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Kahal Zur Israel Synagogue, Recife

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For a taste of Jewish history and culture visit Kahal Zur Israel Synagogue, the first synagogue in the Americas, built in the mid-17th century. It was the opening of this synagogue that made the Jewish community’s migration to New York possible. The charming architecture of the building itself serves as a nice contradiction to the surrounding buildings. View the collection of photos and personal documents of the Jews who lived in Recife. Then, be sure to place your prayer in the replica of the wailing wall. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Kahal Zur Israel Synagogue by using our Recife holiday planner.
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It's no surprise that the vast majority of accommodations in Recife crowd around the city's long expanses of shorefront. Consider the southern coastal neighborhood of Boa Viagem for instant access to miles of vibrant beachfront, the prime location for locals and tourists alike to make the most of the sunshine. As well as high-end hotels and beach resorts, you can opt to stay in a range of fun, budget hostels, thanks to Recife's ever-growing popularity among backpackers. If you want something a bit quieter, look to the nearby historical town of Olinda, just 6 km (3.7) north of the city center. From there, you can easily make day--or night--trips to Recife proper.
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  • Being able to see and feel the oldest synagogue in a country that celebrates Christianity had great meaning for me. The exhibits features videos that are well done and do an excellent job telling thei...  more »
  • Interesting place. Was good to learn about the history of the Jews in the north east. There isn't a lot to actually see though but worth a visit.  more »
  • For a Dutch person with a deep and long interest in (Jewish) History this was a beautiful place to visit. Mind you very little here is really old but the restoration on the original site of the place ...  more »