Barbados Jewish Community

President’s Message – July 8

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Dear all,

It is so good to be home!  I love travelling but I also love coming home. And this week I look forward to once again going to services in person at Nidhe Israel Synagogue. It’s summer and the Island is quiet, but congregants all over the world face similar challenges. A member of our community went to a synagogue in the U.S and they had seven people attend out of an 800-member congregation. It is important to stay positive and find ways to connect. With that in mind, please look out for our flyer announcing the first lecture in our 2022 lecture series beginning on July 25, at 7pm. We have some amazing speakers that you won’t want to miss.

This week’s Torah portion is:  Parashat Chukat. “In this Torah portion, God instructs Moses and Aaron regarding the red heifer. Miriam, who is the sister of Moses and Aaron, dies. Moses hits a rock to bring forth water rather than speaking to it. At the end of the portion, Aaron dies”. Click here for the full summary.

JEWISH TRIVIA: QUESTIONS: (scroll down for the answer)
When King Solomon built the temple, Yom Kippur occurred during its seven inauguration days.
What did the Sanhedrin decide so the happiness of the inauguration would be complete?

  1. The people must cook, eat, and drink on that Yom Kippur
  2. The people may eat one piece of bread and drink one cup of water on that Yom Kippur
  3. The people may drink wine but not eat on that Yom Kippur
  4. The people may wash but must fast on that Yom Kippur

Simon Altman 7 Tammuz – July 6
Sarah Cohen Shapiro 10 Tammuz – July 9
Lazar Gross 13 Tammuz – July 12
Henry Altman 17 Tammuz – July 16
Maxine Blaeker Luft 18 Tammuz – July 17
Nathan Arback 26 Tammuz – July 25

This week Friday night’s service will be in person at Nidhe Israel synagogue and on ZOOM at 6:30 PM.
To join us on Zoom please click this link.

Please click this link for a copy of our siddur.


  1. The people must cook, eat, and drink on that Yom Kippur.

I wish you all a healthy, peaceful, and meaningful Shabbat!

Shabbat Shalom

Sharon Oran
President, Barbados Jewish Community