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The Western Hemisphere's oldest synagogue in continuous use was founded in 1651 by 12 families from Amsterdam.
Willemstad, Curacao
+599 9 461 1067
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 26 April 2005

It's such a pity that the previous reviewer was obviously directed to the wrong synagogue. He visited the Tempel Emanu-El built by the Dutch Reformed Israeli Community Emanu-El which had separated from the orthodox Sephardic community "Mikve Israel". Jacob Abraham Jesurun laid the first stone...More

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Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 24 January 2015

Honestly for a US $10 admission there really should be someone to give some history about this incredibly historic place. Being Jewish it was of special interest to me to visit here. We were handed a brochure and set loose on the grounds. At least...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Very happy that we visited the place. Hard to believe that the place was built 300 years ago! Bravo!

Thank Elena B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I stopped here on a cruise. He had read of this place on the map and so we just walked right over from the major downton tourist shops (few blocks). We aren't even Jewish but this place was so inspiring and a...More

1  Thank Janet A
Reviewed 7 October 2018

A MUST see place !! One of the most special synagogue you will ever see ! Send floor, so that the inquisition would not hear your steps, as the Jews in Spain would pray in basements and put send, to avoid detection. If you are...More

Thank Shlomi T
Reviewed 17 September 2018

Sand floors, elegant brass chandeliers, mahogany bema and colored glass windows that reflect beautiful blue light. Like no other synagogue you've visited, the oldest synagogue in continuous use in the Americas. A must visit.

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Reviewed 17 August 2018 via mobile

Me and my husband came to Curacao on honeymoon. We knew we had to see the oldest synagogue in the western hemisphere. It was amazing to experience walking into the synagogue. If you are in Curacao you must go! Help keep history alive and enjoy...More

Thank michellekC4851ZH
Reviewed 15 August 2018

An amazing experience. The building from the outside is beautiful, but it pays to go in. The entry fee is $10 which may be a little pricy for some, but I think they really need it to support the upkeep. The synagogue itself is immaculately...More

Thank craigmbe
Reviewed 18 June 2018

I have visited Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue at least eight times. My wife and I own a timeshare on Curacao and visit the island annually and we love to visit this synagogue. It dates back to 1732 and was modeled after a European Portuguese synagogue. This...More

3  Thank Michael G
Reviewed 18 June 2018

The oldest Jewish congregation in the Western Hemisphere. The building is beautiful but the entrance fee is a little steep so we didn't go in. Pity, I would have loved to see it.

1  Thank edsachs
Reviewed 29 May 2018 via mobile

We attended services here in the past and also toured the synagogue once. Today we went to the gift shop only to pick up a few items and to help support this wonderful congregation. The sand floor is unique in my experience and really adds...More

Thank A3661OZsusank
Reviewed 15 May 2018

On our last Celebrity cruise, we took a tour about Jewish History and Culture. It included this synagogue, a Jewish cemetery and a Jewish rum distillery. We booked through Curacao Tour and Taxi, and our guide, Jude Reyes, was wonderful. We were fortunate enough to...More

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Sandy W
24 August 2018|
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Response from Ken G | Reviewed this property |
I agree with the previous responses. They wish people to attend services.
Barbara G
1 February 2018|
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Response from Carla S | Reviewed this property |
As the previous person told you, it is very easy to get to the Synagogue wherever your cruise docks.In any case, head to the floating bridge and right after you cross it, there there is a tourist info point where you can... More