Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina Spring Meeting


“The ‘Kingdom of Israel’ in This Town”: Jewish Merchants of Charleston and Summerville

Two historic jewels of the Lowcountry – Charleston’s King Street and downtown Summerville – are the settings for the spring meeting of the Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina. Saturday will kick off with a guided walking tour of bustling upper King Street, followed by a lecture and panel discussions about the impact of Jewish merchants from antebellum Charleston to the 21st Century revitalization of this great port city.
Sunday we travel to Summerville and hear from members of local Jewish families about merchant life in the picturesque town known for azaleas and sweet tea. Following the panel we will unveil an historical marker, take a walking tour of downtown, and enjoy afternoon tea at the former residence of Summerville merchant and philanthropist Saul Alexander, now home to State Senator and Mrs. Mike Rose.

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