St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands - 01/01/2011
U. S. Virgin Islands, St. Thomas, Charlotte Amalie, Charlotte Amalie Synagogue, second oldest Jewish temple in the Western Hemisphere, interior.
Walter Bibikow/age fotostock
This intimate synagogue, built in 1833, is considered the oldest U.S. in continuous use (a hundred families still worship here). Visit the National Historic Landmark to find mahogany pews, ornate domes, and scrolls that survived a fire. The most famous feature is the sand floor, which symbolizes the Jews’ journey across the desert to find the Promised Land.