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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 #5 of 119 attractions in Savannah
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings
Description: Third oldest congregation and only neo-gothic Jewish sanctuary in the U. S.
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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 via mobile

Beautiful building, great bits of history during tour. Docent was Norman, did a great job. Talked about the early settlers of Savannah, many of whom were Jewish. Gave good background on the building and its history. A small museum onsite displays a handwritten letter from George Washington, oldest Torah in U.S.and is a time capsule of the impact the Jewish... More

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Barcelona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

This was the first time we took the docent tour. The congregation is the 3rd oldest Jewish one in the U.S. going back to 1733. We have their historical book, but seeing items that are almost 300 years old is just incredible. The oldest continually used Torah in the country is there, written on deerskin and opened once a year... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

The docent was excellent and she told us about the amazing story of the arrival of the Jews in the early days of Savannah and the vital role that they have played in the development of the city for more than 250 years.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

It was Saturday and it was closed , but even seeing the Gothic exterior from 1878 was worth the walk .It is in the style of churches built at a similar time in Savannah, but even more attractive. There was plenty of signage to explain its congregation's unique history. history.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

I love architecture, We went to see the interior and learned so much about the history of the temple and Jewish history. It is a very important site to see.

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Bronston, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

This is a must see for everyone, it is a beautiful church done in gothic and has some amazing writing and materials on display, and the guide Martin was great he really made the tour interesting and was super nice and really enjoys doing the tour and really great guy.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We've visited other cathedrals and large churches in various places, and they almost all come across as "Gaze upon our grandeur but do not touch and we might deign to allow you to stay for a few minutes..." Not hostile, but not friendly. The Temple Mickve Isreal could not have been more different. We had never visited a synagog previously.... More

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ny
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We went to this beautiful and wonderful Temple while in Savannah. The building is rich in architectural details, Moorish in design, and exquisite stained glass windows. The docent who gave the tour was so knowledgeable about the temples' history. The temple has a small museum which contains the one of the oldest torahs, written on deerskin, in the United States.... More

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Our tour guide was fabulous. He showed us the Torah that had been taken by the Nazis and stored in Germany until it found its new home at Mickve Israel Temple. The stain glass windows are beautiful and tells the Old Testament stories. The style of the temple was typical for the time. The temple turned 250 years old in... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

This is one of the only remaining Jewish temples built in Gothic style. The docent was extremely knowledgeable and full of interesting facts about the original settlers that founded this temple and made up the original congregation, .The stained glass windows and the Torah rescued from the Spanish Inquisition and on display impressed me very much

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