Broad Street, the main commercial center in Bridgetown, Barbados, is teeming with island vacationers and day-tripping passengers from cruise ships. As they amble in and out of the thoroughfare’s shopping malls and marketplaces, most of the tourists are unaware of Nidhe Israel Synagogue, mikve and museum, nestling on a side street called Synagogue Lane.

For visitors who stumble upon the complex or who have been advised to add it to their list of Barbadian tourist attractions, understanding the significance of the synagogue’s presence is not possible without knowing Barbados’s resilient Jewish history.