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Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue

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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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Beautiful, Jewish Synagogue/Museum

This Jewish synagogue is the oldest in the western hemisphere. Still used for services today, it has a rich history, beautiful, serene interior, and imported sand floors! Why... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
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Oak Ridge, North Carolina
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Oak Ridge, North Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

This Jewish synagogue is the oldest in the western hemisphere. Still used for services today, it has a rich history, beautiful, serene interior, and imported sand floors! Why imported sand floors? While in Curacao, come find out, it's worth the time.

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Webster, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

This is a must see place. A very unique and lovely old building with the amazing sand floor. The history you learn is great. It's a one of a kind place you shouldn't miss.

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Merrick, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

We had reached out via E- mail to the Synagogue as we would be visiting during Passover. They warmly welcomed us to attend their community Seder (Passover Holiday Meal) during our stay. It could not be a better setting in which to celebrate. First, a Friday night service in a 300 year old building with the oldest congregation in the... More 

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New York City, New York
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

No matter who you are or what you believe in, this is one of those historic buildings that have shaped history for many centuries in this part of the world. Even if you have 5 minutes, just walk in and experience the immediate serenity of a gathering place where men and women played an important role in shaping Curacao. Built... More 

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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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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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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
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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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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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