Curacao’s Historic Synagogue


“It was so moving to stand inside this gem of a synagogue; envisioning the many members and visitors who have found peace and sanctuary here over the centuries”. Ellen Paderson Congregation Mikve Israel-Emanuel is the oldest synagogue in continuous use in the Western Hemisphere. Its Sephardic tradition dates back to 1651, when Jewish merchants emigrated […]

Family Bat Mitzvah in St. Thomas


“I told Ellen I wanted a family event for 18 people, ages 12 (Bat Mitzvah girl Hannah) to 76. It had to be close to Hannah’s birthday (mid-winter) and in a warm place. We wanted to focus on family rather than a big affair. We liked the idea of celebrating for a week in a relaxed atmosphere, […]