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Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue

PO Box 322, Willemstad, Curacao
599-9-4611067
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Ranked #5 of 35 Attractions in Willemstad
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, History Museums, Museums
Description: The Western Hemisphere's oldest synagogue in continuous use was founded in 1651 by 12 families from Amsterdam.
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new york city
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50 reviews 50 reviews
8 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

How wonderful to experience this synagogue. I took my mom & daughter there... the museum pieces & history are amazing to read about & see. Its still has services. I highly recv.

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San Diego, California
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We looked,forward to visiting this synagogue - the oldest in the Americas - on our trip. Very interesting museum on site, sanctuary was beautiful,,we were invited to join the congregation for Friday Shabbat or Saturday morning services. Don't miss it-Jewish or not!

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New Jersey
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Don't expect air but the fans are going and it catches nice breezes. Very interesting and very informative place. We are not Jewish but attended Shabbat and Bar Mitzvah. All were friendly and helpful.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

The synagogue is interesting. Information in the museum is poor. The history is reduced to the history of a few important families. Not many options in the store. USD 10 is too much for this museum.

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Oranjestad, Aruba
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Very imformative!was able to trace some interesting facts about Judaism in the caribbean. And also got some guidance abt Fam tree.

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Boca Raton, Florida
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106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

You don't need to be a Jewish to admire this place and its collection of old artifacts. Place is very small and its took us maybe half hour. All my family enjoyed this place.

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alkmaar
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

This is a must see. The snoge is beautiful and well maintained. The small museum next to it is full of historical objects and artifacts. It gives you a good example about the rich culture and history of the Sefardic Jews.

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Willemstad, Curacao
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68 reviews 68 reviews
32 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

the synagoge in Willemstad is most likely the oldest in the western hemisphere and definitely one of the most beautiful ones I have ever seen, the atmosphere is magical, the light fall through the high windows on the white sand creates beautiful patterns, the old wood is gleaming and one feels awed by such beauty..

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Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We stopped by the Synagogue as we walked though the Punda section of Willemstad. Admission was $10. An interesting place to visit.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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35 reviews 35 reviews
8 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Disclosure: I am Jewish. I also specifically went to Mikve Israel to recite the memorial prayer on the first anniversary of my mother's death. So this had more meaning for me than for others. Still, the synagogue is absolutely beautiful, and the fact that it's the oldest synagogue in the western hemisphere is awe-inspiring. The cobalt glass windows and the... More

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