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“Schul on Rosh Hashanah” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Beracha Veshalom Vegimulth Hasidim Synagogue

Beracha Veshalom Vegimulth Hasidim Synagogue
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites
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Owner description: Sephardic Jews fleeing the Spanish Inquisition built the oldest active synagogue in the U.S. territories.
sjc
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34 reviews 34 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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“Schul on Rosh Hashanah”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

Of course it is a historic place and you can read about that elsewhere. On short notice I found myself on St Thomas and it was Erev Rosh Hashanah! It is more about the people who make the building what it is. I was so welcomed by people and made to feel so at home, while so far from home. Not only a wonderful historical place it is filled with wonderful generous people. It is not everywhere when a starnger comes to town that they can feel so welcome. Now off to work and back for for Yom Kippur.

Visited September 2012
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English first
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49 reviews 49 reviews
36 attraction reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Interesting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

Very attractive place with a sand floor. Video of Jewish history in VI and nice architecture. A little off the beaten path in CA, but worth the hunt.

Visited August 2012
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Jewish History in the New World”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

Loved the sand floor and the DVD, which taught us a lot about Jews in the Caribbean. This is a nice little side trip away from the shopping madness on the main streets of Charlotte Amalie.

Visited July 2012
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Top Contributor
108 reviews 108 reviews
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
“Synagogue Of St Thomas”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

Within walking distance from the downtown "diamond" peddlers, is St Thomas Synagogue. The island was partially settled by Jewish immigrants looking for a place to live peacefully. We toured it without any guide and viewed the video. It is a heart rendering story of trials and victories over tyranny and the hardships that island life renders. The building is beautiful in a simple but affirmative way with the dirt floor which is a symbol of when they had to hide their religious beliefs from those that would butcher them. The sand floor muffled their prayers in the basements as they had to live as Christians above ground or else pay the price for their beliefs with their lives to the Spanish. Why is religion so cruel? I haven't a clue. Wood benches and individual areas separate the men from women as tradition and it is an excellent way to get a glimpse of what these people and their religion is about. There is a spiritual presence there that cannot be denied. L'Chaim to all of you.

Visited May 2012
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Hoersholm, Denmark
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“Nice and peaceful place...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2012

A visit to this place should be included when strolling the narrow streets of Charlotte Amalie. The road leading up to the place is pretty steep, but you are rewarded with a nice setting when you make it. Our families first time visit to a synagogue and we were surprised to see that the floor was covered with sand here.

Visited July 2012
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