Barbados Jewish Community

President’s Message – February 19

Shabbat Shalom!
The word of the week:

We will be celebrating the Holiday of Purim beginning Thursday evening February 25th,  lasting for one day. Purim, known as the Feast of Lots, is a holiday that celebrates Queen Esther saving the Jews from a deadly massacre at the hands of Haman in Persia around 539-330 BCE.  We read the story of Purim from the Megillah, dress up in costume and make noise at the mention of Haman’s name. As kids growing up this was one of my favorite holidays. Not only did I love hamantaschen, but it was a treat to be able to make noise in synagogue without being told to be quiet. Although this year poses challenges to gathering together, we will try and make the best out of the situation while continuing the traditions of our Jewish ancestors.

First it is traditional to give extra to the poor (tzedakah). Since the lock down in Barbados has been so difficult on so many families this is a great time to make a donation of money or food to those in need.

Second, a holiday is not a true holiday without traditional Jewish foods so why not try your hands at making hamantaschen during the lock down. I have attached this recipe which looks really good and can use a variety of fillings.

Buttery Hamantaschen by Tori Avery,

Last…we will host a special Purim ZOOM Party for both adults and children…so get dressed up, make some hamantaschen, grab a noise-maker and join us for services on Thursday at 6:30PM. We will send a separate message with details once they are available.

We sent out our Passover order forms this week. Please make sure and return all orders by February 22nd

We will be holding ZOOM services tomorrow evening, February 18, 2021 at 6:30pm (link below). Please email for the passcode.

Please see the below link for a copy of our siddur.

Shabbat Shalom!

Sharon Oran
President, Barbados Jewish Community