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Synagogues

The Portuguese Jewish community has two synagogues, the Esnoga, in the heart of Amsterdam, and the Esnoga in neighboring Amstelveen. Services in Amsterdam are held every Shabbat evening and morning, Sunday mornings and all holidays. Services in Amstelveen are held every Shabbat evening and morning, every weekday morning and on every holiday.

If you would like to visit one of our synagogues, please fill out this form beforehand for reasons of security, and bring a valid ID.

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Frequently asked questions

Do I need to reserve a seat?

There is no need to reserve a seat since both synagogues are large enough to accommodate guests.

Do I need to go through a security check?

There will be a security check at the entrance. However, if you fill out the registration form beforehand this won’t take much time. Please remember to bring a valid ID.

Are there certain do’s and don’ts when I attend a service?

  • Women need to dress appropriately. Generally this means covering shoulders and arms and wearing a dress or skirt that reaches the knees. Slacks (with the exceptions of jeans) is preferred over a short skirt.
  • Men are expected to wear a kippa or hat. Kippot are available at the synagogue.
  • Please do not bring backpacks, food or drink, electronic equipment, such as camera’s and cell phones. You will not be admitted if you carry any such equipment.
  • It is not considered respectful to leave the synagogue before the end of the service. We recommend tourists visit the synagogue during opening hours.

Where is Esnoga Amsterdam located?

Mr. Visserplein 3, 1011 RD Amsterdam

Where is Esnoga Amstelveen located?

Texelstraat 86, 1181 ES Amstelveen