Barbados Jewish Community

President’s Message – January 21

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Dear all,

It has been a difficult week for Jews around the world as we once again witnessed a Jewish community being targeted in anti-Semitic violence. Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas was the place of this week’s attack, but it is far from the only attack on Jews.

Deborah E. Lipstadt wrote in a New York Times article on January 19th;” Jews have learned to be afraid beyond the synagogue. In May during the Gaza conflagration, people eating at a kosher restaurant in Los Angeles were beaten up by a mob. In London, a phalanx of cars moved through Jewish neighborhoods chanting “Kill Jews, rape their daughters.” In Times Square in New York, a Jew wearing a kipa, or skullcap, was punched and pepper-sprayed.

When the attack is on a synagogue, during prayer, the pain is particularly intense. Each incident of vandalism — antisemitic graffiti at a Tucson synagoguedesecration of synagogues in the Bronx in the spring — or worse, arson at an Austin, Texas, synagogue this fall, is felt by Jews far beyond the confines of that specific community.

We in Barbados have always felt safe as Jews, yet the world is changing. How do we support our fellow Jews? How do we change the extremist dialogue that has taken over the world stage?

Rabbi Cytron-Walker from Colleyville, Texas, offered an affirmation of his own. He invited everyone gathered in attendance, regardless of religious affiliation, to repeat his words: “We stand together against hatred, bigotry and violence. We stand together in love and support of each other. We stand together in words and deeds. We stand together understanding that our actions matter.”( Full article here):

Wednesday, January 26, 6 pm (Barbados time)
Topic:  Researching Individuals at the Holocaust Survivors and Victims Resource Centre
Presenter: Dr. Diane F. Afoumado

As part of our ongoing BJC lecture series, we are pleased to welcome Dr. Diane F. Afoumado Chief of the Holocaust Survivors and Victims Resource Centre at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

“Each year, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Holocaust Survivors and Victims Resource Center receives thousands of requests from survivors and their family members hoping to find some information about loved ones who suffered or were murdered during the Holocaust. Through a meticulous research process, their highly trained staff review hundreds of collections and millions of pages of material to search for information relevant to the given family. Some searches return few results, but often they are able to provide families with new documents, photographs and other information on the lives and fates of their loved ones.” Dr. Diane F. Afoumado will speak with us about the research services.
Please do not miss this special presentation. Your participation is needed to make these lectures possible.   Time: Jan 26, 2022 05:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)( 6:00pm Barbados Time)

 Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 841 2470 1008; Passcode: 12345


This week’s Kabbalat Shabbat service will ONLY be on ZOOM, but next week (January 28) they will be held at Nidhe Israel Synagogue.
We encourage you to join us in person  on the 28th if at all possible: Nidhe Israel, with its open windows and double-vaulted ceiling, gives us a safe environment and the opportunity to resume welcoming winter visitors, which has been our privilege for some years now.  Services begin promptly at 6:30pm.  Please email if you plan to attend in person.

For those attending Friday night’s services on ZOOM at 6:30pm local time (5:3OPM EDT)
Please click this link to join us.

Eliyahu Cohen- January 04
Esther Rechtman- January 8

Shabbat Shalom!

Sharon Oran, President
Barbados Jewish Community