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About the Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program

Celebrating the start of a new year at the Welcome Back Cookout, 2012

The Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program at the College of Charleston is the result of the vision and generosity of Henry and Sylvia Vlosky Yaschik who began the program in 1984 to honor their parents’ commitment to philanthropy and community involvement. The matching endowment from Norman and Gerry Sue Arnold has enabled the Program to significantly expand its offerings.

Jewish Studies at the College of Charleston benefits from having a strong and active Hillel affiliate, our Jewish Student Union. The College of Charleston currently has nearly eight hundred Jewish students and the JSU/Hillel is very active in arranging weekly Shabbat services, dinners, and other events and celebrations to keep students interested in Judaism engaged and interacting with one another.

Jewish Studies at the College also emphasizes community outreach as a hallmark of its program. By sponsoring numerous events, lectures, discussions, and Sunday morning brunches that are open to the public, the Program serves as a bridge between town and gown, between the academic and broader South Carolina community.

In October 2002 the The Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program moved into its new home, the Sylvia Vlosky Yaschik Jewish Studies Center at the corner of Glebe and Wentworth Street. The Center houses the Jewish Student Union/Hillel, faculty members of the Jewish Studies Program, the School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs, and the Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina. It also offers Arnold Hall, a state-of-the-art meeting and conference room where educational and cultural programs are conducted, benefiting both students and the community at-large. A forthcoming addition to the Jewish Studies Center expected to open in September 2015, will double the size of the building, including additional classroom space, offices, and a dining hall offering Kosher, Vegan and Vegetarian options.

The creation of the Sylvia Vlosky Yaschik Jewish Studies Center at the College of Charleston is a significant milestone in the history of South Carolina. We encourage all who are interested to become a part of it. Community participation is the lifeblood of the Program. We have built our foundation on the contributions of a small group of dedicated donors. To discuss giving opportunities, contact Martin Perlmutter, Director of Jewish Studies, at 843.953.5682 or email perlmutterm@cofc.edu.