St. Thomas Synagogue

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St. Thomas Synagogue
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Joel W
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Such a beautiful historic synagogue. Tons of history both from the island community and generations that settled on St. Thomas. Beautiful sand floors designs and artifacts from settlers from other continents.
Written 4 August 2022
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matty :)
New Jersey4 contributions
Family
Beautiful experience. Our guide was so kind and it was a quick and easy tour, and the kids loved it too! The historical value was great, and we were able to dive deep into Jewish past.
Written 20 July 2022
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Sherrie C
Romulus, MI2 contributions
Family
This is the oldest continuously used synagogue in the Western Hemisphere. It is fascinating. We love learning about the sand floor as well as the torahs
Written 5 July 2022
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Dave K
Overland Park, KS24 contributions
This was one of the highlights of our trip! Agi was fantastic and shared the amazing history not only of the synagogue, but of the historic artifacts present, including a menorah from the 11th century! Seeing a torah that was recovered from when Nazis looted European synagogues brought us chills. This is a must see for humans of any religion.
Written 2 July 2022
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radarcessna
Roswell, GA187 contributions
Family
Enjoyed hearing about the history of the synagogue before visiting the gift shop and. Making a small contribution. Glad the recent hurricanes were reasonably kind to this historical religious site.
Written 2 June 2022
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Travelislife
33 contributions
Family
The synagogue is a must see for people of all religions! So much history and hope are found within these walls. Aggie is a wonderful tour guide and shares the history of the Jewish community & the synagogue on the island!

It is the oldest continuously operating synagogue under the US flag and second oldest in the Western Hemisphere. Inside you will find a 1,000 year old menorah from Spain, Baccarat crystal chandeliers from France, a hand carved ark contains six scrolls with torahs - four that are over 400 years old and two over 200 years old. One of these Torahs survived the Holocast- originally from the Czech Republic. I felt a sense of awe, wonder, and reverence seeing and being in the presence of the scrolls.

The synagogue is one of only five in the world with a sand floor. During the Spanish Inquisition, the sand was used to muffle the sounds of prayer for if Jewish people were found to be praying and practicing Judaism, they would be killed.

The synagogue is amazingly beautiful and reflects hope - in spite of Spanish and Nazi persecution, the Jewish people and treasures housed inside the synagogue have sustained and are thriving today.

This special place is not to be missed while visiting St.Thomas!
Written 2 June 2022
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AnnK1953
Valencia6 contributions
Couples
What a treasure! I had no idea the 2nd oldest synagogue in the Western Hemisphere was here in St. Thomas!
What a historic and cultural treasure.
Agi provided an amazing tour and her knowledge of the history was incredible.
This is a must see for island visitors.
Written 28 April 2022
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Lucien B
Amsterdam, The Netherlands5 contributions
Couples
Beautiful island, good accommodation, limited gastronomic options post-covid. Attractions are especially deep-sea diving and snorkeling. Weird departure procedures at the airport. You are interrogated how much you spent on the island.
Written 27 April 2022
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James H
Madison, CT26 contributions
Solo
This is the third time I have visited this synagogue and even so, I found the information gained extremely new and interesting. It is one of only 5 synagogues in the world with sand floor!! The others being in Amsterdam, Kingston Jamaica, Curaçao, and I believe Surinam. I learned that the chandeliers were a gift from a french family, irreplaceable baccarat crystal, and this has been in continuous service since the the late 1700’s.. The guide, whose name I unfortunately did not ask, is enormously informative, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Their gift shop has wonderful items which support their budget which comes entirely from donations!!
Written 26 April 2022
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NPSteve
Minneapolis, MN1 contribution
Couples
We walked around Charlotte Amalie shopping district and had ice cream before hiking a couple blocks north to “Synagogue Hill.” We met our guide Agi at the gate, showed proof of COVID-19 vaccination, then went inside the synagogue. The floor is covered in an inch or two of sand, one of five synagogues to do so. You might think this is an unavoidable reality in a beach town, but it is actually an homage to persecuted Jews who would put sand on their floors to mask the sound of prayers and movement during times of worship. It’s a moment of instant connection to a resilient and devout people from the past. Agi continued telling us about the history of the synagogue and how Jews ended up in the Virgin Islands. You have to come and hear her tell the story. Finally, Agi showed great reverence for Torah scrolls—some of which were 300 years old. You can take pictures of the scrolls which are worth the hike up the hill to see. Beautiful to look at and just an incredible piece of history that has survived multiple fires. Jews and Christians will appreciate the spiritual aspect while all visitors will find the history and architecture fascinating. Agi was an open and wonderful guide, very knowledgeable, and obviously passionate about her ancestry and the synagogue. It was a highlight of our trip.
Written 6 April 2022
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