Mailing Address:
Special Collections
College of Charleston Library
66 George Street
Charleston, SC 29424

Phone:
(843) 953-8016

Title: Jewish Community Center papers

Collection #: Mss 1063

Dates: 1920-1998

Size: 7 3/4 linear ft.

Biographical Note:

The Jewish community in Charleston, South Carolina, purchased a building at 54 George Street and opened it as a community center in May 1923, with Sam Rittenberg as President. The center's fortunes waxed and waned with the years, being run by volunteers, hosting a Hebrew School and other activities for children and adults. In 1945, after a span of inactivity, the organization was incorporated, and hired its first director, Nat Shulman; programs took place in the Charleston Hebrew Institute Building at 58 St. Philip Street.

In 1959, the organization bought land West of the Ashley, opening its outdoor facilities there in 1963. In 1964, it sold its St. Philip Street building and opened in the new building on Millbrook (later Raoul Wallenberg) Drive in 1966. By the time it had celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1995, it had increased greatly in size and function, also being the site of Addlestone Hebrew Academy and the Sherman House for low income senior citizens.

Scope and Content Note:

The administrative files mostly document planning for, financing, and building the new Jewish Community Center in suburban Charleston; with blueprints, architects Simons, Lapham, Mitchell and Small correspondence and a small amount of history. The largest series contains photographs documenting Jewish life and Jewish Community Center activities, ca. 1945 to 1998. Original order, when possible, was kept, there being topical and biographical files (including images, 1980s-1990s, of Russian immigrants), and files corresponding by date to images taken for and sometimes used in the newsletter, "Center Talk."

The largest series documents day and residential Camps Baker, K'Tanim, Wesash and Juniper (in Cheraw, S.C.), sponsored by the Center. Also included are papers and photographs of the Friendship Club (1948-1990s) for Senior Citizens; and that of the Junior Booster and Booster Clubs, dedicated to fundraising for the Center. There are some papers of the Archives Committee, a few earlier (1920s-1940s) oversize photographs and reproductions, some ephemera and printed matter.

Inventory:

   

 

Box#/Folder#

I.

 

Administrative Papers

 

Mss #1063

 

1.

Papers on the early history of the Jewish Community Center and the Jewish Community in Charleston

 

1/1

         
 

2

Correspondence (1959-1960) re new building construction

 

1/2

         
 

3.

Correspondence (1961-63) re growth and development

 

1/3

   

   
 

4.

Minutes (1960-1962) of Administrative Needs and Steering Committee of JCC re building new Center

 

1/4

         
 

5.

Planning and survey document (c. 1960) re new Center

 

1/5

   

   
 

6.

Correspondence (1956-1960) of Building and Equipment Committee of Charleston JCC

 

1/6

         
 

7.

Minutes (1960-1964) of Building and Facilities Committee

 

1/7

         
 

8.

Soil Survey (1961) of site for new Charleston JCC

 

1/8

         
 

9.

Correspondence (1961) mostly re construction of swimming pool for new JCC

 

1/9

         
 

10

Correspondence (1962-1964) re pool and other construction at new JCC

 

1/10

         
 

11

Bids (1961-1963) on ball fields and courts for new JCC; with blueprints

 

1/11

         
 

12

Correspondence (1962-1963) with architects Simons, Lapham and Mitchell re new JCC construction

 

2/1

         
 

13

Correspondence (1964) with architects Simons, Lapham, Mitchell and Small re new JCC construction

 

2/2

         
 

14

Correspondence (1965-1966) with architects Simons, Lapham, Mitchell and Small re new JCC building

 

2/3

         
 

15

Blueprints, renderings of new JCC building

 

2/4

         
 

16

Plans and papers (1974) re JCC building expansion

 

2/5

         
 

17

Fundraising lists (ca. 1962-1964) for financing new JCC building

 

2/6

 

18

Ledger (1962-1974) of contributors to finance new JCC

 

2/7

   

   
 

19

Memos and notes (1970) re celebration of 25th anniversary of JCC in Charleston

 

2/8

         
 

20

Correspondence (1970) re 25th anniversary celebration of JCC in Charleston

 

2/9

         
 

