Barbados Jewish Community

President’s Message – June 17

Word of the week:

Dear all,

I was reading a fun article this week about 10 Jewish prayers that are rarely heard of. I found it fascinating that the first one is only said every 28 years and that the second one celebrates not only our diversity, but the value of our inner heart wisdom. These are my two favorites … Read the Full article here:

The Blessing of the Sun
The “blessing of the sun,” or Birkat Hachamah, is arguably the rarest blessing in all of Judaism, recited only once every 28 years, when — per the Talmud — the sun is at the precise spot in the firmament as it was when it was created. The blessing was last recited in 2009 on the eve of Passover. The blessing is the same as said upon seeing other natural wonders.

The text of the blessing is: ברוך אתה ה’ אלהינו מלך העולם עושה מעשה בראשית
Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the Universe maker of the works of Creation.
Baruch ata Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha-olam, oseh ma’aseh b’reishit.

 Blessing on Seeing 600,000 People”

The source of this blessing comes from the Talmud, which explains that the blessing is meant to acknowledge the diversity of humanity and assert God’s all-knowingness of what is contained in their hearts.
בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יהוה אֱלהֵינוּ מֶלֶך הָעולָם חכם הרזים
Blessed are You, LORD, our God, King of the Universe, knower of secrets.
Baruch ata Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha-olam, chacham harazeem.

Full article here:
Please note I will be travelling next week and will be unable to write my newsletter. I will resume the following week.


We have decided to reduce our summer service scheduleServices will be held as follows:
Friday 17th June 6:30pm (Zoom only)
Friday, July 1st 6:30pm (in person at Nidhe Israel and on Zoom)
Friday, July 15th 6:30pm (Zoom only)
Friday, August 5th 6:30pm (in person at Nidhe Israel and on Zoom)
Friday August 19th, 6:30pm (Zoom only)

Hedy Lamarr
Inventor of Spread Spectrum Communications
Born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler, she studied ballet and piano at age 10. As a teenager, she played major roles in German movies, and changed her name to Hedy Lamarr. Though known primarily for her film career as a major contract star of MGM’s Golden Age, she also co-invented an early technique for spread spectrum communications, a key to many forms of wireless communication. She made a valuable contribution to US intelligence by co-producing an anti-jamming device for torpedoes. She also devised a clever way of frequency hopping that prevented the interception of American military messages.

Jack Kaplan (husband of Doris/
Dina Altman Kaplan)                 June 5                  6 Sivan
Judko (Yehudah) Brozek            June 8                   9 Sivan
Paul Koves                                    June 11                  12 Sivan
Iancu Lazar                                   June 15                16 Sivan
Peter Fletcher                              June 18                19 Sivan
Abraham Templer                      June 23                24 Sivan


This week Friday night’s service will be on ZOOM ONLY at 6:30 PM.  lease click this link to join us.
Please click this link for a copy of our siddur:

Shabbat Shalom

Sharon Oran
President, Barbados Jewish Community