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Summerville group honors Holocaust victims

By Joy Bonala For the Journal Scene

Summerville residents joined others across the nation this week in honoring the lives of the 11 million people killed during the Eastern European Holocaust between 1938 and 1945.

The local observance is part of the national Days of Remembrance observed April 8-15.

Thursday Summerville’s Town Council meeting began with a reading of the Holocaust Proclamation issued from the REMEMBER Program for Holocaust and Genocide Awareness; next a group walked silently to Short Central for a candlelight vigil at the Jewish heritage marker there.

Local volunteer and advocate Robyn Wittenberg Dudley helped organize Summerville’s remembrance; she told a group of about 30 people in attendance about her uncle, Avram Steinberg, who managed to escape from a prison camp during the Holocaust.

“He was one of the lucky ones who got to live his life,” Dudley said as she lit a candle in remembrance of the rest of Steinberg’s family who all perished.

Dudley invited others to step forward and light a candle for the 6 million Jews who were murdered and the 5 million others who were persecuted for their religious beliefs.

Denise Deveaux, a world history teacher at Northwood Academy and a Holocaust educator said her parents had to leave Hungary in 1944 because the country was giving up its Jewish people and sending them to the Auschwitz concentration camp.

“I’m here on behalf of the 1.5 million children that perished,” Deveaux said. “I look at my sweet babies’ faces every day, sitting in my classroom, soaking up the information that I give them and I can’t imagine what life would have been like if we had those 1.5 million children with us today.”

In his closing prayer, Rabbi Greg Kanter from Charleston’s KKBE Synagogue, thanked God for the “bittersweet gift of memory.” He said people must continue to remember and teach what happened during the Holocaust so that it never happens again, to any people anywhere in the world.

The Charleston Jewish Federation and the City of Charleston will conduct the Annual Community-Wide Holocaust Remembrance Program at 2:30 p.m. April 15 at the Gaillard Center Ballroom, 95 Calhoun St. in Charleston.

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Purim Party and Mitzvah Good Deed Day

Purim Party at Perkins in Summerville. Hamantaschen essential!

Summerville Jewish Community Will March In MLK Jr. Parade

The Summerville Jewish Community will march in MLK Jr. parade along with Charleston Jewish Federation and other Jewish organizations.

Mark yourself as Going on our Facebook event by clicking here.

Join us as we march together and honor the visionary work of Martin Luther King, Jr. and support the Charleston YWCA ’s 46th Annual Federal Holiday Parade.

Meet at Burke High School, 244 President St. at 10:30 am; parade begins at 11:00 am. We will share parade lineup # ahead of time.

Jewish community organizations encouraged to bring banners and signs; CJF will have signs available as well.

The parade will conclude at the corner of King St. and Calhoun St. Strollers, wagons, wheelchairs and walkers are not only welcomed but encouraged! Parade route is about 1.5 miles.

Please contact with questions.

Just as Rabbi Heschel marched with Dr. King, we walk in solidarity with the 30,000 celebrants who support the events throughout the Lowcountry.

Summerville Gratitude Cookie Giveaway for First Responders then eat Chinese food at China Kitchen

Please help by showing our gratitude to first responders!!!

Some of the Summerville Jewish community will eat Chinese food at 3 pm at China Kitchen in Knightsville right outside of Summerville at 1585 Central Ave in the Publix Shopping Center. Message me or call if you are joining us 843 819 8509.

Before you come, please take some baked goods and other foods to your local fire station. Please respond with which Station you are going to visit and take a photo of the firefighters and goodies (with you in it if you can) and email to

Station 7 Hundred Oaks Pkwy, Summerville, SC 29483

Please also feel free to visit Police, EMS, healthcare and anyone else to show our gratitude.

Share our blessings!

Let us know you are joining on Facebook here.

Summerville represented at the Festival of Lights at James Island County Park

Getting Ready to light the Hanukkah candles at the festival of lights in James Island Park sponsored by PJ Library, Jewish community center without walls, KKBE, and synagogue Emanuel!

Summerville at Hanukkah on the Square

Fun times at the Hanukkah on the Square and we promoted that we had our own holiday diversity Lightfest in Summerville! Wouldn’t it be great if we could have a low country/tri County lightfest next year? That would show a display of unity that everyone keeps talking about. Let’s make history and walk the talk and if you’re interested in helping to explore this idea, please message me or call 8438198509.

Light first candle and shop for Kosher Food Pantry at Publix Knightsville

Happy Hanukkah to all. So proud to be a part of a group that participated in night of giving at the Publix in Knightsville. Synagogue Emanuel organized it and thank you to Summerville resident Lydia, her daughter Emma and the others who attended and donated a carful of non-perishables to Charleston Jewish family services food pantry!

Jewish Family Services at Summerville Harvest Lunch, Health Screenings with Community Resource Center

Such a beautiful good deed on such a beautiful day. Thank you Jewish family services, feed thy neighbor, and community resource center for helping the Summerville CommUNITY!