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Temple Israel

201 W 4th St, Leadville, CO 80461-4301
+1 303-709-7050
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Beautiful restoration and chunk of history

My wife and I happened to spot this out-of-the-way historical gem and were glad we did. We spent... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Kenneth R
Country Club
via mobile
Fascinating Jewish history

This historic gem recounts the lives of Jewish families who lived in Leadville in the late 1800s... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Denver, Colorado
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A restored, 1880s frontier synagogue in historic Leadville. The only building of its kind west of the Mississippi, it now houses a museum dedicated to the Jewish pioneers of a booming mining city. Come visit Temple Israel to learn more about a vibrant community that supported an active civic and social world whilst satisfying the city's commercial needs.
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  • Average8%
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201 W 4th St, Leadville, CO 80461-4301
+1 303-709-7050
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I happened to spot this out-of-the-way historical gem and were glad we did. We spent the better part of an hour browsing through the artifacts, exhibits, and displays of what was a Jewish synagogue in the late 19th century. After the number...More

Thank Kenneth R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This historic gem recounts the lives of Jewish families who lived in Leadville in the late 1800s. The building was first built as a synagogue for the area's Jewish community. It has gone through many transformations, including a radiator repair shop, before being beautifully restored....More

Thank Dianala
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This old synagogue has been beautifully restored into a museum, although they have services here one day a year. It is very interesting and does not take long to see.

Thank Eugene S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Temple Israel is an interesting place to visit. It tells the story of early Jewish settlers in the West. Two famous merchants got their start in Leadville, and the advertisements and photos from that era make interesting reading.

Thank David_P_Denver
Reviewed 30 January 2017 via mobile

This synagogue/museum is well worth a visit. It provides a glimpse into Jewish life in the West during the latter half of the 19th century. The renovation of the building was very well done. We called in advance to have someone meet us. Pat Kelly...More

Thank apba66
William K, Manager at Temple Israel, responded to this reviewResponded 1 February 2017

Thank you for your very kind remarks, especially regarding Pat who helps to fill in during the winter when we are open sporadically by appointment. Summertime, we have hosts daily from 10:30 until 6:00.

Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

A very sad testament to the troubles & assimilation of America's early Jews. But very interesting nevertheless with a volunteers eager to share the history of Jewish Leadville.More

Thank solomon_s_lkwd
William K, Manager at Temple Israel, responded to this reviewResponded 19 January 2017

We are very sorry and somewhat surprised that you found us to be a "sad testament". An important part art of our message is meant to convey that Jews in Leadville actually enjoyed considerable success and social prominence with virtually no anti-Semitic incidents in the...More

Reviewed 21 October 2016

Worth a visit. Very interesting reading the history of the synagogue. Gives you an idea of the Jewish history there during the mining days. Gives some history of Leadville also.

Thank Pat K
Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

Definitely worth a visit. Interesting historical site. Excellent reconstruction. Highest synagogue in the US. No longer a functioning synagogue.

2  Thank Anita B
Reviewed 15 September 2016

interesting side visit showcasing Jewish history in the mining towns, the building is restored and staff on hand to answer questionx

Thank Lee H
Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

The restoration is fascinating. The fact that there's a synagogue that is from the heyday of leadville when this town was bigger than Denver is boggling. And the historical presentation, visuals, cases, and displays were so well done.

Thank Amy R
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