Neveh Shalom Synagogue

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Neveh Shalom Synagogue
בית הכנסת נווה שלום
Synagoge Neve Shalom
Paramaribo synogogue.jpg
Street view of synagogue exterior
AffiliationLiberal, formerly Orthodox Judaism
Year consecrated1665
LocationKeizerstraat 82
Paramaribo, Suriname
Neveh Shalom Synagogue is located in Paramaribo
Neveh Shalom Synagogue
Shown within Paramaribo
Geographic coordinates5°49′42.2″N 55°9′33.2″W / 5.828389°N 55.159222°W / 5.828389; -55.159222Coordinates: 5°49′42.2″N 55°9′33.2″W / 5.828389°N 55.159222°W / 5.828389; -55.159222
Architect(s)Jan Francois Halfhide
Israëlitische Gemeente Suriname

The Neveh Shalom Synagogue (Hebrew: בית הכנסת נווה שלום, lit. House of Peace) is the only synagogue of the Ashkenazi community in Suriname.[1]


The lot on Keizerstraat 82 was acquired in 1716 by Sephardi Jews. The original building was completed in 1723.[2] The first Surinamese synagogue was located in the Jodensavanne, originally built of wood between 1665 and 1671 (but already rebuilt with bricks), however many had moved to Paramaribo.[3]: 38  Originally, the synagogue was for both the Ashkenazim and the Sephardim community.[3] The synagogue was sold to the Ashkenazim in 1735, and the Sephardim formed a separate community known as Tzedek ve-Shalom.[3]: 39  The two communities have merged in the 1990s,[4] and hold services in alternating buildings and alternating rites.[5]

The current synagogue on the Keizerstraat 82 lot, designed by architect J.F. Halfhide, was completed in 1842. Construction started on 3 July 1835 in the presence of Prince Henry of the Netherlands.[2]

The synagogue contains a small museum about the history of the Jews in Suriname.[6]

Over the years the synagogue has transitioned from Orthodox to liberal, accepting interfaith couples and non-Jews.[7]

The Mosque Keizerstraat is adjacent to the synagogue.[8]

Neveh Shalom Synagogue next to the Mosque Keizerstraat


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  1. ^ "Suriname Jewish Community website". Archived from the original on 2011-02-03. Retrieved 2011-01-23.
  2. ^ a b "Neveh Shalom Synagogue, Paramaribo, Surinam". Museum of the Jewish people. Retrieved 26 May 2021.
  3. ^ a b c Wieke Vink (2002). "Over migranten, suikerplanters, Joodse kleurlingen en religieuze tolerantie". OSO. Tijdschrift voor Surinaamse taalkunde, letterkunde en geschiedenis (in Dutch).
  4. ^ "Stanley Fischer Takes Israel Donors on Synagogue Tour". Bloomberg. Retrieved 26 May 2021.
  5. ^ Chandra van Binnendijk and Paul Faber (1992). Sranan. Cultuur in Suriname (in Dutch). Suriname: Vaco. p. 146.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Neveh Shalom Synagogue". Lonely Planet. Retrieved 26 May 2021.
  7. ^ "Around the Jewish World from Jewish Haven to Ghost Town: Suriname's Community is Struggling". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Retrieved 2022-12-31.
  8. ^ "Keizerstraat". City of Paramaribo (in Dutch). Retrieved 26 May 2021.

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