The Nidhe Israel Synagogue and Museum Tours are presented by the Barbados Tourism Product Authority as part of the Barbados Sugar and Rum Season 2018.
The cultivation and exportation of sugar cane made Barbados an extremely wealthy country, and with over 500 windmills, mass production ensured continuous growth. This was all made possible by the Jewish community in Barbados, who immigrated to Barbados as they sought refuge from religious persecution in Europe and Brazil.
By 1654, Sephardic Jews in Barbados had consecrated Nidhe Israel, one of the two earliest temples in the Western hemisphere. This architectural jewel shares a walled urban sanctuary with a stylish and engaging museum, an intriguing cemetery, and a spring-fed mikvah (ritual bath) whose recent discovery 12 feet underground is of tremendous historical importance.
Visit the synagogue and the adjacent Nidhe Israel Museum, which documents the fascinating story of the Barbados Jewish community while paying homage to its role in Barbadian heritage and society.
Since 2011, the Synagogue has been designated as a UNESCO protected property within the World Heritage Site of Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison.
Take High Street, which runs beside Parliament, turn left on James Street and follow our signs. Parking is opposite the Central Police Station on James Street.
Tours available Monday to Friday until Apr 13 2018. Weekend viewing is by appointments only.
Opening Hours: 9:00 am to 4:00pm
Museum - Bds $25.00
Synagogue - FREE
Contact the Nidhe Israel Synagogue and Museum for bookings at (246) 436-6869 or visit www.nidheisrael.com
Venue: Nidhe Israel Synagogue and Museum, Bridgetown, St. Michael