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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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10:00 - 16:00
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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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very informative about jewish history in early American history

just walking by and walked in to see the synagogue and was perfect timing to join in on a tour starting. the staff and tour guide were great. the guide was very informative and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

just walking by and walked in to see the synagogue and was perfect timing to join in on a tour starting. the staff and tour guide were great. the guide was very informative and passionate about the history of this temple and the formation process of the first reform synagogue in America.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Synagogue is an architectural must. Outside very similar to many other places of worship in Charleston- Greek Revival-esque. Interior of synagogue is marvelous. The Ark and Bimah are very ornate, the dome of the synagogue is awesome. Make sure to take the tour. Our guide was very informative and entertaining. Make sure to stop at gift shop. Staff are volunteers... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Fascinating history for this living congregation. Make sure you take the tour with the docent. You won't be disappointed.

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

If you are interested in the history of the Jewish community in the United States do not miss seeing and touring the magnificent synagogue - the oldest in continual use in the US. Wonderful, knowledgeable tour guides are welcoming, friendly and give an excellent overview of how Jews came to Charleston, their roles in the Revolutionary and Civil wars and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Tours available of Synagogue and Historic Coming Street Cemetery. Oldest continually used in the US. Beautiful sanctuary, organ, and stained glass windows. Lots of Historic information including museum with artifacts.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our docent, Paul, was a wealth of knowledge about the synagogue and Jewish hisrtory is Charleston. The synagogue is beautiful and the building itself has quite a history.. the tour runs about an hour, you can take photos and our docent answered all of our questions. We were very happy we took the tour. Maybe next time will come back... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My sisters were in town and we stopped in for a tour of this beautiful historic synagogue. The tour was great-they have written material (a pocket guide) plus go over the history of the Jewish people in the South. The guide was very knowledgeable and made history come alive. I highly recommend this tour!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A wonderful story to share...and an easy walk from everything in Charleston. I very much appreciated that the synagogue trains volunteers to give tours.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Whenever we visit a city no matter where we are in the world we try to never miss the local synagogue tour when available. Our docent Susan was extremely knowledgeable and articulate about the history of Jews stemming all the was from the Spanish expulsion and ending up in Charleston. The Greek Revival building is extraordinarily beautiful and very unique... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Particularly for those interested in the history of the Jewish community in the US, this place is an eye-opener on a number of levels. Here the visitor can clearly see the community's deep historical origins, its dilemmas of national and spiritual identity, as well as its rejuvenation. Also worth visiting the old Jewish cemetery not far from Marion place.

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