Explore College of Charleston Hillel

Jewish student life in Charleston, SC. begins here! We are the home for Jewish students at the College of Charleston and around the Charleston area. Encouraging exploration of students’ Jewish identity, creating a vibrant Jewish community, and inspiring the next generation of Jewish leaders is at the heart and soul of what we do.

There are tons of ways to get involved in our Jewish community. Serving over 500 Jewish students from Charleston, Hillel is where Jewish students meet new friends, explore their interests, grab a cup of coffee, celebrate Jewish holidays, and kick back and take a break between classes.

Jewish Life at CofC is much more than just meals and programs. We have student-led clubs including a Holocaust Education Awareness and Remembrance (HEAR) group, K'far Keshet (Kiki), First Year Students of Hillel (FYSH, Students Supporting Israel (SSI), and a Jewish Fraternity (Zeta Beta Tau) on campus.

This Hillel serves: College of Charleston; The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina

Undergraduate Enrollment

500 Jewish Students (5.2%*)
9,667 Students
*Percent of population

Graduate Enrollment

40 Jewish Students (4.4%*)
913 Students
*Percent of population

Jewish Experience

Charleston Hillel offers a vibrant and enriching Jewish student experience, fostering a close-knit community that celebrates diversity and embraces Jewish traditions. Join us for our weekly Friday Night services, where students come together to engage in meaningful prayer and reflection. Following the services, experience the warmth of our Shabbat Dinners, held in our dedicated kosher dining hall, providing a welcoming environment for all. Our commitment to a kosher dining experience extends beyond Shabbat dinners, as our dining hall consistently maintains kosher standards. At Charleston Hillel, we strive to create a space where students can connect, celebrate, and share the richness of Jewish culture, enhancing their college journey with a sense of community and tradition.

  • Served by Hillel Yes
  • Religious Services Available Yes
  • Hillel Rabbi/Senior Jewish Educator No
  • Kosher Food Available Yes
  • Birthright Israel Participation Yes
  • Alt Break Participation No
  • Jewish Studies Offered Yes
  • Jewish Studies Major or Minor Minor, Major
  • Study Abroad in Israel University approved programs, Accepts credit for Israel study abroad
  • Israel Fellow No
  • JLIC Educator No
  • Hillel Mental Health/Wellness Staff No

Campus Climate for Jewish Students

Kosher Dining

Marty's Place, attached to the Sylvia Vlosky Yaschik Jewish Studies Center at 96 Wentworth St is available on the College meal plan, and serves kosher/vegan/vegetarian fare Monday through Friday. The JSU/Hillel also serves two free dairy meals a week at our Wednesday night Meet-to-Eats and Shabbat dinners.

Options: University meal plan-no extra cost

Religious Services

Students lead pluralistic services.

Frequency: Friday night only

Additional Campus Information

  • Private/Public Public
  • Acceptance Rate 78%
  • U.S. Region South
  • Commuter/Residential Residential
  • Tuition In-State $12,518
  • Tuition Out-of-State $35,338
  • Out-of-State/Int’l 53% / 1%
  • Greek Life Yes

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96 Wentworth Street
Charleston SC 29424 US
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