Welcome to Charleston! Whatever the reason you are interested in our wonderful community, know that you’ve made a superb choice. The Jewish Community has been a major Charleston asset for more than 250 years. Hadassah is proud to be part of the Charleston community, and is extremely proud to have so much local support. Our Chapter was founded in 1921, just nine years after Hadassah was officially founded. Our geographic reach is the South Carolina Tri-County area encompassing Charleston, Dorchester and Berkeley counties. As one of the country’s earliest and busiest port cities, Charleston has a long and strong history within the Jewish Community. With Reform, Conservative, Orthodox and Chabad congregations, we are extremely proud of the diversity of our Hadassah members. As of 2018, our chapter currently has more than 500 members and more than 70 Associates.

Charleston, South Carolina
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Charleston, South Carolina


Upcoming Events!
Upcoming Events!

A WOMAN WHO MAKES A DIFFERENCE – Tuesday, March 6th, 7pm at Synagogue Emanu-El  Join us as we honor Bobbi Cohn, as well as wonder-women from BSBI, Synagogue Emanu-El, KKBE, Dor Tikvah, Charleston JCC Without Walls, Charleston Jewish Federation, and National Council for Jewish Women.  Among this year’s honorees are other Hadassah members, including Karen Pinosky (Synagogue Emanu-El Sisterhood) and Marilyn Barron (National Council of Jewish Women).

Hadassah Open Meeting – Our next Chapter Open Meeting will be Thursday, March 22nd at 10:30am.  Reply to this email or contact SharonHox@aol.com if you would like to attend and receive the location information. At our Chapter meetings we discuss programming, fundraising, and Hadassah news. 

Charleston JCC WOW Bookfest presents Pauline Sokol Nakios: Pivots – March 14th, 1-3pm at Charleston Library Society (164 King Street, Charleston). Designer and well-known former Charlestonian Pauline Sokol Nakios will discuss the “pivots” in her life: balancing a fast-paced fashion career, home, husband and children. Andrea Serrano, Charleston’s fashion blogger and stylist, will moderate.  Pauline is in town for as a Charleston Fashion Week judge.  Cost $10.  For more information, contact Marylyn Haspel at 703-927-8665 or marylynh@charlestonjcc.org.

The JCC Filmfest features incredible Jewish films at the 9th Annual Terrace Charleston Film Festival. Thursday, March 15 to Sunday, March 18.  Including, on Sunday, March 18: A DAY OF JEWISH FILMS:  Speakers, treats and more!  Terrace Theater, 1956 D Maybank Highway, Charleston SC 29412.  Tickets and updated schedule available at terracetheater.com.

Join Hadassah’s Chai Society!
Charleston Chai Society

SAVE LIVES. $15 a month. 12 months a year.

When you are a member of Chai Society, Hadassah can count on you, month after month, year after year. It is your commitment that makes the difference.

We make it easy. We will automatically charge your monthly gift of $15 to your credit card, or double your impact with $30 a month at the Silver Chai level. If you prefer, you can make one annual payment of $180 to $360. These contributions enable you to help save a life, to be part of something big, something vital.

For more information, contact Sharon Hox at 843-259-1710 or SharonHox@aol.com


The Charleston chapter generally holds program meetings bi-monthly from September through June, open meetings more often than that, and special events and activities sprinkled across the year. 

Ilene Turbow Honored
Ilene Turbow Honored

Co-President Ilene Turbow was honored at the Charleston Jewish Woman Who Makes a Difference in March.

Pictured, from L to R: Eileen Chepenik, former Chapter President made the presentation to Ilene Turbow.

From our President

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The Charleston Chapter has had an Ad Hocracy rather than a traditional Executive Board for several years, and it's working just fine. Sharon Hox, Gail Snow and Ilene Turbow are members of this team. We share the planning and execution for programs and fundraising. Naturally we have a Membership VP, Secretary and Treasurer, plus some ad hoc and Emeritus positions.  Our philosopy is that keeping the chapter going is of greater importance than trying to coerce our leaders into official positions.


As far as activities, we hold Open Meetings just about monthly and the small handful of long-time Board members (mostly ex-Presidents) attend, and we make it a point to invite NEW MEMBERS. Most of our new members have transferred in from other Chapters and this is our way of introducing them to our Charleston Chapter and engaging them.


For 2018, a very special Hadassah year as we celebrate Israel's 70th Anniversary, we will hold our first major fundraising event in a long time. A 2-day Art Auction + wine tasting will be held in collaboration with Sisterhood of our local reform temple, Kahol Kadosh Beth Elohim.  We are inviting the entire community and look forward to lots of fun and a good return on our time and effort investment.


Each month we publish an e-newsletter called Byte-Size.  This newsletter features local and national Hadassah activities, advocacy alerts, highlights of press releases and HMO news, and information of other local to Charleston Jewish activities that are of interest to our members.  If anyone wants to be added to our list, write to HadassahCharleston@gmail.com.

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Celebration 2018

May 15, 2018

See flyer for more information!



  • President, Fund-Raising VP/Coor, Leadership Chair/VP, Keepers of the Gate Chair

    Sharon Hox

  • Treasurer

    Marilyn Gordon

  • Records Administrator, Recording Secretary, JNF Chair, Membership/Outreach VP/Coor

    Bonnie Silverberg

  • Corresponding Secretary

    Bonita Weinberg

  • Programming VP/Coordinator, Local Portfolio

    Sandi Archambault

  • Leadership Chair/VP, Past President, Local Portfolio

    Ilene Turbow

  • Leadership Chair/VP, Past President

    Gail Snow

  • Cards & Certificates Chair

    Barbara Cohn

Donation Questions


(800) 928-0685

Membership Questions


(800) 664-5646

Missions Department


(800) 237-1517

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