The historical sanctuary of Amsterdam’s Jews

28.05.2012                      07.Siwan. 5772                    Schawuoth 2

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The historical sanctuary of Amsterdam’s Jews

Amsterdam’s Portuguese synagogue is another museum of a once-great community.

The wooden ceilings soar overhead at Amsterdam’s Portuguese Synagogue, while below your feet lies a light dusting of sand, traditionally used in Dutch buildings of the 17th century to ward off the moisture left by the rain which is never far off in the Netherlands.
The smell of sawdust hits you when you enter the “Esnoga,” built in 1675 to house Amsterdam’s Kahal Kadosh Talmud Torah Congregation with seating for 1,200 men and 400 women….