The Neveh Shalom Synagogue

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The Neveh Shalom Synagogue
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The Neveh Shalom Synagogue

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Keizerstraat 82-84, Centrum, Paramaribo , Suriname

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The original Neve Shalom Synagogue building was constructed in 1719 by Ashkenazi Jews. The synagogue was rebuilt and enlarged to its current size between 1835 to 1837.

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The original Neve Shalom Synagogue building was constructed in 1719 by Ashkenazi Jews. The synagogue was rebuilt and enlarged to its current size between 1835 to 1837.

This magnificent wooden Synagogue is the only active Synagogue today in Paramaribo, the Capital, serving the whole Jewish community of Suriname. The Synagogue is a striking landmark of downtown Paramaribo.

The Aron Kodesh (holy ark), Bimah (dais) and the benches are all made of beautiful woodwork. The synagogue boasts several beautiful Torahs, hundreds of years old.

A very unique characteristic of the Neve Shalom Synagogue is its sandy floor. According to tradition, the sand is: a reminder of the Hebrews’ 40 years in the desert after the exodus from Egypt, and the days of the Inquisition when practicing Judaism was punishable by death. During those days, marranos met in cellars to practice their Judaism. They covered the floor with sand to muffle the sounds of their prayers.

The Neve Shalom Synagogue is the center of Jewish life in Suriname. The compound consists of the Synagogue, the Mahmad (a wooden community center) where we meet after the weekly service for Kiddush. The Shamash (our office) serves also as a small museum and library. In addition, there is also the 148-year-old Mikvah, the old Rabbi's house and many of the 18th century gravestones from the old Sephardic cemetery.

Visiting our Neve Shalom Synagogue is a must see for every tourist in Paramaribo.

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Hours

Closed. Opens at 10:00 am
Sunday: Closed
Monday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday: Closed
Saturday: Closed

Location

Keizerstraat 82-84, Centrum, Paramaribo , Suriname
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