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Jewish Tour in Curazao

Are you visiting Curazao in Cruise ship?
We can offer you an amazing shore excursion to learn about Jewish life in the island, visiting the most important and simbolic Jewish places.
Curazao is recognized by being one of the oldest historical sites about Jewish life, in this part of the hemisphere.
The historic Synagogue Mikve Israel - Emanuel, is the oldest synagogue in the Americas in continuous use, since 1732 and is recognized worldwide for its sandy floor.
In addition, Beth Haim Cemetery, consecrated in 1659, is the oldest Caucasian cemetery on the island and in the Western Hemisphere, and a site nominated as a national monument on Curazao.

Will also visit the Mongui Library, the largest library and archives on the island. This site belongs to a private foundation.

This Jewish Tour is carried out by a member of the local Jewish community, a specialized guide, who has been touring for many years.

List of places visited during the tour:
* Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue
* Jewish Historical Cultural Museum in Curazao
* Beth Haim Cemetery
* The Bibliotheca Mongui
* The Liquor Factory of Curacao, "Blue Curacao". own creation and that also has Licor Kosher.
* A tour of the old quarter of the Sephardic Jews, between 1850 and 1970.
* and other meaningful jewish places.

Duration: 3 hours. (sometimes it lasts 3.30hs)
Only during the morning.
** It takes, at least, 7 working days to book the service prior to the date of the tour.

To know the tour price, please email: [email protected]

It includes:
* Bilingual guide (Spanish / English), member of the local Jewish community.
* Pick up from Cruise Dock.
* Entry to the sites visited
* Transportation by taxi or van, depending on amount of passengers
*** A % of the tour price is a collaboration to the local Jewish community.

Not include:
* Extra donation to Jewish places visited.

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Important: The photos of the promotional flyer are for reference and the places to visit during the tour are subject to availability and personalized organization of the itinerary, according to the interests of each passenger.

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More information about the places we visit in the tour

Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue and Museum in Curacao

Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue and Museum in Curacao

Progressive Denomination. The historical synagogue in CuraƧao is the oldest in contiuous use in the Western Hemisphere, since 1732. There are currently around 300 Jews with an active community life, being part of two Jewish congreg...

Beit Haim Blenheim Cemetery in Curacao

Beit Haim Blenheim Cemetery in Curacao

It has been declared of historical interest. Blenheim opened in 1659. Beit Haim Blenheim cemetery oldest sections dating from 1659 and 1726, turning it into one of the first cemeteries in the New World. The cemetery includes 2500 gr...

Maduro

Maduro

30years.madurolibrary.org Open every day from 9 am to 12 pm (from Monday to Friday)

Scharloo Jewish Neighborhood

Scharloo Jewish Neighborhood

The architecture in the Scharloo area, accesible by crossing the Wilhelmina Drawbridge, on the other side of Waaigat, dates back to the year 1700. It is the old Jewish neighborhood.

History of Jewish immigration

In 1651 Joao dYlln requested the Company of the West Indies Netherlands the possibility of establishing a company to colonize CuraƧao. Joao was a good and prosperous member of the Portuguese synagogue in Amsterdam and had a brother who was a colonel in the Dutch colonial army.
The aim of the company was the preservation and development of their power in the distant Caribbean island. Both the boss and his group, all from Amsterdam, (at that time a center of flourishing Jewish life and culture) left for CuraƧao in the summer of 1651 and founded the Congregation Mikveh Israel (Expectancy Israel) the oldest Jewish congregation in the Americas.

In 1659, a further 70 Portuguese Sephardic ancestry departed for CuraƧao, carrying the first Sefer Torah. It also acquired the "Beit Haim Blenheim" Mikveh Israel Cemetery Congregation , considered by many to be the oldest Jewish cemetery in the Western Hemisphere, and established in 2001 as a historic site.

The Jewish community of Curacao Netherlands Antilles became very successful in the areas of trade and shipping.

In 1732 the historic Mikve Israel was built. With the merging of Temple Emanuel in 1964, name of synagogue changed into: Mikve Israel-Emanuel.

The first Eastern European Ashkenazi Jews families arrived in 1920.

Although small in size, CuraƧaos Jewish community has a significant impact on history.
There are currently around 300 Jews with an active community life, being part of two Jewish congregations in Curazao:
* 75 % attending Mikve Israel,
* 25% Shaarei Tsedek , a modern Orthodox community.


A little about the country

CuraƧao is the largest and most populous island of the Netherlands Antilles.

It has an area of ā€‹ā€‹approximately 444 km and a population of 140,796 (2008).
It is located in the southern Caribbean Sea, about 50 km from the west coast of Venezuela.
Like most of the Caribbean islands, CuraƧao is located in the intertropical zone and its climate is semiarid.

CuraƧao is located in the non-hurricane belt.

It is famous for the "CuraƧao Liqueur" that is made from the bark of the oranges of the island, and for celebrating one of the most famous Carnivals in the Caribbean.

The city of Willemstad is the main port and capital of the island, in addition to also be of the Netherlands Antilles.
Its historical area, city center and harbor, were declared World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1997.

It has two official languagesā€‹ā€‹, Dutch and Papiamento.