21

Brochure (1970) of 25th anniversary of Charleston JCC

 

2/10

         
 

22

Papers re Nat Shulman commendation (1972) and Small Cities Charles Goodall Award (1975) to Charleston JCC

 

2/11

         
 

23

Booklet (1995) of 50th anniversary Charleston JCC

 

2/12

         

II

 

Photographs

   
         
 

1

Photographs re celebration "Charleston Jewish Bicentennial" (1950) with images from commemorative book

 

3/1

   

   
 

2

Photos (1940s-1950s) re JCC and Jewish life in Charleston, SC

 

3/2

         
 

3

Photos (1940s-1950s) re JCC and Jewish life in Charleston, SC

 

3/3

         
 

4

Photographs of annual meetings (1954-1974) at JCC

 

3/4

         
 

5

Photographs (1948-1976) of Purim Celebrations at JCC

 

3/5

         
 

6

Photographs (1950s-1960s) of Lag B’Omer celebrations

 

3/6

         
 

7

Photographs (nd) of various holiday celebrations at JCC

 

3/7

         

8

Photographs (1969) of New Years Eve celebration at JCC

3/8

         
 

9

Photographs (1970) of New Years Eve celebration at JCC

 

3/9

   

   
 

10

Photographs (1962-63) of new JCC dedication & open house

 

4/1

         
 

11

Photographs (1966) of ceremonies at JCC

 

4/2

   

   
 

12

Photographs (1962-63) of new JCC pool and building

 

4/3

         
 

13

Photographs (1968) of tribute to Edwin Pearlstine

 

4/4

         
 

14

Photographs (1970) of 25th anniversary celebration, JCC; images of author Sam Levenson

 

4/5

         
 

15

Photographs (1970) of 25th anniversary celebration, JCC; images of Strom Thurmond, J. Palmer Gaillard, etc.

 

4/6

         
 

16

Photographs (1972) of Solidarity Sunday Program (for Soviet Jews)

 

4/7

         
 

17

Photographs (1976) of "Here (Hear) is Israel" Program

 

4/8

         
 

18

Photographs (nd) of Yom Ha Atzmaut (Israeli Independence Day) program at JCC

 

4/9

         
 

19

Photographs (nd) of Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) program at JCC

 

4/10

         
 

20

Photographs (nd) Russian Jewish emigrants to Charleston

 

4/11

         
 

21

Photographs (nd, ca. 1970s) of art exhibits at JCC

 

5/1

         
 

22

Photographs (nd, ca. 1950s-1970s) of plays at JCC

 

5/2

 

23

Photographs (nd, 1950s, 1970s) of 2 dances

 

5/3

   

   
 

24

Photographs (1972) of kite day at JCC

 

5/4

         
 

25

Photographs (nd) of Women’s’ Day at JCC

 

5/5

         
 

26

Photographs (1940s-1950s) of basketball at JCC

 

5/6

         
 

27

Photographs (1950s-1990s) of baseball at JCC

 

5/7

         
 

28

Photographs (1950s-1960s) of JCC bowling

 

5/8

         
 

29

Photographs (1950s) of boxing at JCC

 

5/9

         
 

30

Photographs (1960s-1970s) of swimming at JCC

 

5/10

   

   
 

31

Photographs (1960s-1970s) of tennis at JCC

 

5/11

         
 

32

Photographs (1950s-1980s) of sports recognition ceremonies at Jewish Community Center

 

5/12

         
 

33

Photographs (1950s-1990s) of miscellaneous sporting activities at JCC

 

5/13

         
 

34

Photographs (1940s-1960s) of Jewish War Veterans group

 

5/14

         
 

35

Photographs (1940s-1950s) of Hadassah and B’nai Brith groups and functions

 

5/15

         
 

36

Photographs (nd, ca 1980s) National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council members

 

5/16

         

37

Photographs (1970s) of ORT – Organization for Rehabilitation and Training group

5/17

         
 

38

Partial index to photographs in box 1063-6

 

6/1

   

   
 

39

Photographs of "Men and Women in the Community" arranged by Jewish Community Center

 

6/2

         
 

40

Photographs of "Dignitaries" including Golda Meir, Ernest Hollings, Shimon Peres, Carroll Campbell

