6 Must See Sites on Your Summer Holiday in America as a Jew


Millions of people travel to Israel each year to see the historical sites and follow the steps of Jewish people in the holy land.

You may be wondering where to go on Holiday in America if you are Jewish. There are plenty of Jewish sites in America which you can tour. We have put together a list of several of the top sites in America for you to visit on holiday.

These sites certainly are not as steeped in the rich history of the holy land but are worth seeing for their own history and traditions while you are in America.

New York Jewish community

First on our list is New York, there is a large Jewish community on the East side which is a living historical site – The Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy, preserves the Jewish heritage as well as shares and celebrates it in a 32 block area. There are plenty of synagogues, restaurants, and museums for you to see. The restaurants hold various delights in kosher meals as well as the shops in which you buy kosher food and prepare it yourself.

Temple Emanu-El in New York City seats 2,500 people is one of the largest Jewish temples in the world, with the inside is full of vibrant color it also houses a museum that is home to many artifacts that are important in Jewish history.

This area of New York is the heart of the Jewish community, where they work, live, and observe the Jewish faith. It is a mix of old and new and full of life. This is truly one of the sites to see when you come to America.


Jewish Museum of Maryland

Located in Baltimore Maryland, this is one of the country’s leading museums on Jewish history and culture. This museum holds art, rare objects, video, computer stations, and other exhibits. One in particular is on the historic Lombard St. where many of the Jewish immigrants settled and live.

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Congregation Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim Charleston SC

This synagogue is the 2nd oldest in the US and the oldest in constant use. You can attend services, as well as visit the safe haven and gallery six days a week. It is open Monday through Friday for tours that are ran by very well-informed volunteer docents. Plan at least a half hour for the tour, as well as a visit the museum and sisterhood’s Chosen Treasures Judaica store.

The mission of Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim is to serve the religious needs of both families and individuals. The museum displays track the history of the congregation and its members. Some of the items on display are from 1800, an original painting of the interior of the 1792 synagogue by Solomon N. Carvalho, Isaac Harby’s academy, photographs, , and prayer books used by members dating from 1766, as well as man other items. It is open to visitors Monday through Friday 10am to 4pm except holidays.

Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life, Jackson, Mississippi

Since 1986 they have worked to protect, understand, and record the long and rich tradition of Jewish life in the South. Their mission is to collect relics, photographs, fine art, and documents in order to recount this story with verbal histories, research, displays, and community programs. Their collection consists of synagogue construction features, furniture, stained glass, art, a historic pipe organ, ceremonial items, and materidal, which reflects both Jewish and southern culture.

Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage in Cleveland OH

Located in Cleveland, the Maltz Museum began in 2005. Their mission is to foster open-mindedness and consideration of Jewish heritage with an American viewpoint. The museum is set up in 7 themed areas which tell the story and consist of immigration to integration, the victories and catastrophes, and all the values and beliefs that came with them, as well as Cleveland’s Jewish settlers and their impact in the   history of Cleveland; much like the nation of Israel.


Holy Land Experience Orlando Fla

Here visitors can experience the sights and sounds of the biblical world in an interactive way. Feel yourself being transported back in time and to another part of the world with this experience in order to experience setting and way of life of the Holy City at the time of Christ. While engrossed in the ancient world, visitors will be able to have 21st century facilities such as places to eat, coffee bar and cafes. It is a wonderful way to help educate our young during summer holiday to prepare for the hardest college classes as to the way life and religion of centuries ago.

Tips for traveling in the USA

A couple tips for traveling in the USA, leave your passport locked in your hotel/motel room safe, make sure you have accounted for the monetary exchange between Israel and the USA, when it comes to cell phone usage you should be sure to set up international with your cell phone service before leaving on holiday or you will have a horrible time with making calls.

Other places of interest

National Museum of American Jewish History, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Touro Synagogue, Newport, Rhode Island

Holocaust Memorial Center, Farmington Hills, Michigan

Illinois Holocaust Museum, Skokie, Illinois

Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, California

Kansas City Jewish Museum, Kansas City, Missouri

Jewish Museum of Oregon, Portland, Oregon

Simon Wiesenthal Museum of Tolerance, Los Angeles California

Lowell Milken Archives of Jewish Music, in Los Angeles California

And of course there is plenty of nature to be seen in the national parks of America which include;

Acadia National Park in Maine

Acadia National Park in North Carolina

Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio

Congaree National Park in South Carolina

Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado

Death Valley National Park in California

There is also the National Sea Shore located in Hatteras, NC.

Those are some of the must see and a few alternate places to see when you visit America on your holiday.

About the Author
Patrick Cole is a blogger and freelancer, currently living in Boston. He loves writing and self-education.