Welcome to Synagogue Emanu-El

Synagogue Emanu-El is lighting your way to Judaism.

The Jewish community of Charleston dates back to at least 1695 and in colonial times was the largest Jewish community in the country. As the 1st Conservative synagogue in South Carolina, founded in 1947, we are committed to fostering a community of learning and caring.

Our synagogue celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2007 and has been located at our current address since 1980. We offer Shabbat, festival, and daily services. Our worship is egalitarian and we encourage our youth to participate in leading our services.

Synagogue Emanu-El tries to provide a sense of extended family in times of joy and sorrow. We are available for all the rites of passage throughout the entire life cycle. Our cemetery and bereavement committees are there in time of need as well. We are always glad to welcome questions about our tradition or for the opportunity to be a sounding board and a listening ear in times of need.

Members of the Jewish and general community are welcome to participate in all of our services and activities. We welcome you to become involved in Jewish life in Charleston and to be a part of the exciting activities at Emanu-El.