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Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue

PO Box 322, Willemstad, Curacao
599-9-4611067
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Ranked #5 of 36 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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San Jose, California
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

We enjoyed visiting the "snoa" as we knew a little about its historic significance. The sanctuary was empty at the time, and we would have loved to be there during services. The museum, though small, had many artifacts and told the story of the Jews of Curacao and the synagogue's history. Definitely worth the $10 admission.

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Brooklyn, New York, United States
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3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

This was beautiful synagogue with its lovely sandy floor. They gave my family a warm welcome. The Shabbat service was good with a mix of English and Hebrew. Nice place to visit.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We had a very interesting morning visiting the synagogue. it is a lovely structure with an interesting history of the congregation. exceptional museum covering history and Jewish traditions of the island.

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new york city
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55 reviews 55 reviews
9 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

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 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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
2 reviews
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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109 helpful votes 109 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
25 helpful votes 25 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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