Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue

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Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue

Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue
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The Western Hemisphere's oldest synagogue in continuous use was founded in 1651 by 12 families from Amsterdam.
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sabina1232019
Molveno, Italy9 contributions
Very interesting
Sep 2021
Both history and contemporary story of the jewish life in Curacao. We felt welcome, will come back and learn more.
Written October 16, 2021
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jack m
Amstelveen, The Netherlands7 contributions
Must Visit
Sep 2020
Fabulous experience, wonderful staff.
Museum gave pause for thought.
Synagogue reflects its Dutch counterpart faithfully.
The story behind the sand left us much to ponder.
Rabbi was sensational and deeply engaging.
Written September 30, 2020
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JAY L
3 contributions
Wow. History unfolding before our eyes.
Feb 2020
We were so fortunate to see the Snoa on the island of Curacao. It is the oldest synagogue in the Western hemisphere. The rabbi spoke to us for over an hour explaining the history of the Jews on the island and all the transitions that took place over the centuries. Fascinating story and wonderful memory.
Written March 9, 2020
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Jerry Vaughn
33 contributions
Really Interesting
Feb 2020
I found the visit to the synagogue really intriguing with its sand floor representing the 40 years the Jews spent in the desert.
Written March 4, 2020
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hulalulatravels
Langley, Canada61 contributions
Amazing spot to Visit
Feb 2020
I wasn't quite sure what to expect as I've never been to a Synagogue but it was quite mesmerizing to walk through such a historic site.
The sand floor was a unique site to see and the museum was very enlightening, not just about the Jewish community as a whole but also Curacao and it's history
Written February 18, 2020
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McTavish
Ottawa, Canada3 contributions
Oldest functioning synagogue in the Western Hemisphere
Feb 2020
Wonderful to visit this iconic building with centuries of history and living experience. The sand floor is a striking feature as are the bronze chandeliers and the burnished hardwood pews. The museum is a must to see as it exquisite artifacts to describe the vibrant Jewish life over the centuries and now.
Written February 11, 2020
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PoltergeistZ28
Toronto, Canada40 contributions
Too Expensive
Dec 2019
Something I wanted to visit, because I was told about the sand floor. I wanted to see if this was true, but not having a Jewish connection I was loathe to pay US $10 just to look inside.
Written February 6, 2020
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Ardella J
United Kingdom115 contributions
a fascinating place
Jan 2020
We spent hours here both reading the exhibition materials and looking at the museum exhibits and the synagogue itself as well as talking to the very helpful museum curator Phyllis. Some interesting books, cards and gifts on sale too.
Written February 2, 2020
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Michael S
Ruther Glen, VA45 contributions
Beautiful and fascinating
Jan 2020
Oldest synagogue in the Western Hemisphere, it is Sephardic and has sand covered floors. Attached museum is well worth the $10pp, we spent 2 hours there, definitely the best museum in Curacao that we visited. The congregation welcomes visitors for Shabbat services on Friday and Saturday.
Written January 30, 2020
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Londonsunlounger7
London, UK312 contributions
Fascinating place and lovely staff
Jan 2020
You may enter the synagogue itself without covering your head unless you are attending a service (men, optional I think fo women). As we were in sundresses we did cover our shoulders out of respect but no one told us to. The synagogue is beautiful with its symbolic sand floor. we enjoyed the timeline display outside explaining the history of Curacao and the different Jewish communities. There are some interesting artefacts in the museum housed in an early 18th C building and the lady in charge Phyllis was friendly, informative and helpful. There's pleasant courtyard with a fountains and craved stones. the gifts shop has postcards, books and other souvenirs (stamps can be bought from the gift shop down the road). It was $10 US to enter and we spent a happy two hours. A must if you are interested in the wish Diaspora.
Written January 19, 2020
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