St. Thomas Synagogue
St. Thomas Synagogue
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Alex H
38 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
I believe this is an important place to visit and learn of our heritage and I want so badly to say it was a great experience BUT the tour guide was not welcoming, did not seam to want us, got very annoyed that another group showed up at the same time and actually really just came across as very unwelcoming. The "tour" meanwhile is just to walk into the sanctuary, give a 10 minute talk and ask for donations. All that we are fine with but c'mon, act like you love it and take pride in it. This is a special and holy place we were proud to see and experience. It just would have been nicer with a smile.

On another note, the President of the congregation was there at the same time and was lovely.
Written 3 February 2022
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Portcruiser
Port Washington, NY126 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
Several friends on our cruise recommended this as a must see because it's the second oldest synagogue in the Western hemisphere. Curacao was the first. Our ship docked in Charlotte Amalie and we took a cab who knew exactly where to go to the top of the hill. We thought that we were just going to get a walk through but we were extremely fortunate that we arrived at 11:30 which was a tour time. Agi gave us a comprehensive tour with a wonderful lengthy history session about the Jewish community and every detail of the synagogue from the sand floor to the five Torah scrolls including a Sepahrdic torah which we have never seen. Agi was so sincere and excellent that we became members to help support the shul.
Written 2 March 2022
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rizeek
Barcelona, Spain14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
Our visit was brief- about 30 minutes including the gift shop- but well worth the time. The impromptu tour was just the two of us, and Agi, our guide, was warm and incredibly knowledgeable. The synagogue is small but the history is as sprawling and fascinating as the Jewish diaspora itself. Please consider supporting it with a visit or donation so it can continue to operate and serve local families and educate visitors for another couple of centuries.
Written 28 October 2022
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TennisStar602
New Jersey704 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 23 June 2021
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lucsimsthomas
San Antonio, TX349 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
What a beautiful synagogue!! It was worth the trip up the steep hill. We went in because we were hot and tired and this was one of the few places on our self-guided historic walking tour that allowed you to go in.
Inside we found a beautiful facility filled with so much history. There's a museum with lots of information and photos that tell the synagogue's story. The rabbi was there and actually greeted us and answered questions.
The sand floor and why it has a sand floor was fascinating information. We stayed for quite awhile to take it all in.
Written 8 July 2023
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Jackie L
27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Couples
Very cool and historic synagogue - we visited before our flight without a reservation, they were extremely accommodating when we just showed up and we had a super informative and friendly tour guide. We also got to meet the Rabbi who was very nice. FYI that they require masks and you have to show your vaccination card, so definitely have that (or a picture of it) ready before you go.

We got a very detailed history on the synagogue, the Torah scrolls, the past congregants, and the overall history of Jews on St. Thomas. We are observant Jews (as were the other visitors who were there the same time as us) so we were knowledgeable on it and interested in it, but I imagine more explanation on what things are or less detail is given on tours with people less familiar with Judaism.

No matter what religion you are - this is a very cool place to visit and to see while on St. Thomas (and right downtown!) and I highly recommend it for an informative and different place to go!
Written 20 February 2022
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dive360
Pgh7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Friends
The Synagogue is beautiful inside, yes it has a sand floor and it has a story to tell.... but ya gotta visit Agi in the gift shop to hear it!
Agi is fantastic to speak with and she’s a wealth of information. There is extensive Jewish history in the islands that I was unaware of but Agi knows all of it.
The synagogue is uphill from the main drag - but it isn’t very far. Definitely worth the short walk!
Written 3 March 2020
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KB
Lewisville, TX29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This was really an interesting place to visit while exploring St Thomas.
The guide gave us a tour with a lot of information about the history of the building and the Jewish community in the area.
Definitely worth the climb up the hill!
Written 4 February 2024
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BeeMee125
New York City, NY1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Family
May be off the beaten track, but worth it. Agi Rampino, who is the docent, was great to speak with and enjoyed all the detailed information she talked about. Great for those who are Jewish and history buffs alike. It was one of the trip highlights for me.
Written 13 January 2023
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NPSteve
Minneapolis, MN3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
We walked around Charlotte Amalie shopping district and had ice cream before hiking a couple blocks north to “Synagogue Hill.” We met our guide Agi at the gate, showed proof of COVID-19 vaccination, then went inside the synagogue. The floor is covered in an inch or two of sand, one of five synagogues to do so. You might think this is an unavoidable reality in a beach town, but it is actually an homage to persecuted Jews who would put sand on their floors to mask the sound of prayers and movement during times of worship. It’s a moment of instant connection to a resilient and devout people from the past. Agi continued telling us about the history of the synagogue and how Jews ended up in the Virgin Islands. You have to come and hear her tell the story. Finally, Agi showed great reverence for Torah scrolls—some of which were 300 years old. You can take pictures of the scrolls which are worth the hike up the hill to see. Beautiful to look at and just an incredible piece of history that has survived multiple fires. Jews and Christians will appreciate the spiritual aspect while all visitors will find the history and architecture fascinating. Agi was an open and wonderful guide, very knowledgeable, and obviously passionate about her ancestry and the synagogue. It was a highlight of our trip.
Written 6 April 2022
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