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Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue

Address: PO Box 322, Willemstad, Curacao
Phone Number: 599-9-4611067
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Ranked #5 of 38 Attractions in Willemstad
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, History Museums, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: The Western Hemisphere's oldest synagogue in continuous use was founded in 1651 by 12 families from...
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, History Museums, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: The Western Hemisphere's oldest synagogue in continuous use was founded in 1651 by 12 families from Amsterdam.
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Honestly for a US $10 admission there really should be someone to give some history about this incredibly historic place. Being Jewish it was of special interest to me to visit here. We were handed a brochure and set loose on the grounds. At least the main attraction (sanctuary) was readily accessible and very nice (loved the old wood and... More 

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Enfield, Connecticut
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

If you look at the building from the outside, there's nothing special that would get your attention and make you want to visit. However, do yourself a favor. You can see the synagogue and the modest museum in less than one hour. Well worth the visit. History and very interesting artifacts definitely worth seeing. Religious preferences irrelevant.

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Coarsegold, California, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

It was the first day of Hanukkah so the Mikve Israel-Emauel Synagogue was our main destination when we walked off the ship. We were docked at the Mega Pier so we had to walk through the Rif Fort shopping area, across the Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge, and into the Punda area. It was a very easy walk with lots of... More 

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Tallmadge, Ohio
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Sand in floor of synagogue a surprise You ll have to visit to learn why Liked--history First synagogue in New World 1651

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New York
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Just loved the synagogue and history. Amazing memorabilia . The synagogue is a wonderful reminder of Jewish history

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Los Angeles
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39 reviews 39 reviews
18 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Definitely worth a trip to the oldest functioning synagogue in the western hemisphere. To really enjoy it, take a tour of Jewish Curacao with Gigi Scheper at gigischeper@hotmail.com. (Caution: she doesn't accept credit cards or checks.) As a leader of the community, she'll give you a great tour full of inside knowledge of Jewish Curacao, and you'll see, among other... More 

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Perth, Canada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Such a beutiful synagogue- excellent information nicely presented. Enjoyed the museum. Gorgeous courtyard.

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Staten Island, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Fascinating building and museum. The synagogue is is a wonder to see, especially since it is still very much active. This is a very quick visit (30 minutes) and easy to see when visiting Willemstad

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Los Angeles, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Lovely collection of artifacts and information in a small area. Not kitche. The staff was friendly, but did not try to push sales or activities of any kind. It could have had even more history and photos of Curacao and the community, both religious and secular. But it was quite nice.

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Covington
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21 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

It took a bit to find this museum. When in doubt NEVER rely on the Tourist Bureau map for anything. It is totally inaccurate. This is a very nice museum covering Jewish history on the Island. If you are arriving via cruise ship you have to walk over the floating bridge to get to it. So basically it will be... More 

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