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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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This synagogue is the oldest continuously running synagogue in the western hemisphere. I thought that the entrance fee was a little steep since there wasn't a ton to see but I... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

This synagogue is the oldest continuously running synagogue in the western hemisphere. I thought that the entrance fee was a little steep since there wasn't a ton to see but I think it is definitely worth a visit.

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Thunder Bay, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

If you appreciate history that touches the heart, you need to visit this Synagague/Museum. You will not forget your visit. It is a moving experience.

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

beautiful small museum that is maintained very well and gives you a good insight about the Jewish families in that part of the Caribbean. very easy access since it is smack in the middle of the center of Willemstad

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Fairfax, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

A unique site, the attached museum had many interesting artifacts from the history of the synagogue and the Jewish community in Curacao. There are few cultural sites such as this in Curacao, so I highly recommend if you are interested in learning more about the history of the island and its people.

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New York City, New York
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

No matter how many times I have been to this synagogue, I am still overwhelmed by the beauty of the chapel and the museum! This time we werefirunateenough to attend a wedding of our close friends son. Words cannot describe entering the shul, the brass chandeliers all polished and the real candles burning in all of them. It truly took... More 

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Oak Ridge, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

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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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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