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Jewish Cemetery

Charlestown, Nevis
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Ranked #10 of 17 attractions in Charlestown
Type: Cemeteries
Traveler Description:   During the 17th century, a group of Sephardic Jews who had previously been living for a while in Brazil, came north to Nevis, where they taught the... more »
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London
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41 reviews 41 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

Don't travel too far to see this. We stumbled upon it but it is not really an attraction (funny word used in conjunction with a cemetery). not like say Prague or Paris cemeteries, it's very small. Not sure how those buried being 18th century Jewish makes it an attraction.

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Toronto, Ontario
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

WHo would have thought that there was a Jewish History here in Nevis? Well maintained cemetery by the Historical Society.

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Suva, Fiji
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

The history, and importance, of the Jewish settlers in the Caribbean is often overlooked; however, this poignant reminder is a great way of learning more about such. They formed an important part of the commerce classes of these islands during the heyday of the sugar cane trade, when much of the wealth of the British Empire was derived from this... More

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New York City
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

The Nevis historical society has an informative sign at this plot right in town, off the main street. There are a number of very old graves, not terribly well tended, but I suppose that's not surprising given their age, and the lack of a community to tend them. There are two benches, which we sat on for a while and... More

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Nevis West Indies
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

You will find grave stones from the 1600's written in Portuguese and Hebrew. This cemetery was hidden for years under mounds of bush, however funds were raised and the grass is mowed. It looks very sparse but you will see that it is well visited-as the typical small stones are left on every grave. It is quite walkable from Charlestown... More

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Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2012

You would not expect to find a Jewish cemetery on such a small island but there is. The locals know all about it, down to the stones stacked upon the graves

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Middletown, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2012

We found the old Jewish cemetery on Nevis fascinating. There are 19 grave markers that survive, from the late 17th and early 18th century. There are readable inscriptions on 15 of these, with Hebrew, Portuguese, and English text. Some of the grave markers also have symbolic engravings. A little of the cemetery is still overgrown with tropical vines with beautiful... More

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2012

If you are Jewish, or interested in this sort of history, it is worth a little visit. The cemetery is now well kept - which it wasn't the last time I was there more than 20 years ago. It is close to the centre of town, walkable, so you could just pop in. Read about the history, mentioned in other... More

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