Chabad of Charleston’s Center for Jewish Life recently celebrated its Grand Opening on Sunday, September 25th, 2016, just in time for the High Holidays. DWG is honored to have been a part of the design team for this beautiful facility and to have contributed to the on-going story of the Jewish community in Charleston.
Charleston is a city steeped in history, and that history includes a centuries-old connection with the Jewish faith. For years, Jewish life in the Charleston area was centered on the Charleston Peninsula and West Ashley communities. In more recent years, the gravitational center of the local Jewish community has been shifting east of the Cooper River. The newly opened Center for Jewish Life, located on Mathis Ferry Road in Mount Pleasant, was designed and built to accommodate the needs of the increasing number of Jewish families who have settled in the area.
Chabad of Charleston’s Center for Jewish Life is a striking new building located on three acres of land in a beautiful, park-like setting of palmettos, flowers and shrubs, walkways, a patio, and fountains.
The 16,000-square-foot facility is not a synagogue, or even a typical Jewish community center with athletic facilities or an auditorium. Instead it is a gathering place that can be used for special events, family occasions, and religious observance.
The center boasts a sanctuary, two large classrooms, a library, offices, a reception area, and a huge central kosher kitchen and food preparation space.
The sanctuary is designed to function as one large worship area, or divide into three smaller meeting areas.
A key part of the Center is its weekly Sabbath dinners. DWG aided in the design of an ultramodern kosher kitchen, filled with industrial appliances, lots of chrome, and bright light. The space allows plenty of room for cooks and includes an open dining area to accommodate large gatherings.