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Mickve Israel Temple, Savannah

Categories: Sacred & Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings, Tourist Spots
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4.7/5 based on 650+ reviews on the web
Consecrated in 1878, Mickve Israel Temple was built in an unusual Neo-Gothic style that echoes the elaborate architecture of the Victorian period--the only synagogue in the United States like it. Home to the third-oldest Jewish congregation in the United States, the temple and adjacent museum tell the tale of Judaism in the South. See the temple's Sefer Torah, a 15th-century Torah brought from London with the founding congregational members in 1733. Examine the letters written to the congregation by Presidents Washington, Jefferson, and Madison. Be aware that the synagogue may not be open during Jewish and federal holidays. A visit to Mickve Israel Temple represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Savannah holiday planner to plot your vacation.
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  • We called in here and were immediately given a tour on our own. The building is lovely, and the tour was very interesting and informative. We were shown the Ark, a Torah written on deer skin, a Holoca...  read more »
  • This is such a beautiful place, marble floors, carvings, stained glass and so much more. You can tell they put so much into this place I just hope they invest just as much into their followers. Great ...  read more »
  • We had some time to kill and decided to stop in. Norman was very knowledgeable and personable. He could answer everyone's questions. It surprised me how very innovative Savannah Jewish community was -...  read more »
  • While walking in the old section of Savannah we stumbled upon the tour of the synagogue. We had a great docent who shared with us the history of the Jews in Savannah. This is the third oldest congregation in the United States and was founded primarily by Sephardic Jews from England. It is now a reform synagogue. The small upstairs museum houses beautifully preserved Torahs. The short tour was definitely a worthwhile stop.
  • They were so nice, I am a better person for having met them
  • Great architecture
  • The Rabbi is really funny, but he also says some pretty racy things, which keeps the service quite interesting,
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