Congregation Mikveh Israel was founded in 1740 and is the second oldest congregation in the United States, in fact, it's the oldest continuous synagogue in the country. Benjamin Franklin contributed to the building fund and a letter that George Washington wrote to the Congregation can be viewed when you visit here. Congregation Mikveh Israel is even known as the "Synagogue of the American Revolution." Early members of the Congregation include Nathan Levy, whose ship brought the Liberty Bell to America, and Isaac Leeser, who was the first to translate the Hebrew Bible into English for Jewish readers. Congregation Mikveh Israel is one of four congregations in the world that utilizes the Sephardic, Spanish/Portugese Rite.