CHARLESTON: Charleston County Print

Boundless thanks to Ann Meddin Hellman for all of her help with all of South Carolina! Please see Charleston Synagogues and Temples for contact their information and history and photos links. [April 2009]

 

REFERENCES:

See Miscellaneous file in AJA. American Jewish Archives, 3101 Clifton Ave. Cincinnati, Ohio 45220-2488. 513-221-1875 (tel); 513-221-7812 (fax).

Index of the Jewish Cemeteries of South Carolina as of 1910 compiled by Barnett A. Elzas. Charleston, SC, 1911. Source: Julian H. PreislerThe Old Jewish Cemeteries at Charleston, S. C. A transcript of the inscriptions on their tombstones. 1762-1903. With an introduction and full index by Dr. Barnett Abraham Elzas; Charleston, The Daggett Printing Company, 1903. F279.C4 E5 / SC-1760 and Microfilm No. 3002.

The Jewish Cemeteries of Congregation Berith Shalome at Charleston, S.C. compiled by Barnett A. Elzas. 1910; F279.C4 E4

Index of the Jewish Cemeteries of South Carolina as of 1910 compiled by Barnett A. Elzas. Charleston, SC, 1911. See Miscellaneous file.

 

CEMETERIES:

The following are administered by Brith Sholom - Beth Israel Synagogue: Brith Sholom Beth Israel Synagogue (BSBI) Orthodox synagogue, 182 Rutledge Ave, Charleston, SC 29403. 843.577.6599. One of the oldest Orthodox Shuls in the South and one of the oldest Ashekenazic congregations in America. History.

  • Beth Israel Magnolia Cemetery: on Pershing St and Huguenin. web information. [May 2013]
  • Brith Sholom Magnolia Cemetery: Brith Sholom Magnolia Cemetery on Pershing Street off of Huguenin Street Charleston, SC 29403. Founded 1856. April 2010. JHSSC burial list information [May 2011]
  • BS-BI Cemetery Maryville: Sycamore Street Charleton, SC 29407. see Brith Sholom Magnolia Cemetery indexed on JHSSC information/burials for Brith Sholom-Beth Israel, Maryville. [April 2010]
  • Mt Pleasant Memorial Gardens Jewish Section - part of J Henry Stuhr Funeral Home Cemetery: New in 2013. Home Mt Pleasant can be considered Charleston although it is a separate city/town
The following is administered by Synagogue Emanu-El: Synagogue Emanu-El, Five Windsor Drive, Charleston, SC 29407. 843-571-3264. Conservative. website.

The following are administered by Kahal Kodesh Beth Elohim Synagogue: KK Beth Elohim Congregation at 86 Hasell St., Charleston, SC 29401, 843-723-1090. (Reformed)

  • Coming Street Jewish Cemetery:

Located within the city of Charleston at 189 Coming Street, the cemetery probably has one hundred plus graves, making it America's largest colonial Jewish cemetery. Temple has the keys to the cemetery and schedules visits by appointment. The cemetery dates from 1749 or 1762. Administers Kahal Kodesh Beth Elohim Cemetery (below) for more information. website with photos: The cemetery has three sections. 1. From 1754, it was the DaCosta family plot. 2. Beth Elohim formed in 1841 members formed an Orthodox Congregation called Shearit Israel, but the two congregations merged after the Civil War and removed a dividing wall. 3. Lopez family plot established in the 1843 because Shearit Israel refused to bury David Lopez's first wife, who had not been converted to Judaism. The Cemetery contains over 400 graves; many are not marked. The oldest identifiable grave is that of Moses D. Cohen, the first religious leader of Beth Elohim, who died in 1762. Key: 843-723-1090. See DaCosta, Harby, and Tobias Family Cemeteries [April 2009]

Postal & Koppman. Jewish Tourist's Guide to U.S. Phila., PA: Jewish Publ. Soc., 1954, p.575, 577.

