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Curaçao Synagogue

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Curaçao Synagogue


Basic Information

Location P.O.Box 322 Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles
Phone number 599-9-4611067
Country Netherlands Antilles
City Curacao

General Information

Open to visitors yes
Need appointment no
Handicap accessibility no
Website http://www.snoa.com/snoa.html
Geographical Coordinates 12.20189,-68.26238


The Mikvé Israel-Emanuel Synagogue (Hebrew: בית הכנסת מקווה ישראל-עמנואל‎), in Willemstad, Curaçao, is the oldest synagogue in the Americas. It is commonly known as the Snoa (short for Esnoga, an old Portuguese word for synagogue). The community (congregation Mikvé Israel) dates from the 1650's, and consisted of Spanish and Portuguese Jews from the Netherlands and Brazil. In the nineteenth century there was a breakaway Reform community (Emanu El), which later merged to form the present community in 1964. The community is now affiliated to Re-constructionist Judaism. The first synagogue building was purchased in 1674 and the current building dates back to 1730. The other Netherlands Antilles island with a historical synagogue is Sint Eustatius, where the ruins of the Honen Dalim synagogue of 1739 still stand impressively on the 'Synagoge Pad.'

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