The 'Honen Dalim' synagogue was built in 1739. It is an impressive two-storey building, constructed entirely of imported Dutch yellow bricks. The corners and door and window openings are decorated with carved, volcanic rock from the island.
Although the synagogue is now in ruins, you can still see the holes that bore the beams of the ladies' gallery. At the back of the building you will find the stone staircase that leads to this former gallery. To the right of the entrance is a unique building: the mikveh. This ritual bath plays an important role in the traditional Jewish religion.
Sephardic and Ashkenazi Jews
The synagogue was used by both Sephardic Jews (with a Spanish/Portuguese background) and Ashkenazi Jews (with a German/Eastern European background). On the east side of Oranjestad is the Jewish cemetery. The oldest headstone in this cemetery dates from 1742.
Location: Synagogue Path, Oranjestad
Guided tour: Nee
Particulars: The on-site information panel provides additional information
Get married in an attractive location
The synagogue is one of the idyllic locations on this island to get married. Here you can make your wedding day the most beautiful day of your life. A wedding in a unique setting, with that relaxed Caribbean atmosphere and guaranteed beautiful photos. That will be a day to cherish forever. Would you like to know more about the conditions for getting married on St. Eustatius? Please contact the Census Office:
Kenip Road, Princess Garden, St. Eustatius
Phone: +59 93 18 24 97
E-mail: [email protected]