Barbados Jewish Community

President’s Message – January 22

Shabbat Shalom!

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Tu-Bishvat, also known as the birthday of the trees begins next week on Wednesday January 27th at sundown and continues to sundown Thursday January 28thTu-Bishvat creates an opportunity to raise awareness about environmental issues.  In Barbados there are many organizations that work to educate and inspire sustainable practices.  Here are a few of them: Wirred, a research institute for soil regeneration, https://wirred.orgWaste 0 Resources Trust, whose focus is on education and tackling the issue of soil regeneration and landfill waste through the promotion of organic waste composting. (Please email me if you would like to learn more about composting) and of course Prime Minister Mia Mottley’s Million Trees for 2020 Project that encourages all Barbadians to plant a fruit tree for food sustainability.

When God led Adam around the Garden of Eden, God said, ‘Look at My works. See how beautiful they are, how excellent! For your sake I created them all. See to it that you do not spoil or destroy My world–for if you do, there will be no one to repair it after you.” (Ecclesiastes Rabbah 7:13)

I encourage you to celebrate Tu’Bishvat by planting a tree, composting and reducing your carbon footprint. Let us join together and make sure that we leave our Island and this earth a greener place for future generations.  Learn more about Tu-Bishvat on My Jewish Learning link below.

On behalf of the Jewish community, we extend our sincere condolences to Neal Rechtman on the passing of his mom, Esther Rechtman on January 19th and to Vimla Ramjit on the passing of her dad, Shri Sukhdeo on January 15th. Our heartfelt prayers go out to you and your families. May you find comfort in your memories.

We will be holding ZOOM services tomorrow evening, January 22nd, 2021 at 6:30pm. Please click the link below to join: the Passcode is 181818

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

Shabbat Shalom!

Sharon Oran
President, The Barbados Jewish Community