Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue

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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  • nh_roots_and_wings
    Toronto, Canada112 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A morning in a very old Synagogue and Museum
    The Synagogue/Museum is well worth a visit. The Synagogue is the oldest in the Americas. It is still active and many of the items in the attached museum are still used for worship. We had a great time speaking with Phyllis. Doesn't take long to visit, but if you are interested in historical places and places of worship it is well worth your time.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 11, 2023
  • uwskbh
    Trumbull, Connecticut4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating and moving experience
    Went for Friday Night Service and with the famous sand floors of the sanctuary, a very moving experience. Went back during the week to the Museum (and gift shop) ...this history is fascinating. Highly recommend
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written January 4, 2024
  • Philip M
    Thornhill, Canada313 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Remarkable
    I have travelled to and lived in some pretty exotic places. Whenever there is an old synagogue I will always go out of my way to make a visit. Often the synagogue is just maintained as an attraction, though this does not necessarily make it uninteresting. However, this synagogue is still active and that made it one of the most memorable. There are mysteries here as well. A very interesting place.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written January 5, 2024
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David D
Devon, UK25,796 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
We spotted this rather impressive building on Hanchi Snoa in downtown Willemstad, the entrance is around the corner

The street level wall was painted a bright orange while the higher levels, with their numerous arched windows, were painted a light yellow. There were also so small arches along the top, eaves of the building.

We normally enjoy visiting religious buildings of all denominations whilst on our travels. We would also leave a donation in the box to say thank you for allowing us the experience.

We were a bit shocked to see a note on the door that the entrance fee was $10 per adult, that would have been an entrance fee of $20 for both of us. We decided to give it a miss and admire the building from outside.

The plaque on the entrance door contained the following information:-

"MIKVE ISRAEL - EMSNUEL
dedicated 1732
The oldest Synagogue in continuous use in the Western hemisphere.
Shabbat Services Friday evening at 6.30 pm. Saturday morning at 10.am
Visitors are welcome to worship with us. Dress appropriately.

Admission fee to the Synagogue and Museum $10 (US) children under 13 free.

There was an additional note that advised visitors that revised opening hours would be on Tuesday and Friday from 9.00am to 16.30.

Might be worth checking hours as it looks like they could vary. We were here on Thursday 18th April and it was open.
Written April 21, 2022
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McTavish
Ottawa, Canada4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Mike H
Phoenix, AZ2,017 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
This is the oldest Synagogue in the Western Hemisphere. Since I was in the area and have been to synagogues in Israel, I thought that I would add this one to my list. Upon entering I was told there was a $10 entrance fee since I was a tourist. Now if I lived here I would have not had to pay anything. Interesting but ok I will bite once. There is a museum attached to the synagogue so that made it worth the cost.
Written March 29, 2023
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Mark W
Boca Raton, FL2,546 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Couples
The synagogue is a modified architectural copy of the Amsterdam Portuguese synagogue and similar to London’s Bevis Marks synagogue - not surprising, since all come from the same period and were built by Dutch Jews. The most unique local feature is the sand floor.

Typical of Sephardic synagogues, the rabbi and cantor stand on a “bima” (stage or platform in Hebrew) facing the ark on the Eastern wall, which holds the sacred Torah scrolls.
Written March 24, 2022
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nh_roots_and_wings
Toronto, Canada112 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
The Synagogue/Museum is well worth a visit. The Synagogue is the oldest in the Americas. It is still active and many of the items in the attached museum are still used for worship. We had a great time speaking with Phyllis. Doesn't take long to visit, but if you are interested in historical places and places of worship it is well worth your time.
Written August 11, 2023
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Hengsti
Juchen, Germany733 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
One of the oldest synagogues in the carribean, in the middle of the city center, very old interior and furniture. It has a museum as well but the synagogue itself is a museum of its own. The floor is covered with sand, it is absolutely not crowded, you can enjoy atmosphere and silence. Good place to go!
Written November 10, 2022
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Neil P
Toronto, Canada127 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
The Synagogue is historic and the Museum has a number of interesting artifacts. Unfortunately, the interpretation is lacking. There is nothing about the synagogue and very little (English only) about the Museum's exhibits. One would think that 400 years of history must come with some amazing stories. Alas, it was not meant to be.
Written October 30, 2023
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JAY L
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Scott O
Saint Paul, MN233 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
Got dragged in here in a rainstorm by a fellow cruiser who wanted to see it since it is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Glad we visited--interesting to find such a place in tropical island. Wish we'd had more time to digest the history.
Written December 21, 2021
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jack m
Amstelveen, The Netherlands8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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