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Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue

Willemstad, Curacao
+599 9 461 1067
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The Western Hemisphere's oldest synagogue in continuous use was founded in 1651 by 12 families from Amsterdam.
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I did not read any reviews before visiting the synagogue and was very surprised to see the Sand Floors when we entered! It was soo cool! They also have a nice museum and gift shop associated with the synagogue. It is $10 per person for...More

Thank JR01988
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Worth a visit for anyone, besides the unusual Synagogue itself with beautiful carved wooden interior and an original sand floor, the museum includes the original complex with rooms and furnishings and very interesting objects from when the people first arrived . ( i think around...More

Thank SIArtist
Reviewed 20 April 2017

My cousin told me that since we were going to Curacao we must go visit the Synagogue. It was relatively easy to find. The experience was very moving and quite enlightening. The history is fascinating, especially why the floor of such a beautiful Synagogue is...More

1  Thank Raymond-M62
Reviewed 20 April 2017

We were told this was free to enter, but on arrival we were asked for 10US each to enter. Its the oldest synagogue in the western hemisphere, but we ended up not going in . Nice building though.

1  Thank prevfromPurley
Reviewed 19 April 2017

Curacao has been ruled by many nations, each with differing views of the importance of its Jewish community. Through these centuries, this congregation, the oldest one in the Western Hemisphere has survived. Yes, there is a small charge for the visit, to help preserve the...More

Thank Charley44
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Surprisingly, I was the only visitor on the day and time I was there. Nice little museum containing many old religious items and artefacts. The highlight of my visit was, of course, the interior of synagogue itself...absolutely beautiful, both in architecture and decorative elements. Bright,...More

Thank ScoBern
Reviewed 1 April 2017

Visiting this synagogue and the museum was a really worthwhile experience for our family. We came back on Friday night for Shabbat services and enjoyed those as well. The sand covered floor of the temple made for a very interesting experience.

Thank happytraveler0331
Reviewed 26 March 2017

Being Jewish, it was especially interesting to me. Prior to my visit I was not aware of the Jewish heritage on Curacao.

Thank Wb2tnx
Reviewed 25 March 2017

Curacao was relatively welcoming to Jewish settlers, and indeed the Maduro family remains a big part of island life. The Iberian origins of the synagogue are quite different for someone from another tradition and the synagogue just has a wonderful spiritual and open feel to...More

Thank ed-TO
Reviewed 20 March 2017

The last time my wife and visited Curacao we did not have time to tour this remarkable place, which is the oldest active synagogue in the Western Hemisphere. On this most recent cruise, I contacted the synagogue in advance, to inquire as to tours, and...More

1  Thank Bill A
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Susan M
Just to visit Curacao and learn about the Jewish heritage there, how much time (days) do you recommend?
15 April 2017|
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Response from moishe613 | Reviewed this property |
You can complete your efforts in a day or two. The Emanuel synagogue visit also has an interesting museum and bare bones gift shop. This is in the center of the capital. There is a small Jewish neighborhood with... More
Debbie L
I will be shopping in Curacao for a day while on my cruise in February. This tour sounds fantastic. Is this a privately run your or was this an excursion from a cruise ship. Please provide your operator's name.
6 January 2017|
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Response from Dr G | Reviewed this property |
Dear Debbie, My wife and I arrived on Curacao via cruise ship and walked from the ship into the downtown area for our own self-performed tour of the synagogue. Allow yourself time to take in all of the Judaica and history... More
Marvin S
How did you get to the synagogue? Was it from the ship's tours? Was it combined with a city visit? We'd like to see the city and the synagogue. Marviin sodicm@temple.edu Hallandale, FL
31 December 2016|
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Response from Tobi M | Reviewed this property |
We walked from the dock. It's a very pleasant walk. I would say maybe a mile or so? It was not through the ship's tour. We did it on our own. You can see the town from the ship port. Walk towards the colorful Dutch looking... More