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Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue

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Address: Willemstad, Curacao
Phone Number: 599-9-4611067

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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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... read more

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Isaac C
df, Mexico
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df, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Greenup, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago

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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Bonita Springs, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The history of the Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue is long and rich. The interior is unique and well worth visiting.

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New York City, New York
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 July 3, 2016 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 July 1, 2016

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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016

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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