June 13, The Jewish Museum and Synagogue, Dinner, and a Walk

The weather was marginal again with periodic showers and cool temperatures. Amsterdam had supported the most prosperous Jewish community in Europe during the Golden Age, and we were intrigued to explore the Jewish Museum and Portuguese Synagogue. It took us some time to find the museum, especially because street sign directed us in the wrong direction, but we eventually got there. The museum presented the customs and traditions, and Jewish History in Amsterdam. Not to lessen the restrictions they were subjected to, but Jews enjoyed much more freedom and tolerance than anywhere else in Europe and their experience in Amsterdam seemed pretty much like many other immigrant stories. Things changed dramatically under the Nazi occupation during the Second World War, but the occupation was only briefly referenced. We took a break for lunch in an adjacent park, it was a little cold but at least dry, before returning to the museum, where we finished the exhibits and had a coffee before crossing to the Portuguese Sephardic Synagogue (Sephardic Jews fled Spain and Portugal after the Reconquista, and Ashkenazi Jews are from central Europe). One of the largest Jewish Temples in Europe, it was imposing in its size but much simpler and much more austere than the ornately decorated and embellished Catholic cathedrals of the period. We were both feeling tired and unengaged and my back and neck were killing me, so we took the tram back to the apartment and had a nap and snacks before heading out for dinner at a “traditional” Dutch restaurant “ The Pantry”. Certainly not haute cuisine, it was none-the-less well presented, tasty, and thoroughly enjoyable (see slide show for our menu). After dinner we strolled the streets and canals. Waiting for darker skies, we killed time by having more coffee and a mango sorbet at Leonardo’s Ice-Cream and Coffee bar, then heading off to explore the night life, streets, and canals before returning to our apartment.
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© David E. Moon, 2019 All rights reserved

June 13, The Jewish Museum and Synagogue,

Dinner, and a Walk

The weather was marginal again with periodic showers and cool temperatures. Amsterdam had supported the most prosperous Jewish community in Europe during the Golden Age, and we were intrigued to explore the Jewish Museum and Portuguese Synagogue. It took us some time to find the museum, especially because street sign directed us in the wrong direction, but we eventually got there. The museum presented the customs and traditions, and Jewish History in Amsterdam. Not to lessen the restrictions they were subjected to, but Jews enjoyed much more freedom and tolerance than anywhere else in Europe and their experience in Amsterdam seemed pretty much like many other immigrant stories. Things changed dramatically under the Nazi occupation during the Second World War, but the occupation was only briefly referenced. We took a break for lunch in an adjacent park, it was a little cold but at least dry, before returning to the museum, where we finished the exhibits and had a coffee before crossing to the Portuguese Sephardic Synagogue (Sephardic Jews fled Spain and Portugal after the Reconquista, and Ashkenazi Jews are from central Europe). One of the largest Jewish Temples in Europe, it was imposing in its size but much simpler and much more austere than the ornately decorated and embellished Catholic cathedrals of the period. We were both feeling tired and unengaged and my back and neck were killing me, so we took the tram back to the apartment and had a nap and snacks before heading out for dinner at a “traditional” Dutch restaurant “ The Pantry”. Certainly not haute cuisine, it was none-the- less well presented, tasty, and thoroughly enjoyable (see slide show for our menu). After dinner we strolled the streets and canals. Waiting for darker skies, we killed time by having more coffee and a mango sorbet at Leonardo’s Ice-Cream and Coffee bar, then heading off to explore the night life, streets, and canals before returning to our apartment.
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© David E. Moon, 2014 All rights reserved