The Jewish Travel Guide. London: Jewish Chronicle, 1992. Tombstones at Coming Street include biographies, vignettes and long messages that reveal much about the deceased as related in Washington Jewish Week, November 21, 1996. Revolutionary soldiers' graves are tended here as well as those of many distinguished Charleston Families.

Temple burials are in the Huguenin Avenue Cemetery according to a handout entitled "The Story of K.K. Beth Elohim": See The New Jewish Cemetery of Kahal Kodesh Beth Elohim at Charleston, S.C. compiled by Barnett A. Elzas. 1867-1936; F279.C4 E46 [at AJA?]

KKBE Coming Street . [May 2013]

  • DaCostaHarby, and Tobias family cemeteries no longer exist. See DaCosta, Harby, and Tobias Family Cemeteries [April 2009]
  • Harby Burial Ground: Administered by Kahal Kodesh Beth Elohim Cemetery. website for Harby Burial Ground [April 2009]
  • Various materials pertaining to the Harby Burial Ground and the stones removed to Kahal Kodesh Beth Elohim Cemetery in 1950. Source: Index of the Jewish Cemeteries of South Carolina as of 1910 compiled by Barnett A. Elzas, Charleston, SC, 1911 in Miscellaneous correspondence, 1868-1952 in AJA. American Jewish Archives, 3101 Clifton Ave. Cincinnati, Ohio 45220-2488. 513-221-1875 (tel); 513-221-7812 (fax).
  • Hanover Street Cemetery: inactive and unused. Private burying ground of the Moses family from Sumter, SC. Administered by Kahal Kodesh Beth Elohim Cemetery
  • Huguenin Avenue Cemetery: KK Beth Elohim's present burial ground that was developed on land that then abutted the northern limit of the City of Charleston and purchased from the Washington Light Infantry in l887 and expanded in l991 on property purchased from the Standard Oil Company in 1943. Used since l888, the site also contains remains and gravestones removed from three defunct graveyards: the Dacosta (l783-l939) and Harby (1799-1939) cemeteries on Hanover Street, and the Rikersville Cemetery  (1857-1888), which had been established by Congregation Shearit Israel). See Comings Street Jewish Cemetery and KKBE Cemetery. [April 2009] Administered by Kahal Kodesh Beth Elohim Cemetery. KKBE Huguenin St is shown with KKBE as Cemetery Web site,

Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim (KKBE) Reform Synagogue, 90 Hasell Street Charleston, SC 29401. 843.723.1090. Established in 1749, Congregation K.K. Beth Elohim became the first Reform Jewish congregation in the United States in 1841 and is the oldest surviving Reform temple in the world.  KKBE Cemeteries are Coming Street Cemetery and Huguenin Street. Temple website.

See first entry under Camden. "Kahal Kodesh Beth Elohim; Report of committee approving charter petition, Jan., 1791"; program for dedication of Archives Room, Apr. 18, 1969; Hymnal of Edgar M. Lazarus, 1842; report in "The Charleston Evening News" of a confirmation service at Beth Elohim, May 24, 1855; and a list of additions to the Kahal Kodesh Beth Elohim Archives from Jan. to June 1977 are in Small Collections and/or Miscellaneous file in AJA. American Jewish Archives, 3101 Clifton Ave. Cincinnati, Ohio 45220-2488. 513-221-1875 (tel); 513-221-7812 (fax).

New Burying Ground: Transcript of the minutes of the trustees of a new Jewish cemetery, Oct. 14, 1798 and Sep. 23, 1799. Source: Index of the Jewish Cemeteries of South Carolina as of 1910 compiled by Barnett A. Elzas. Charleston, SC, 1911 in Miscellaneous file at AJA. American Jewish Archives, 3101 Clifton Ave. Cincinnati, Ohio 45220-2488. 513-221-1875 (tel); 513-221-7812 (fax).

Cemetery web page. [August 2009]

 

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