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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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  • We attended a bat mitzvah here recently and in addition to being a lovely temple with beautiful architecture, the congregation was so kind and welcoming. Like all religious houses, I would suggest to ...  more »
  • The docent was extremely knowledgeable and the history behind this temple is fascinating. One need not be of the Jewish faith to appreciate the story behind the founding of this place of worship.  more »
  • With such a great history here was an opportunity to provide a really interesting visit for many a wide audience. The temple both inside and out was very interesting but the story was just a tape put ...  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,