Barbados Jewish Community

President’s Message – January 15

Shabbat Shalom!
The word of the week:

Scott and I ventured on an airplane for the first time in almost a year on Tuesday. It is hard to believe that in pre- COVID times, we were on a plane at least once every few months. We arrived safely in Ocean City, N.J where we are quarantining in a rental home until we finally get to visit with my mom and welcome the birth of our new granddaughter in a few weeks’ time. Being in the USA during a time of a global pandemic, a second impeachment and an inauguration in less than a week is absolutely overwhelming. Emotions are heightened and fear is everywhere.

How do we keep the balance? How do we face another day without fear and depression? How do we find peace in all this upheaval? I have tried yelling at the TV, but that has not worked. In a time fraught with division, we can only watch, learn, understand and be the change you want to see in the world.  There is a lot of healing, at all levels, that is needed to repair our world. It is a time when all of our energy as humble servants is required.

This Haftarah for this week’s parsha Va’eira is an interesting commentary on arrogance that relates to the events that we are all witnessing. https://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/haftarah-for-vaera/

We will be holding ZOOM services tomorrow evening, January 15th 2021 at 6:30pm.  Please click this link to join; for the passcode please email bjc@jewishbarbados.org.

For an an-line copy of our siddur, please visit: https://www.bethshalomnb.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Shabbat-evening-SIDDUR-SIM-SHALOM.pdf