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Address: PO Box 322, 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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A must see no matter what your religion

We were fascinated by the synagogue and the museum. We had no idea that at one time almost 1/2 the island was Jewish. What interesting history. The synagogue is quite unusual in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 20, 2015
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Los Angeles, California
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

We were fascinated by the synagogue and the museum. We had no idea that at one time almost 1/2 the island was Jewish. What interesting history. The synagogue is quite unusual in that the floor is sand (you will have to go there for an explanation). Amazing, do not miss it.

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Caracas, Venezuela
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

The oldest synagogue in the Western Hemisphere, you can't miss it if you go to Curacao. The interior is jaw-dropping, with original candelabra and the floor covered with sand. The members of the community are very friendly and helpful, too. A highlight of our trip.

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Destin, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We spent a fascinating morning touring Curacao's historic Jewish temple and museum, the Jewish cemetery, and an old plantation home and museum, all with Gigi Scheper. (GigiScheper@hotmail.com) She was both energetic and very interesting, adding perspective to the early history of Curacao's Jewish settlers. I'm so glad we were guided by her.

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The Villages, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

The synagogue is gorgeous and very spiritual. The museum is awesome. It tell a tale of Jewish religious and family life in Curacao for over one hundred years. Well worth several hours.

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London, United Kingdom
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69 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Yes this synagogue beats the one on the East Coast of the US up in Rhode Island or Long Island. It was consecrated in 1734, as against the other one in 1739, I believe. What a BEAUTIFUL building - what incredible peace inside and how wonderfully preserved it is. A true testimony to the loving care of its guardians. Well... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

This is such an impressive site and the interior is amazing. A definite must see. Head coverings are provided!

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Brantford
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Touring this National park was very interesting and amazing how an island this small can have such a beautiful park

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

The history of this well-maintained, lovely Sephardic building with its unique features, is extremely interesting. As it is right in the heart of things in Punda, it is readily accessible to visitors. Seated in the cool of the synagogue is a relaxing, calming way to take a break from the usual hustle and bustle of a tourist's day. The small,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Attended Friday night service. Very multi-cultural and welcoming. Museum attached to temple gives history of the Portuguese community with photos, artifacts and Judaica. Closes early. Stay for the oneg shabbat and talk to the people, who are very friendly.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

I am not Jewish but was drawn to this attraction after reading something in one of the little magazines at our hotel. It was far more than I expected. Beautifully kept and preserved and still in use today for worship since 1732. There is a $10 admission fee. Inside the synagogue the floors are covered with sand. Rich and beautifully... More 

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