Barbados Jewish Community

President’s Message – July 9

Word of the week:


Dear all,

In the aftermath of hurricane Elsa, many Barbadians have had a challenging week of clean-up.  People have been without power for days.  Some have lost homes, roofs, trees have fallen, and businesses have once again been affected.  Yet there is much to be grateful for as communities have come together to assist one another and provide much needed updates and help.  Communities can be classified by the purpose that brings them together.  In Judaism, community (kehilla) is an integrative part of the Jewish experience.  “It is no accident that the Jewish people call themselves Am Yisrael– ‘the people of Israel’-rather than Da’at Yisrael, or ‘the religion of Israel.’ A sense of peoplehood has long been the defining characteristic of the Jews.” ( In these times of COVID, ash from volcanoes, hurricanes and economic challenges, communities become even more essential to our personal and social wellness.

The BJC is fortunate to have a generous team who have worked hard to create opportunities for community interaction, education, and religious continuity, but your participation is needed to build a stronger bond.

Please join us this SundayJuly 11, 10 AM Eastern Time for Dr. Joanna Frances Newman’s presentation on her book,  Nearly the New World: The British West Indies and the Flight from Nazism, 1933-1945.

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Meeting ID: 889 3381 2688.  For the meeting pass code please email


Tomorrow evening at Nidhe Israel during our Shabbat services, we have the double simkha of two baby namings.  One for Noah who was born on June 19th to Roberto and Fernanda Fromer and the second for Isabella, daughter of Daniel Cowen and Gillian Melrose-Cowen, our newest members. We are thrilled to be welcoming new life into our community and look forward to seeing you there.

Nathan Arback, July 06
Doris Kaplan (Altman), July 12
Anita Oran, July 13
Miriam Bernstein, July 25
Saul Seltzer, July 31
Louis Speisman, July 31

(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, July 09, services will be held at Nidhe Israel Synagogue, 6:30pm.  If we get the synagogue wifi fixed in time you can join us virtually via the Zoom platform.

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Please email for the pass code.

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

Shabbat Shalom!

Sharon Oran
President, Barbados Jewish Community