Summerville & North Area Jewish Community

Mission Statement

To create, promote and maintain a vibrant Jewish Community in Summerville and the North Area.

Upcoming Events

Summerville CommUNITY Diversity Lightfest @ Azalea Park/Cuthbert Center
Dec 3 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Summerville CommUNITY Diversity Lightfest @ Azalea Park/Cuthbert Center | Summerville | South Carolina | United States

Come join the commUNITY for fun and fellowship at the first annual Summerville CommUNITY Diversity Lightfest where we will have a lighting ceremony celebrating the holidays of Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa.

There will be Music and Dance, Artists Display, Holiday Crafts/Gifts for purchase, Fantasy Walk with Youth Activities, Non Profit Tables, and Food Trucks culminating with the Lighting celebration at Dusk. Furbabies on a leash are welcome. Hosted by the Summerville North Area Jewish Community, Community Resource Center, Local Churches and Charleston JCC Without Walls.

Where: Azalea Park/Cuthbert Center, 105 W 5th S Street, Summerville, SC 29483
No street parking – Free parking at Bethel or Wesley Churches or in Town Parking Deck
When: Sunday, December 3rd, 2017 – 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Join us for this free event!

For more information, email or call 843.571.6565

Summerville & North Area Jewish Community Board

Founder: Patrick C. Labbe

Community Leaders: Robyn Wittenberg Dudley

Community Ritual Coodinators: Tim Carle & Patrick C. Labbe

Mitzvah Maven/Community Outreach: Cyn Ava

Archive of Recent Events

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.


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


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


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


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,


Never forget: Summerville community remembers Holocaust horrors


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,


‘Give them a second life’: Holocaust survivor speaks on remembering victims Sunday at Charleston Museum


Yom Hashoah 2017


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


Mi Shebeirach
(Prayers for Healing)

  • Marlene Willamon of Charleston
  • Linda Rouvet of North Charleston
  • Patrick Labbe of Summerville
  • Christopher Labbe of Florence
  • Barry Elfman of Moncks Corner

Archive of all past events