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“Fascinating piece of History!!! Don't Miss It!!”

Mickve Israel Temple
Ranked #8 of 227 things to do in Savannah
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: The third oldest Jewish congregation and the only neo-gothic Jewish sanctuary in the U. S. We offer tours that include our historic sanctuary and museum with many historic artifacts including two Torahs written in the 1400's (probably the oldest in the U.S.), a Jewish food festival (last Sunday in October), destination weddings and services every Friday, Saturday and holidays. See our website for calendar of events.
Reviewed April 19, 2014

Mickve Israel Temple was pointed out to us by our excellent guide on the Oglethorpe Trolley tour (reviewed by me separately). We made a note and returned on foot the following day.
The temple is beautiful. Because it belongs to the Reform Jewish Congregation, it is much more ornate than orthodox synagogues, with Gothic architecture, stained glass windows, ceiling paintings and an organ.
The history is very interesting as well, and is provided by a very nice lady guide, and by the small but pretty museum upstairs (Make sure to visit!!).
The first Jews (41 of them) arrived in Savannah from London way back in 1733 on board the "William and Sarah" vessel, only months after Savannah was founded.
There has been a Jewish presence in Savannah ever since.
The synagogue houses a 15th century Sefer Torah (Hand written (on parchment scroll) copy of the Old Testament) that was brought over from Europe in 1733 and is read from to this day on special Jewish holidays.
Mickve Israel Temple is certainly a MUST for Jewish people visiting Savannah, but is at the same time a fascinating place for people of all faiths.
Beautiful!! Highly Recommended!!!!

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Reviewed April 19, 2014

This is a beautiful temple with unusual architecture. Our docent was excellent and gave us a colorful history of Jews in Savannah and their early contributions to the settlement of the US. The temple museum is rich in history. They have on display what is believed to be the oldest Torah in the US.

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Reviewed April 11, 2014

We took the tour given by an excellent docent - I think his name is Norm. The synagogue is the 3rd oldest in the
USA and Jews have been in Savannah since 1733 - you will hear quite a bit of history on the tours the synagogue requests a small donation ($6?).

1  Thank KR S
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Reviewed April 3, 2014

How Jews wound up in Savannah Georgia so early in our history, and how they came to build this Temple, is a great story told by loving, dedicated, volunteer docents. The building is beautiful inside, but it sure doesn't resemble a synagogue! Except, of course, no figures, no crosses, and a magnificent ark and sets of stained glass windows. Allow an hour, and take pictures of the bima (that's like an alter in a church) or the folks back home won't believe you. There is even a gift show I couldn't turn down.

Thank FloridaFelix
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Reviewed April 1, 2014

The tour of the temple by our exceptional docen was so much more than a tour. The history and understanding the items in the museum made the hour so worthwhile and inspiring. The passion of our docen from New.jersey and a congregant of the temple , is what made it so exceptional,
Although it is a Gordon street address, the entrance is on Taylor, we would highly recommend it.

Thank bobk1423
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