The Stanley and Charlot Karesh Family

Karesh family

Stanley and Charlot Karesh are pillars of the Charleston Jewish community and the community at large. Through their involvement with Synagogue Emanu-El, Stanley's fifty year dental practice, and the time and effort that they have devoted to a long list of community organizations, Stanley and Charlot have had, and continue to have, an important impact on Charleston. 

A life-long Charlestonian, Stanley was born on October 30, 1921 to Leslie Feinberg and Alex Karesh. He attended James Simmons elementary school and graduated from the High School of Charleston in 1938. He earned his D.D.S. degree from the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery in 1943 and was immediately commissioned in the Dental Corps in the United States Naval Reserve where he served on active duty until March 1946. 

Charlot Marks was born on September 7, 1924 in Greensboro, North Carolina to Marie Snyder and Harry Marks. She attended Greensboro High School and Women's College at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and completed her undergraduate education at Marjorie Webster Junior College in Washington D.C. It was while Charlot was visiting relatives in Baltimore and Stanley was in his last semester of dental school that they met through a mutual friend. They married June 3, 1945 in Greensboro, the day after Charlot graduated from Marjorie Webster. 

Upon Stan's release from active duty in the Navy in March 1946, Stanley and Charlot returned to Charleston and Stanley began his dental practice. His dental career included presidencies in both state and national dental organizations and authorship of a number of important professional articles. He also taught part-time in the Crown and Bridge Department at the Dental School at MUSC. His experience and influence have been, and continue to be, a great asset to the community and the dental profession. He retired from active dental practice in June 1994. 

During the past fifty plus years that she has lived in Charleston, Charlot has been active in the Jewish community. She was the first female president of the Jewish Community Relations Council, twice president of the Synagogue Emanuel Sisterhood, national vice-president of the Women's League for Conservative Judaism, a board member of the Charleston Jewish Federation, and a board member of Synagogue Emanu-El, of which the Kareshes were charter members. 

Stanley and Charlot have three daughters, Fern Karesh Hurst of New York City, Jane Karesh of New York City, and Gail Karesh Kassan who resides in Denver. Colorado with her husband Dr. Stuart Kassan. The Kareshes also have four grandchildren, Alexander and Amanda Hurst and Michael and Merrill Kassan. 

"I would like for our children to be involved in Judaism and to take care of each other and of people who are less fortunate", says Charlot. The Kareshes are also great believers in the importance of education, and Jewish education in particular, as the best means to self-betterment and the continuation of the Jewish people. 

Highlights of Stanley's service to the community and to the dental profession 
- Founding member and lifetime member of the Advisory Board for the Yaschik-Arnold Jewish Studies Program 
- President of the Charleston Cancer Society 
- President of the American Academy of Dental Practice Administration 
- President of The Coastal District Dental Society of South Carolina 
- Fellow of International College of Dentists 
- President of the Charleston Dental Society 
- Taught part-time in the Crown and Bridge Department at the Dental School at MUSC 
- Was the youngest Charter Member of Synagogue Emanu-El 

Highlights of Charlot's service to community 
- Appointed to the Jewish Community Bet Din, serving as one of three judges 
- Docent of Heyward-Washington House 
- President of Southern Branch, Women's League for Conservative Judaism 
- Received "The Woman Who Makes A Difference" award from the Sisterhood Synagogue Emanu-El, Hadassah, and the Women's Division of the Charleston Jewish Federation 
- Twice President of Women's Golf Association of the Country Club of Charleston 
- Chairman of the Women's Division of Charleston Jewish Federation 
- First Woman to be Vice-president of Charleston Jewish Federation