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Address: 201 W 4th St, Leadville, CO 80461-4301
Phone Number: +1 303-709-7050
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10:30 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:30 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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A restored, 1880s frontier synagogue in historic Leadville. The only...

A restored, 1880s frontier synagogue in historic Leadville. The only building of its kind west of the Mississippi, it now houses a museum dedicated to the Jewish pioneers of a booming mining city. Come visit Temple Israel to learn more about a vibrant community that supported an active civic and social world whilst satisfying the city's commercial needs.

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GREAT PIECE OF HISTORY

Really nice (and free) museum. Learned a lot about Leadville in general and the previous Jewish community there. Also visited the Jewish cemetery, which is across the street... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
allen b
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really nice (and free) museum. Learned a lot about Leadville in general and the previous Jewish community there. Also visited the Jewish cemetery, which is across the street from the main cemetery on the edge of town.

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Cleveland, OH
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Take 15 minutes to learn about Jewish life in the late 1800's in a small mining town. There are artifacts, newspaper reproductions describing how Jews were part of the town.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

Beautiful restoration of an historic synagogue. Interesting exhibit inside and a friendly person welcoming visitors. It's one block from the main street of Leadville, so it's an easy stop.

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Dallas, Tx
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

Great staff to answer questions. Beautifully restored, Complimentary postcards. Close to main street in Leadville. Several very old documents are framed on the walls of the temple. Very interesting to read. Gratuity is appreciated, but not asked for by helpful staff.

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William K, Manager at Temple Israel, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your kind remarks and we are very happy that you enjoyed your visit. Bill More 

Orlando, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

This is a charming and lovely recreated building that shares the history of the Leadville Jewish community. Not a lot to see, but interesting and free.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

I did not get to enter the Temple because it was closed at the time. It is a Beautiful Old Temple. The building is kept up very well.

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

We were lucky enough to have the man who has restored Temple Israel at the synagogue when we got there. Bill Korn has set up a foundation to keep the temple "alive". The most unusual thing about Temple Israel is that is an exact duplicate of the church across the street except that it has Stars of David instead of... More 

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Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

I had read about Temple Israel at some point in the past but had totally forgotten about it. I was actually about the leave town and start the long drive back home when I noticed a beautiful wooden church in the distance. I figured, what the heck, let's just check it out on the way out of town. The church... More 

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Lubbock, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

Leadville is a little town now (about 2,500) but was a major mining center before the turn of the 19th century. At that time, there was a Jewish community that built and supported an active synagogue. Recently restored to its pre-1912 state, there are explanatory posters, a helpful docent, and a small collection of books for sale.

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Charleston, SC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

A shock to realize how many Jews had lived in Leadville and how the Guggenheims and Mays made their fortunes. It's a simple structure that functions as a monument not as functioning synagogue.

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