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St. Thomas Synagogue

Officially named Beracha Veshalom Vegimulth Hasidim, meaning Blessing and Peace and Loving Deeds, the synagogue was constructed in 1833 in the same location as former smaller synagogues. It is the second-oldest synagogue in the Western Hemisphere and the oldest continuously used Synagogue under the American Flag. The congregation was founded in 1796 by Sephardic Jews. The synagogue has a domed ceiling with beautiful chandeliers, mahogany pews and sand floors. In 1997 the building was designated a National Historic Landmark. Weibel Museum, which is adjacent to the Synagogue, showcases over 200 years of Jewish life in St. Thomas.

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I love the history here on St Thomas, and nowhere is it represented more beautifully than in this synagogue. The atmosphere there is of warmth, love and acceptance (Jewish or not) and the building itself is stunning! Head straight for the museum in the back and watch a 20+ minute video about the story of the people and place, then wander around. It is an amazing experience, and not one to be missed while you're here!

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