The Weibel Memorial Museum
Located in the back foyer of the St. Thomas Synagogue is the Weibel Memorial Museum. Through the efforts of the Bicentennial Committee and members of the Hebrew Congregation it was established in 1995. In the museum you will find images, artifacts and plaques commemorating the history of St. Thomas’ Jewish population, from congregants to governors of the island.
Named for Elias J. Weibel, the general manager of H. Stern Jewelers in the Caribbean from 1980 until his death in 1991, it was made possible thanks to the generous donations of Hans Stern and H. Stern Jewelers.
“Johnny” Weibel was born in Rumania and escaped to South America with his parents after World War II. He was 12 years old. He went on to Panama as a young man, working with his cousin, and then emigrated to Israel where he began his career with H. Stern in 1966, just before the Six-Day War.
In St. Thomas, Weibel was an active member of the Jewish community and the broader St. Thomas community. He was a charter member of the Rotary Club of Charlotte Amalie, he was honored with the prestigious Paul Harris Award for service and dedication, and an active member of the St. Thomas-St. John Chamber of Commerce among other organizations.
As part of the Weibel Memorial Museum you will find this detailed narrative of the history of the Jews in the Virgin Islands and more specifically about the St. Thomas Synagogue.
The Weibel Memorial Museum is open to visitors: