Charleston Gil 375Secrets of the Jewish South, Charleston & Savannah

Dates: TBD
Prices from: $3,310 USD (land only).
Single supplement from: $970 USD.

Shalom Y’all! This seminar opens with three interactive online learning sessions and continues on the cobblestoned streets of Charleston and Savannah. Together, we will explore Jewish history and identity in the American South, with a focus on Jewish settlement in the colonial era, Jewish experiences during the Civil War, and the Jewish contributions to the American Civil Rights movement. An exploration of the region's sites, sounds, and tastes will add to our experience of learning from local scholars and residents about how Jewish identity and community are crafted today. Both seminar and learning sessions are led by renowned Melton teacher Joellyn Zollman, PhD, whose infectious passion for Jewish history and Jewish architecture will grab you immediately. This foray into our Southern Jewish heritage is one you won't want to miss!

 

  • Day 1 (Tuesday)

    Arrival to Charleston, check in at the hotel and settle in before dinner

    Enjoy Opening Dinner at Circa 1886 (or similar). Introduction to the seminar with Dr. Joellyn Zollman

    Note: Gil Travel will gladly assist with individual transfers to the hotel.

    Overnight: Grand Bohemian Hotel Charleston, Autograph Collection


    Day 2 (Wednesday)

    Enjoy a private breakfast at the hotel accompanied by a learning session with scholar Joellyn Zollman.

    Take a Walking Tour of Charleston led by certified city guides who are also local Jewish residents.

    Enjoy lunch in the city center (not included).

    Afternoon visit to the College of Charleston Center for Southern Jewish Culture where curator Dale Rosengarten will lead a learning session utilizing documents and objects from the Jewish Heritage Collection.

    Free evening.

    Option to attend the Sound of Charleston Concert exploring Charleston’s history through music at the Circular Congregational Church.

    Overnight: Grand Bohemian Hotel Charleston, Autograph Collection


    Day 3 (Thursday)

    Enjoy a private breakfast at the hotel accompanied by a learning session with scholar Joellyn Zollman.

    Walk to Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim and enjoy a guided tour of Charleston’s colonial synagogue.

    Continue to Coming Street Cemetery, for a guided tour of the oldest Jewish burial ground in the American South.

    Enjoy lunch and afternoon on own to explore museums or go shopping.

    Meet at the Charleston Holocaust Memorial in the late afternoon. 

    Head out together for a Southern Jewish Cooking Experience, preparing and then enjoying a typical Southern dinner together.

    Overnight: Grand Bohemian Hotel Charleston, Autograph Collection


    Day 4 (Friday)

    Enjoy a private breakfast at the hotel accompanied by a learning session with scholar Joellyn Zollman.

    Check out of hotel and transfer to Savannah by bus. (approx. 3 hours)

    Check in to hotel, refresh, and enjoy lunch on own.

    Walk to Mickve Israel and enjoy a private guided tour of the congregation and the museum followed by coffee and conversation with members of the community.

    Relax and Refresh at hotel

    Bring in Shabbat together and enjoy Shabbat dinner (kosher) in a private room at the hotel.

    Overnight: Mansion on Forsyth Park, Autograph Collection, Savannah


    Day 5 (Shabbat)

    Enjoy a private breakfast at the hotel accompanied by a learning session with scholar Joellyn Zollman.

    Enjoy the morning at leisure. Note: There is a great Farmers’ Market In the park across from the hotel.

    Meet back in the lobby at hotel for an afternoon walking tour of Savannah that highlights general and Jewish history.

    Visit the Owens/Thomas House and Slave Quarters. (Ticket includes access to two other museums to visit on your own, if interested.)

    Closing dinner at Fat Radish Restaurant (or similar).

    Overnight: Mansion on Forsyth Park, Autograph Collection, Savannah


    Day 6 (Sunday)

    Enjoy breakfast at leisure in main hotel restaurant (included).

    Check-out of hotel and transfer on own to airport.

    Note: Gil Travel will gladly assist with individual transfers to the airport. 

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