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Kahal Zur Israel Synagogue

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Visiting the very first synagogue of all Americas!

Visiting Recife, one cannot miss the historical "Kahal Zur Israel", the very first synagogue of all... read more

Reviewed 30 October 2018
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
a Judaic Cultural Center

In Recife Antigo's probably most attractive street, the Rua do Bom Jesus, fomerly known as the 'Rua... read more

Reviewed 24 October 2018
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Rua Bom Jesus, 197 | Recife Antigo, Recife, State of Pernambuco 50030-170, Brazil
(81) 3224-2128
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nothing really worth to see but written Jewish history on posted on many placards. The neighbourhood pretty sketchy.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 30 October 2018

Visiting Recife, one cannot miss the historical "Kahal Zur Israel", the very first synagogue of all Americas. Located at the former "Rua dos Judeus" (Street of the Jews, in English), renamed to "Rua do Bom Jesus" (Street of the Good Jesus) in the "Recife Antigo"...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank LuizDutraNeto
Reviewed 24 October 2018

In Recife Antigo's probably most attractive street, the Rua do Bom Jesus, fomerly known as the 'Rua dos Judeus', as Street of the Jews, can be found a building, where ist is written 'Sinagoga Kahal Zur Israel'. A two storey town house with four arched...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank saronic
Reviewed 18 May 2018 via mobile

I enjoyed this visit very much. I place is very interesting and very detailed. In the first floor everything is written both in Portuguese and English, upstairs it is just English so remember to ask for an English brochure. I would very much want to...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 28 December 2017

If you have an interest in the history about the Synagogue, this is worth a visit, if not, you should just take your photos from the outside, and continue your City tour.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Kenneth_Pedersen
Reviewed 15 June 2017 via mobile

Start on the top floor for the short movie that tells the history of Jews in Recife. Film is in English with Portuguese subtitles. English translation is available on the 1st floor but hit and miss otherwise. Very important for Jews to visit and support...More

Date of experience: June 2017
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Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

Being able to see and feel the oldest synagogue in a country that celebrates Christianity had great meaning for me. The exhibits features videos that are well done and do an excellent job telling their story. My non Jewish friends were equally moved.

Date of experience: October 2016
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Reviewed 27 July 2016 via mobile

Interesting place. Was good to learn about the history of the Jews in the north east. There isn't a lot to actually see though but worth a visit.

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank reen71
Reviewed 17 July 2016

For a Dutch person with a deep and long interest in (Jewish) History this was a beautiful place to visit. Mind you very little here is really old but the restoration on the original site of the place where the synagogue stood between 1636 -...More

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank 111ronaldg
Reviewed 5 June 2016

This museum shows the amazing history of the Jewish diaspora in the Brazilian Northeast. It's fascinating.

Date of experience: April 2016
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27 July 2015|
Response from dflopes | Reviewed this property |
The place is not a regular synagogue, but a museum. But, to answer your question, I also don't found any email of the synagogue. Did you tried the facebook: sinagoga.kahalzurisrael Or email the managing institution of the... More
11 May 2015|
Response from dflopes | Reviewed this property |
I'm sorry answer him too late, but there is a gift shop, that also sell books and CDs.
6 March 2015|
Response from dflopes | Reviewed this property |
Sorry answer too late, I hope that help you. TIme to visitation: Tuesday to Friday: 9AM to 5PM (entry until 4:30PM) Sunday: 2PM to 6PM (entry until 5:30PM)