“Kosher Karavan” and Hurricane Irma Relief

“Kosher Karavan” to Take Donations for Florida Hurricane Relief After seeing the devastation from Hurricane Irma, John Kauth in Summerville SC, husband of the late Donna Levitz Kauth (OBM) and volunteer for the Summerville/North Area Jewish Community wanted to donate his Saturn car to someone in need in Florida. Charleston Jewish Family Services found a deserving family in […]

Depression: The Misunderstood Epidemic

I have always been passionate about bringing mental health issues to the forefront of society, as so many people suffer in silence and feel ashamed of their diagnoses.  I recently watched this documentary on Youtube and wanted to share it so that we could all learn how mental illness, specifically depression, can impact anymore.  What […]

The Starfish Throwers at The Terrace Theater

The Terrace Theater and the Charleston Jewish Federation present  THE STARFISH THROWERS A documentary featuring Summerville resident Katie Stagliano Worlds apart, a five-star chef, twelve year-old Summerville resident Katie Stagliano, and a retired school teacher discover how their individual efforts to feed the poor ignite a movement in the fight against hunger. This inspiring and […]

Gleaning Recap

 On  a rainy Sunday morning, twenty dedicated gleaners traveled out to Rosebank Farms in Johns Island and picked over 400 pounds of fresh corn! The corn was distributed to the kosher food pantry, the Sherman House, East Cooper Community Outreach (ECCO) and the Charleston Area Senior Citizens (CASC). The next gleaning will take place on […]

When Sorry Isn’t Enough

The following article was written by Sarah Zadok. It’s amazing how much learning can take place on a little trip to the park. It was a gorgeous day and my kids were having a blast at the playground. I sat on a bench on the outer ring of the play area taking in the beauty […]

Uplifting Quotes for the Hard Times

It has been a challenging and heartbreaking few months for the Jewish community. We lost three Israeli teenagers, Naftali Fraenkel, 16, Eyal Yifrach, 19, and Gil-ad Shaar, 16, and now another child, 16-year-old Muhammad Abu Khdeir, a Palestinian teenager. In times like these, I like to reflect by reading inspirational quotes. Here are a few […]

Family Ties

Summer is a perfect time to reconnect with your family.  Now that your children are out of school, you may be looking for inexpensive ways to spend time together.  Here are some suggestions from blogger Kelly Whalen of the Centsible Life. Take in a free or cheap movie. Some movie chains and local theaters offer $1 or […]

Mental Health Awareness Month

In honor of May being Mental Health Awareness Month, please view the Ted Talk from Thomas Insel, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health. Insel discusses why it is important for people reframe the ideas about “mental disorders” and start understanding them as “brain disorders.” What do you think about this Ted Talk?   […]

Living Paycheck to Paycheck

HBO has released a new documentary titled Living Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert. The film follows thirty year old single mother Katrina Gilbert and her three children as they navigate through the difficulties of living off of a single, minimum wage income. Katrina Gilbert’s daily struggles illuminate the challenges faced […]

March is Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month

  March is the ideal month to spotlight Multiple Sclerosis (MS), a debilitating neurological disease affecting approximately 500,000 Americans.  There is no known cause, and as yet, no cure. However, there are treatments that can slow the progress of the disease and manage the symptoms, and new research is expanding our understanding of this unpredictable […]