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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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A small museum and gift shop but the Temple was grand. The traditional wood used for ornamentation is mahogany (real) and the bright work is glimmering brass. It was very... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Terry C
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Norfolk, Virginia
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Norfolk, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A small museum and gift shop but the Temple was grand. The traditional wood used for ornamentation is mahogany (real) and the bright work is glimmering brass. It was very informative to a Christian born. And the sand floor was cool!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a beautiful temple that gave me both a feeling for its European roots as well as its Caribbean influences. Judaism is all about survival against all odds and this temple exemplifies that. The museum features a wealth of historical artifacts and information that give a unique look at the history of this fascinating island. Well worth a visit... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The oldest synagogue in the Americas with continuous activities. A MUST GO place in Punda. The synagogue has a small but meaningfull museum. Pictures allowed just in the synagogue (not in the museum). You can visit every day, except friday night and saturday (Shabat) and jewish hollydays

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The oldest synagogue in the Americas. The architecture and decor are interesting and of course the floor which is covered with sand. In addition it is still an active Shul with a reform service in Hebrew and English. The atmosphere during the service was pleasant and relaxed.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

built sephardic style, it still has a sand floor. many objects and tombstones from early settlers can be viewed. worth a visit

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The floor of this beautiful and wel preserved synagogue is covered with sand. The current building dates back to 1730. One can combine a visit to the the synagogue and the Jewish Cultural Museum - they share the entrance to the courtyard. Both are well worth a visit. The atmosphere in the synagogue is peaceful and tranquil. Both are closed... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's the first jewish temple in america, the floor is made of sand, you go inside and you are inmediately transport in to the past, and they also have the museum where you can live history, don't go on saturday because it's closed to the public.

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Thank Isaac C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2016

This synagogue has been there for centuries. It is worth touring. There is the synagogue itself and a museum which chronicles the Jewish community history in Curacao. It is wonderful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2016 via mobile

From the moment you enter the courtyard, you know that this material edifice is truly a representation of the Most High God. Jewish, as well as Masonic symbolism can be found throughout the whole, but more especially in the museum section. A single piece of exotic wood adorns the museum, that has a representation of the Ineffable Name of God... More 

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Fresh Meadows, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2016

Unfortunately, we got there late in the day. They are open until 4:30. There is a museum on site, which we didn't get to see. We only had a few minutes in the temple, which is beautiful and has white sand floors.

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