Author Archives: Summerville & North Area Jewish Community

Heritage Series “Conversations with Cancer”

The Summerville CommUNITY Artists Heritage Series presents:
Conversations With Cancer

Cancer touches the lives of everyone in the world. The Summerville/North Area Jewish Community and The Community Resource Center bring together all who have been touched by this disease for an afternoon of togetherness. Samantha Brock Perlmutter will sing songs of inspiration from her new CD “Be A Song”, the Carolina Seniors Line Dancers will dance for cancer, and others from our community will sing songs, show visual art and tell stories about their fights, triumphs and losses in an afternoon meant to unite and educate our community.

The event is free to attend, light refreshments will be served. Donations can be made at the event to ACS’s Charleston Hope Lodge (cancer family housing) and Hope’s House (Summerville Women’s Shelter).

In collaboration with the Community Resource Center of Summerville.

For more information, please contact us at or (843) 571-6565

Summerville attends Sushi in the Sukkah

Summerville attended Sushi in the Sukkah at Chabad Center for Jewish Life on October 8 2017.

Kosher Karavan to South Florida for Hurricane Irma Relief

Kosher Karavan was a success!! Resident John Kauth donated his car to a family in need and we filled up two vehicles with needed supplies for Hurricane Irma victims. Thank you to the Charleston Jewish Federation and Jewish Family Services plus Crews Chevrolet for your support!

Read more about Kosher Karavan on WCBD News 2 here.

You can also read about Kosher Karavan on The Summerville Journal Scene by clicking here.

Summerville Tashlich

Summerville Tashlich at Gilligans at the dock in Moncks Corner South Carolina. See images from the event in the gallery below!

Hurricane Harvey Relief Collection

See the article in the Summerville Journal Scene newspaper about our Hurricane Harvey Relief Collection. Please help as you can with the relief efforts for the Houston Harvey victims and pray that the effects from hurricane Irma won’t be too bad.

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.

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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

Unity Vigil in Memory of Charlottesville Massacre

Summerville had a unity vigil on August 17 right after the Charlottesville, VA massacre and donated funds to the REMEMBER program of the Charleston Jewish Federation. Our own Patrick Labbe spoke at this Unity vigil for the Charlottesville victims.

Read more about the Unity Village on the Charleston Jewish Federation’s website here.

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.