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Visitor's Guide: St. Thomas

St. Thomas Synagogue

Sand floor synagogue
  • 15 Crystal Gade  ((Mail) Box 266) 
  • Charlotte Amalie,  00802
  • Phone: +1 340 774 4312
  • Fax: +1 340 774 3249
  • Email: hewbrewcong@islands.vi
  • Web: http://www.onepaper.com/synagogue/  
  • Neighborhood: Charlotte Amalie
  • Category: Local History & Culture
  • Hours: Mo to Fr from 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

Description

The third oldest synagogue in the Western Hemisphere, this gracious building has a sand floor. This signifies the time during the Spanish Inquisition when practicing Judaism was punishable by death. Jews would worship in cellars with sand on the floors to absorb the sound. The congregation began in 1796, but the original and then subsequent building burned down. This building dates to 1833. A small gift shop and the Weibel Museum both sit adjacent to the synagogue. The museum contains mostly historical documents and literature. Visitors are welcome to tour the synagogue and attend services. Admission is free, but donations are accepted.

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