Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim, Charleston

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Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim (Hebrew: קהל קדוש בית אלוהים, also known as K. K. Beth Elohim, or more simply Congregation Beth Elohim) is a Reform Synagogue located in Charleston, South Carolina. Having founded the congregation in 1749, it was later claimed to be the first Reform synagogue located in the United States, the current 1841 synagogue was built by enslaved African descendants owned by David Lopez Jr, a prominent slaveowner and proponent of the Confederate States of America. it is one of the oldest Jewish congregations in the United States. The congregation is nationally significant as the place where ideas resembling Reform Judaism were first evinced. It meets in an architecturally significant 1840 Greek Revival synagogue located at 90 Hasell (pronounced as if it were spelled Hazel) Street in Charleston, South Carolina. It was designed by Cyrus L. Warner.
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  • The best tour we have taken of a synagogue or church . The synagogue is absolutely beautiful and an important part of Charleston's history. Our tour guide, a former President of the congregation, was....  more
    The best tour we have taken of a synagogue or church . The synagogue is absolutely beautiful and an important part of Charleston's history. Our tour guide, a former President of the congregation, was....  more »
  • This historic site is certainly worth the visit. As the oldest continuously used Synagogue in the United States. Regardless of your religious background you are stepping into a great piece of... 
    This historic site is certainly worth the visit. As the oldest continuously used Synagogue in the United States. Regardless of your religious background you are stepping into a great piece of...  more »
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  • Great congregation. An extremely friendly crowd.
  • Always pleasant and well clean

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