College of Charleston

Three Rabbi Panel

Since 2004, every fall and spring the Charleston Jewish community gathers for the only event in town where members of difference congregations and denominations get to listen to rabbis other than their own. In the Three Rabbi Panel, a faculty member from the Jewish Studies Program hosts a discussion on a pertinent issue, with three rabbis present - one Orthodox, one Conservative, and one Reform. The highlight of each event are those moments when the rabbis disagree and sometimes even get into an argument (all in good spirit, of course). The Three Rabbi Panel is a great learning opportunity for all and, no matter the topic, is guaranteed to be one of the best shows in town!

For past Three Rabbi Panels check out the Three Rabbi Panel YouTube channel.

The Three Rabbi Panel is supported by the Stanley and Charlot Karesh Family Fund, an endowment given by the Karesh family in the spring of 2015 in support of Jewish Studies’ community outreach programming.

Chanukah in the Square

Chanukah in the Square is the largest annual Jewish event in South Carolina. It takes place on a Sunday afternoon during the week of Chanukah (our academic minds really want to spell it Hanukkah, but we'll let old habits be for now) typically at Marion Square in Downtown Charleston, though the last 3 years it was held elsewhere due rain and the Covid-19 pandemic. CITS is organized by the Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program & Chabad of Charleston and the Lowcountry. For pictures from past years and updates on the upcoming CITS, see here.

Stanley and Charlot Karesh Lecture

Our Program is proud to announce the second round of this exciting opportunity for junior scholars (not on the tenure track, but with a doctorate) to deliver the Stanley and Charlot Karesh Annual Lecture in Jewish Studies. Every fall, a scholar will come to Charleston to meet with students, faculty, and the community, teach a class, and deliver a public lecture.

The application deadline for this opportunity has passed and a new one may be announced soon. The text below is for information only.

The Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program at the College of Charleston invites applications from junior scholars who do not have permanent positions (not tenured/tenure-track) to present the Stanley and Charlot Karesh Lecture in Jewish Studies in Charleston, SC, this fall (most likely in September or October, 2022). The scholar will receive a $2000 honorarium (+ travel expenses), spend a few days in Charleston, interact with students, faculty, and members of the community, teach a class, and deliver a lecture.

Any topic within Jewish Studies, broadly defined, will be considered. We are particularly interested in scholars whose topics and mode of delivery can appeal to undergraduate students and a lay audience. PhD is required by the end of August, 2022. To apply, please send a CV and a one-page letter describing your idea for the lecture and its appeal to a general public audience to Dr. Yaron Ayalon, Director, Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program, via email to Applications received by June 15, 2022 will receive full consideration.

Milton and Freddie Kronsberg Memorial Lecture Series

The Milton Kronsberg Lecture Series was established in the Fall of 1999 as a result of a generous endowment by the Kronsberg family. In the Fall of 2002, after the passing of Freddie Kronsberg obm, the series was renamed the Milton and Freddie Kronsberg Memorial Lecture Series. The series honors the Kronsbergs’ lifelong commitment to Jewish ideas and values, and brings leading voices in the Jewish world to Charleston every year, typically in the spring semester, for a special lecture.

Ambassador Dan Shapiro, former US ambassador to Israel, delivered the 2019 Kronsberg Lecture.

A World of Jewish Culture at Piccolo Spoleto

A World of Jewish Culture at Piccolo Spoleto began in 1998 as a public celebration of Israel’s fiftieth birthday, and has brought Jewish music to Charleston as part of the annual Piccolo Spoleto festival ever since. After a two-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic, AWOJC returned in 2022, and will be offered again in 2023. Stay tuned for more information, and check out our Facebook page for info on past festivals and upcoming ones.

The College of Charleston Hillel operates as part of the Jewish Studies Program. This is the only Hillel in the country that is formally part of a Jewish Studies Program, and that brings with it many advantages. Visit CofC Hillel's website to learn more!

Kosher dining at the College of Charleston

Located on the first floor of the Jewish Studies Center, Marty's Place serves made-to-order vegan and vegetarian dishes in a Kosher kitchen under the supervision of the Kosher Commission of Charleston (KCC, Orthodox). Marty's Place is the only kosher restaurant in Charleston. It accepts meal swipes, dining dollars, cash, and credit cards. Marty's Place is a College of Charleston dining facility and is open during the College's Spring and Fall semesters. It is closed from mid-May to mid-August.

Hours of Operation:

Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 8:00pm

Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm

Closed Saturday and Sunday

Marty’s Place is not currently under rabbinical supervision. All products brought into and used at the facility are certified kosher. We are hoping to hire a mashgiach (kosher supervisor) soon.

For more information, check out the the College of Charleston's Dining Services page.