We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Kahal Zur Israel Synagogue

Certificate of Excellence
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Rua Bom Jesus, 197 | Recife Antigo, Recife, State of Pernambuco, Brazil
Phone Number: (81) 3224-2128
Website

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 553 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 11
    Excellent
  • 5
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
beautiful experience

For a Dutch person with a deep and long interest in (Jewish) History this was a beautiful place to visit. Mind you very little here is really old but the restoration on the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Ronald G
Add Photo Write a Review

553 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 19: English reviews
Poole, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Interesting place. Was good to learn about the history of the Jews in the north east. There isn't a lot to actually see though but worth a visit.

Helpful?
Thank reen71
Level Contributor
13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

For a Dutch person with a deep and long interest in (Jewish) History this was a beautiful place to visit. Mind you very little here is really old but the restoration on the original site of the place where the synagogue stood between 1636 - 1654 is done with much love and intelligence. I really recommend the short film shown... More 

Helpful?
Thank Ronald G
Macomb, United States
Level Contributor
14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

This museum shows the amazing history of the Jewish diaspora in the Brazilian Northeast. It's fascinating.

Helpful?
Thank Joanne C
Level Contributor
8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016 via mobile

This is the first Synagogue that established in America. (In the year 1636). Now it is a museum for the Jews Culture in Brazil.

Helpful?
Thank Dror N
Barendrecht, The Netherlands
Level Contributor
124 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2016

We visited on a Saturday and unfortunately we couldn't enter the synagoge... should've known! It is a characteristic building in the center of Recife Antigo and you cannot really tell from the outside it is a synagoge, except for the writings on the wall of course. The street-side architecture melts in with the rest of Recife Antigo...

Helpful?
Thank peterww2013
Level Contributor
127 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2016

We visited this synagogue while doing a tour with Masautur. It is the oldest synagogue of the Americas, located in the hearth of old town Recife. There is an entry fee of 10 Reals per person ( 5 Reals for 60 years old and over ). The museum has 4 floors and you can see the foundations of the first... More 

Helpful?
Thank Michel B
Frankfurt, Germany
Level Contributor
70 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2016

Very nice museum, with a very well maintained archive on the life of the first Jewish settlers in Recife. It would be five stars if not for the fact that the guide was comically unqualified for her job (I believe she was still a student intern, so its not her fault she wasn't under supervision of was better trained).

Helpful?
Thank KaueMC
Salt Lake City, Utah
Level Contributor
13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

The first synagogue in the Americas! Built by the Jewish population who lived in Brazil under the Dutch, 1630-1652.. Seems like the Jews were happy and productive in Recife until the Portuguese took over and brought the Spanish Inquisition with them, forcing the Jews to become "New Christians" or be killed. Some escaped to the hinterlands of Brazil and changed... More 

Helpful?
Thank DPaulsenD
LosAngeles
Level Contributor
23 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

I am Jewish and have seen more exquisite churches in Brazil than I can count. I was traveling with my partner whom is Catholic and we were both moved by the building, exhibit and energy. The history, politics and understanding the determination of a people to try to live freely is just as moving today.

Helpful?
Thank PorterHouse09
Philadelphia
Level Contributor
95 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

For anyone interested in Judaica or Brazilian colonial history, this is an essential stop. Really, really impressive experience. I'm so glad to have visited and can't wait to tell all my Jewish friends (especially) about this wonderful place.

Helpful?
Thank gabrielphiladelphia

Travelers who viewed Kahal Zur Israel Synagogue also viewed

 

Been to Kahal Zur Israel Synagogue? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Kahal Zur Israel Synagogue and other visitors
4 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (4)

Questions? Get answers from Kahal Zur Israel Synagogue staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?