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Jewish Heritage of Curacao

  • Magnificent views and photo opportunities in Willemstad
  • Visit the Mikveh Israel Emanuel synagogue and Scharloo district
  • Learn about Curacao’s Jewish history and heritage from your guide
Jewish Heritage of Curacao
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Jewish Heritage of Curacao
From $90.00
Discover Curacao’s rich Jewish heritage and learn the history of the island’s Jewish community on this half-day tour. Visit important sites such as Beth Haim Jewish cemetery and Mikveh Israel Emanuel synagogue, explore the old Jewish district of Scharloo in Willemstad, and tour the Rooi Catootje and Chobolobo plantation houses.
What to Expect

Your first stop is the Beth Haim Jewish cemetery, consecrated in 1659, it is the oldest Caucasian cemetery on the island and in the Western Hemisphere. The site is also a Curacao National Monument.

Then you will visit another historic site also created as a peaceful sanctuary, the Rooi Catootje plantation house. It dates to about 1820 and was originally known as “Rust en Vrede,” which translates as “Rest and Peace.” The house has been the property of the Maduro family since 1853, when S.E.L. Maduro brought it as a gift to his wife Rebecca Curiel from her parent’s estate. The house has now been preserved as a museum.

Continue to the 17th-century plantation house Chobolobo, owned by a Jewish family, where Curacao liquor is produced. Tour the house and learn more about the family name and history. Before leaving take the opportunity to enjoy samples of this famous local product.

Next you continue with a drive through the old Jewish neighborhood of Scharloo. Stop at the Mikveh Israel Emanuel synagogue, or the Snoa as it is affectionately known locally, rests on exceptionally hallowed ground. The Jewish faith has been practiced here without interruption since 1732. The congregation itself is even older, having been established in 1651. It was just this very fear of persecution that drove many of Curacao’s earliest Jewish residents to relocate to the island in the first place. They were rightfully more than a little guarded about their beliefs, even upon founding their congregation and building their synagogue nearly a century later. That’s one of the main reasons why you’ll find a sand floor in the Snoa today. The floor pays homage to those earliest Jewish settlers in Curacao who had to muffle the sounds of their footsteps and prayers when meeting in secret during the Spanish Inquisition

Reviews (9)
1 - 5 of 7 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

PENY was our tour guide and she was very knowledgeable, friendly, and fun to be with. It was an amazing tour. The driver was considerate and knew exactly where to go. We had a disabled man with us and although he could not get around...More

1  Thank Nicole L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
More than I dreamed it would be

My 84 year old mother and I took this tour on 11/12/2018. Our tour guide was PENY and she was engaging, funny, friendly, amazing. The tour itself was wonderful. I had heard of Jewish settlers in the Caribbean, but to see, hear and experience it...More

3  Thank Nikki C
Reviewed June 30, 2018

awesome visit, very interesting and well kept! It was nice to see several people of different religions visiting..A MUST see.

Thank Barry G
Reviewed April 22, 2018
Great tour of Jewish Curacao (and the distillery)

Our driver, Ralph, greeted us with "Sholom Aleichem" (there were only three of us on the tour). We began at the old Beit Haim cemetery near the refinery; Ralph told us the history of the cemetery and the Jewish community on Curacao. Our second stop...More

1  Thank David S
Reviewed March 4, 2018 via mobile
Excellent tour

Penny was the tour guide on this highly informative tour. We visited 2 Jewish cemetaries, 2 synagogues, the Jewish Museum and learned about the old Jewish community in Curacao. Aida was the driver. Both Penny and Aida were professional and answered our questions. Would highly...More

2  Thank Feivel-Toronto
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