The Christian-Jewish Council of Greater Charleston is an organization that seeks to build bridges of understanding to promote sensitivity, tolerance, respect and fellowship among religious groups.



Christian-Jewish Council Board of Directors visit Mepkin Abbey on April 10, 2018 and meet with Friar Walsh.


Christian-Jewish Council Holds Second Annual Food & Faith Program.












Rabbi Micahel Davies, Imam Haris Qudsi and Dr. Elijah Siegler

from the College of Charleston Religious Studies Department










About 100 people attended the 2nd annual Food & Faith Program-A Dialogue Among Muslims and Jews on January 29, 2018. This program was sub-titled Fasting and Feasting. It started with a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Elijah Siegler, Head of the Religious Studies Program at the College of Charleston. Other keynote speakers, one representing the Jewish Faith and one representing the Muslim Faith, each discussed their applications of feasting and fasting  to their corresponding religions. Rabbi Michael Davies from The Dor Tikavh Congregation in Charleston represented the Jewish traditions and Imam Haris Qudsi, from Dallas, Texas represented the Muslim traditions. A question and answer session followed as well as traditional foods being served representing recipes from each religion. Discussion topics among all guests organized by table also ensued to add to the learning and sharing of ideas and religious traditions. It was interesting to learn how many similarities there are among the two religions discussed. For example, Both traditions say prayers and wash hands before eating, both religions say multiple payers each day and often celebrate holidays and fasting days on or near the same time each year although with different names and representing different events.  Hopefully, this will become an annual program presented by the Christian-Jewish Council partnering with the College of Charleston’s Religious Studies Program the Jewish Studies Program, The Arab Club and other C of C affiliated organizations.

The Christian-Jewish Council of Greater Charleston held their annual Thanksgiving Interfaith Service. Panelist included (standing from left) the Rev. Deacon George Malanos, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church; Presiding Elder Joseph A. Darby of the Beaufort District, AME Church; Mary Lee Lavelle, parish council, Holy trinity Greek Orthodox Church; the Rev. Aristotie W. Damaskos, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church; Martha Jane Hudnall, program development, Humanities Foundation; the Rev. Dr. Danny Massie, First (Scots) Presbyterian Church; and Ken Fox, Congregation Dor Tikvah. Seated is the Rev. James Sawers, president of the Christian-Jewish Council.

Interfaith Thanksgiving service held at the Circular Congressional Church in downtown Charleston

November 22, 2016

Pictures from left to right is Keith Riddle, from Roper Healthcare, Rabbi Stephanie Alexander from Congregation  Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim (KKBE) and Jim Sawers, President of the Christain-Jewish Council of Greater Charleston

Thank you for coming to the First James Sawers, Jr. Interfaith Speaker Series

October 28-30, 2017


Professor Mark Berkson, Ph.D.












Dr. Mark Berkson is Professor of Religion at Hamline University. He earned a B.A. from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, an M.A. from Stanford University in East Asian Studies, and a Ph.D. from Stanford University in Religious Studies and Humanities. His scholarly work has addressed topics such as comparative religious thought, religious ethics, death and dying, and interfaith dialogue.




A Continuing Program of Holy City Close-Up & Personal


Tours of Charleston Sacred Places Sunday, February 26, 2017 Starting at 2:00 PM


                                      First Meet in the Sanctuary at:                                                                             Then Walk to:


Unitarian Church

4 Archdale St.

Charleston, SC 29401

(Tel: 843-723-4617)

St. John's Lutheran Church

5 Clifford St.

Charleston, SC 29401

(Tel: 843-723-2426)

Docents will describe the history & traditions of each church. Light refreshments will be served.

Reservations are not needed. Admission is free and the entire community is welcome.

Photos from CJC Food Preparation, Jan 29, 2017 at Congregation Dor Tikvah's Kosher Kitchen (in West Ashley) and "Food & Faith: A Dialogue Between Muslims and Jews," at the Jewish Studies Dept., C of C (downtown Charleston), on Jan. 30, 2017

Save the Dates


The Christian Jewish Council of Greater Charleston (CJC) announces several programs for Fall 2016. Please take note and you are welcome to attend for free.




I. Highlight Program

The CJC is proud to bring another notable scholar and speaker to Charleston this Fall 2016, following the success of Dr. Amy Jill-Levine last year.


Professor Charles Kimball, Th.D will be our guest from November 13-15, 2016. Dr. Kimball is the Presidential Professor and Director of Religious Studies at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, OK. Dr. Kimball is a frequent lecturer in universities, church related settings and consults for the U.S. government on cross religious issues. He is an expert analyst on the Middle East, Islam, Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations and the intersection of religion and politics in the U.S.


He is especially well known for authoring several books, one of which is entitled: When Religion Becomes Evil.  He has been interviewed by the media more than 700 times since September 11 attacks on the U.S..


