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Kahal Zur Israel Synagogue

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Address: Rua Bom Jesus, 197 | Recife Antigo, Recife, State of Pernambuco, Brazil
Phone Number: (81) 3224-2128

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Jewish history in Brazil

This is a nice place to understand a part of the Jewish history in Brazil, as well as the history of the Dutch colonization of Recife.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 30, 2015
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Sao Paulo, SP
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015 NEW

This is a nice place to understand a part of the Jewish history in Brazil, as well as the history of the Dutch colonization of Recife.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

This museum was created to share with visitors a little known piece of history. My husband and I were so intrigued by the unique displays and wonderful explanations offered by the staff that we felt it was the best attraction in Recife. It is a place that we highly recommend to anyone visiting the area.

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

This is a totally new museum - built around 2001, after the very recent discovery of the remains of the first synagogue in the Americas. It's small, but very modern with glass floors that show the excavations of the mikvah and other parts of the old street. Upstairs there is a recreated sanctuary based on written descriptions and other temples... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

this is a small musium but its an important piece of jewish history in the "New World", you can expect to spend not more than an hour browsing through this place

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

I had been to Recife many years ago, and was very surprised when my husband said he wanted to visit the synagogue - I had no recolection of a synagogue or any Jewish history in Recife. And so there it is - mostly what has been recovered of it on a very well organised display which recriates parts of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2013

It's very interesting that the first synagogue of the Americas was built in Recife in mid-17th century, a fact relatively unknown worldwide, and from there the jewish comunity arrived in New York. The building has more historic value than it seems, although The facade of the building dates from the nineteenth century.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

It's on the old part of the town, on the center of Recife. We just see the building from outside. It's like all the arquitetur in the center of the town, antiques.

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