Congregation Mickve Israel

Congregation Mickve Israel (HM2ZN)

Location: Savannah, GA 31401 Chatham County
Country: United States of America

N 32° 4.291', W 81° 5.656'

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(Founded 1733)

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."
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HM NumberHM2ZN
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
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Marker Number025-77
Year Placed1961
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, September 12th, 2014 at 3:48am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 491102 N 3548366
Decimal Degrees32.07151667, -81.09426667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 4.291', W 81° 5.656'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 4' 17.46" N, 81° 5' 39.36" W
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Area Code(s)478, 912
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1-99 E Taylor St, Savannah GA 31401, US
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