Barbados Jewish Community

President’s Message – December 10

Dear all,

We had a wonderful Chanukah party last week Sunday. Thank you to everyone who attended!

I wanted to share with you an invite that I received from our friends in Jamaica. The Caribbean has such a rich Jewish history.  Read below to learn more about Jewish Cemeteries Preservation Fund and a free meeting to attend on the 12th of December.

“Jewish Cemeteries in Jamaica

On Sephardic World this Sunday, the Jamaican Jewish Cemeteries Preservation Fund (JJCPF) are launching their database of Jewish burial grounds. Extensive cataloguing of the Jewish burial sites across the island took place from 2008 to 2017. 33 Jewish burial locations were recorded, which includes synagogue purchased cemeteries, family burial grounds, those that were sold and no longer exist, and plot markers which were part of an interment ground that is now on residential property. Rachel Frankel and Joseph de Leon will discuss this important project, which helps fill a gap in our knowledge, as well as the need to preserve these historic Jewish sites.

Rachel Frankel is principal of the firm Rachel Frankel Architecture. The practice is located in New York City and best known for its contextual new buildings, sustainable alterations, and historic restorations. She is the co-author of Remnant Stones: The Jewish Cemeteries of Suriname. Frankel served in the Peace Corps in Togo, west Africa. Her Master in Architecture is from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and her Bachelor of Arts is from Duke University.

Joseph de Leon is a Jamaican Jewish descendant, and the current President of the Jamaican Jewish Cemeteries Preservation Fund. He is retired from a senior management position at Con Edison of New York, Inc. He enjoys various pursuits and spending time with his grandchildren. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics, and a Masters degree in Business.

The meeting is on 12 December 2021, at 11am in LA, 2pm NYC, 7pm London, 8pm Paris/Amsterdam and 9pm Jerusalem. Patrons can join us on Zoom. The link is shared at our Patreon page at:

Everyone is invited to join us for free at: Please subscribe to the YouTube channel. It helps us a lot and reminds you when we are going live!”

Cohen, Eliyahu- December 15
Emil Shapiro- December 31

(If I have missed anyone’s Yahrzeit, please email me at

This Friday night’s services will be on ZOOM at 6:30pm (this is now 5:30pm EDT).
Please click this link to join us.

Here is a link for a copy of our siddur.

Shabbat Shalom!

Sharon Oran
President, Barbados Jewish Community