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Phonenumber: +1 246-436-6869
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There is currently one synagogue situated in Bridgetown.

Nidhe Israel Synagogue (Scattered of Israel) was founded in 1654 and was one of the first Synagogue built in the Western Hemisphere.

About 300 Jewish people of Recife, Brazil, persecuted by the Dutch, settled in Barbados in the 1660's. Skilled in the sugar industry, they quickly introduced the crop and passed on their skills in cultivation and production to the Barbados land owners.

The Jewish Community thrived in Barbados, with 800 registered Jews in Bridgetown in 1750.

In 1831 a hurricane destroyed the great synagogue, so it was rebuilt in 1833, mantaining the architectonic characteristics of the time till the date.
After a while, fell into disrepair and was sold in 1929.

In 1983, it was bought back by the Jewish community. In 1986 it went back to being used as a synagogue, thanks to the collaboration of Paul Altman.

It was restored to its present state with its beautiful Gothic arches, and is now a Barbados National Trust protected building and also an active Synagogue.
The Nidhe Israel Museum is located next to the synagogue in the capital city of Bridgetown.

The artistic museum transmits the history of the Jewish diaspora, the exodus from Spain and Portugal during the Inquisition and their search for a Promised Land.
Exhibits at the Nidhe Israel Museum include a timeline of Jewish settlement in Barbados, artifacts and interactive displays.

Located in the grounds is a full immersion Mikveh, a ritual bath, which dates back to the 17th century. It was discovered in 2009, under the parking lot by a PhD candidate, Michael Stoner, during his efforts to locate a famous rabbi's house.

It has been restored and is confirmed as the oldest Mikve of total immersion which is fed by a natural spring in the Western Hemisphere, and even, which has been created prior to the construction of the original synagogue.

Currently, Jewish population had decreated to only 91 Jews.

The tour around the museum and the synagogue provide a very nice and interesting experience of Jewish life and history in Barbados.

It's open from Mondays to Fridays from 9 to 12 AM and from 1 to 4 PM.

Admission:
Adults US: $12.50 / $25.00
Children - $6. US / BDS $12 (children under 5 enter for free)

For more details you can read at this link: http://www.barbadosnationaltrust.org/

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