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Beracha Veshalom Vegimulth Hasidim Synagogue

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
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Worth the Trek up the Hill

This historic synagogue is breathtaking in its history and furnishings. It is wonderfully... read more

Reviewed 31 May 2017
Justus5NY
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Long Island, NY
Historical jewish heritage

Historic jewish heritage, part of the island history. Well maintained, friendly guidance on site... read more

Reviewed 30 December 2016
Samuel S
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Leland, North Carolina
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Sephardic Jews fleeing the Spanish Inquisition built the oldest active synagogue in the U.S. territories.
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  • Very good19%
  • Average7%
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“gift shop” (5 reviews)
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Reviewed 31 May 2017

This historic synagogue is breathtaking in its history and furnishings. It is wonderfully maintained, with the original sand floors (you will learn the meaning of the sand floors from the docent). The guide was friendly, welcoming and knowledgeable, herself a congregant and longtime resident of...More

Thank Justus5NY
Reviewed 30 December 2016

Historic jewish heritage, part of the island history. Well maintained, friendly guidance on site and a must visit historic site.

1  Thank Samuel S
Reviewed 30 December 2016

I have visited the synagogue before but it still is well worth the visit. The history is incredible. There are members who are there every day to act as docents explaining everything. The gift shop has a very nice variety at reasonable prices. Every time...More

Thank Philpoo
Reviewed 6 December 2016

It's a long hike uphill, especially on a warm humid afternoon, but the beautifully restored and maintained synagogue is cooler inside, especially on the upper pews where the breezes blow through. Those pews are the original mahogany. Try to imagine the crystal chandeliers with all...More

Thank maggie p
Reviewed 8 November 2016

Beautiful synagogue with lots of history. Informative care taker as well. Very welcoming atmosphere.

Thank RWFranks
Reviewed 28 October 2016

Four of us trudged up the hill to get here but were very happy we did. The docent was very informative and very eager to share her appreciation for the synagogue. The sandy floor was unique. The architecture was fresh. The gift shop was nicely...More

Thank shekit
Reviewed 6 July 2016

A friend recommended we visit the synagogue while in St Thomas. The time spent there was worth the effort to find the location. We learned much about the history of the building and the people who have worshiped there. You don't have to be Jewish...More

2  Thank WalkALot2
Reviewed 4 July 2016 via mobile

I've never been inside a synagogue, and I'm certain I may not be in another one quite like this one. It has a beautiful interior and sand floors that pack a lot of history behind them. There's also a lot of information about the artist...More

1  Thank elz60338
Reviewed 2 June 2016

Jews first settled in the Virgin Islands in 1655 under Danish rule. They purchased a cemetery in 1750 and founded the congregation in 1796. The first synagogue was built in 1803 but burned down. The present building was dedicated in 1833, which makes it the...More

2  Thank FlaHarlock
Reviewed 18 January 2016

This is a must-see for anyone interested in Jewish heritage. This is the oldest synagogue in continuous use under the American flag and the second oldest in the western hemisphere. The tour guide gave us a very good history of the congregation and showed us...More

3  Thank Rjh8115
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