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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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Excellent tour

We didn't have much background in the Jewish religion, but the tour guide was exceptional and aided in our understanding. They are rightfully proud of their place in the history... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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Missoula, Montana
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Missoula, Montana
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149 reviews 149 reviews
52 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

We didn't have much background in the Jewish religion, but the tour guide was exceptional and aided in our understanding. They are rightfully proud of their place in the history of this city. Well worth the time.

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Templeton, California
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71 reviews 71 reviews
12 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

What you get out of your tour will depend on the docent. Some are more historically accurate than others. Museum is also very instructive.

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Savannah, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

This is a must see in Savannah! Not only is this the third oldest Jewish congregation in the United states, but the have the OLDEST Torah in the USA. It was very powerful to see the beautiful Torah penned on deerskin in the 1400's and brought to Savannah in 1733, and I am Catholic. Glenda was wonderful and did not... More 

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Paso Robles, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

age, history and style make this a must visit for anyone interested in Jewish history in the USA will appreciate. Plan on spending an hour for the tour and gawking.

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New York City
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40 reviews 40 reviews
18 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Got a tour of this temple that looked like a church. The tour guide was full of information about the Jewish history in Savannah. Such as , that the first meeting of the girl scouts consisted of girls from this temple. Stain glass was impressive. Their small history museum with presidential letters and Jewish objects was impressive. You don't gotta... More 

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Hernando, Florida
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54 reviews 54 reviews
8 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Few people know of the history of Jews in Savannah, which dates back to their expulsion from Spain and Portugal by the Inquisition. The docents here do a wonderful presentation, explaining how this congregation came to be in Savannah. Downstairs in the sanctuary, both Jews and non-Jews will delight in the beauty of the windows and the torahs on display.... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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152 reviews 152 reviews
25 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Interesting architecture and history. Won't take much time to appreciate and the staff is extremely helpful. Cute little gift shop too.

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Savannah, Georgia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Wonderful tour of the synagogue. The Savannah Jewish community dates back to the original settlement of Savannah. It is the third oldest synagogue in the US after the Truro synagogue in Rhode Island and NYC and the oldest reform congregation in the country. Well worth the visit.

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Savannah, Georgia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Third oldest Jewish congregation in the United States. Oldest Torah in North America - dating back to the 15th century. Brought here from a synagogue in London in 1733 by the first Jewish settlers. Letters written to this congregation by many US presidents, starting with Washington, Jefferson and Madison. Another Torah rescued during WWII from a synagogue in the Czech... More 

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El Cajon, CA
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51 reviews 51 reviews
18 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

This is the second or third oldest synagogue in North America and strikingly inspiring. Facing one of Savannah's historic squares, this was the first Reform congregation in the US.

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