Category Archives: Summerville & North Area Jewish Community

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Summerville Jewish CommUNITY contributes to very successful 2017 Back to School event on August 20

Families turned out for the Summerville CommUNITY Back to School Bash on Sunday August 20, 2017 for food, haircuts, school supplies, sports demonstrations, jump castles and more.

The bash was sponsored by Build-A-Brother, the Distinguished Gentlemen’s Club, We-R1, Community Resource Center,  the Summerville North Area Jewish Community, and the Charleston Jewish Community Center Without Walls.

A highlight of the event was the delightful reading fun that Sharyn Bluestein from PJ Library gave to the children as well as helping them make bookmarks. Many non profit service agencies and afterschool programs exhibited along with Food Trucks, the Bookmobile, and much more! The planning for the 2018 Back to School CommUNITY event is now underway with co-chair Amy Tabak from the Summerville Jewish Community as one of the co-leaders.

For the whole story, click here:

http://www.journalscene.com/news/celebrating-the-end-of-summer/article_e72aff9e-85cc-11e7-8806-bb2dcb077332.html


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Summerville CommUNITY Shared Struggles Interfaith Program prompts meaningful discussion

Click here to read the article about how the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim communities addressed issues and concerns of our local and world community on Sunday July 30,2017

http://www.journalscene.com/news/breaking-barriers-through-faith/article_1c79864a-75ef-11e7-97bd-f3402519eb6c.html


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Heritage Series features local guitarist Ulyana Machneva

“Can Forgive, But Cannot Forget”
As local guitarist, Ulyana Machneva, played, the diverse and inclusive group introduced themselves and asked Diny Adkins questions.
Diny K. Adkins will be 80 years old next year and is memorable. After being presented a plaque entitled “Jewish Hero Award” for recognition of service for Holocaust awareness, the Holocaust survivor and educator from The Netherlands had almost 50 people mesmerized listening to her tragic story and looking at her colorful hair and piercings.  Ms. Adkins visited the monthly gathering of the Summerville CommUNITY Artists Heritage Series sponsored by the Summerville/North Area Jewish Community and the Community Resource Center. Held last Sunday at the Saul Alexander Masonic Lodge, for over an hour, the audience listened to Diny Adkins described the horrors she and her family faced during the Holocaust as she was hidden by nuns and told her parents were dead. Adkins lost 85 relatives during WWII. After the liberation, her parents who were also hiding, came to claim her. Diny then came to the United States and has spent much of her life telling her story to all but most especially the youth who she educates about the ups and downs of life, about tolerance, about bullying, suicide, love, and peace. Proceeds from sales of her book “Can Forgive, But Cannot Forget” are donated to Homeless and Wounded Veterans and the Holocaust Museum in DC.  To hear Diny Adkins’ story, go to https://collections.ushmm.org/search/catalog/irn505530.
For information about ongoing Summerville CommUNITY activities, go to http://summervillejewishcommunity.org.
To find out more about Ulyana Machneva, go to http://www.charlestonmusic.org/ulyana-machneva

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CommUNITY Heritage Series Event: Diny Adkins, Holocaust Survivor/Educator

On June 25th the Summerville/North Area Jewish Community, the Jewish Community Center Without Walls and the Community Resource Center presented a very special program on the Holocaust with speaker Diny K. Adkins who gave an inspiring and heart wrenching talk about her experiences in the Holocaust in Holland. Ms. Adkins a retired Music Therapist was a child survivor of the Holocaust. She has devoted her life to Holocaust education and activism for peace and conflict resolution.

Prior to Ms. Adkins presentation she was presented with the  2017 Jewish Hero Award.  Ms. Adkins was the first recipient of this award presented by the Summerville/North Area Jewish Community and the Jewish Community Center Without Walls. Patrick C. Labbe, Founder of the Summerville/North Area Jewish Community and Daniel Stern, Executive Director of the Jewish Community Center Without Walls presented the plaque which read:

Jewish Hero Award 2017
Diny K. Adkins
In Recognition of Service for Holocaust Awareness
presented by the Summerville North Area Jewish Community and the Jewish Community Center Without Walls

The event was sponsored by the Summerville/North Area Jewish Community, the Jewish Community Without Walls and the Summerville Community Resource Center.

