The Portuguese-Jewish Congregation (PIG)

On 3 April 1639 the Talmud Tora Congregation was founded and later became known as the PIG: the Portuguese-Jewish Congregation. The present congregation comprises about 250 families, 600 persons.

The Esnoga

The Esnoga, a majestic synagogue and at one time the largest in the world, was built in 1675 by the Talmud Tora Congregation as a centre for religious worship and remains active to this day. On Shabbat and the High Holy Days services are held, on weekdays and weekends alike. The traditions brought along from Spain and Portugal are still observed. This is manifested by a distinctive Hebrew pronunciation, slightly different religious traditions, special melodies, and the top hats that the officers wear during services. Since many members of the Congregation live in Amstelveen, a Sephardi synagogue has opened there as well, and Portuguese services are held daily there.

The Board of the Congregation

The Portuguese-Jewish Congregation is run by the Board of Parnassim, which comprises seven members and is chaired by Louis Lobatto. Since the Statutes of the Congregation were amended by the General Assembly of Members in 2010, women are eligible to serve on this Board as well.

Members of the Board of Parnassim:

L. Lobatto, chairman
G.E. Tahan, gabai (treasurer)
Dr. A. M. Palache, member
M.A. Cohen de Lara, member
Dr. E.H. Rosenberg, member
J.J. Boosman, member

Questions regarding the Congregation, religious services or other religious matters:
Michelle Gorin, General Manager
Secretary Portuguese-Jewish Congregation
T +31 (0)20 6 245 351
E Esnoga

Opening hours:
Summer (1 April - 31 October): Monday to Thursday, 9.00 to 17.00, Friday, 9.00 to 16.00.
Winter (1 November - 31 March: Monday to Thursday, 9.00 to 17.00, Friday, 9.00 to 14.00.

The secretary is closed on Jewish and national holidays.

Postal address:
Postbus 16748
1001 RE  Amsterdam

Visiting address:
Mr. Visserplein 3
1011 RD Amsterdam

Your tzedekah

We appreciate your tzedekah (gift) enormously, and after we acknowledge receipt, it may be tax-deductible in your home country. If you would like to transfer a gift to our account, these are the details:

Account owner: Portugees-Israëlietische Gemeente

USA (dollar):
Account number: 020069294
IBAN: NL23INGB0020069294


The Netherlands:
Account number: 697322777
IBAN: NL14INGB0697322777

Santo Servicio

Santo Servicio is the choir of the Portuguese Synagogue. In 1886 Santo Servicio was founded by members of the Portuguese-Jewish Congregation. At the time, the choir included at least 100 men and boy sopranos. They perpetuated the traditional songs. Unfortunately, hardly any of the choir members survived the Second World War. In 2003 Santo Servicio was reestablished. The choir performs regularly, at occasions ranging from huppot (weddings) to a choir day at the Paradiso.

For information and reservations:
E Santo Servicio or visit the website.