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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