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Nidhe Israel Museum, Barbados

The Nidhe Israel Museum is a fascinating historical spot, located next to the synagogue in Barbados’ capital city of Bridgetown. It traces Jewish history in Barbados, dating back to the arrival of the earliest Jewish settlers in 1628; highlighting their contribution to the sugar industry here, as well as the trials and tribulations they faced on the island.

Image source: Wikimedia Commons. Copyright David Berkowitz.

Within the museum, you can find historic artefacts and interactive displays, providing visitors with an insight into the interesting story of the Barbadian Jewish community. This wondrous museum also overlooks the cemetery, just across from the Nidhe Israel Synagogue, which is home to headstones dating right back to the 17th century.

In 1831, a hurricane destroyed the synagogue, which was then left in a state of disrepair for over 150 years until it was turned over to the Barbados National Trust to be renovated. The synagogue is now included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site and is still used as a place of worship by the island’s Jewish community.