Still Sailing along.....
First...a little history:
Saint John is the largest city in the Canadian province of New Brunswick, and the second largest in the maritime provinces. It is known as the Fundy City due to its location on the north shore of the Bay of Fundy at the mouth of the Saint John River, as well as being the only city on the bay. Saint John was the first incorporated city in Canada. It was our second stop.
And, we loved it !!!
Did I fail to mention...??.
part of the reason we are having such a good time is because Wendy and Arnie Yudell are here on the cruise with us. We met them for the first time in January onboard this same ship when we did our New Years Caribbean cruise...and we hit it right off. So...we planned this one so we'd be together again.
We were VERY intrigued to see signs for an old syngogue
so, of course we had to find Leinster Street
(pronounced, yes, LENSTER !!!!)
The Museum was opened by founder Marcia Koven in 1986. A Jewish Historical Society had already been established in the congregation.
The Museum is based on a community history model. It is supported through artifact donations and other participation by members of the local Jewish community. The Jewish community in Saint John has roots going back to the mid-1800s. Solomon Hart, a businessman from England, became the founder of the existing Jewish community in the city when he immigrated to Saint John in 1858.
Saint John is also unique because The St. John River itself flows into the Bay of Fundy through a narrow gorge several hundred feet wide at the center of the city.
It contains a unique phenomenon called the Reversing Falls where the diurnal tides of the bay reverse the water flow of the river for several kilometres. A series of underwater ledges at the narrowest point of this gorge also create a series of rapids.
Tomorrow we'll visit Bar Harbor, Maine. The Lenster has his own peeps...I'll tell you all about it !! We got an amazing tour !!