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Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim

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Address: 90 Hasell St, Charleston, SC 29401-1418
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+1 843-723-1090
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Sun - Fri 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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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A must see if you enjoy Jewish culture and a bit of history

This reform temple offers a simple but informative tour of their sanctuary and the small but interesting museum of Jewish artifacts. It is the oldest synagogue in continuous use... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This reform temple offers a simple but informative tour of their sanctuary and the small but interesting museum of Jewish artifacts. It is the oldest synagogue in continuous use in the US and is the birthplace of Reform Judaism. They have a FANTASTIC gift store with tons of great items for every Jewish holiday. Very enjoyable experience.

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Westchester County, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We took one of the daily tours of the historic and charming Kahal Kadosh Elohim, a Georgian Structure that dates from 1840, although the congregation itself was founded in 1749. There was a nominal fee for the tour, which goes to support the upkeep of the 19th century building. Our guide, who was a member of the congregation, took us... More 

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Chicago, IL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The development of this congregation and the building that it houses is a story about the nature of our country -- a place where freedom and equality are in a constant balancing act. The docent shared some interesting details about the early members and the growth of the Reform Movement in Charleston. The building is simply beautiful. I went there... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a beautiful building and a very important piece of the history of the Jewish people in America. Our guide (docent) was an informed and personable member of the Congregation.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Second oldest synagogue in US (built in 1840) and oldest in continuous use. Practices Reform Judaism. Lovely sanctuary with expert workmanship.

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Dover, Delaware
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not sure of her name but she was a Doctor who gave our tour. Very knowledgeable and answered all of our questions. The synagogue inside is gorgeous.. The wood and stain glass windows have a great story to tell. She did a great job telling it.

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Gig Harbor, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visiting this synagogue was a wonderful experience from beginning to end. We were given a tour after just walking in by a retired professor who was incredibly knowledgeable on the fascinating history of the Jews and the beautiful synagogue in Charleston. The temple gift shop was the best I had ever been in tempting us at every turn. Needless to... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ask to sign up for a tour of the Coming Street graveyard -- a fascinating look into the history of Jews in Chalreston and of Charleston itself

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Apparently the first Reform temple. Interesting history. Charleston apparently had the largest jewish population in the late 18th-early 19th century. The docent read from notes and knew very little.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

just walking by and walked in to see the synagogue and was perfect timing to join in on a tour starting. the staff and tour guide were great. the guide was very informative and passionate about the history of this temple and the formation process of the first reform synagogue in America.

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