Nidhe Israel Synagogue and Museum

Nidhe Israel Synagogue and Museum

Nidhe Israel Synagogue and Museum
4.5
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Oldest Jewish synagogue in the Western hemisphere, dating back to 1654.
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rslee701@comcast.net
Philadelphia, PA6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Wonderful experience. Museum was very well done. Hard to believe some of the graves were several hundred years old. Oldest synagogue in the Western Hemisphere!
Written February 15, 2024
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Sara D
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
This is one of the most beautiful and memorable places I have ever visited. Regardless of your religious or spiritual beliefs, this is the oldest synagogue in the western hemisphere with an incredible history.

I have taken self-guided tours countless times with visitors and locals alike, which are loved by everybody. But when I finally scheduled a special tour for a Saturday for special guests who were visiting Barbados for the first time (a quick stopover on a cruise) we learned more about the Jews in Barbados than we could’ve ever imagined. This was all thanks to Neal and his incredible knowledge and enthusiasm for teaching others.

If you want to have this unique experience, be sure to schedule this in advance with Neal, or you could also do a self guided tour which includes the on-site museum.

Either way, you will you will learn things you would’ve never imagined as part of Jewish, Barbados and Caribbean history.
Written January 31, 2024
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NYTravelerBD
Westchester County, NY1,499 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
If you want to take a break from snorkeling, swimming with sea turtles, and all the wonderful ocean activities that Barbados offers, I highly recommend checking out this fascinating and beautifully restored synagogue in Bridgetown. It is part of a UNESCO world heritage site and for good reason - the synagogue dates back to the 17th century and contains tombstones and artifacts from that time period. My wife and 10-year-old daughter and I really loved our time here, and it added a cultural and historical element to our vacation.
Written January 8, 2024
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Nina Yanthi Simatupang Charles
Tortola10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Worth a visit. It's very fascinating. Tbh i never knew there are plenty Jewish Community in Barbados. It open my eyes.I would love to go back again next time.
Written January 19, 2023
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osimajorusaf
Ruston, LA553 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
This is a simple, but very informative tour. In fact, of all the tours we experienced while visiting the Caribbean, this is the one that stands out in my mind as the most interesting. I highly recommend this tour.
Written February 10, 2022
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Jim H
Sammamish, WA136 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
The Jewish population of Barbados dates back to the mid 17th Century. They arrived from Dutch Brazil bringing with them windmill technology and sugar cane. In the early 20th Century, the population was down to one person. During the lead up to WWII and the Holocaust, the population expanded with Jewish refugees. In the late 1900s and early 2000s, the Synagogue was restored. If you like history, a must see.
Written February 1, 2022
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Daniel K
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Couples
Neal gave a thoroughly engaging and fascinating introduction to the history of Barbados, the Jewish presence there, and its importance to the island. A very interesting and well-done little museum adjacent to the synagogue is included with your entry fee. Highly recommend.
Written January 5, 2022
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factnotfiction18
Boston15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
Such a unique historical site! The restored synagogue, cemetery, mikvah, and museum are full of fascinating and beautiful details, and the tour was full of interesting facts and history. The museum is very modern and well presented. For such a little-known part of Barbados's history, I highly recommend Neal's tour.
Written July 12, 2021
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Jennifer R
Tucson, AZ187 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
Very informative and interesting visit... spent about 1.5 hours there. We called/emailed a day ahead, and we were very fortunate that Ava was able to get Neal to come give us a guided tour. We strongly recommend the tour guide - though the museum is self-guided, it was great to have his tour of the historic buildings and then he answered questions for us inside the nice (air conditioned) museum. It's very small but has a lot of fascinating history and will appeal to those interested in Jewish history and historic sites.
Written December 11, 2020
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Neil L
Edinburgh, UK725 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This is a very historic site of interest to people of all faiths. It has a modern museum and a lot of restoration of the original buildings. One of the top sites in Bridgetown.
Written February 26, 2020
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