Directions to the Jewish Studies Center from I-26 East:

I-26 ends in a split, bear to the LEFT and take the MEETING STREET Exit.

Turn RIGHT at light onto MEETING STREET.

Stay on MEETING ST.   Go past 9 traffic lights.  (GEORGE ST. is the 9th light.)

Get ready to turn on the 10th, which is WENTWORTH STREET.

Turn RIGHT onto WENTWORTH STREET and stay in the RIGHT LANE.

Take WENTWORTH down past 2 lights; first is KING ST, 2nd is ST. PHILIP STREET.

(note the Garage on the left at the corner of St. Philip and Wentworth, just in case.)

GLEBE STREET is the next corner.  We are located in the 3-story brown brick building

at the corner of Wentworth and Glebe.  (There is a handicap ramp on the Glebe Street side of the building.)

Turn RIGHT onto GLEBE STREET and look for metered parking.


If there is no meter parking, you should probably circle around to King Street and park in the garage you passed at the corner of St. Philip and Wentworth (Wentworth Garage).

Enter the garage from Wentworth, just before St. Philip OR go all the way around the block and turn left onto Beaufain Street. Garage entrance is on your left.

Jewish Studies Center
96 Wentworth Street
Charleston, SC 29424

Phone: 843.953.5682
Fax: 843.953.7624

96 Wentworth Street, the site on which that the Sylvia Vlosky Jewish Studies Center is built, has a very special significance. It was formerly the site of Peroclene Cleaners, a family dry cleaning business run by Jerold and Lilah Hirschman whose children are founding contributors to the Center. The Hirschmans opened the business in 1955 and were successful at the site for the next twenty-five years before retiring. Jerold credited his success to several factors. First and foremost, they took pride in their work, which led to a loyal customer base. He also treated and paid his employees fairly and for that reason there was little employee turnover. This created a family environment at the store that brought customers back. Also unique to the Hirschman’s business was a revolutionary cleaning process that they used which was friendly to the environment, this in a time when environmental protection was rarely discussed. Jewish Studies is especially appreciative of their foresight.

When the site for the new building was chosen and the ground surveyed for toxicity, not a trace of chemical residue was found. It was the ultimate testament to the way the Hirschmans ran their business and it paved the way for the Jewish Studies Center to move forward. We extend our thanks to the Hirschmans and to their children and spouses, Henry and Helen Hirschman and Judy and Maxcy Rivkin, for helping to make our new home possible.