Mickve Israel Temple

Temple Mickve Israel Savannah Architecture by Steven Hyatt-8-XLWelcome to the Mickve Israel Temple, the third oldest Jewish Congregation in the United States! Built in 1733, just a few years after the colony of Georgia was established, this congregation has seen over 280 years of rich Savannah history. Under the Union for Reform Judaism, this historic temple was built in 1878 by New York architect Henry G. Harrison. The temple itself is a new-Gothic synagogue, the only one in the U.S. of its sort, a fashionable reflection of Victorian era architecture. Not only will you enjoy the stunning architecture and history of the temple, but there is also a newer (built in 2003) three-story building Mordecai Sheftall Memorial Hall that holds a world-class museum, library, religious school, temple office, banquet hall, and Judaica Shop.

Visitors are more than welcome to join in any weekend or Sabbath worship sessions while here, and during weekdays you will be given the option to tour the sanctuary and museum. You will also have the opportunity to attend any cultural events that may be happening, Mickve Israel hosting many annual popular events. Each last Sunday of October there is the locally popular Shalom Y’all Jewish Food Festival, a key part of Savannah’s culinary scene for over 25 years now. The temple also takes part in Super Museum Sunday, Savannah Music Festival, and the House of Worship various events. This supportive and inclusive historic reform congregation provides great contemporary, mainstream, and classic worship options as well as a highly unique and rich history, making it a perfect educational and cultural stop on your group's Savannah trip!