Nidhe Israel Synagogue & Museum

Founded in 1654, this is the earliest constructed synagogue still in use in the Americas. The museum artistically communicates the story of the Jewish diaspora and their search for a Promised Land as it relates to the Caribbean region and most specifically Barbados. 

exhibit in the synagogue's museum

The Jewish community thrived in Barbados until 1831 but by 1848 the Jewish population had declined to only 70 Jews. In 1925 there was only one Jew left on the island, David Baeza. The Nidhe Israel Syngogue was deconsecrated and sold to private interests. 

the interior od the synagogue with benches and changelier

In 1931, Ashkenazi Jews, including the late patron Moses Altman, migrated to Barbados from Poland. He and his son Paul Altman dedicated themselves to rescuing the decaying structure.

The synagogue's gazebo

With assistance and generous donations the entire Synagogue Historical District has been exquisitely restored. It includes the synagogue, a water fed mikvah, shops, a meeting facility, restaurant, a very special gazebo, and an interesting graveyard. 

view of the synagogue from the graveyard