Jewish Heritage of Curacao
Immerse yourself in the storied Jewish heritage of the island. Curacao has an extensive Jewish history full of intriguing events, which you'll discover as you embark on this island tour. Your Curacao tour will open your eyes to a different side of Curacao that not many people know about. A fascinating, educational adventure awaits.
This Curacao sightseeing tour departs from your cruise ship terminal. The first stop is Beth Haim Jewish Cemetery, one of the oldest of its kind in the Western Hemisphere; the oldest tombstones date back to the mid-1600s. You'll have a chance to see the graves close up - of which there are over 2,000 - and learn about several notable figures buried there. From there, your guide will escort you to the Jewish village of Mahaai on the island's northeast side to see the famous Ashkenazi Synagogue.
The highlight of this tour, however, is the Mikveh Israel-Emanuel Synagogue. This is one of the oldest surviving synagogues on Earth and a must-see during any trip in Curacao. Affiliated with the Reconstructionist Judaism movement, the church's community dates back all the way to the 1600s. Spanish and Portuguese Jews from Brazil and the Netherlands were among the first to use this structure.
Take a break from the usual beaches and other touristy activities. Book this Curacao Jewish heritage tour and witness a side of Curacao that only a few have seen.
Reviewer: Caren Walter
We began our tour experience on the dock when Rosie, our very able and friendly driver, met us at the pier. We were joined by Julius who is a fantastic guide and extremely personable and knowledgeable about the Jewish History of the island. We began by visiting a distillery with a definite Jewish background and continued on to the oldest Jewish cemetery in the Western Hemisphere. We continued on to the Jewish Library, the newer Jewish cemetery and ended our tour at Mikve Israel Synagogue and museum. We were taken back to the pier. We were a group of six on the tour and the small group made our experience very enjoyable. All questions were answered and Julius was a wealth of knowledge. The tour was well organized and I would happily book it again. https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g147278-d8368976-r459836124-Island_Experience-Willemstad_Curacao.html#