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Address: 201 W 4th St, Leadville, CO 80461-4301
Phone Number:
+1 303-709-7050
10:30 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 10:30 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

A restored, 1880s frontier synagogue in historic Leadville. The only...

A restored, 1880s frontier synagogue in historic Leadville. The only building of its kind west of the Mississippi, it now houses a museum dedicated to the Jewish pioneers of a booming mining city. Come visit Temple Israel to learn more about a vibrant community that supported an active civic and social world whilst satisfying the city's commercial needs.

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Terrific Restoration

This synagogue/museum is well worth a visit. It provides a glimpse into Jewish life in the West during the latter half of the 19th century. The renovation of the building was... read more

Reviewed 29 January 2017
Washington, DC suburbs
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Washington, DC suburbs
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66 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

This synagogue/museum is well worth a visit. It provides a glimpse into Jewish life in the West during the latter half of the 19th century. The renovation of the building was very well done. We called in advance to have someone meet us. Pat Kelly is the construction man who oversaw the reconstruction. He stayed with us for an hour... More 

Thank apba66
William K, Manager at Temple Israel, responded to this review

Thank you for your very kind remarks, especially regarding Pat who helps to fill in during the winter when we are open sporadically by appointment. Summertime, we have hosts daily from 10:30 until 6:00. More 

Lakewood, New Jersey
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25 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

A very sad testament to the troubles & assimilation of America's early Jews. But very interesting nevertheless with a volunteers eager to share the history of Jewish Leadville.

Thank solomon_s_lkwd
William K, Manager at Temple Israel, responded to this review

We are very sorry and somewhat surprised that you found us to be a "sad testament". An important part art of our message is meant to convey that Jews in Leadville actually enjoyed considerable success and social prominence with virtually no anti-Semitic incidents in the remarkably egalitarian and meritocratic Leadville of that era. Perhaps the sadness is associated with the... More 

Tyler, Texas
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225 reviews
86 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 October 2016

Worth a visit. Very interesting reading the history of the synagogue. Gives you an idea of the Jewish history there during the mining days. Gives some history of Leadville also.

Thank Pat K
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Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

Definitely worth a visit. Interesting historical site. Excellent reconstruction. Highest synagogue in the US. No longer a functioning synagogue.

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Spring Valley, New York
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26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 September 2016

interesting side visit showcasing Jewish history in the mining towns, the building is restored and staff on hand to answer questionx

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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

The restoration is fascinating. The fact that there's a synagogue that is from the heyday of leadville when this town was bigger than Denver is boggling. And the historical presentation, visuals, cases, and displays were so well done.

Thank Amy R
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 August 2016

Really nice (and free) museum. Learned a lot about Leadville in general and the previous Jewish community there. Also visited the Jewish cemetery, which is across the street from the main cemetery on the edge of town.

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Cleveland, OH
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5 reviews
Reviewed 31 July 2016

Take 15 minutes to learn about Jewish life in the late 1800's in a small mining town. There are artifacts, newspaper reproductions describing how Jews were part of the town.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 June 2016

Beautiful restoration of an historic synagogue. Interesting exhibit inside and a friendly person welcoming visitors. It's one block from the main street of Leadville, so it's an easy stop.

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Dallas, Tx
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99 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 June 2016

Great staff to answer questions. Beautifully restored, Complimentary postcards. Close to main street in Leadville. Several very old documents are framed on the walls of the temple. Very interesting to read. Gratuity is appreciated, but not asked for by helpful staff.

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William K, Manager at Temple Israel, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your kind remarks and we are very happy that you enjoyed your visit. Bill More 

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