St. Thomas Synagogue

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Michelle P
19 contributions
Beautiful Synagogue
Sep 2021
We did a Tour, it
s a very small but pretty Synagogue. Very interesting history, definitely worth the time!
Written September 19, 2021
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Lorri Z
8 contributions
Step into the past!
Sep 2021
This ancient synagogue is difficult to get to but so worth the effort. Climbing up the steep hill was challenging but the architecture and historical tour were amazing. Go for services if you can arrange it.
The congregation is made up of vibrant young families who brought in the Jewish New Year with a lot of singing and new music as well as a field trip to the beach to continue their service and cast their sins into the ocean.
Written September 8, 2021
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Inna K
Cleveland, OH12 contributions
Family Visit
Aug 2021
Interesting to visit a more than 200 year old synagogue. The guide explained the history and allowed to take pictures with ancient scrolls. Sand flooring is definitely unique to Spanish history.
Written August 7, 2021
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TennisStar602
New Jersey340 contributions
It was amazing to find such a synagogue in Saint Thomas!
Jun 2021 • Solo
I made an online appointment for a synagogue tour. It is the oldest continuous American synagogue, and it is one (1) out of five (5) synagogues in the world to possess a sand floor. Although the tours are free, one is encouraged to buy some merchandise and/or to donate some money. I liked the old Torahs, the architecture, and the tenacity of this congregation to thrive for a few centuries! The history was amazing. Aggie, the docent, was very knowledgeable. I was even invited to Shabbat services on Friday night!
Written June 23, 2021
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liza m
Needham, MA5 contributions
A Hidden Gem
Mar 2021 • Family
This was by far the highlight of our trip to St Thomas-We knew the synagogue existed and expected to just walk by it and see what it looked like BUT we had the good fortune to get an informational session led by Agnes “Agi” Rampino-the Docent and shop manager-who told us the most interesting relevant story of the origins of the temple and its artifacts and had my 18,16 yo sons totally mesmerized. It was a MUST DO when in Charlotte Amalie!
Written March 9, 2021
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Mary M
11 contributions
Great Hostess, informational, revised COVID hours
Dec 2020 • Couples
This was a very informational tour. Only 6 allowed at a time due to our pandemic enemy and the hours are Mon Tues Thurs 9-3:30. Very nice gift shop. Also maps app had us walk to the top of the hill, but it was actually midway up with gates. Hopefully this review saves some disappointment, but it was worth the walk up the hill!
Written December 29, 2020
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Insightful Tourists
Madison, WI125 contributions
Wouldn't let anyone in
Dec 2020
We went there only to find out they're closed. No one would let us in to look around. Whoever usually is there had a medical emergency and I guess the Rabbi couldn't be bothered and the person who was there wasn't authorized to let anyone in.
Written December 7, 2020
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cttravelgal
North Naples, FL112 contributions
Incredible beauty and experience. A must visit!
Mar 2020 • Couples
We visited this incredible Synagogue just before the hurricane hit and have been worried ever since but were thrilled to see this magnificent gem looking as beautiful as ever! There is a reason why this is the #1 “thing to do” on St Thomas: beauty, serenity, and a fabulous discussion on many diverse topics. There is also no charge since they feel this is inappropriate, but leave an offering if you can.
You enter into another world, leaving the hustle and bustle of the shops behind you, sand under your feet to dampen the sound and a soft breeze kisses your face as if those who have passed are there with you. The building is uniquely “air conditioned” using the trade winds and offers comfortable, cushioned benches to contemplate, pray and be grateful. (Catholic Church: take note!) Agi, who is a member of the synagogue and serves as your hostess/guide, has a depth of knowledge equal to any historian PhD not only of the synagogue but also of the Caribbean. As a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution I was astounded to learn of the contribution the Jewish people from the Caribbean made in helping us defeat the British. Time to teach that in the history books! A MUST for all visitors to St Thomas in search of more that just sun and rum! We were so taken we joined as lifetime members! A modest offering to preserve such beauty and history but not required of course.
Ps...Please don’t take off your sandals to feel the sand on the floor (as much as you will want to!) since it is a tradition at Jewish weddings to break glass as part of the ceremony!
Written March 13, 2020
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gec345
Houston, TX13 contributions
A gem
Mar 2020
What a lovely experience this was. Docent Agi Rampino shared so much of the history of this place. It felt like a giant step into another era, and yet this is still a working congregation. The sand floor was unique and the Torah from the Holocaust still with the numbers the Nazis wrote on it to catalog artifacts from a deceased race sent shivers down my spine. Agi Rampino spent a lot of time sharing her stories. We visited a lot of places on our cruise, but seeing this was the most meaningful.
Written March 9, 2020
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Tony P
Denton, TX5 contributions
Nice Place
Feb 2020
Dirt floored Synagogue in the middle of Charlotte Amalie. Nice uphill stroll from the coast. Very friendly people and absolutely beautiful!
Written March 9, 2020
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