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Mickve Israel Temple, Savannah

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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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  • Georgia's oldest Jewish congregation. Only Gothic-style synagogue in the U.S. Walked by it the first time as I thought it was a church. Interesting history dating back to the 1700's and interesting mu...  more »
  • I was blown away by the neo Gothic architecture of this synagogue! I had never seen a temple that looked like a church. The sanctuary was stunning. There was a Torah from the 1400s! This temple is ric...  more »
  • My husband and I stumbled upon Congregation Mickve Israel on a walk to Forsyth Park during our honeymoon, and while we didn't have any intention of taking a formal tour, we can't recommend it enough! ...  more »
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  • 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,