Dr. Kimball will make several key presentations as follows:

• Sunday, November 13, 2016, 7:00 PM, Topic:  Muslims in America followed by panel discussion.

The Citadel

• Monday, November 14, 2016, 7:00 PM, Topic:  What's Happening with Christians in the Middle East? Bethel United Methodist Church, Calhoun at Pitt.

• Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 7:00 PM, Topic:  Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relationships.

Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim on Hasell Street


II. The CJC Annual Thanksgiving Interfaith Program

 Sponsored by the Christian-Jewish Council of Greater Charleston


Tuesday, November 22, 2016  at  7:00 p.m.


Circular Congregational Church

150 Meeting Street, Charleston 29402 (across from the Gibbes)


Message by Mr. Keith Riddle, M.Div, D.Min

Director of Mission at Bon Secours Roper St. Francis Hospital and Roper St Francis Healthcare.


With participation from CJC board members


Please bring canned or cash donations--

all of which go directly to the Lowcountry Food Bank.

This program is free and open to the entire community.



The CJC Continues its Tours of Charleston Sacred Places


The CJC held a Tours of Sacred Places on Sunday, September 11, 2016. The two churches were both in downtown Charleston, the Morris Brown AME Church at 13 Morris Street and the nearby Morris Street Baptist Church at 26 Morris Street.


First Meet was the Sanctuary at:                                                                           Next walk was at:















The tour started at the Morris brown AME Church with a wonderful introduction and history of the church by member Dr. Bernard Powers (pictured below) who is a professor of History at The College of Charleston. Dr. Powers provided a enlightened description of the Black history and how the church was started by free slaves. The church started in 1865 and was a branch of the first and main AME Church in Philadelphia.



















Dr. Bernard Powers at the Morris Brown AME Church


The Morris Brown Church had been damaged by hurricane Hugo in 1989 and a reconstructed church included beautiful stained glass windows and wooden pews.


The second site on the Tour included the Morris Brown Baptist Church, where the energetic Rev. Leonard Griffin welcomed us and gave us a tour and background of his church. It also started in 1865. Our tour included a visit to the area where baptisms are held for young adults aged between 10-12.





















Rev. Leonard Griffin from the Morris Street Baptist Church


The Christian-Jewish Council plans to continue these tours of sacred places. Check back for further details.









Brown AME Church

13 Morris Street

Charleston, SC 29401

Tel: 843-723-1961    

Morris Street Baptist Church

 25 Morris Street

  Charleston, SC 29401

   Tel: 843-723-0408

The Holy City Close-Up and Personal, Tours of Charleston’s Sacred Spaces included a tour of KKBE Synagogue in downtown Charleston hosted by Ms. Randy Serrins, a docent, and Rabbi Stephanie Alexander on April 12, 2015.


Holy City Close-Up & Personal

Tours of Charleston's Sacred Spaces



The Christian–Jewish Council’s Second Holy City Close-Up & Personal Tours of Charleston was held on Sunday, September 13, 2015. The tour started at Grace Episcopal Church on Wentworth Street, with docents Richard Futch and Tommy Thornhill. We were delighted when Rector, Michael Wright also met with us to provide some historical facts and comments on his beautiful church. He even played a short hymn on the beautiful Grace Church organ. After about one hour we proceeded to the Mount Zion AME Church on Glebe Street. Once there, Docent Alphonso Brown provided an enthusiastic history of AME churches and specifics on his church, and how they have partnered in unique ways with Grace Church, which is around the corner from their church. We were also introduced to the Mount Zion Senior Pastor, Rev. John Paul Brown. The tour concluded with refreshments at the Grace Church Hanahan Room, where we mingled with our co-visitors, met Grace Church staff and were led by Christian-Jewish Council board and Grace Church member Lester Pittman, who showed the group the church bells ringing ground floor room. We were told about the ten or so people who are needed to ring the bells. They are highly trained in bell ringing to pull the ropes in a very specific technique and art to play the beautiful music they provide.


The Tours programs are planned by CJC Board member Martha Jane Hudnall.


















Grace Episcopal Church

98 Wentworth Street

Charleston, SC 29401

Tel: 843-723-4575

Mount Zion AME Church

5 Glebe Street

Charleston, SC 29401

Tel: 843-722-8118


The Christian Jewish Council of Greater Charleston (CJC) sponsored a scholar in residence program with Dr. Amy-Jill Levine, professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University's Divinity School (Nashville, TN). Dr. Levine gave a major lecture: “How Jews and Christians Read Scripture Differently" on the evening of October 29 2015, attracting about 330 participants. The lecture and a reception following her presentation was held at KKBE. The CJC also sponsored two workshops with Dr. Levine, titled: "Misunderstanding Judaism Means Misunderstanding Jesus." Each workshop attracted about 40 participants, many who purchased her new book: The Jewish Annotated New Testament (NRSV). The workshops were held on the mornings of October 29 and 30, 2015 at the Holy Communion Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston, SC.a





















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