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Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim

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Address: 90 Hasell St, Charleston, SC 29401-1418
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+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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Fourth oldest synagogue in the USA

The old synagogue is so interesting. The docent who gave us a tour was a very good story teller who explained the history of the Jewish people of Charleston, beginning with the... read more

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The old synagogue is so interesting. The docent who gave us a tour was a very good story teller who explained the history of the Jewish people of Charleston, beginning with the Sephardics and after, the Ashkenazis. He was very informative and entertaining. I highly recommend this tour. There is also a lovely gift shop that will ship all over.

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Within walking distance is this oldest synagogue in continuous use in the US. The admission is $5.00 and well worth the time to be guided by a docent, see the panels which explain the beginning of the Jews in Charleston, a museum room filled with assorted artifacts, plus the most fabulous gift ship run by their sisterhood. Take their pamphlet... More 

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We are visiting Charleston. We attended Friday night services and the tour Sunday afternoon. Both excellent. A beautiful temple and warm welcoming leadership and community. The tour today was excellent. Very informative on history of Charleston, history of Judaism in South Carolina, and history of this congregation. Highly recommend a visit

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful house of worship. Visit the gift shop for many interesting items. We bought several items there. Large congregation which was nice to see.

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This synagogue is simple and yet loaded with history. Docents (Temple volunteers) are extremely knowledgeable and gracious. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very interesting and historic place to visit. We had no idea that the Jewish history was so rich in Charleston. A beautiful building to see.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the oldest continuously operating reform synagogue in all of America. Jews were an important part of the commercial mix of Charleston from its foundation in 1670, and this synagogue, deeply influenced by the great Southern vogue of Greek Revival architecture, shows how prominent Jews were in the major port cities of the South before the Civil War, and... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were delighted to learn of the very early history of this congregation, its consistency over the years and the influence of its members. The internecine squabbling which led to its conversion to a reform synagogue was quite a story indeed. The facility is beautiful and the docent most friendly and informative. I highly recommend visiting KKBE to Jewish visitors... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were given this tour by a well informed gentleman who has written a book on Jewish immigration to the USA so we had a good history lesson. This is a very large and beautiful synagogue and the information given during our 45 minute tour gave a good understanding of the Jewish immigration from Europe and beyond.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I am so glad we got the chance to walk by, see the synagogue and take the tour. Not to mention talk to some of the friendly staff that works there to get a feel for the Jewish community of Charleston.

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