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Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue

Willemstad, Curacao
+599 9 461 1067
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Reviewed 16 January 2015

Just loved the synagogue and history. Amazing memorabilia . The synagogue is a wonderful reminder of Jewish history

Thank Amy S
Reviewed 15 January 2015

Definitely worth a trip to the oldest functioning synagogue in the western hemisphere. To really enjoy it, take a tour of Jewish Curacao with Gigi Scheper at gigischeper@hotmail.com. (Caution: she doesn't accept credit cards or checks.) As a leader of the community, she'll give you...More

1  Thank Rsmith90211
Reviewed 15 January 2015

Such a beutiful synagogue- excellent information nicely presented. Enjoyed the museum. Gorgeous courtyard.

Thank Jean W
Reviewed 14 January 2015

Fascinating building and museum. The synagogue is is a wonder to see, especially since it is still very much active. This is a very quick visit (30 minutes) and easy to see when visiting Willemstad

Thank Deborah R
Reviewed 13 January 2015

Lovely collection of artifacts and information in a small area. Not kitche. The staff was friendly, but did not try to push sales or activities of any kind. It could have had even more history and photos of Curacao and the community, both religious and...More

1  Thank mktraveler55
Reviewed 9 January 2015

It took a bit to find this museum. When in doubt NEVER rely on the Tourist Bureau map for anything. It is totally inaccurate. This is a very nice museum covering Jewish history on the Island. If you are arriving via cruise ship you have...More

1  Thank rosietomato
Reviewed 6 January 2015

When you cross the main walking bridge you'll come face to face with this synagogue. We stopped by the Saturday before Christmas but it was closed. So instead we just walked around the building, which by the looks of it has been well maintained, but...More

Thank matthew_vanderheide
Reviewed 6 January 2015

Sand on the floor, antique Torah's date back to the 1600's. Must take the narrated tour. There is a mikva outside, as well as a two story museum with artifacts.. A Bar Mitzva rehearsal was taking place while we were there--a destination Bar Mitzva, family...More

Thank BeachloverNewYork
Reviewed 31 December 2014

Worth the admission fee, if only to keep this beautiful, historic building open and accessible for generations to come. Please dress conservatively, and respect all posted notices.

Thank Bradley D
Reviewed 29 December 2014

This was an interesting visit. We intended to visit and pretty much stumbled upon the Shul. The museum attached to the Shul was interesting also.

Thank Malkig
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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