Congregation Mikveh Israel, Philadelphia

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Congregation Mikveh Israel (Hebrew: קהל קדוש מקוה ישראל‎), "Holy Community of the Hope of Israel", is a synagogue in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that traces its history to 1740. Mikveh Israel is a Spanish and Portuguese synagogue that follows the rite of the Amsterdam esnoga. It is the oldest synagogue in Philadelphia, and among the oldest in the United States.

The congregation moved to its current building at 44 North Fourth Street in 1976. The synagogue is located within Philadelphia's Old City Historic District and adjacent to Independence Mall. Mikveh Israel is an active community synagogue with services on the Sabbath, holy days, and special occasions, and offers adult education and cultural programming with a focus on the Spanish and Portuguese tradition and history. It is active within the Center City Jewish community and its kitchen is under the kosher supervision of the Community Kashrus of Greater Philadelphia The Keystone K. Rabbi Albert Gabbai has led the congregation since 1988.
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  • We like to visit interesting synagogues when we travel and Congregation Mikveh Yisrael was a real treat. Truly stunning and beautiful and our doscent gave excellent and interesting explanations. You.....  more »
  • Went to Phiily for the weekend. Made arrangements for Friday night and Shabbat lunch. we stayed in the Penn View Hotel nearby and got a great Synagogue rate. My wife and I walked there Friday Evening....  more »
  • The Rabbi is very personable and the congregation very welcoming. The Seder was well run and explained very well. The building is well kept and the Synagogue has a long and rich history in the Philadelphia area going back to 1740. I felt very comfortable here.
  • Beautiful Spanish-Portuguese Sephardic Tisha B'Av service.

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