Barbados: a wonderful place for tans, beaches, and ...

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Title Barbados: a wonderful place for tans, beaches, and synagogues?
Author(s) Henry F. Srebrnik
Related item Canadian Jewish News
Start page 43
Date 1999
Abstract Visit Welchman Hall Gully, a fascinating primeval rain forest with 200 species of tropical plants. Tour the Barbados Wildlife Reserve at the northern tip of the island, with its Barbados green monkeys, tortoises, and other animals and birds. Join an island safari and hang on for dear life as your Land Rover hurtles through sugar cane fields and up the steep cliffs along the rugged and mountainous eastern side of the island. By the early 20th century most Jews had left Barbados for greener pastures and the synagogue fell into disrepair and was finally sold. In 1934 the Torahs were sent to Bevis Marks, the Spanish and Portuguese synagogue in London, the beautiful chandeliers were sold to a Delaware museum, and the furniture was auctioned off. The exterior is, how' ever, finished, and an outside stairway again leads to the women's gallery upstairs, in a style typical of West Indian Sephardi synagogues. Some of the headstones in the two cemeteries adjoining the synagogue are over 300 years old, with inscriptions in Portuguese as well as Hebrew. For any Jewish traveller to Barbados, the Bridgetown synagogue is well worth the extra effort.

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