 

6/3

   

   
 

41

Photographs of people with last name "A"

 

6/4

         
 

42

Photographs of people; last name "B"

 

6/5

         
 

43

Photographs of people; last name "C"

 

6/6

         
 

44

Photographs of people; last name "D"

 

6/7

         
 

45

Photographs of people; last name "F"

 

6/8

         
 

46

Photographs of people; last name "G"

 

6/9

         
 

47

Photographs of people; last name "H"

 

6/10

         
 

48

Photographs of people; last name "J"

 

6/11

         
 

49

Photographs of people; last name "K"

 

6/12

         
 

50

Photographs of people; last name "L"

 

6/13

         
 

51

Photographs of people; last name "M" and "N"

 

6/14

 

52

Photographs of people; last name "O"

 

6/15

   

   
 

53

Photographs of people; last name "P"

 

6/16

         
 

54

Photographs of people; last name "R"

 

6/17

         
 

55

Photographs of people; last name "S"

 

6/18

         
 

56

Photographs of people; last name "T"

 

6/19

         
 

57

Photographs of people; last name "U-Z"

 

6/20

         
 

58

Photographs (1947-48) of JCC day camps

 

7/1

         
 

59

Photographs (1950) of Camp Baker, JCC Day Camp

 

7/2

   

   
 

60

Photographs (1954) of JCC Day Camp

 

7/3

         
 

61

Photographs (1955) of Camp Baker, JCC Day Camp

 

7/4

         
 

62

Photographs (1956) of JCC Day Camp

 

7/5

         
 

63

Photographs (1957) of Camp Baker, JCC Day Camp

 

7/6

         
 

64

Photographs (1958) of Camp Baker, JCC Day Camp

 

7/7

         
 

65

Photographs (1958) of Camp Baker, JCC Day Camp

 

7/8

         

66

Photographs (1959) of Camp Baker, JCC Day Camp

7/9

         
 

67

Photographs (nd, 1940s-1950s) of day camps at Jewish Community Center, St. Philips Street, Charleston, SC

 

7/10

   

   
 

68

Photographs (1958-1960) of JCC Camp Juniper, at Cheraw, SC

 

7/11

         
 

69

Photographs (1960) of JCC Camp Juniper, Cheraw, SC

 

7/12

   

   
 

70

Photographs (1960) of JCC day camp, Camp Baker

 

7/13

         
 

71

Photographs, brochures, blueprint (1961) of Camp Juniper, Cheraw SC

 

7/14

         
 

72

Photographs (1962) of JCC day camp Camp Baker

 

7/15

         
 

73

Photographs, directory (1962) of Camp Juniper, Cheraw, SC, affiliated with Charleston JCC

 

7/16

         
 

74

Photographs (1963) of JCC Camps Baker and Juniper

 

7/17

         
 

75

Photographs (1964) of JCC Camp Baker

 

7/18

         
 

76

Photographs (1965) of JCC Camps Baker and Wesash

 

7/19

         
 

77

Photographs (1966) of JCC Camps Baker and Wesash

 

7/20

         
 

78

Photographs (1967) of JCC Camps Baker and K’Tanim

 

7/21

         
 

79

Photographs (1968-1969) of JCC Camps Baker & Wesash

 

7/22

         
 

80

Photographs (1970, 1971) of JCC Camps Baker & Wesash

 

7/23

 

81

Photographs (1972) of JCC Camps Baker and K’Tanim

 

7/24

   

   
 

82

Photographs (1973) of JCC Camps Baker and Wesash

 

7/25

         
 

83

Photographs (1974) of JCC day camps

 

7/26

         
 

84

Photographs (1984-1986) of JCC day camps

 

7/27

         
 

85

Photographs (1993) of JCC day camps

 

7/28

         
 

86

Group photographs (1993) of JCC day/home camps

 

7/29

         
 

87

Group photographs (1994,1995) of JCC day camps

 

7/30

         
 

88

Photographs (nd, 1970s-1980s) of JCC day camps

 

7/31

   

   
 

89

Photographs (nd, 1980s-1990s) of JCC day camps

 

7/32

         
 

