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Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue

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Address: , Willemstad, Curacao
Phone Number: 599-9-4611067
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Description: The Western Hemisphere's oldest synagogue in continuous use was founded in...
The Western Hemisphere's oldest synagogue in continuous use was founded in 1651 by 12 families from Amsterdam.
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Small but interesting

Bit pricey, because there isn't a great deal to it, but very interesting to see pieces of cultural/ religious history. We were hesitant about going in because we didn't feel... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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Brentwood, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Bit pricey, because there isn't a great deal to it, but very interesting to see pieces of cultural/ religious history. We were hesitant about going in because we didn't feel appropriately dressed but the very nice guard at the door said we were absolutely fine for a non- worship day.

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Bronx, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

the synagogue is kept in wonderful condition. The sand floors are interesting to see other than that, not much different from any other synagogue. The museum is fun to see the Jewish life from the island. Expensive for what it is, but I know that I would like it to live on for future generations

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Don't expect too much of this. The synagogue looks very nice, and the ancient Torah scroll in the museum is beautiful, but that's about it.

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Seattle, WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

As the description reads, this is the oldest, continuously operating synagogue in the Western Hemisphere, but you would never guess it from the beautifully maintained building. The synagogue itself is beautiful, with gorgeous light fixtures and an organ on the top floor that is impressive. While you do not get a tour, there is a great pamphlet which describes the... More 

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Curacao
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Yes, it's very old. Doesn't look it, though. Extremely well maintained. Design was based on an Amsterdam, NL synagogue. Well worth a visit. A real tourist attraction; I have met Jews who came to Curaçao especially to visit this and the Beth Chaim cemetery (which is in a deplorable state). There's more on the island to make it worth your... More 

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Oroville, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

This is kind of my fault, as I thought the synagogue and the museum are the same building. The synagogue was AMAZING, and worth a visit, but had I known the museum is a separate building from the synagogue, and the fee is NOT for the synagogue, I wouldn't have paid the entrance fee. $10 was really expensive for such... More 

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Valley Stream, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

We have been here before. I didn't have my camera. A very special place. The oldest synagogue.in the Western Hemisphere. Mahogany pews and bema and sand on the floor which represents the Hebrew people being sent out of Egypt. The woman in the gift shop was very helpful and informative. The museum was interesting . You don't have to be... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

This synagogue is the oldest temple in the Western Hemisphere. It was established in 1732, with its congregation even older, established in 1651! These were the Jews escaping from persecution from Spain and Portugal. What makes this synagogue so special is the sand floor inside. "The floor pays homage to those earliest Jewish settlers in Curacao who had to muffle... More 

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Freiburg
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

This is a most interesting place with a good Museum. The stuff will explain everything you need. The synagogue with the sand floor is a must see.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

We were so happy to be able to attend a bar mitzvah here the first time we visited! What an honor! We found the congregation to be friendly and welcoming. Wish it were bigger but that's the way it is. The building is lovely and we love the sand floor.

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