past year and assess lessons learned. results. Experience you can trust, personal attention you deserve We realized that hunger is a cause everyone could rally around. It was important to have a focus to help tikkun olam break through the myriad messages coming at congregants. • Custom LASIK We realize that our impact is diminished if we splinter our • Premium Cataract Surgery efforts. Our projects were many and multi-dimensional; • General Ophthalmology anyone could participate in some way. There were no financial hurdles or age restrictions. During the week of Chanukah, at Publix Supermarkets in Most Insurances and West Ashley, Mt. Pleasant and Summerville, Emanu-El sent a Corporate Plans. message loud and clear – we care. 124 people repurposed that night’s Chanukah gift budget to EttaLeah Bluestein, M.D. buy food for the hungry. Purchasing 1,264 pounds of food ‘Award Winning Surgeon’ for the Kosher Food Pantry (KFP), we fed 85 families. Those are the facts. What it doesn’t tell is the feeling of lighting the menorah together. During Purim we put a different twist on the night’s festivities by again providing for the hungry by drawing lots for prizes if the participants brought non-perishable food to the event. 2287 Henry Tecklenburg • Charleston, SC 29414 Both programs were successful as judged by the participation and enthusiasm. Our “Food of the Month” program brought in more food than Emanu-El ever collected before. The basket outside the sanctuary was an ever present reminder of the campaign and it conveyed our commitment to tikkun olam to anyone. We have redirected our advertising in our Scroll, weekly Shabbat bulletins, and board announcements to help promote these activities. We are continually pursuing other communication vehicles to get more people involved. Emanu-El continues to glean on a regular basis. Although we realize that gleaning isn’t for everyone, Emanu-El strive to have more “roll up your sleeves” volunteer activities. At Emanu-El, we know that much remains to be done to combat hunger. We have momentum on our side and there is every reason to continue the campaign. Today’s world – is anything different that we should consider? The massacre at Mother Emanuel irrevocably changed the way we look at the world in Charleston. Our city’s size and location don’t protect us from the horrors happening elsewhere. What happened at Mother Emanuel could happen at Synagogue Emanu-El. We have an obligation to not forget, honor the fallen, and to be vigilant. Our Religious School principal introduced a COSY initiative that is underway to honor and remember the Mother Emanuel 9 individually. The goal is 9,000 random acts of kindness done by our congregants, each honoring a fallen individual, each posted on Facebook #bekindtothe9. The example set by the Mother Emanuel community was one of unity. We will integrate that example into our future projects.


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RESOURCE GUIDE Addlestone Hebrew Academy

Abby Levine | 843-571-1105


Tamar Sternfeld | 843-619-3613

Brith Sholom Beth Israel (BSBI, Orthodox) Rabbi Moshe Davis | 843-577-6599

Chabad of Charleston and the Lowcountry

Rabbi Yossi Refson | 843-884-2323

Charleston Jewish Community Center (JCC) Daniel Stern | 843-614-6482

Hebrew Benevolent Society

Norman Berlinsky | 843-556-3903

Hebrew Orphan Society Billy Olasov

Jewish Heritage Collection, College of Charleston

Dale Rosengarten | 843-953-8028 |

Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina Marty Perlmutter | 843-953-3918

Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim (KKBE, Reform) Rabbi Stephanie Alexander | 843-723-1090

National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW)

Congregation Dor Tikvah (Orthodox)

Linda Chavis, | Marsha Greenhill,


Rabbi Adam Rosenbaum | 843-571-3264

Rabbi Michael Davies | 843-410-3230 Gail Snow | Ilene Turbow

Synagogue Emanu-El (Conservative)

Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program, College of Charleston Marty Perlmutter | 843.953.5682

Charleston Jewish Federation | Judi Corsaro | | 843-614-6480 | Charleston Jewish Family Services

Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Charleston (JCRC-GC)

Sara Sharnoff Chesley | 843-614-6494

Rebecca Leibowitz | 843-614-6484

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Charleston Jewish Voice

The REMEMBER Program

Joan Herrman | 843-614-6491 Lori Hoch Stiefel | 843-614-6497

Israel Education Fellowship (IEF)

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Israel Engagement Initiative

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This Chanukah, DO GOOD EVERYWHERE. FROM ANYWHERE. It’s Chanukah! You’re in the kitchen frying up latkes. Lighting the menorah. Giving out gifts. Good things you do every year for your family. But while you’re doing them— why not do good things for your global family as well? Like nurturing and strengthening Jewish life. Helping the vulnerable. Inspiring the young. And safeguarding our people. This Chanukah, change Jewish lives for the better everywhere. You can do it from anywhere. Even

your own kitchen.

Please give generously to Charleston Jewish Federation today.*

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