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Savannah in Chatham County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Congregation Mickve Israel

(Founded 1733)

 
 
Congregation Mickve Israel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 2008
1. Congregation Mickve Israel Marker
Inscription. The oldest Congregation now practicing Reform Judism in the United States. Mickve Israel was founded by a group of Jews, mainly of Spanish-Portuguese extraction, which landed at Savannah, July 11, 1733, five months after the establishment of the Colony of Georgia.

The Congregation was incorporated in perpetuity by a special Act of Georgia Legislature on November 20, 1790. After having worshipped in various temporary quarters for almost a century, in 1820, the congregation built its own Synagogue - the first in Georgia - on the Northeast corner of Liberty and Whitaker Streets. The present Synagogue was consecrated on April 11, 1878.

In 1789, the Congregation recieved a letter from President George Washington, which stated in part; "May the same wonderworking Diety who long since delivering the Hebrews from their Egyptian suppressors, planted then in the promised land - whose providential agency has lately been conspicuous in establishing these United States as an independent nation - still continue to water them with the dews of Heaven and to make the inhabitants of every denomination participate in the temporal and spiritual blessings of that people whose God is Jehovah."
 
Erected 1961 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 025-77.)
 
Marker series.
Plaque at right side of door image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 2008
2. Plaque at right side of door
This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 32° 4.291′ N, 81° 5.656′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham County. Marker is at the intersection of Bull Street and East Taylor Street, on the right when traveling north on Bull Street. Touch for map. Marker is located in Monterey Square. Marker is at or near this postal address: 20 East Gordon Street, Savannah GA 31401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Casimir Pulaski (within shouting distance of this marker); Pulaski Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Comer House (within shouting distance of this marker); Former Home of Henry R. Jackson (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church Centennial (about 500 feet away); Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church (about 500 feet away); Armstrong Junior College (about 500 feet away); Savannah's Marine Corps Memorial (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Savannah.
 
Also see . . .
1. Mickve Isreal website. As the only Gothic style synagogue in America, we welcome visitors to facilities and worship services. After all, we are well-versed in Southern hospitality. (Submitted on February 11, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
Plaque on left side of door image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 2008
3. Plaque on left side of door
 

2. The New Georgia Encyclopedia. Of the forty-two who arrived (to Savannah), thirty-four were Sephardic Jews, or Jews of Spanish and Portuguese heritage. (Submitted on February 11, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

3. Congregation Mickve Israel. Congregation Mickve Israel, in Savannah, Georgia, is one of the oldest synagogues in the United States, the congregation having begun in 1733. (Submitted on February 14, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

4. Complete Texts of the Letter to Washington from the Congregation and Washington's Responce. From Washington and the Jews by Fritz Hirsxhfekd, University of Delaware Press, 2005. (Submitted on February 14, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

5. Reform Judaism. Reform Judaism refers to various beliefs, practices and organizations associated with the Reform Jewish movement in North America, the United Kingdom and elsewhere. (Submitted on February 14, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
 
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Congregation Mickve Israel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, April 21, 2005
4. Congregation Mickve Israel Marker
Gothic style synagogue, oldest in the South, 3rd oldest in U.S. image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 2008
5. Gothic style synagogue, oldest in the South, 3rd oldest in U.S.
Congregation Mickve Israel image. Click for more information.
Historic American Buildings Survey
6. Congregation Mickve Israel
Historic American Engineering Record HABS GA,26-SAV,76-1
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Congregation Mickve Israel -<br>West Entrance image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, April 21, 2005
7. Congregation Mickve Israel -
West Entrance
Congregation Mickve Israel -<br>Northwest Corner image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, April 21, 2005
8. Congregation Mickve Israel -
Northwest Corner
Early Congregation Mickve Israel Marker at Liberty and Whitaker Streets image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, March 6, 2011
9. Early Congregation Mickve Israel Marker at Liberty and Whitaker Streets
First Synagogue in Georgia
At this location on July 21, 1820
Congregation Mickve Israel consecrated
the first synagogue to be erected
in the State of Georgia
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 11, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,485 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on August 26, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   2, 3. submitted on February 11, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   4. submitted on October 6, 2012, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   5. submitted on February 11, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   6. submitted on June 11, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   7, 8. submitted on February 14, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   9. submitted on March 31, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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