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Address: Monterey Square, 20 East Gordon Street, Savannah, GA 31402-0816
Phone Number: +1 912-233-1547
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Description: Third oldest congregation and only neo-gothic Jewish sanctuary in the U...
Third oldest congregation and only neo-gothic Jewish sanctuary in the U. S.
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History comes alive

A knowledgeable docent made the difference in the visit to this oddly church-like synagogue. The upstairs museum has great southern Jewish history and the oldest Torah in the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
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New Haven, Connecticut
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New Haven, Connecticut
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136 reviews 136 reviews
34 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

A knowledgeable docent made the difference in the visit to this oddly church-like synagogue. The upstairs museum has great southern Jewish history and the oldest Torah in the country

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Closter, New Jersey
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

The Mickve Israel Temple was one of the highlights of my trip to Savannah. Do not miss it! The audio gives a nice overview of the history of the temple and the museum is fascinating. The docents were very friendly and informative. I wish that I had known in advance that we could have attended services and a luncheon there... More 

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Rhode Island
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32 reviews 32 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Attended a Saturday morning service. This was more classic Reform then usual, but the warmth exhibited by the congregation was outstanding. They have a great museum with a unique insight to Savannah's history. Beautiful building even if you don't attend a service.

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stamford, ct
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283 reviews 283 reviews
58 attraction reviews
155 helpful votes 155 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

This place is very unusually designed for a temple--it is Gothic, with quadrafoils and other very foreign looking elements. However, the two torah scrolls from the 1400s are worth the trip alone. There are wonderful docents, who know so much about the history of the Jewish community in Savannah, the notable individuals who were members of the congregation, and the... More 

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55 reviews 55 reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

The oldest synagogue in America looks more like a church, and for good reason. Only 90 miles from the Spanish Inquisition it had to be ready to hide in plain sight at all times. This is just one of the amazing stories about this place. Check it out

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Bangor, Maine
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

The building is beautiful. The guide was witty and informative. This congregation played (and continues to play) a significant role in the founding and early development of Savannah. A wonderful experience beyond the endless antique furniture and spanish moss that dominates much of the tourist experience in Savannah.

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Olympia, WA
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82 reviews 82 reviews
25 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Our tour guide, a retired school teacher, could not have better. First, upstairs to their museum with lots of artifacts, explaining the history of Mickve and its founding families. There is lots to see here and to learn how the Jewish community has been part of Savannah since the beginning. The Temple a beautiful to look at and should be... More 

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Abilene, Texas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

I was able to get away with my wife. The history and design of this building was fantastic. Make the time to see this beautiful building.

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Plano, Texas
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Beautiful building. Excellent tour. Tiny, but impressive museum. I highly recommend a tour of this exceptional building. The history of it and its community is fascinating.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

What fascinating history in an unexpected location! Our tour guide Norman Hirsch was a knowledgeable & interesting presenter, making history come alive.

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