Shalom Y’All and welcome to Congregation Mickve Israel. Located in the Historic District of Savannah, Georgia on beautiful Monterey Square. Congregation Mickve Israel, founded in 1733, is the third oldest Jewish congregation in America and the first Ashkenazic synagogue in our country as well. Our current building, completed in 1878, has been named by a number of organizations, including, Condé Nast Traveler, as one of the 15 Most Beautiful Synagogues in the World, and our museum plays host to the first presidential letter to a Jewish community (from President Washington) and the first two Torah scrolls to come to America, which also happen to be the two oldest Torah scrolls in the county, both written in the 15th century.
Being so deeply rooted in Savannah’s history, Congregation Mickve Israel is a captivating historical site for both the Jewish community and visitors from across the globe. However even though we may be a historic congregation, Congregation Mickve Israel continues to be a welcoming, supportive, and inclusive Reform Jewish congregation, practicing both contemporary/mainstream and classical Judaism. We are a vibrant, growing congregation of over 400 families that takes great pride in honoring our rich history and traditions while pursuing our vision for the future. Before Covid-19, about 15,000 people a year came to visit our beautiful sanctuary and museum, and we look forward to sharing our history with you.
Thursday, May 20
Noon EDT | 11am CDT | 9am PDT
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Rabbi Robert Haas, a native of McAllen, Texas, became the 14th spiritual leader of Congregation Mickve Israel in Savannah, Georgia in 2012. After receiving his B. S. from the University of Texas at Austin, he began his first career as an elementary school teacher before matriculating at Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem and Los Angeles, where he earned his Master’s Degree and Rabbinical Ordination. After graduation, he served as an associate rabbi in Dallas and in Houston, Texas. He then spent a year volunteering in Africa with American Jewish World Service before moving to Savannah to serve in his current position as the rabbi for the third oldest congregation in America.
Rabbi Haas is also a sought-after comedian, lecturer, preacher, and interfaith leader, regularly speaking and performing for organizations, radio shows, colleges, theaters, houses of worships, and institutions.
He is married to April, and they have a daughter named Amira and a son named Aryeh.