Monthly Archives: June 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 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
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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.

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.