New Kosher Bed & Breakfast Opens In Charleston, SC

For Immediate Release, December 2005


Hadassah’s dream is to attract an increasing number of observant Jewish travelers to Charleston’s first and only Kosher B &B. Charleston has a long history of hosting Jewish residents, and for religious tolerance. The city claimed having the largest U.S. Jewish population in 1800. Since then it has facilitated the presence and thriving of three Jewish places of worship for reform, conservative and Orthodox Jews.

The Charleston Jewish Federation estimates there are about 5,500 Jewish residents living in the Charleston metro area. Charleston’s high profile as a tourist attraction should help the new B&B. Dale Rosengarten, curator of the Jewish Heritage Collection at the College of Charleston’s Addlestone Library says “we often have out-of-town scholars using our archives who keep kosher at home and are looking for a kosher place to eat while in Charleston.” Even before the B & B opened, a member of the Brith Sholom Beth Israel Congregation (BSBI), the Orthodox synagogue in town, asked Hadassah about the opening for the upcoming Bar Mitzvah of his grandson in December 2005. This bar mitzvah will attract out-of-town Jewish guests who would enjoy the Judaic ambiance and kosher meals.

Keeping Kosher, or what is called Kashrut, is the body of Jewish law dealing with what foods Jews can and cannot eat, and how those foods must be prepared and eaten. Rabbi Ari Sytner, the Orthodox rabbi of BSBI Congregation in Charleston (www.BS-BI.com) has certified The Broad Street Guesthouse as Kosher, under the “Palmetto K” (Vaad Hakashrut of Charleston). Rabbi Sytner states: “I’m thrilled about the opportunity to expose Jews from outside of Charleston to our great community.” The new B&B plans to serve breakfast daily, Friday night Sabbath dinner and Saturday lunch for guests.

The new Broad Street Guesthouse, located at 133 Broad Street, represents a classic, beautiful Charleston home, originally built in 1875. It is conveniently located in Charleston’s downtown historic district. Hadassah has refurbished the house to maintain its Charleston charm, while welcoming Jewish families and other guests. Each guestroom or suite offers unique furnishings and a kosher kitchenette.

For Further Information or Reservations Contact: Hadassah Rothenberg, 843-577-5965, The Broad Street Guest House, 133 Broad St., Charleston, SC29401, hrothenberg@prucar.com.