Neveh Shalom Jewish Synagogue, Paramaribo

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Observe the deep Jewish roots of the Surinamese capital by visiting Neveh Shalom Jewish Synagogue, a place of worship established and built by the Ashkenazi community of Jews in Paramaribo in 1719. Head inside and survey the unusual sandy floor--purportedly a reminder of the Hebrews' 40 years spent in the desert after exodus from Egypt. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore one of the oldest synagogues in the Western hemisphere. Plan your Neveh Shalom Jewish Synagogue visit and explore what else you can see and do in Paramaribo using our Paramaribo vacation generator.
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  • Paramaribo's synagogue Neve Shalom (oasis of peace) is located next to a mosque and not far from churches, a symbol of the religious tolerance in this city. One wishes that it stays an oasis of peace,...  more »
  • PLUS: Stay at the Mall and easy to find. Next there is an Islamic Temple which is very different and there is no conflict between religions. DOWNSIDE: not open to visitations.
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  • This is a mixed Ashkanazi and Sephardic synagogue. The interior has a balcony for women and other area below for men. Rather than a standard floor, it is covered with sand reminiscent of being on holy...  more »

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