The event attracted about 50 people including former State Senator Mike Rose; Louis Smith, founder of the Community Resource Center and people from Summerville, Goose Creek, Moncks Corner and West Ashley.

The group will be sponsoring an Interfaith panel discussion on July 30th featuring speakers from the Jewish, Christian and Muslim Faith Communities. The event will be held at the historic Saul Alexander Masonic Hall on Main St. in Summerville.


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Summerville Jewish Heritage Historic Marker unveiling was Sunday May 21, 2017

The Summerville Dorchester Museum and the Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina unveiled a historic marker on Short Central on Sunday celebrating Jewish heritage in Summerville.

The historical society spent the day in Summerville learning about Jewish life and merchants in Summerville and touring downtown heritage sites and homes.

Ernie Marcus, president of the society, said Summerville is an excellent example of Jewish businesses in small Southern towns.

The historic marker notes that descendants of these Jewish merchants moved to larger cities in the latter part of the 20th century, but that their legacy endures.

“The Saul Alexander Foundation has funded parks in the town as well as cultural and educational organizations in the Lowcountry,” it notes.

The Summerville/North Area Jewish Community, founded in 2009 by Patrick Labbe, is revitalizing Jewish life in this area. said he wanted to unite the Jewish community. The group also celebrates the diversity of the Lowcountry and in June will host a panel discussion featuring two pastors, two rabbis and an imam.


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April 24th Holocaust Program

REMEMBERING THE HOLOCAUST
Remembering the Victims and Survivors
Through Visual Art, Spoken Word, Music and More

The event was a great sucess with participants from all around the local Jewish Community, Excerpts of the play “The Life of Anne Frank” played to a packed house. Many speakers were included in the program including musical performances, dance and poetry. Many of the participants were local middle and high school students.

Thanks to the Community Resource Center of Summerville, the Jewish Community Center Without Walls, Northwoods Academy, Manny Cohen of Barron’s Department Store in Moncks Corner and many others!

The Holocaust was the systematic, bureaucratic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of six million Jews by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. “Holocaust” is a word of Greek origin meaning “sacrifice by fire.” The Nazis, who came to power in Germany in January 1933, believed that Germans were “racially superior” and that the Jews, deemed “inferior,” were an alien threat to the so-called German racial community. German authorities also targeted other groups because of their perceived “racial inferiority”: Roma (Gypsies), the disabled, and some of the Slavic peoples (Poles, Russians, and others). Other groups were persecuted on political, ideological, and behavioral grounds, among them Communists, Socialists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and members of the LGBT communities.


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Passover 2017

The first Seder held by the Summerville/North Area Jewish Community since 2012. (A Seder was held in 2011 in Ladson by the community and another in 2012 in West Ashley by the community as well. ) The 2017 Seder was held in the historic Saul Alexander Masonic Hall on Main St. in Summerville.
Joe Robertucci found the afikomen. Patrick Labbe and Tim Carle lead the Seder. Amy Tabak and Marlene Willimon helped with the set up and take down. Almost 40 people-Summerville area Jews and non-Jews attended.

And thank you to the almost 40 people that came to the Seder-we look forward to more events for the Summerville area Jewish community!
Click here to learn more about Summerville’s Saul Alexander

This was received from Hope’s House. We collected money for their children and women’s shelter at the Community Seder!

Thank You!
Dear Summerville/North Area Jewish Community,

Thank you so much for your recent donation to help the homeless in our community. Because of your generosity to Hope’s House of Summerville, we are getting closer to our goal of opening a shelter for homeless or displaced women and children in Summerville. Please continue to support us with your prayers and donations.

Serving our community together,

Pam Christ
DCCO Board member
Dorchester County Community Outreach
Lowcountry Home of Hope/Hope’s House of Summerville
821 Central Avenue
PO BOX2994
Summerville, SC 29483


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