- cnr Duke & Charles Sts
- 876 922-5931
Lonely Planet review for Synagogue
Jamaica’s only synagogue, home to the United Congregation of the Israelites, is an attractive building dating from 1912 (its predecessor was toppled by the 1907 earthquake). The place is worth a visit for its fine mahogany staircase and gallery. Sand muffles your footsteps as you roam – a symbolic memorial to the days of the Inquisition, when Jews fleeing persecution in Spain were forced to practice their faith in Jamaica in secret. The synagogue is usually locked, though if you call in advance you can often arrange for the caretaker to open up on request for a small donation.