St. Thomas Synagogue, Charlotte Amalie

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Declared a National Historic Landmark in 1997, St. Thomas Synagogue remains an elegant and unique site with a rich heritage. The second oldest in the United States, the synagogue was built in 1833 for a Sephardic congregation established some 40 years before. The history of the site echoes through the European architecture speckled all over the building, such as Dutch chandeliers that hang overhead. You will be immediately struck by the sand floor of the synagogue, for which no one is sure of the origin, although helpful guides will happily provide you with popular theories. To visit St. Thomas Synagogue on your trip to Charlotte Amalie, use our Charlotte Amalie trip builder.
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  • The St. Thomas Synagogue sits above the touristy shopping area and is an oasis of historic calm. Our docent, Judith, related the hundreds year old story of the Jewish community and its intimate connec...  more »
  • It was not easy finding street signs to be able to find this place, but we managed to do so. It is a very steep walk up a narrow street, Raadets Gade. It was interesting to see, especially the dirt fl...  more »
  • This really is a special experience of the synagogue. Charlotte Amelie, the U.S. Virgin Islands ' ' capital ' ' (St. Thomas) can be reached by car in just one of the very steep streets. A young, very open to the world and your rabbi. (By the way the guitar is one of the hobby.) The synagogue was built by the Danish colonial period yet, in front of the raised level, and to the East, against the un. almemor (platform, which consists of the table = sulchan which the Torah is read), but this is the classic ancient zsinagógákkal, in the Middle, but on the other wall. The entrance to the more modern buildings. The most interesting thing, however, that the floor of the room is covered with a fine grain sand. Such as the rabbi in the whole world only five. The origin of the tradition of the Spanish escape inkvizició hiding '' secret '' Jews (marranusok), who was held in secret cellars istentiszteleteiket and sound-deadening role in the sand. Unfortunately, the permanent exhibition room was just renovated, so we could not see. The coincidence would have it, a living there, látogatásunkkor was born in Vienna, but also excellent Hungarian-speaking Lady helped us learn about the lives of the local community. Who get to this amazing little island, regardless of their religion, do not miss this interesting attractions.
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  • I loved my trip to St. Thomas and had to make time to go to the second oldest Synagogue in the Western hemisphere! When I got to the top of the hill and fell in love with the beautiful modesty. I hope to go again one day. The women there are wonderful, knowledgeable people. I have a pretty Mezuzah in my doorway from the unforgettable visit.
  • Good from a historical point of view and to see how the community has changed over time. Friendly congregation.
  • Awesome... Truly amazing...