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Weibel Museum commemorates history of island's Jews
by Andrea Weibel

     The Weibel Museum was a dream brought into reality in 1995 through the efforts of the Bicentennial Committee and members of the Hebrew Congregation.
     The museum, a key part of the Synagogue, commemorates the history of the Jews of St. Thomas -- their past, their present and their future.
     Named for Elias J. Weibel, the general manager of H. Stern Jewelers in the Caribbean from 1980 until his death in 1991, it was brought into fruition 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.
     He continued to work for H. Stern on St. Thomas in 1972 as assistant to the general manager. After a four-year stint as general manager in Europe for H. Stern, he moved his wife and young family to St. Thomas and remained general manager there until his death from cancer in November 1991 at age 56.
     In St. Thomas, Johnny was an active member of the Jewish community and the wider St. Thomas community. He was a charter member of the Rotary Club of Charlotte Amalie (his club bestowing upon him the prestigious Paul Harris Award for service and dedication), a member of the St. Thomas-St. John Chamber of Commerce and active in many other organizations.
     Johnny loved and cared about St. Thomas and its people. They returned those feelings. He was a strong, passionate man with a sense of fairness and justice -- as a manager of people and as a friend. He was a good husband and father, warm and loving. He loved life and all its blessings and gave with heart and mind in all his accomplishments.
     The museum is a fitting remembrance of a special man who is and will be dearly missed.

Visiting St. Thomas? Here's how to find us
   If you're visiting St. Thomas, we hope you'll come to see our beautiful, historic Synagogue. Here are walking directions from downtown Charlotte Amalie. FYI, our mailing address is PO Box 266, St. Thomas, VI 00804.
  
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2005-03-28 13:56:08
We've met the challenge!
   We are pleased to announce that by our deadline of Dec. 31, 2000, Neil Prior's $100,000 challenge was successfully met. A heartfelt thank you to all who made it happen, and a special thank you to Neil and Trudie Prior.
  
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2001-02-21 22:17:57
Priors give $100,000 challenge gift for restoration
   The Hebrew Congregation of St. Thomas is facing a major challenge - a $100,000 challenge. Neil and Trudie Prior have pledged that amount to the restoration project but to receive their gift, the Congregation must raise a matching amount by Dec. 31, 2000. Only new gifts will count toward the challenge grant.
  
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2000-06-29 16:53:45
Weibel Museum commemorates history of island's Jews
   The Weibel Museum was a dream brought into reality in 1995 through the efforts of the Bicentennial Committee and members of the Hebrew Congregation. The museum commemorates the history of the Jews of St. Thomas -- their past, their present and their future.
  
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2000-05-05 15:29:13
You have questions, we have answers!
   Many visitors wish to know about our unique Synagogue building and our Congregation. We hope to answer some of the most frequently asked questions.
  
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2000-02-23 07:35:20
The campaign to restore our historic Synagogue
   For 166 years, the St. Thomas Synagogue has held its door open to the world -- to Jews and non-Jews, residents and travelers, worshippers and visitors.
  Now this irreplaceable landmark of Caribbean, American and Jewish history is undergoing a major restoration and needs your support.
  
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2000-01-13 10:36:48
A look inside the historic St. Thomas Synagogue
   Everything in the historic St. Thomas Synagogue building is original, dating back to 1833.
  
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1999-11-11 14:00:51