Feeling Welcomed in Savannah

I just returned from Savannah, Georgia—an interesting city with an interesting history, both from a Jewish and from a secular standpoint. As I do in most cities, and particularly of late since I am still saying kaddish for my father, I seek out synagogues and other Jewish communal institutions. We were drawn to Savannah because of the historical Mickve Israel synagogue, which was indeed worth the trip. It is an incredible architectural structure steeped in history. For daily minyan and for shabbat, we spent time at Agudath Achim, a modest Conservative synagogue whose original building—now an evangelical church—was only a few feet away from the refurbished mansion (now hotel) in which we stayed off of the well-known Forsyth Park.

The folks at Agudath Achim couldn’t have been more hospitable. They welcomed us in with old-fashioned southern hospitality from the moment we arrived. They even made sure that we had homemade challah and wine for Shabbat. Though I was a stranger, I felt like part of the community, and I only hope that I continue to find other institutions as welcoming in my travels.


  1. Dear Rabbi:
    Thanks for your kind words. It was a delight to meet you and we hope you take the opportunity to join us whenever you are in Savannah. Our best wishes for a Happy and Healthy New Year.
    Buddy Metzger, President
    Congregation Agudath Achim

    Comment by BURTON METZGER — September 4, 2008 @ 9:44 am

  2. So glad to hear that Savannah was so hospitable! My son will be spending his last two years of medical school in Savannah. There are now several Jewish medical students in that city-are there places for these young people to go for the high holidays? Most live near Memorial Hospital where they attend classes and do their rounds.

    Comment by Suzette Cohen — September 8, 2008 @ 12:05 pm

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