Kahal Zur Israel Synagogue Brazil Brazil, Recife

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Kahal Zur Israel Synagogue

Kahal Zur Israel (Hebrew: קהל צור ישראל‎‎ Kahal Tsur Yisra'el, "Rock of Israel", Portuguese: Sinagoga Kahal Zur Israel), located in Recife, Brazil, was the first Jewish congregation in the New World. It was established by Spanish/Portuguese Jews that had taken refuge in the Netherlands fleeing forced conversion and were joined by New Christians who were already living in the colony. There is now a museum on this site of the oldest synagogue site in the Americas.