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“Spectacular Landmark”

Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue
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Ranked #21 of 113 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 April 8, 2013

We spent Passover in Curacao and attended a service and seder at this synagogue. It is beautifully maintained with a vibrant congregation. It was the highlight of our week-long visit to Curacao. Great history and worth of a visit whether you're or not you're Jewish.

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Reviewed March 31, 2013

In our family, "reform" is almost like conservative ;). So, needless to say, we generally don't explore synagogues on vacation. Since we were in Curacao during passover and missed our seder, we thought it would be nice to go to shabbat services at the oldest shul in the western hemisphere. We were really moved. Jews have been worshipping at this site before George Washington was born, and the air is thick with history. If you don't feel a connection to your Jewish heritage here, you may just be a gentile ;).

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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.

Thank VacationDays365
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

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

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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.

Thank ScotIoset
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