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Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue

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Address: Willemstad, Curacao
Phone Number: 599-9-4611067
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The Western Hemisphere's oldest synagogue in continuous use was founded in...

The Western Hemisphere's oldest synagogue in continuous use was founded in 1651 by 12 families from Amsterdam.

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The synagogue is beautiful, especially since it is still in use. Definitely check out the organ on the second floor. Even though the 10 dollar admission fee includes entrance to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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New York City, New York
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The museum is under repair so it is closed. But for $10 US you can enter the Synagogue. Never heard of being charged to enter a house of worship disgraceful.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The synagogue is beautiful, especially since it is still in use. Definitely check out the organ on the second floor. Even though the 10 dollar admission fee includes entrance to the synagogue and the museum, don't expect to spend more than 30 minutes or so

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

At first we thought $10 USD each to enter was a bit expensive but all was forgotten once we entered. The sand floors, history, all beyond expectations.

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Thank globetraveller1010
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The synagogue was nice! The museum was very disappointing. Four rooms with old artifacts, books and pictures. We had high expectations to this museum and we had hoped to see and learn more about the Jewish history of this island. We left dissapointed after 10 minutes.

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New york
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My family and I went to Curacao and planned to not only visit the temple but to renew our wedding vows on our 26th wedding anniversary. My wife did contact the Hazzan prior to our visit and was kept in the dark up until the night before so I was understandably nervous. The Chazzan was the nicest person and an... More 

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Thank 9iras
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

As a half-Jewish individual I found the oldest operating Synagogue in the Western Hemisphere to be fascinating as did my wife. The inside of the synagogue looks as intact as it might have in 1732 and the roots and connections of the Mikve Israel Emanuel Synagogue was very interesting in the heart of downtown Willemstad.

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White Plains, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

The oldest Jewish congregation in the western hemisphere is still there.... A synagogue with a sand floor and interesting museum is a must-see in Curaço is a must-see.

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Apex, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016

The History and the detail behind the history was moving. The armed security was a little alarming but in this day in age understandable and I guess when you think about it perhaps comforting.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016

The Jewish community at Curacao contributed a lot to the island, and it was nice to see the house of worship form the outside. I hope that next time I'm in Curacao, I will be able to go in.

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Sharon, MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2016

This place may not be for one who is surprised to see the oldest Western Hemisphere synagogue in a place like Curacao, but for those who are familiar with the middle age history of Sephardi Jews in Spain and Portugal, this place fits like the missing piece of puzzle, and is more significant in terms of world history than most... More 

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