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Mickve Israel Temple, Savannah

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#9 of 19 in Historic Sites in Savannah
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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  • We enjoyed the audio, tour of the church and museum upstairs. Many original scrolls and artifacts are preserved and encased upstairs. Beautiful quilt and historical memorabilia which showed their cult...  more »
  • We were exploring the area. Although we only stopped in for a quick looks see. The people were incredibly kind and helpful. It is a beautiful temple with great history. Wish we had time for a tour.  more »
  • Takes about 2hrs, a lot to see. Didn't know much about Jews in America but the guide made it very interesting  more »
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  • Had a very nice docent named Rhonda who gave us the history of this synagogue. Very interesting and also a small museum upstairs tracing their history in Savannah.
  • This is the 1st time I see an 18th century Portuguese-Spanish style Synagogue. Beautiful structure in the heart of historic Savannah!
  • Best value tour in the city! Great history of Georgia and the first settlers
  • 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.

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