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Mickve Israel Temple, Savannah

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Religious Site Architectural Building
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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  • Rhoda Halperin gave me a very interesting tour of this synagogue and and its earlier founders. It is the 3rd oldest synagogue in the country with its founders being mostly of Spanish and Portuguese de...  more »
  • This Temple has a long and interesting history. I recommend visiting it even if you are not Jewish. It is worth while to pay for the tour because it is very informative and you get to go through the w...  more »
  • But not much else to be said about it. I've been in many holy places before and this wasn't too exciting but like the rest of Savannah it's history is good.  more »
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  • This is the 1st time I see an 18th century Portuguese-Spanish style Synagogue. Beautiful structure in the heart of historic Savannah!
  • Beautiful, historic synagogue in the heart of Savannah. Open for guided tours too!
  • The guides do a wonderful job of explaining the history of the synagogue.
  • 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