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History and Community

The long history of the Jewish community in Aruba is difficult to trace, but the old Hebrew cemetery in Oranjestad contains three graves that date from 1564. It was not until 1956 that the Dutch Kingdom officially recognized the island's Jewish community, and six years later the Beth Israel Synagogue was consecrated.

The congregation is conservative, celebrates in both the Ashkenazic and Sephardic traditions, and is happy to host your life cycle event in a tropical or seaside setting. The synagogue also hosts holiday and community events, and encourages life-long learning through classes in the Kabbalah tradition, as well as language classes in Hebrew.

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