Barbados Jewish Community

President’s Message – July 23

Word of the week:

Dear all,

In this week’s parsha, “Va’etchanan”, Moses reviews his receiving of the Torah along with a repetition of the ten commandments and the verses of the Shema. As a young child, I can remember sitting in synagogue reciting the Shema, along with the first paragraph by heart. I was so proud of myself considering I did not know how to read Hebrew at the time. The Shema has remained one of my favorite prayers. It says so much in so few words. “Hear O’ Israel, the L-rd is our G-d, The L-rd is one. Blessed is the name of his glorious kingdom forever and ever”. It is a declaration of oneness with G-d, often said with the right hand over your eyes. Why? By closing our eyes, we can focus internally on the power of the words and connect at a different spiritual level. The Shema is often said first thing in the morning and the last thing at night. At a personal level, I like to think that the Shema is a holistic vision of the world declaring oneness at all levels.

If you would like to read more about this week’s portion click this link.

If you would like to read more about the Shema click here.

Please join us on Tuesday, July 27th at 6:00 pm for our second speaker in our lecture series, Simon Kreindler. Simon is author of “Peddlers All, Stories of the First Ashkenazi Jewish Settlers in Barbados.”  We hope that you will join us for his exciting presentation.

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Meeting ID: 811 5992 9647.  For the pass code please e-mail

Nathan Arback, July 06
Doris Kaplan (Altman), July 12
Anita Oran, July 14
Miriam Bernstein, July 25
Saul Seltzer, July 31
Louis Speisman, July 31

(Once again if you have a yahrzeit for July that has not been listed, please let me know so I can make sure and add it to our calendar)

Tomorrow evening’s services , July 23rd, will be on ZOOM at 6:30pm.  Zoom Link.

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

Shabbat Shalom!

Sharon Oran
President, Barbados Jewish Community