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07 January 2018
Open House: The Nidhe Israel Synagogue and Museum, Bridgetown

The Open House programme is presented by the Barbados National Trust.

This week's Open House is The Nidhe Israel Synagogue and Museum.

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. The whole atmosphere is mystical.

Directions:
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.

Admission:
General Bds $35.00
Children under 5 y.o. Free
BARP, AARP and CARP Members Bds $30.00
Members of the Barbados National Trust Bds $25.00 upon presentation of membership card. Also applicable to reciprocating Trusts and Societies members.
Children 12-17 y.o. and Students (BCC, UWI and Polytechnic with ID): Bds $15.00

Dress nicely casual.

No pre-booking is needed. Just follow the directions - look for the signs.

Call the Barbados National Trust at 426-2421 for more information and to ensure that the viewing is on as advertised.


Start time: 1:45 PM   End time: 5:00 PM

Venue: Nidhe Israel Synagogue and Museum, Bridgetown, St. Michael

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The Open Houses Programme is a Winter Season Tradition in Barbados presented by the Barbados National Trust (BNT).  It allows visitors and residents alike access to some of the island's loveliest houses.  Discover more about our island's diverse architecture and history.

The programme includes all types of houses - from the grand old plantation houses rich with centuries of history, to the newer, luxurious Bajan-style villas.

Grounds and gardens are part of the attraction.  Sip your rum punch in stunning tropical settings.

The BNT sets up a bazaar with books and crafts people.  Refreshments are on sale.
In addition, they provide historical and architectural information which you can take home with you at no additional cost.

At 3:15 pm, short lectures are given by the BNT's experts on heritage.  These are:

Prof Henry Fraser -
a past president of Barbados National Trust and the author of 'Historic Houses of Barbados' and 'Treasures of Barbados.'

Dr Karl Watson - BNT's current president and the editor of the journal of the Barbados Museum & Historical Society. He is also the author of the forthcoming book 'History of the Sephardic Jews of Barbados.'

The Barbados National Trust was founded in 1961 to preserve our unique heritage - be it historic buildings, place of natural beauty or out flora and fauna.

It's a very active Trust and was recently successful in achieving UNESCO International Heritage Site status for Bridgetown and its Garrison.

 

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