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Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue

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Address: Willemstad, Curacao
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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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Beautiful and unique must see part of Jewish Heritage

The Mikve Israel Synagogue offers a glimpse into the past. Post Inquisition period mikve and many Jewish artifacts. A cute gift shop and a chapel floor made entirely of sand.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Mikve Israel Synagogue offers a glimpse into the past. Post Inquisition period mikve and many Jewish artifacts. A cute gift shop and a chapel floor made entirely of sand.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We only got to peek in as it was closed. What we saw made us wish we had more time to visit. Not particularly interesting on the outside, we almost missed it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

What a beautiful and historically significant place. With its sand flooring, plentiful seating and an undeniable feeling of all-inclusiveness, this is a must-see for people of all races and religions. We attended a candle-lighting service during Chanukkah and were so impressed with the crowds this temple attracts from all over the world. What comes to mind when I think about... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As you travel the island one begins to see that members of the Curacao Jewish community, though small in number, keep popping up in important ways in history. Most Jews have only experienced Askenazi shuls, this is Sephardic. With a tiny museum attached it is worth a visit. If you happen to visit on a Friday evening or Sat morning,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Whether you are Jewish or not, seeing the Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue is a must see experience. Feeling the history surrounding you is amazing. While the Synagogue is still actively used, it is the oldest Synagogue in the Western Hemisphere that has been in continuous active use. To feel the sand floors beneath your feet helps to bring the fear of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is certainly a must visit if you are Jewish but even if you are not, the history is amazing. The temple is beautiful, and you can feel the 'ghosts' of years of use

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Greenwich, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A beautiful airy structure; incredible woodwork and brass and colored glass create a peaceful, spiritual place.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This synagogue was not only beautiful, it was different from any other synagogue I have ever seen - yes, beautiful dark wood bimah, etc., but the floor was covered in sand. Historic documents, silver religious pieces, and a bookstore - totally a surprise.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2016

Really enjoyed the visit to the synagogue and museum. You can simply walk through in a matter of minutes, but it is enriching to linger a bit to soak up some of the rich history. The synagogue itself is interesting and the museum has artifacts from hundreds of years ago, including a Torah brought to the island by early Jewish... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2016

Wandered around as part of my individual walk around town. Museum though small was interesting giving you a sense of the history of this place which dates back to the 1700's. The synagogue asks for $10.00 to see both. Not sure if this is flexible, a donation or the price itself. The building was impressive and I love the sand... More 

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