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“Happy Island, Happy Synagogue” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Beth Israel Synagogue

Beth Israel Synagogue
A. Lacle Blvd. #2 | P.O.Box 655, Oranjestad, Aruba
(297) 582-3272
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Ranked #22 of 66 things to do in Oranjestad
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Great Neck, NY
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Happy Island, Happy Synagogue”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

I had the very great privilege to serve as visiting Rabbi for the Beth Israel synagogue in Aruba for 5 years in the mid 1990's. I was warmly welcomed by the President and Secretary, treated to marvelous hospitality and had great nachas in conducting Shabbat services, teaching Bar and Bat Mitzvah children and sharing Jewish history and Biblical literature with the congregation.
The Aruban Jewish community is small in size but great in spirit, devotion, dedication and love for their beautiful synagogue. It was my great honor to serve them.

Rabbi Esor Ben-Sorek, Ph.D.

Visited June 2012
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Lexington, Massachusetts
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“GREAT”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

A wonderful way to appreciate the Jewish presence in ARUBA and what it has and currently does contribute to the history and the ongoing business of the ARUBA. The building itself is interesting but, if you are a practitioner (or not) and you are in ARUBA during a HOLIDAY or a WEEKEND then participation with the congregation is an exceptional experience. We highly recommend a visit.

Visited February 2012
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Bethesda, MD
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“Spiritual experience on the island”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

We attended the services on Friday evening at 7:30 (the times posted said both 7:30 and 8 PM so we came early) and found the congregation to be a mixture of locals and tourists like ourselves. People were very friendly and we ended up driving a couple from Long Island back to their hotel

Visited November 2012
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Lexington, Massachusetts
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“GREAT SITE”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

The Jewish presence and heritage in ARUBA is alive and well and teh Synagogue is the focal point of all of that. The congregagtion and its leaders are quite cordial and informative. Whether you are Jewish or not a trip to the Synagogue is well worthwhile. And if you are Jewish, participation with this congregation is highly recommended because it a very unique one. If you are in Aruba during a Jewish Holiday then the experience is enhanced that much more.

Visited March 2012
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New Jersey
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“Home away from home away from home!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2012

Near downtown in residential area. Friday evening Shabbat service was very nice! Amazing to see so many ethnic groups represented! Nice to see a Synagogue in a resort area.

Visited August 2011
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