Charleston Gil 375Secrets of the Jewish South: Charleston & Savannah
Dates: October 13-18, 2020
Cost $3,310 USD (land only). Single supplement: $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!


  • October 13-18, 2020 in Charleston, SC, and Savannah, GA. Cost: from $3,310 USD land only; $970 USD single supplement.

    The "Secrets of the Jewish South: Charleston & Savannah" Seminar, taking place October 13-18, 2020, will be led by Dr. Joellyn Zollman, Scholar and Editor, and on the Melton Faculty in San Diego, and accompanied by Andrea Gardenhour, Director of Marketing and Strategic Development of The Florence Melton School. The seminar is open to all adults who enjoy in-depth educational travel, including Melton students and graduates.  

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  • Seminar Includes

    • Accommodations: 5 nights
    • Meals: All breakfasts plus four dinners. (Please note that only the Shabbat dinner will be kosher, but all meals will include vegetarian or fish options.)
    • Educational Programming: All entrance fees and programs as per the Melton itinerary.
  • 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. 

    • Charleston: Grand Bohemian Hotel, Charleston, Autograph Collection (or similar)
    • Savannah: Mansion on Forsythe (or similar)
  • Flight Arrangements

    We will be pleased to assist you in any and all flight arrangements, including additional travel plans, through our partners at Gil Travel. Please contact Fred Bomze (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 215-568-6655 x 244) with your flight requests.

  • Need to Know

    • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 20 fully paying participants. Should the number of participants drop below the minimum listed above, we may adjust the cost of the trip to reflect the additional expense of operating the program.
    • Tour prices are per person in U.S. dollars. All hotel accommodations, motor coach transportation, special dinners, sightseeing, admissions, luggage handling and the services of local guides, drivers, and the tour guide/educator are included.
    • A non-refundable sum of $1,000 is required for registration. This sum will be put towards the overall cost of the seminar. If the seminar is cancelled, the registration fee will be refunded.
    • Hotel Accommodations: The tour price includes all hotel accommodations, in hotel rooms with private bathrooms. Our standard is to provide the best available hotels while considering value. 
    • Meals are included as indicated in the itinerary. Please note that most group meals will not be kosher, but all will include vegetarian or fish options.
    • All trips are conducted by a Melton educator who accompanies the group throughout the tour.
    • Gratuities Included: All gratuities for restaurant staff, guides and drivers are included.
    • Baggage: The Travel Agent and/or Tour Operator, shall not be held responsible for any damage to or loss of luggage/personal items. All damage/loss must be reported at time of incident and documented in writing by local authorities for submission to the insurance company. With regard to airline baggage allowance, different carriers have different regulations for business and coach, please check with your individual carrier with regard to permitted number of pieces, weights and dimensions. The tour operator is not responsible for fees levied by any air carrier for the transport of personal belongings of any kind.
    • Porterage at hotels. Please note that room service is not included.

    Not Included

    • Flights and personal insurance are not included.
    • Transfers from / to the airport.
    • Personal Expenses, including meals not mentioned above or drinks during meals, unless specified above, or room service.
    • Travel and health insurance.

    Additional Information

    • Airline Security Measures: In the U.S., you must provide identification at the time of airport check-in for travel to internal destinations. Your name on your identification document must match the name on your tour reservation and airline ticket or you may be denied boarding.
    • If you are traveling from an airport outside the U.S, you will need to determine what travel documentation and identification is required for entry. Make sure that your visa to the U.S. is valid for six full months AFTER your intended date of departure from the U.S.
    • Due to heightened security regulations, certain items such as a metal nail file, pocketknife, cigarette lighter or tweezers, and some liquid, gel, or aerosol items may not be permitted in your carry-on luggage. Please call your airline prior to departure to obtain current information on non-permissible carry-on items and recommended airport check-in times. You may also wish to visit the Transportation Security Administration website at to obtain more information on acceptable identity documentation and prohibited luggage items.
    • Holidays and Museum Closures - Museum visits and personal shopping time may be disrupted due to unforeseen circumstances or religious, state and local holidays observed in the destinations being visited.
    • Photography During Tours: We will occasionally use photographs taken by fellow guests or your trip director for promotional purposes. If you prefer that your photo not be used in any marketing activities, please notify us at the start of your tour.
  • We strongly recommend that comprehensive health coverage and trip cancellation insurance be purchased.

    Gil Travel recommends RoamRight Travel Insurance. Consider travel protection for:

    • Trip Cancellation
    • Trip Interruption
    • Emergency Medical Expenses
    • Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation of Remains
    • Trip Delay
    • Baggage & Personal Effects
    • Baggage Delay and more…


    For more information on the available plans or to enroll, visit RoamRight Travel Insurance or contact RoamRight at 1-866-891-6614 and reference Gil Travel.

    Please Note: To be eligible for the waiver of pre-existing medical condition exclusion, the protection plan must be purchased within 21 days from the time you make your initial trip deposit, the entire non-refundable amount of the trip must be insured, and you must be medically able to travel at the time the premium is paid. However, the travel protection plan itself can be purchased any time prior to departure.

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