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Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim

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Address: 90 Hasell St, Charleston, SC 29401-1418
Phone Number: +1 843-723-1090
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Tours of our historic sanctuary are available Monday-Friday at 10:15 am,...

Tours of our historic sanctuary are available Monday-Friday at 10:15 am, 11:15 am, 1:15 pm and 2:15 pm and on Sunday at 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm. Entrance is $10 per person (under 18, college students and military are free!). Our Chosen Treasures gift shop is open Sunday-Friday 10 am to 4 pm. From our beginnings in 1749, Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim (KKBE) has been at the spiritual heart of Jewish Charleston. Since 1841, we have served as the cornerstone of Reform Jewish practice.

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Shalom y'all!

You don't have to be Jewish to really enjoy touring this house of worship in the town they call the Holy City. Charleston was the absolute birthplace of religious freedom in North... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Washington DC, United States
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Washington DC, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

You don't have to be Jewish to really enjoy touring this house of worship in the town they call the Holy City. Charleston was the absolute birthplace of religious freedom in North America, with the settlement's first constitution welcome all faiths. This was in the 1600's. And descendants of Spanish and Portuguese Jews who had been expelled in the 1500's... More 

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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We visited two years ago on an planned adult education trip with our synagogue. The history of the building was impressive, the archives filled with information, and the docent-guide clearly committed to the congregation. Jewish Americans in Charleston thrived much like all others and were not discriminated against as they had been in many other colonies, both before and after... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Almost two-centuries old, this gorgeous, mostly Greek-revival temple is the Charleston of synagogues, and a powerful testament to the importance of the Jewish community to this commercial coastal city virtually from its inception almost 350 years ago. No Jew visiting Charleston should miss this place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Take the tour and learn how Sephardic Jews started their lives in the south of US. They also have a nice museum inside and the synagogue is really beautiful. Special mention to the guide, very kind person.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim proved to be a great learning experience on the history of Judaism in the United States. Its link to Sephardic Jewish history, Spain and Portugal also was a surprise discovery. Our guide, retired Rabbi Siegel was a delight and he was able to go well beyond his prepared presentation and answered many relevant questions. The friendliness... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I was very greatly impressed with this gift shop. They have just about every Judaica related item you could want or need, with a good variety of styles and prices in each category. You should be able to find something in any budget range. I had to get the "Shalom, Y'all" cap, because it's a "hoot", as we say in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped in to see the synagogue but we did not book the tour which is necessary. Stopped in the gift shop and made a few purchases

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was an amazing tour... informative with lots of opportunities to ask questions (very knowledgeable tour guide), and a very interesting part of Charleston history. Didn't need to get tickets in advance. We were able to show up 10 min ahead of the tour start time. We even found out about the Comings Street cemetery and were able to set... More 

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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is apparently the oldest Reform Jewish synagogue in continuous use in the country. There is a small museum within which details the history of Jewish life in Charleston. The sanctuary is beautiful and very traditional. I would recommend spending a couple of hours there and doing the hour tour with a docent if you are interested in the Jewish... More 

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El Paso, Texas, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Only in Charleston for a few too short days, but this was a must stop. Learned so much about the Jewish roots of this historical community. Linda gave us a very informative, yet casual tour of the sanctuary and its history, well described in other reviews. Do not miss the small museum and special exhibit. Certainly worth an hour or... More 

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