90

Photographs (nd, 1970s-1990s) of children and activities at Charleston Jewish Community Center

 

7/33

         
 

91

Photographs (nd, 1970s-1990s) of children and activities at Charleston Jewish Community Center

 

7/34

         
 

92

Ephemera, felt flags, ribbons, etc. of JCC camps

 

7/35

         
 

93

Photographs for JCC newsletter, April 1983

 

7/36

         
 

94

Photographs for JCC newsletter, September 1983

 

7/37

         

95

Photographs for JCC newsletter, October, December 1983

7/38

         
 

96

Photographs for JCC newsletter, January 1984

 

7/39

   

   
 

97

Photographs for JCC newsletter, March 1984

 

7/40

         
 

98

Photographs for JCC newsletter, April-May 1984

 

7/41

   

   
 

99

Photographs for JCC newsletter, July 1984

 

7/42

         
 

100

Photographs for JCC newsletter, October, November, December 1984

 

7/43

         
 

101

Photographs for JCC newsletter, January 1985

 

7/44

         
 

102

Photographs for JCC newsletter, April-May 1985

 

8/1

         
 

103

Photographs for JCC newsletter, June, July 1985

 

8/2

         
 

104

Photographs for JCC newsletter, Sept., October 1985

 

8/3

         
 

105

Photographs for JCC newsletter, Dec. 1985, Jan. 1986

 

8/4

         
 

106

Photographs for JCC newsletter, February 1986

 

8/5

         
 

107

Photographs for JCC newsletter, March-May 1986

 

8/6

         
 

108

Photographs for JCC newsletter, June-July 1986

 

8/7

         
 

109

Photographs for JCC newsletter, Sept.-Oct. 1986

 

8/8

 

110

Photographs for JCC newsletter, November 1986

 

8/9

   

   
 

111

Photographs for JCC newsletter, December 1986

 

8/10

         
 

112

Photographs for JCC newsletter, Dec. 1986, Feb. 1987

 

8/11

         
 

113

Photographs for JCC newsletter, May 1987

 

8/12

         
 

114

Photographs for JCC newsletter, Sept. - Nov. 1987

 

8/13

         
 

115

Photographs for JCC newsletter, December 1987

 

8/14

         
 

116

Photographs for JCC newsletter, January-March 1988

 

8/15

         
 

117

Photographs for JCC newsletter, April, Sept.-Oct. 1988

 

8/16

   

   
 

118

Photographs for JCC newsletter, January 1989

 

8/17

         
 

119

Photographs for JCC newsletter, March 1989

 

8/18

         
 

120

Photographs for JCC newsletter, May, Sept., Oct. 1989

 

8/19

         
 

121

Photographs for JCC newsletter, November 1989

 

8/20

         
 

122

Photographs for JCC newsletter, December 1989

 

8/21

         
 

123

Photographs for JCC newsletter, March 1990

 

8/22

         

124

Photographs for JCC newsletter, May-June 1990

8/23

         
 

125

Photographs for JCC newsletter, Nov.-Dec. 1990

 

8/24

   

   
 

126

Photographs for JCC newsletter, February 1991

 

8/25

         
 

127

Photographs for JCC newsletter, March-April 1991

 

8/26

   

   
 

128

Photographs for JCC newsletter, 1991

 

8/27

         
 

129

Photographs for JCC newsletter, Nov.- Dec. 1991

 

8/28

         
 

130

Photographs for JCC newsletter, Jan-March 1992

 

8/29

         
 

131

Photographs for JCC newsletter, April 1992

 

8/30

         
 

132

Photographs for JCC newsletter, nd (ca. 1970s?)

