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

November 5-10, 2023
Price: US$1,995*
Shalom Y’All! Join us in Charleston and Savannah, two of the South’s most charming destinations. Cobblestone roads, unique architecture and Southern hospitality await us.
Jews arrived here as early as the late 17th century marking these cities with the distinction of being home to two of the oldest Jewish communities in the U.S.
Southern Jewish life has a rich history, which we will see and feel during our visits at a Colonial synagogue and Jewish cemeteries. No trip to the South would be complete without discussing the institution of slavery and the Civil Rights Era, which we will do at different points over this trip.

* Price does not include flight or hotel.

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  • Secrets of the Jewish South — Charleston & Savannah
    November 5 – 10, 2023
    (Itinerary subject to change)


    • Three pre-trip online learning sessions taught by Dr. Joellyn Zollman
    • Travel between Charleston and Savannah
    • All site entrance fees, program fees, & daily learning sessions
    • 3 group dinners (as per itinerary)
    • Motor coach transportation, 3 special dinners, sightseeing, admissions, and the services of local guides, and the tour guide/educator

    Day 1 (Sunday)

    Arrival to Charleston

    Enjoy a welcoming dinner at The Grocery

    Overnight: Charleston

    Day 2 (Monday)

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

    Begin your visit with a Walking Tour of Charleston, led by certified city guides who are also local Jewish residents.

    Enjoy lunch on own.

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

    Dinner on own.

    Overnight: Charleston

    Day 3 (Tuesday)

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

    Following breakfast, walk to Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim and enjoy a guided tour of Charleston’s colonial synagogue.

    Continue to  Coming Street Cemetery, the oldest Jewish burial ground in the American South.

    Lunch and afternoon on own to explore museums or go shopping. Meet back at the  Charleston Holocaust Memorial  in the late afternoon for an analysis of the memorial.

    Enjoy dinner at famed Butcher & Bee and taste a little Israeli saveur in the south.

    Overnight: Charleston

    Day 4 (Wednesday)

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

    Transfer to Savannah by bus. (approx. 2 hours).

    Trolley tour of Savannah.

    Visit the  Owens/Thomas House and Slave Quarters.

    Dinner on your own.

    Overnight: Savannah

    Day 5 (Thursday)

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

    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.

    Enjoy the afternoon on your own for lunch and shopping.

    Choice of a guided tour of The Girl Scouts of America’s First Headquarters and Museum

    Closing dinner at  45 Bistro

    Overnight: Savannah

    Day 6 (Friday)

    Enjoy breakfast at leisure.

    Check out of hotel and transfer on own to airport.


  • The "Secrets of the Jewish South: Charleston & Savannah" tour will be led by scholar and editor Dr. Joellyn Zollman. Melton travel is open to adults of all ages.

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  • Need to Know

    • A non-refundable deposit of $500 is due upon registration. If the seminar is cancelled, the registration fee will be refunded.

    • The final balance will be due by August 5, 2023.

    • All cancellations must be submitted in writing. After August 5, 2023, there will be no refunds, nor will there be refunds for unused services. Please make sure to purchase travel insurance within 21 days of making this deposit.

    • Meals are included as indicated in the itinerary.

    • A Melton educator will be with the group throughout the tour.

    • All gratuities are included.

    • Baggage: Melton 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. Regarding airline baggage allowance, different carriers have different regulations for business and coach, please check with your individual carrier about permitted number of pieces, weights, and dimensions. Melton is not responsible for fees levied by any air carrier for the transport of personal belongings of any kind.

    Not Included:

    • Hotel Accommodation
    • Flights and personal insurance 
    • Personal expenses, including meals or drinks not mentioned in the itinerary, unless specified.

    Participants are responsibile for their own accommodations.

    Suggestions* in Charleston for 3 nights, Nov 5-7:

    • Renaissance Charleston Historic District Hotel
    • Grand Bohemian Hotel, Autograph Collection

    Suggestion* in Savannah for 2 nights, Nov 8-10:

    •  Perry Lane Hotel, A Luxury Collection Hotel 

    *Other hotels or B&Bs in the vicinity also will work. We will be meeting each morning at Kahal Kadesh Beth Elohim in Historic Charleston. In Savannah, we will be meeting in front of The Perry Lane Hotel each morning.

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