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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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Who would have thought. . .first Jews in NY City from Recife!

The first synagogue in the Americas! Built by the Jewish population who lived in Brazil under the Dutch, 1630-1652.. Seems like the Jews were happy and productive in Recife... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 12, 2015
Salt Lake City, Utah

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

The first synagogue in the Americas! Built by the Jewish population who lived in Brazil under the Dutch, 1630-1652.. Seems like the Jews were happy and productive in Recife until the Portuguese took over and brought the Spanish Inquisition with them, forcing the Jews to become "New Christians" or be killed. Some escaped to the hinterlands of Brazil and changed... More 

Thank DPaulsenD
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14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

I am Jewish and have seen more exquisite churches in Brazil than I can count. I was traveling with my partner whom is Catholic and we were both moved by the building, exhibit and energy. The history, politics and understanding the determination of a people to try to live freely is just as moving today.

Thank PorterHouse09
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76 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

For anyone interested in Judaica or Brazilian colonial history, this is an essential stop. Really, really impressive experience. I'm so glad to have visited and can't wait to tell all my Jewish friends (especially) about this wonderful place.

Thank gabrielphiladelphia
Belem, PA
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121 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

A small place showing the history of the first synagogue at "new world", that coming with Duth colonization. IS very cheap to know and offer a view of old structures remaining from XVII century.

Thank dflopes
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15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

It was discovered a few years ago but I regret to inform that thay warning they will close because of the violence at the location, until now it is the only information i have

Thank Ana Katarina G
Sao Paulo, SP
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171 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

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.

Thank Dado_de_Castro
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9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
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.

Thank LolisBoston
Tucson, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
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 

3 Thank jenrothg
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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