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“An Interesting Experience”

Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue
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Curacao TukTuk City Tour
Ranked #17 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.
Boston, MA
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229 reviews
81 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
“An Interesting Experience”
Reviewed March 26, 2013

We found this visit to be be a welcome change from all the jewelry stores etc. found on all the Caribbean islands. The ten dollar admission includes the synagogue with the sand floor and a small but informative museum. The second level of the museum requires climbing a narrow, steep, circular staircase which some in our group did not do. There is a small display of memorabilia from Anne Frank, World War II anti-Jewish comic books etc. which were fascinating to see. As a bonus the museum is beautifully air conditioned.

Visited March 2013
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Boynton Beach, Florida
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31 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Very interesting, Historical insight.”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

Learnt a great deal about the historical influence and intertwining of the Jewish population in Curacao

Visited February 2013
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Hamilton, New York
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7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Oldest Synagogue in the Western Hemisphere”
Reviewed March 10, 2013

Did not go into it, but the historical significance of it is impressive. If I had more time I would have toured it and taken more pictures of it.

Visited March 2013
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“The oldest synagogue in the western hemisphere”
Reviewed March 7, 2013

This is well worth the visit and the $10.00 entry fee, but if you are Jewish your'e going there anyway. The floor of this old and still functioning sanctuary is sand to remind us of the desert. It used to be conservative-orthodox but now it is re-constructionist. There is a 14th century Torah in the museum.

Visited February 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Stunning”
Reviewed February 18, 2013

This is a beautiful synagogue with beautiful white sand floors and gorgeous wood. There is also a small museum with some interesting pieces going back almost as far as the building itself and a small gift shop.

Visited January 2013
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