your feelings and photographs with us, as we are curious to know how you experienced your visit to our synagogue, adjoining museum and gift shop and what you liked best. Don’t hesitate to tell us how and where we can improve our service further as we would like to make your future visits and that of the many tourists an pilgrims who walk through our doors, inspiring ones.
“Unforgettable Bat Mitzvah”
Our daughter recently became Bat Mitzvah at Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue (‘Snoa’). It was a moving and unforgettable experience. Chazzan Avery Tracht worked closely with our daughter to teach her the Sephardic trope. He was patient and diligent, and with his help, my daughter delivered a truly masterful performance.
If the physical beauty and historical significance of the Snoa weren’t enough to truly humble (they were), the leadership and congregation more than completed the experience: they were gracious, supportive, hospitable and warm.
All in all, the Snoa gave our family a life-altering experience that we shall never forget. We would encourage anyone and everyone visiting Curacao to visit this historical and cultural treasure, particularly fellow Jews.
The cultural history of Curacao was an unexpected treat. You must visit the oldest synagogue in the western hemisphere still in use. The floor of the Synagogue is covered in sand from the Sinai dessert symbolizing the 40 years the Jews wandered int he desert before reaching Israel. You can’t help but be moved and awed by this structure with all original fixtures and mahogany wood.
very uplifting to delve into the history of this jewish community and learn about an example of cohabitation and tolerance that’s rather unique in our world recommend taking some time to read the tributes to the ‘yayas’ (nannies) who were second mothers to many young jewish children on this island. heart warming the museum is small but has a nice collection, and the synagogue is beautiful. had planned to join for a shabbat service but did not end up making it – would have loved to hear their recently restored pipe organ.
Jersery City, NJ
“Very interesting and historical”
Great building….the most unusual synagogue I have been to. A surprising find in the Caribbean and worth a visit