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“Amazingly beautiful woodwork 280 years old!”

Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue
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Ranked #19 of 109 things to do in Willemstad
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Owner description: The Western Hemisphere's oldest synagogue in continuous use was founded in 1651 by 12 families from Amsterdam.
Reviewed November 28, 2012

If you are Jewish, this place is important because it was the first synagogue in the new world. The woodwork is all mahogony and it looks like it is brand new. the museum is an interesting history of the Jewish community on Curacao. They raised the oney to create Wilhemina plaza. among other things.

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Reviewed November 27, 2012

During a cruise stop in Willemstad, Curacao, my husband and I took a short and safe walk to the Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue. It did not disappoint! The synagogue boasts beautiful architecture and woodwork based on an earlier place of worship in the Netherlands. The sand floor (found in many Jewish synagogues around the world) is a meaningful reminder of the tragedy of the Spanish Inquisition, and also of the Jewish exodus through the desert led by Moses. Your entrance fee also includes a visit to the museum and gift shop adjacent to the synagogue. We read about the history of the local Jews, and saw the traditional silver wares of the Jewish Community of Curacao. I would definitely recommend a stop if you ever find yourself in this quaint Dutch town in the warm Caribbean.

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Reviewed November 25, 2012

Loved seeing a bit of the history of the Jewish culture in Curacao. We enjoyed the museum. We were hoping to go to a service in the Synagogue on Friday night, but were told by the nice lady at the museum that we would be fine to wear a modest dress (even if it was sleeveless) and that we could wear what we were wearing that day (shorts) but when we arrived the guard wouldn't let us go in as my husband was wearing shorts and I was wearing a modest but sleeveless dress. Apparently, our legs and shoulders should have been covered. If going in for a visit, make sure you dress appropriately, in spite of what you were told at the museum!

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Reviewed November 25, 2012

This is definitely one of the most unique religious buildings I have ever visited, well worth the $10 admission. The sand floor, polished woodwork and brass, and quiet creat a most captivating and calming environment, ideal for religious reflection. As shown in the museum in the compound, the long and fascinating history of Jewish settlement and involvement with Curacao's development makes the synagogue itself even more amazing. One of the true highlights of a most interesting city. Highly recommended!

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Reviewed November 18, 2012

Behind yellow painted walls with barely a hint of what is inside is the oldest Jewish house of worship in the Western Hemisphere. The synagogue's pews,ark and platforms are made of rich old dark woods. The floor is covered with sand to commemorate the Israelites wandering through the desert for 40 years. The building is beautiful but if you come for a Friday night service the experience is fantastically moving. Hint. Men must wear long pants,women head covering. May take a little time to find

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