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Charleston chapter

The Charleston chapter began 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.

Our chapter currently has more than 500 members, including more than 450 life members, 25 major donors (including both Founders and Keepers of the Gate), and 80 associates.

The Charleston chapter generally holds program meetings monthly from September through June, with special events and activities sprinkled across the year. Programs are constructed to meet the needs and interests of different segments of our Hadassah community. A women’s study group called Women-to-Women meets monthly, and is going into its ninth year. This program invariably stimulates thought among the group members and has proven to be a great way to introduce new and prospective members to our Chapter.

Girls Night Out programs, appealing more often to younger members, tend to spring from the creative energies of our leadership on an ad hoc basis. Family programs such as Havdalah services and Chanukah in the Square (co-sponsored by other local Jewish organizations) are great ways for whole families to be part of our Hadassah family.

Hadassah created the community-wide program The Woman Who Makes a Difference. During this annual event, the Sisterhoods of all three local congregations, the Charleston Jewish Federation Women’s Division, the Charleston chapter of National Council of Jewish Women, and the Charleston chapter of Hadassah each honors one of their finest members. This coming together of the broader Jewish community is always a fun event – particularly since there is so much to celebrate by women who may be members of three or even four of the groups.

For more details on the Charleston chapter's activities, please check out the December 2014 issue of Charleston Hadassah - Byte-Size, our monthly electronic newsletter or the Charleston Jewish Voice.

Charleston chapter of Hadassah

For more information, please send an inquiry to or call 843-971-6116. We’d love to hear from you.

Events Calendar – Save These Dates
Installation of Officers – TBD – early December
Author Maggie Anton – Tuesday, Feb 3rd– 7-9pm, Location TBD

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