Barbados Jewish Community

President’s Message – July 30

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Dear All,

It was so interesting listening to Dr. Kreindler the other evening. I was thinking about the Jews who came in the 1930’s seeking refuge and their need to build a community in a place that was foreign to them. People came together because of common interests, goals, and a desire to raise their children with Jewish traditions. When I came to Barbados 41 years ago, there was still a Jewish community that gathered socially and shared simkhas together. But times have changed, people no longer form relationships based on religion. Our lives are busy, and (without judgement) it often feels like religion or synagogue comes way down on our list of priorities. The question is: How do we include Jewish traditions in our life? How do we make Judaism relevant in today’s world? Please share your thoughts with us.

A big thank you to Dr. Simon Kreindler, author of “Peddlers All” who gave a stimulating talk to our community this past Tuesday. He spoke about the history of the Sephardic Jews in Barbados and gave us a glimpse into the stories of the first Jewish Ashkenazi settlers in Barbados. If you missed his lecture, please see the iCloud link.

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

Minda Bowman, August 25th
Shaul Bernstein, August 27th
Muriel Wolf, August 28th
Oscar Pillersdorf, August 31st

If you have a Yahrzeit for August that has not been listed, please let me know so I can make sure and add it to our calendar.

Tonight’s services, (July 30th) will be on ZOOM at 6:30pm.
Please click this Zoom Link to join in.  For the pass code please email

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

Shabbat Shalom!

Sharon Oran

President, Barbados Jewish Community