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Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue

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The Western Hemisphere's oldest synagogue in continuous use was founded in 1651 by 12 families from Amsterdam.
Willemstad, Curacao
+599 9 461 1067
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Its so interesting to find this Jewel in the middle of a shopping district. It is surrounded by high walls, is colorful and has a gated front door. Inside theres a gift shop and the synagogue is hot!. Just air ventilation. Ive been there twice....More

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed 6 days ago

I really enjoyed the temple and the museum. The sand floors made this place unique and I applaud the way they keep this place in such fine shape.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Hal D
Reviewed 1 week ago

Are you interested in the migration of Jewish people to the Western Hemisphere? If you are, please visit this synagogue. We found that it gave us an excellent historical perspective on early Jewish migration from Europe to the Western Hemisphere. The staff here was very...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Indiana V
Reviewed 1 week ago

My family (wife, two kids - age 12 and 14) visited in December 2018. We had hoped to attend a service but that didn’t work out for our schedule. In the end, we visited to tour the synagogue and museum. The synagogue itself is beautiful....More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank dms666
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We always visit significant Jewish historical sites whenever we travel outside the US. Gigi was extremely knowledge of the development of the Jews in Willemstad from the first arrival of Samuel Cohen in 1643 to the present. First we visited the old Synagogue and walked...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Don't overlook this place - full of history. Awe inspiring with super exhibits. many stairs and ante-rooms, but worth the effort.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you are of Jewish heritage, this synagogue should not be missed! The synagogue is quite beautiful and instead of having carpeting on the floor, the floor is sand.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Ellen L
Reviewed December 12, 2018 via mobile

This old synagogue is unique and along with the Jewish community museum tells the story of the Jewish people and their history and contribution in curacao. It's about an hour tour. Don't miss it.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed November 23, 2018 via mobile

This is a gem in Curaçao. I could have come to Curaçao just to visit this synagogue. The musuem contains rare and ancient collectables that you only read about in textbooks. My partner and I went to services and found an extremely welcoming rabbi. He...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Espressopillows
Reviewed November 20, 2018

We have been here many time, I like to sit and feel the surroundings, Trying to feel what it was like 100 ,200, or even three hundred or more years ago that people sat in the same spot I am sitting in know Praying for...More

Date of experience: January 2018
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Sandy W
August 24, 2018|
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Response from K6430YUkeng | Reviewed this property |
I agree with the previous responses. They wish people to attend services.
Barbara G
February 1, 2018|
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Response from Carla S | Reviewed this property |
As the previous person told you, it is very easy to get to the Synagogue wherever your cruise docks.In any case, head to the floating bridge and right after you cross it, there there is a tourist info point where you can... More
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day from cruise - 3 questions (1 Replies)
i am coming into curacao fri 2/10 from RCI cruise, and i have 3 questions. 1- can you walk to the floating bridge from the port? 2- how far is the liquor distillary? and 3- how far is this: Near Fort Amsterdam, at the corner of Columbusstraat and Hanchi di Snoa, the Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue
January 18, 2012|
Response fromMyrouck|
Answers: 1. Yes, you can easily walk to the floating market. When you get off the ship you will follow all passengers towards Riffort Village/Renaissance Hotel. You will see the St. Annabay and the floating bridge on your right. Cross the bridge, take a left and follow the walking path along the water (water is then on your left). This will lead you right to the floating market. 2. The Liquor Distillery at Landhuis Chobolobo is about 15 minutes by car. 3. To get to the synagogue -->...More
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Parking near Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue (2 Replies)
Is Parking near Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue readily available and safe? Going to Gouverneur de Rouville after... Should I park near restaurant and walk to the Synagogue and back? Or drive from each place...?
March 19, 2017|
Response fromJeff E|
First, it is very safe to walk around Willemstad. There is a pay parking deck, at Petersmaai smal, right around the corner from the synagogue. Another option is to park at the Renaissance free parking deck on the Otrabanda side (where the Gouv is) and walk across the bridge to the synagogue. It's only about a 10-15 minute walk...nothing in town is far!
Chicago, Illinois
Tours of Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue? (3 Replies)
I was wondering if they offered their own independent tours, or if the only way to get a guided tour is for it to be part of a general tour or shore excursion. Does anyone know? I would be there on a Thursday, so Shabbat isn't an issue.
November 20, 2009|
Response fromwinteravoider|
you may be able to arrange for a tour by contacting them at museum@snoa.com