Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim is more than just a house of worship. We are a vibrant, inclusive and caring congregational family. KKBE is committed to providing opportunities for practicing Reform Judaism in an atmosphere of serenity, warmth, mutual acceptance and historical significance. Founded in 1749 as a Sephardic Orthodox congregation, in 1841, Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim--also known as KKBE--was firmly committed to the path of religious Reform Judaism. Our sanctuary is the second oldest synagogue building in the United States and the oldest in continuous use.Using our international travel planner, Charleston attractions like Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
M-F at 10:15 am, 11:15 am, 1:15 pm and 2:15 pm
Sun 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm
We are closed on Saturday
Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim Reviews
The bar only had an extremely sweet red table wine. Couldn't find a single server. I couldn't understand the menu; it looked like it was written in Hebrew or something. NOT a good choice for... more »
Somehow I missed writing a review on the last time that we visited KKBE which was on June 2 for a wonderful concert “Chamber Music with Yuriy Bekker and Friends.” We try to see one of Yuriy Bekker’s..... more »
On the plus side, the synagogue, what we could see of it, was beautiful and interesting. On the not so plus side we were not greeted very warmly. In full disclosure we were late for the tour on a Friday afternoon and the synagogue was closing in about 20 -30 minutes. Shabbat was still a few hours away. We were greeted a bit abruptly but told we could walk inside the museum and gift shop. We asked if we could just peek inside the sanctuary and were told no. When we asked again we were sarcastically told we could "try it" but the woman knew it was locked. We were walking through the museum, as invited, and then suddenly the same women, now all warm and welcoming, suggested that we save some time to see the gift shop. Apparently it was okay if we were there as long as we were going to spend money. We know the historical significance of the synagogue and were doing our best to see it during a very short visit. A little warmth and welcoming would have been appreciated, even if we couldn't take the full tour. Instead it left a bad taste in our mouths.
This is a historic synagogue, and very beautifully designed in a greek revival colonial style. The same architect who designed this also designed the similar looking Catholic Church across the street. I will give this a 5 star to visit in the winter, but only a 3 star to visit in the summer. It is simply too hot to walk though and sit on a tour, since they did not turn the air conditioning on the week in August 2017 when we visited. We were too uncomfortable. I would skip it in the summer unless you like hot and humid indoor destinations.
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