Community & Events

Community organizing is a cornerstone of our work. We believe in giving back to the community by offering free public events and lectures. 

Rabbi Sandra Lawson with students.


Jewish Studies Events

Find our list of upcoming events below. If you have a topic or speaker idea, please email

Upcoming Events

Signature Events

We offer dozens of hybrid, free open-to-the-public events and lectures every year. Can't find room in your schedule for a Jewish studies course? Check out a Sunday Brunch lecture. Enjoy free brunch and a discussion with experts in Jewish studies. These events are booked with you in mind, so we do our best to choose speakers and topics that are compelling and interesting. Check out a list of our regularly occurring signature events below. If you have a topic or speaker idea, please email
  • Three Rabbi Panel

    Since 2004, the Charleston Jewish community has gathered for the only event in town where members of different congregations and denominations get to listen to rabbis other than their own. In the Three Rabbi Panel, a faculty member from the Jewish Studies Program hosts a discussion on a pertinent issue, with three rabbis present - one Orthodox, one Conservative and one Reform. The highlight of each event are those moments when the rabbis disagree and sometimes even get into an argument (all in good spirit, of course). The Three Rabbi Panel is a great learning opportunity for all and, no matter the topic, is guaranteed to be one of the best shows in town! 

    The Three Rabbi Panel is supported by the Stanley and Charlot Karesh Family Fund, an endowment given by the Karesh family in the spring of 2015 in support of Jewish Studies’ community outreach programming. Stay tuned for exciting changes coming to this program soon.

  • Sunday Brunch Lecture Series

    One of our most beloved community programs is the Sunday Brunch Lecture Series. Grab a bagel and lox and enjoy an hour of discussion from worldwide leading figures in Jewish Studies. Established in 1994, many of the series’ past lectures are available on YouTube.

  • Milton and Freddie Kronsberg Memorial Lecture Series

    The Milton Kronsberg Lecture Series was established in the Fall of 1999 as a result of a generous endowment by the Kronsberg family. Past speakers have included Linda Gradstein, James Young, Shulem Deen, and Dan Shapiro, a former U.S. Ambassador to Israel. The series honors the Kronsbergs’ lifelong commitment to Jewish ideas and values and brings leading voices in the Jewish world to Charleston every year, typically in the spring semester, for a special lecture. In the Fall of 2002, after the passing of Freddie Kronsberg (OBM), the series was renamed the Milton and Freddie Kronsberg Memorial Lecture Series.

  • The Arnold Nemirow Lecture Series

    The Arnold Nemirow Lecture is the centerpiece event of each semester at the Zucker/Goldberg Center for Holocaust Studies. Now including such guests as Father Patrick Desbois and Edward Westermann, the Arnold Nemirow series brings leading and emerging voices in the study of World War II and the Holocaust to students and community members at the College of Charleston.

  • The Mosse Zucker/Goldberg New Books Series

    In partnership with the George L. Mosse Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Zucker/Goldberg Center hosts an online book discussion, response, and Q&A each semester in our Mosse Zucker/Goldberg (MZG) New Books Series. Each event supports a virtual book talk and response by a leading academic in the author’s field with audience questions to follow. Prior events are available on the Mosse Program YouTube channel.

  • Chanukah in the Square

    Chanukah in the Square (CITS) is the largest annual Jewish event in South Carolina. It takes place on a Sunday afternoon during the week of Chanukah, typically at Marion Square in downtown Charleston. CITS is organized by the Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program & Chabad of Charleston and the Lowcountry.


  • A World of Jewish Culture at Piccolo Spoleto

    A World of Jewish Culture at Piccolo Spoleto (AWOJC) began in 1998 as a public celebration of Israel’s fiftieth birthday and has brought Jewish music, film and celebration to Charleston as part of the annual Piccolo Spoleto festival. Every year, AWOJC features a concert in the historic Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim (KKBE) sanctuary with Jewish ties by the artistic director and concertmaster of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Yuriy Bekker.

Charleston Jewish Community

No matter where you go and what you do after college, staying involved and connected to the local community is incredibly important personally and professionally. The staff and faculty in Jewish studies is actively involved in the local community and can help train you in community affairs. We are lucky to have an open Jewish community that is very engaged with Jewish life on campus.

Charleston’s Synagogues 

         *There is no on-campus Chabad.

Mapping Jewish Charleston

Curious about Charleston’s rich Jewish history? Check out Mapping Jewish Charleston, which details Jewish life in Charleston in 1788, 1833, 1910 and 2020.

Mapping Jewish Charleston

Community Advisory Board

Our Community Advisory Board provides us with a group of dedicated professional advisors, who meet at least twice a year. Their support and expertise are invaluable as we navigate a fast-paced and changing world. Email for more information about our Advisory Board.

Board Members 

R. Scott Hellman, Chair
Rachel Anspach
Gerry Sue Arnold
Lee Berlinsky
Sharyn Bluestein
Jennifer Kalinsky
Pam Kaplan
Phillis Mair
Olga Mintzer
Arnie Nemirow
Jake Perlmutter
Estee Perlmutter
Erica Rabhan
Jeffrey Rosenblum
Rachel Kronick Rothbart
Mollie Selmanoff
Regina Shapiro
Michael Sharnoff
Michael Shemtov
Ann Stein
Robert Steinberg
Louis Tick
Loren Ziff
Sarah Zoller
Anita Zucker