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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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We were disappointed that we had never received a response to the emails I had sent asking about service times and information. This information was also not available at our... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Toronto
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9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were disappointed that we had never received a response to the emails I had sent asking about service times and information. This information was also not available at our hotel...so we missed services and went on a weekday as tourists. One post I read stated (erroneously) that visitors are not allowed in wearing shorts - so my husband was... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I decided to go to the synagogue because I was walking around the city. You can go in and out of her without paying. The museum is $10 USD and not really worth going to unless you're REALLY into jewish history. The synagogue's architecture and detail was absolutely beautiful though.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had read about this synagogue many times and could not miss an opportunity to visit it and the small museum on the grounds. I have visited several other synagogues in the Caribbean-Barbados,St. Thomas and the Jewish Cemetery on Nevis. Like St. Thomas, this one has sand on the floor but is the oldest continually operating synagogue in the New... More 

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California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

- Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue. White sand covers the floors which symbolize both the 40 years that biblical Jews spent wandering the desert, as well as the sandy floors used by secret Jews in Spain to muffle the sounds of their illegal worship during the Inquisition. Commonly called the Snoa [short for the Old Portuguese word for synagogue, esnoga] the temple... More 

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

What an incredible experience to step back into time and visit this astonishing sand-floored, mahogany-furnished holy place. The light filters in through blue windows and casts incredible shadows on the sand that reminds one of those who came before. The museum is a must, as local families (most of whom still live in Curacao) have shared personal belongings including paintings... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Special expierence for family to visit this synaguge. Very ancient and still running for 350 members. Beautiful museam next to it! Kol Ha kavod!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is the oldest synagogue still in use in the Western hemisphere. They actually helped to get the Spanish and Portuguese congregation in New York started. The building itself is beautiful, and the history behind it is really interesting.

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Thank Drrheum
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The sand floor in the synagogue sealed the deal for me. All the other fascinating information really sits second tier. Visit this site, its the most interesting place in Punda.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

My partner and I visited the Mikve Isreal-Emanuel Synagogue as part of a cultural experience of Curacao. It is the oldest Jewish establishment in the new world. I learned a lot and was most welcome to ask questions.

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Waldo, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

After numerous visits to Curacao (via cruise ship), we finally made it to the oldest synagogue in the western hemisphere. Since it was Hanukkah and there was a rabbi aboard our ship, arrangements were made for a group of us (ten?) to attend the Saturday morning worship service. It was a real treat, and the service was attended by a... More 

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