 

8/31

         
 

133

Photographs of JCC activities; nd; with some labels

 

9/1

         
 

134

Photographs of JCC activities, nd, b/w with no labeling

 

9/2

         
 

135

Photographs of JCC activities, color, nd, unlabelled

 

9/3

         
 

136

Photographs of JCC activities, color, nd, unlabelled

 

9/4

         
 

137

Photographs of JCC activities, color, nd, unlabelled

 

9/5

         
 

138

Photographs of JCC activities, color, nd, unlabelled

 

9/6

 

139

Negatives (c. 1962) of JCC activities

 

10/1

   

   
 

140

Negatives (1967, 1972, 1982) of JCC activities

 

10/2

         
 

141

Negatives (1983) of JCC activities

 

10/3

         
 

142

Negatives (1984) of JCC activities

 

10/4

         
 

143

Negatives (1985) of JCC activities

 

10/5

         
 

144

Negatives (1986) of JCC activities

 

10/6

         
 

145

Negatives (1986, 1987) of JCC activities

 

10/7

         
 

146

Negatives (1987) of JCC activities

 

10/8

   

   
 

147

Negatives (1988) of JCC activities

 

10/9

         
 

148

Negatives (1989) of JCC activities

 

10/10

         
 

149

Negatives (1989-1992) of JCC activities

 

10/11

         
 

150

Negatives (1990) of JCC activities

 

10/12

         
 

151

Negatives (1991) of JCC activities

 

10/13

         
 

152

Negatives (1992) of JCC activities

 

10/14

         

153

Negatives (nd) of JCC activities

10/15

         
 

154

Negatives (nd) of JCC Booster Club activities

 

10/16

   

   

III

 

JCC Clubs and Committees

   
         
 

1

Papers, photos and history (1948-1967) re Friendship Club for Seniors

 

11/1

   

   
 

2

Newsletter and minutes (1982-1984) of Friendship Club

 

11/2

         
 

3

Scrapbook of photographs of Friendship Club activities (1980-1988)

 

11/3

         
 

4

Scrapbook of photographs of Friendship Club activities (1980-1988)

 

11/4

         
 

5

Photographs (nd, 1970s-1990s) re Friendship Club and Senior activities at Charleston JCC

 

11/5

         
 

6

Photocopy of scrapbook (1954-1955) of Charleston JCC Junior Boosters Club

 

12/1

         
 

7

Scrapbook (1950s) of Charleston JCC Junior Boosters Club

 

12/2

         
 

8

Photographs (nd, ca. 1950s-1990s) of JCC Booster Club Activities

 

12/3

         
 

9

Oral history papers (ca. 1980s-1990s) of JCC Archives Committee

 

12/4

         
 

10

Minutes and notes (1987-1989) of JCC Archives Committee

 

12/5

         
 

11

List of JCC records (1990s) compiled by Sol Breibart for Archives Committee

 

12/6

         

IV

 

Oversize Materials

   

 

1

Photographs (1929, 1935, 1945) of JCC activities – men and women in pajamas attending a dance; men and women in formal attire; man in woman’s clothes for a show

 

12/7

   

   
 

2

Copies of photos (1920s-1950s) of various JCC sports teams, clubs, dances, and social events

 

12/8

         
 

3

Blueprints (1986) by Rosenblum and Associates of projected additions to Jewish Community Center

 

JHC Oversize Flat Files

         

V

 

Printed Materials

   
         
 

1

Scattered newsletters (1945-1976) "Center Talk" of JCC

 

13/1

         
 

2

Newsletters (1979-1980) "Center Talk" of JCC

 

13/2

         
 

3

Scattered newsletters (1981-1997) of JCC

 

13/3

         
 

4

Newsletters from other Jewish community Centers

 

13/4

   

   
 

5

Printed ephemera (1960s-1980s) included Brownie brochure (1963) and autographed Theodore Bickel program

 

13/5

         
 

6

Ephemera (1980s-1990s), bumper stickers, magnets, etc. re JCC activities

 

13/6

         
 

7

Photocopy of scrapbook (1972-73) of JCC clippings and Jewish activities in Charleston

 

13/7

         
 

8

Photocopy of scrapbook (1974) of clippings re JCC and Jewish activities in Charleston

 

13/8

         
 

9

Photocopy of scrapbook (1975) of clippings re JCC and Jewish activities in Charleston

 

13/9

         
 

10

Photocopy of scrapbook (1976) of clippings re JCC and Jewish activities in Charleston

 

13/10

         

11

Photocopy of scrapbook (1978-79) of clippings re JCC and Jewish activities in Charleston

13/11

         
 

12

Photocopies of clippings (1980s) re JCC and Jewish activities in Charleston

 

13/12