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Mickve Israel Temple

Monterey Square, 20 East Gordon Street, Savannah, GA 31402-0816
+1 912-233-1547
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Ranked #6 of 123 Attractions in Savannah
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: Third oldest congregation and only neo-gothic Jewish sanctuary in the U. S.
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Massachusetts
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

You don't have to be Jewish to be amazed by this synagogue. The docents love their jobs (they're all volunteers) and it shows. There's so much history here and the architecture wonderful. Who knew there were Gothic Synagogues? Don't miss this site. There's no charge but leave something anyway. Also don't miss the gift shop.

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Hollywood, FL
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

It was interesting to visit the third oldest synagogue in the country ( I never would have expected this tobe in Georgia) and to learn about the history of the Jewish Community in Savannah. our guide was a very knowledgable retired history teacher, so he was able to communicate much better than most volunteer tour guides

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Watertown, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 via mobile

If you visit, definitely do the guided tour. Our guide provided an informative history of the Jews in Savannah and an overview of the temple's architecture. My favorite part was viewing the scroll that the original brought over from England. It is on deer skin and was made in approximately 1422 - truly amazing.

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Long Island, NY
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

A wonderful experience with a very knowledgeable guide. The history of this community is fascinating and the 15th century Torah was incredible.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Mikve Israel is the 3rd oldest synagogue in the US and the only neo-gothic one. It even houses an organ on the 2nd floor balcony. It also has the oldest Torah scroll in the US which is made of deerskin. The sanctuary has beautiful stained glass windows donated by members of the years. According to our guide Congregation Mikve Israel... More

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Long Island, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

The museum was closed, so unfortunately we only only were able to tour the sanctuary. However, we also returned on Friday evening as that was the day of the month that they had a regular Friday night service. I don't think they do it every week. The congregants and rabbi couldn't have been nicer. There were many visitors in attendance,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

This temple is the third oldest in the United States which I did not know before the tour. Our guide gave us a comprehensive tour of the temple and of the role Jews have played in Savannah. It was enlightening and interesting to learn about the Jewish population and the role Jews played in the development of Savannah

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

In addition to seeing the building, the tour included a history of the Jewish community in Savannah. Unfortunately, the museum was closed for renovation at this time.

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Bellerose, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

My husband and I enjoyed our visit but we were surprised that the address and direction on trip advisor are incorrect. ! Check with the local information at the visitors center for the correct location

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Only neo-gothic temple in the US and one of a handful worldwide. Beautiful and unique! They have the oldest Torah scroll in the US which is made from deerskin. Sanctuary has a large number of stained glass windows. Docent tour, about 45 minutes, is $4 until the museum reopens hopefully sometime in middle November and then $6 once it's reopened.... More

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