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Community Resources

Columbia, SC is the capital of South Carolina, and there are plenty of community resources to take advantage of in the city. The USC campus also hosts different organizations and groups dedicated to the Jewish community.

Campus Resources

Just because you’re going to college doesn’t mean you have to give up your Judaism. No matter what your comfort level, there’s a Jewish home-away-from-home for you at the University of South Carolina.

Hillel at USC is dedicated to providing a Jewish experience for students while they are away from home. Hillel offers a Jewish life on campus and gives students the opportunity to interact and feel part of a Jewish society. With weekly events, such as Shabbat Dinners, movie nights, trivia nights, dinner and ice cream socials, as well as our annual Passover Seder, Hillel at USC is a place to socialize with others like you, regardless of your Jewish background. Whether you are Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, or secular, Hillel at USC is a pluralistic, welcoming and inclusive environment for Jewish college students. Visit Hillel at USC on Facebook!

Alpha Epsilon Pi  USC hosts the Gamma Chi Chapter of Alpha Epsilon Pi, the Jewish Fraternity of North America, which was founded to provide opportunities for Jewish men seeking the best possible college and fraternity experience. 

Founded in 2007, the Gamma Chi chapter of Alpha Epsilon Pi is the fastest growing chapter in the country. AEPi provides the opportunity to join a Jewish organization whose purpose is social and cultural in nature. Gamma Chi has consistently ranked in the top five USC fraternities for academic achievement since its founding.

Committed to philanthropy, the chapter frequently participates in several community service projects. Alpah Epsilon Pi has maintained the integrity of its purpose by strengthening ties to the Jewish community and serving as a link between high school and career.

Alpha Epsilon Pi develops leadership for the North American Jewish community at a critical time in a young man's life. Interested in joining? 

Chabad at USC is a home away from home for every Jewish student. This community-based Chabad- Lubavitch house, conveniently located to USC, is staffed by Rabbi Israel and Shlomit Epstein, who embrace the totality of the Jewish community and foster a viable Jewish future through love and acceptance of every Jew. At Chabad of Univeristy of South Carolina, it is believed that Jewish education and meaningful experiences are the grass-roots methods for fighting indifference, apathy and assimilation that face our community today. For there to be a Jewish tomorrow, students need to have a Jewish today! Visit Chabad on Facebook!

The Columbia Jewish Community boasts three vibrant congregations and religious schools, the Columbia Jewish Federation, Katie & Irwin Kahn Jewish Community Center, Jewish Family Service, Young Adult Division, Cutler Jewish Day School, and Columbia Holocaust Education Commission. 

Community Resources

The most comprehensive web resource for the Jewish community in Columbia, visit

Katie and Irwin Kahn Jewish Community Center (JCC) provides "comprehensive programs based on Jewish values, traditions, heritage, and culture. The Center aims to promote unity through these social, recreational, athletic, educational, and cultural programs. We also strive to meet individual and communal needs in a way that promotes Jewish values and in turn nurtures, strengthens, enriches, and unites the Jewish community and our community as a whole."

The Columbia Jewish Family Service provides "counseling services, referrals to other agencies and professionals, and outreach programs that support Columbia's Jewish population". Visit  Jewish Family Service.

  • The Columbia Holocaust Education Commission is "dedicated to promoting awareness of the Columbia Holocaust Memorial Monument and fostering Holocaust education throughout South Carolina." Visit Holocaust Education Commission
  • The South Carolina Council on the Holocaust provides an educational program to teach about the Holocaust, commemorate its victims, honor the survivors, and pay tribute to South Carolinians who played a role in the liberation of he concentration camps at the end of WWII, Visit Council on the Holocaust

The Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina's mission is "to encourage the study and interpretation of South Carolina Jewish history and to increase awareness of that heritage among Jews and non-Jews." Visit Jewish Historical Society.


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