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“History in a glance - nice to have been there” 3 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.
Norway
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94 reviews 94 reviews
35 attraction reviews
Reviews in 45 cities Reviews in 45 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
“History in a glance - nice to have been there”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

Sand on the floor, rather old fashioned posters to tell the history of the Jewish community in the Virgin Islands. Not wery much to see, but interesting to have ben there.

Visited January 2013
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New York City, New York
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23 attraction reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“History - past and present”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

A beautiful old Synagogue that has changed with the times, transforming itself as the population changes.

You must know that it's up a very steep hill. When we got off of the cruise line, we asked about a taxi to the synagogue. They charged us an extra dollar each for the ride. ($5 instead of $4!) The best value of the whole trip! The walk down and back to the heart of town was slow and easy, but we were very glad to have taken the taxi all the way up the hill.

It's free to go in, and of course, it's nice to give a donation to keep it going. The photos with accompanying information give one a sense of the past and there is a video talk from the present Rabbi that brings you up to date on where they are now. There are many types of interesting information, with news articles and essays. You could visit for a few minutes or spend hours there. All are welcome. During its history, the congregation has been everything from Orthodox to Reform, but the important thing is that it still exists. An example of adaptation and yet preservation. There is a fabulous gift shop where the items range from very inexpensive to very expensive, depending on what you want. The lady there is lovely and helpful.

If you are Jewish, it's a must see. If not, and you like to visit churches, mosques, etc, it's also a must see.

Visited January 2013
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Walnut Creek, California
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“A gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

We visited the Synagogue and were invited to a service on Friday evening. The people were very friendly, and the service was very nice with music.

Visited December 2012
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South Amboy, New Jersey
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“Definite stop”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

The synagogue is located on the top of the hill and is definitely worth a bit of a hike to see it. It is a beautiful building with a sand floor. There is a video which explains the synagogue's history and explains the reason for the sand. Even though we were not there during a service, there was a very real sense of warmth that permeated the building. We stopped in the synagogue store and of course found a great many beautiful items to buy. It was definitely a highlight of our stay on the island.

Visited December 2012
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Fletcher, North Carolina
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“Dreidels”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

As we were walking around town there was a group of men with travelers menorahs and dreidels. They gave us a menorah on the 5th day of Chanakah and some dreidels to take with us. Thanks so much, Shalom

Visited December 2012
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