Amsterdam Sights

Jewish Community of Amsterdam

By the end of the 16th century, Jews fled from Spain and Portugal the Inquisition and settled in the upcoming Amsterdam. Jews from Germany and Eastern Europe followed. Amsterdam became their Mokum, a second Jerusalem.

Mokum

Amsterdam has historically been the center of the Dutch Jewish community for the last 400 years. Amsterdam is also known under the name "Mokum", given to the city by its Jewish inhabitants ("Mokum" is Yiddish for "town", derived from the Hebrew "makom", which literally means "place").

Only a small percentage of the 80,000 Jews in Amsterdam survived the Holocaust and returned from camps and their places of hiding to their city. The community's great synagogue-complex (now home to the Jewish Historical Museum) remained empty and had to be exchanged for smaller place of worship outside the city center.

Jewish community today

Amsterdam's Jewish community today numbers about 15,000 people. A large number live in the neighborhoods of Buitenveldert, Oud-Zuid and Rivierenbuurt.

Especially in the neighborhood of Buitenveldert there's a sizeable Jewish community. In this area, Kosher food is widely available. There are several Kosher restaurants, 2 bakeries, Jewish-Israeli shops, a pizzeria and some supermarkets host a Kosher department. Buitenveldert also has a Jewish elderly home, an Orthodox synagogue and 3 Jewish schools.

Kashrut facilities in Amsterdam

  • All restaurants listed below are under the joint supervision of the Amsterdam Ashkenazi and Sephardi Rabbinates
  • All meat in the restaurants under Amsterdam rabbinical supervision is glatt kosher
  • A Te'udat Hechsher (kosher certificate) should be posted in the restaurant

Bakeries

Davids Corner - Kastelenstraat 114, Amsterdam (Buitenveldert)
Laromme - Kastelenstraat 69, Amsterdam (Buitenveldert)

Butcher shop

Marcus - Waalstraat 17, Amsterdam (Rivierenbuurt)

Delicatessen

Mouwes - Kastelenstraat 261, Amsterdam (Buitenveldert)

Sandwich shops, lunchrooms, restaurants

Golan Lunchroom - Kastelenstraat 265, Amsterdam (Buitenveldert)
Ha-Carmel (glatt kosher Israeli-Jewish gourmet restaurant) - Amstelveenseweg 224, Amsterdam (Oud-Zuid)
H'Baron - Kastelenstraat 110, Amsterdam (Buitenveldert)
Rimon Grandcafe - Kastelenstraat 65, Amsterdam (Buitenveldert)
Pizza & Co - Kastelenstraat 105A, Amsterdam (Buitenveldert)
Sal. Meijer - Buitenveldertselaan 114, Amsterdam (Buitenveldert)

Catering / tourist service

providing Shabbat meal packages, delivered to your hotel
Jacobs Kosher Catering
Marcus Kosher Catering
Roland Vos Kosher Catering

Kosher food in supermarkets

frozen meat and other kosher items stored in designated areas and special freezers
Albert Heijn XL supermarket - Gelderlandplein 47, Amsterdam (Buitenveldert)
Jumbo supermarket - Buitenveldertselaan 184, Amsterdam (Buitenveldert)
Jumbo supermarket - Kastelenstraat 70, Amsterdam (Buitenveldert)

Kashrut list

info   information available at the offices of the NIK, the umbrella organisation for Jewish Communities in Holland

Hotels with kosher breakfast

Holiday Inn Express Amsterdam - South - Zwaansvliet 20, Amsterdam (Buitenveldert)
Hotel Doria - Damstraat 3, Amsterdam (Centrum)
La Richelle Hotel - Holbeinstraat 41, Amsterdam (Oud-Zuid) +31 20 6710541
Best Western Delphi Hotel - Apollolaan 101-105, Amsterdam (Oud-Zuid)
Conscious Hotel Museum Square - De Lairessestraat 7, Amsterdam (Oud-Zuid)
Hotel NH Amsterdam Zuid - Van Leijenberghlaan 221, Amsterdam (Buitenveldert)

Synagogues in Amsterdam and Amstelveen

AMOS Shul - Kalfjeslaan 376, Amsterdam (Buitenveldert)
Beit Ha'Chidush (Uilenburger Synagoge) - Nieuwe Uilenburgerstraat 91, Amsterdam (Centrum)
Beis HaMedrasj Ets Chaim - Merckenburg 3, Amsterdam (Buitenveldert)
Beth Shalom - Kastelenstraat 80, Amsterdam (Buitenveldert)
Gerard Dou Synagogue - Tesjoengat Israel - Gerard Doustraat 238, Amsterdam (De Pijp)
JCC Shul - Van der Boechorststraat 26, Amsterdam (Buitenveldert)
Kehilas Ja'akow Synagogue - Gerrit van der Veenstraat 26, Amsterdam (Oud-Zuid)
Lek Shul - Lekstraat 61, Amsterdam (Rivierenbuurt)
Liberal Jewish Congregation of Amsterdam - Zuidelijke Wandelweg 41, Amsterdam (Rivierenbuurt)
Monthly Minyan - Amsterdam
Nidchei Jisrael Jechanes - Nieuwe Kerkstraat 149, Amsterdam (Plantage)
Portuguese Synagogue - Mr. Visserplein 3, Amsterdam (Waterlooplein)
Shul West - Willem Schoutenstraat 8, Amsterdam (De Baarsjes, West)
Rav Aron Schuster (Jacob Obrecht) - Heinzestraat 1, Amsterdam (Oud-Zuid)
CIZ Shul - Laan van de Helende Meesters 8, Amstelveen
Portuguese (Sephardic) Synagogue - Texelstraat 82, Amstelveen
Amstelveen Shul - Max Havelaarlaan 435, Amstelveen

For information on specific times of services, please contact NIHS: info@nihs.nl

Esnoga
The beautiful interior of the Portuguese Synagogue

Joods Historisch Museum   Jewish Historical Museum



Old Jewish Quarter
with its synogogues, museum, monuments, Waterlooplein flea market

Portuguese Synagogue   once the world's largest synagogue

Hollandsche Schouwburg   National Holocaust Memorial


Diamond industry

diamonds when in Amsterdam visit one of the authentic diamond factories - a reminder of Jewish Amsterdam



recommended website with map of Jewish life and culture in Amsterdam
Jewish Amsterdam