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Mordenai Raisin Hirsch
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  • Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim Congregation
    90 Hasell Street
    Charleston, SC 29401

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“Dear Jane, I am so sorry about the death of your mother. But how blessed to have had so many years with her. ”
1 of 18 | Posted by: Dale C Poulnot

“My condolences. May her memory be a blessing. She taught me to read and I will forever remember her and be grateful. ”
2 of 18 | Posted by: Jaine Garfinkle Nelson

“May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. ”
3 of 18 | Posted by: Julie Delvekio-kreil - Friend

“Jane, I am so sad to hear about your mom. I pray that beautiful memories will bring you peace and comfort in the days ahead. ”
4 of 18 | Posted by: Robbie Medbery - Other

“Mrs. Hirsch was my 1st grade teacher at the Charleston Hebrew Institute in 1956. She was so memorable and I have thought about her often through the...Read More »
5 of 18 | Posted by: Rose B Ross - School

“May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. ”
6 of 18 | Posted by: Shirley Choice - Work

“Mrs. Hirsch was my first grade teacher. She was strict, but everyone loved her. I remember that at the end of the year, she asked who wants a kiss....Read More »
7 of 18 | Posted by: Diane Jacobs Cohen

“Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the passing of Mrs. Hirsch, my first grade teacher at Charleston Hebrew Institute almost five decades ago. ...Read More »
8 of 18 | Posted by: Shira Yoshor - Philadelphia, PA

“So sorry for your loss. Mordena was one of the first person we met when we moved here in 1981. She also taught our two daughters.She was always...Read More »
9 of 18 | Posted by: david and donna orner - Friend

“Jane, I am so sorry to hear this news, I learned through you that your mom was an amazing woman, and she raised a daughter just as amazing. Hold...Read More »
10 of 18 | Posted by: Barbara Simao - Other

“A treasure of a woman. May her memory be for a blessing. ”
11 of 18 | Posted by: Sherry Schwimmer

“What a lovely neighbor she was. So friendly, kind . Such an accomplished great woman. Our thoughts especially to Jane. ”
12 of 18 | Posted by: Sherry /Paul Keefer - Other

“Sending our deepest sympathy on your great loss snd our loss of a special friend. We will miss her , especially her caring, snd her stories and her...Read More »
13 of 18 | Posted by: Shelley and Marty Yonas - SC

“Jack and Jane, I remember your mother from so long ago- when I took art from your father at his studio. Then she had some sort of young readers group...Read More »
14 of 18 | Posted by: Boo Gibbs Townsend - Port Royal, SC

“To Jane and Jack, and family, my condolences to you for the loss of a lady who was so influential in your lives and the those of so many. I remember...Read More »
15 of 18 | Posted by: Chris Sosnowski - Friend

“Even though I never met Modenai, I knew her from the many stories shared by Jane of what a wonderful, caring, delightful person she was. The tender...Read More »
16 of 18 | Posted by: Becky Montgomery

“I am so sorry to hear about your mom. My mother taught with her and said she was a wonderful teacher. I have fond memories of coming to your house...Read More »
17 of 18 | Posted by: Peggy Bohne - Charleston, SC

“We have lost a dear friend, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family.Marlene & Charles. W. ”
18 of 18 | Posted by: MARLENE & CHARLES WILLIAMON - SC


Mordenai Raisin Hirsch, daughter of Rabbi Jacob Salmon and Jane Lazarus Raisin.
Born June 23, 1918.

A direct descendant of one of the founders of Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim Congregation and a life-long member, serving at various times as officer and trustee and teaching for years in its religious school.
Active as member and officer in many educational, civic and religious organizations.

Married to the late Willard Newman Hirsch, Charleston sculptor. Surviving are a daughter, Jane Elizabeth Hirsch of Mt. Pleasant, and her partner, Jane Fluet; a son, Jacob Alexander Hirsch, and his wife, Amy Auslander Hirsch, and two grandsons, Phillip Willard Hirsch and Alexander Aaron Hirsch. She was predeceased by a beloved sister, Rachel M. Raisin, with whom she shared the family home, and a beloved brother, Dr. Aaron S. Raisin.

A graduate of Ashley Hall, she attended the College of Charleston, then graduated from Smith College in 1938. She later earned an M.A. in Early Childhood Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. On her return to Charleston, she worked for the city Playground Department, then taught for several years in the North Charleston and Charleston public schools. In 1956, she became the first faculty member hired for the newly opening Charleston Hebrew Institute (later becoming Addlestone Hebrew Academy) where she continued to teach for the next 39 years. Her career included kindergarten and primary grades as well as first year Latin.

She decided to retire when she began teaching the grandchildren of her first graders.
During her retirement she enjoyed spending time with her sister Rachel and her two Janes who moved to Charleston to be close to her. They enjoyed lunches out, movies and, most of all, quadruple solitaire and Bananagrams.
She was a beloved mother and an adored grandmother. She was kind and accepting of everyone.

She was born during the 1918 Pandemic and survived the 2020 Pandemic.
She brightened the world around her with her smile, sense of humor, grace and delightful songs.
She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
The family is grateful for her amazing caregivers who were there with her to the end. Special thanks to Heartland Hospice, with whom she enjoyed a special relationship for three years.

Donations in her memory can be made to KKBE Synagogue, 90 Hasell St., Charleston, SC 29401.

A service will be held at a later date.