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Congregation Mickve Israel (founded 1733)
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Ycart81
N 32° 04.271 W 081° 05.650
17S E 491112 N 3548329
Quick Description: Oldest Congregation practicing Reform Judism in US.
Location: Georgia, United States
Date Posted: 5/15/2006 5:50:15 PM
Waymark Code: WMCNZ
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member snake1411
Views: 45

Long Description:

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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Type of Marker: Other

Marker #: GHM 025-77

Date: 1961

Sponsor: GEORGIA HISTORICAL COMMISSION

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