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Recently my husband and I again travelled to Aruba with friends. I had read in Trip Advisor about the synagogue. Accompanied by our Jewish friends, my husband and I visited on a Friday night for Shabat (sp?). Although we are not Jewish we enjoyed the service and were warmly greeted by the congregation. The service was brief and we were... 更多
Unfortunately, I found out about shul in Aruba a day before we left to US. I was very disappointed about it. We planning to attend Aruba next year again. I will attend synagogue for sue.
It is only one block off the main street in Oranjestad but get directions before you start out. We didn't but eventually found it. It is small by North American standards but welcoming and with an interesting history. You don't have to be Jewish to feel the warmth and caring of the community.
We always enjoy meeting people fom all walks of life. We arrived right before services, and were greeted by te rabbi. There were about 50 people in all, most of them tourists. People dressed differrnyy, from shorts, to a more moderate, modest dress. Men and women sit together, the service is held in english and hebrew. Afterwards, everyone is welcome... 更多
Some wouldn't expect a synagogue on an island this small, but we've attended Fri night services for years. The parishioners are always very welcome and very diverse.
Unfortunately, we only saw the temple when it was closed. However, it was nice to see that Jewish communities exist in the least likely places. Made sure to snap some photos of my wife in front of the temple to show our friends.
We contacted the rabbi and were asked to speak at the Friday night services. The rabbi and his wife are friendly and knowledgeable. I thought the synagogue was lovely. The service was spirited with lots of singing. The locals participated as well as some tourists. I gather this is typical. At the kiddush many people wanted to speak with us... 更多
On our 3rd visit to Aruba, we finally made it to the synagogue! The last time we went to the island, we also went to Curacao with one of my main interests, in addition to seeing another island, being to visit the very old synagogue there. It was really amazing. Beth Israel on Aruba was not nearly as ornate a... 更多