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Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim

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Address: 90 Hasell St, Charleston, SC 29401-1418
Phone Number: +1 843-723-1090
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Sun - Fri 10:00 - 16:00
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Tours of our historic sanctuary are available Monday-Friday at 10:15 am,...

Tours of our historic sanctuary are available Monday-Friday at 10:15 am, 11:15 am, 1:15 pm and 2:15 pm and on Sunday at 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm. Entrance is $10 per person (under 18, college students and military are free!). Our Chosen Treasures gift shop is open Sunday-Friday 10 am to 4 pm. From our beginnings in 1749, Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim (KKBE) has been at the spiritual heart of Jewish Charleston. Since 1841, we have served as the cornerstone of Reform Jewish practice.

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One of the First Stops for Jews in America

KKBE is a must stop to appreciate how important Charleston was to Judaism in the United States. One of the five oldest synagogues along with NY, Phila, Newport RI and... read more

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Bellmore, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

KKBE is a must stop to appreciate how important Charleston was to Judaism in the United States. One of the five oldest synagogues along with NY, Phila, Newport RI and Savannah......KKBE is the oldest reformed synagogue in continuous use. Our docent, Linda, did a fantastic job to acquaint us with the history of the synagogue from the 1700's to the... More 

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Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The docent was so knowledgeable and gave not only the history but was enjoying himself as he spoke. A beautiful facility for all who want to know history in Charleston.

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New Rochelle, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took a tour and it was very interesting. The building needs maintenance (peeling paint was very evident in the sanctuary) but we were told it is due to the humidity. The gift show is worth a visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of our favorite things to do while traveling is to visit historic religious sites. KKBE is the 4th oldest Temple in the U.S. and is steeped in Charleston and Jewish history. Following our large tour we were fortunate to engage with a former Temple President with a lineage that goes back to the beginning of the arrival of Jews... More 

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Larchmont, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Seeing the temple plus hearing a bit of the Jewish History of Charleston and the Sephardic Jewish History of Charleston was very worth my while . This temple is not as well known as it should be . The tour was great . Our guide was knowledgeable and enthused . Very nice addition to my days here

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Philadelphia, PA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I went on a one hour tour of Kahal Kadosh on Monday after learning about this synagogue's existence on TripAdvisor. Our tour was led by Joseph Heckelman, author of the book, The First Jews in the New World (we did not know about his book until the end of the tour - we bought a copy in... More 

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Charleston,SC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the oldest active Reform Jewish congregation in the world. The building itself boast two magnificent entrance doors - thay alone are worth the visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It was too late to go on a tour, but walked into sanctuary. Saw the little expo they had on Jewish artifacts. Around the corner from our hotel and only need about 45-1 hour to visit

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Seabrook Island, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

KKBE is rightly on the National Register of Historic Places; both the building and the congregation are special. We took a tour with one of docents; she was full of detail on the history and significance to US Jewry. There are 3 or 4 guided tours per day, I think.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

KKBE was a wonderful historic site. We had a great tour of the sanctuary and the grounds, and learned so much about the Jewish community in Charleston. Great way to learn about the community's history.

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