Barbados Jewish Community

President’s Message – March 26

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Dear all,

As we celebrate our second COVID Passover, I am reminded of those large boisterous family Seders surrounded by friends and family. There was always lots of wine, food and celebration. I for one, took for granted the privilege of preparing all day and celebrating together. Never in my dreams could I have imagined a Seder with only 2-4 people. Yet here we are celebrating year two of COVID Passover. By way of reminder are sponsoring a communal Kiddush and She’heheyanu prayer on line at 6pm, Erev Pesach (Saturday, March 27).

I always believe that the most challenging situations always offer us an opportunity to learn and grow. COVID has taught me not to take anything for granted and to express gratitude. This year, in addition to reciting the 10 plagues, I will also express 10 things I am grateful for as part of my Seder. My first one is the health and well-being of my family, friends and community. Happy Passover everyone.

An update on the total amount donated for the Tzedekah 2X Match Food Drive is $11,350.00.

COUNTING OF THE OMER  begins on the evening of Sunday March 28th and ends on the evening of Sunday May 16th. Counting of the Omer represents the spiritual preparation for receiving the Torah given by G-d on Mount Sinai on the holiday of Shavuot.

We again send our congratulations to the Ramot family on the occasion of their son Rafi’s Bar Mitzvah.  The Ramot’s are visiting Barbados on the one year stamp, and their time here happened to coincide with Rafi’s Bar Mitzvah, for which he was already thoroughly prepared.  This wonderful simkha was celebrated in person at the historic Nidhe Israel synagogue in Bridgetown with the Ramot family and about a dozen other guests in attendance.  The service was led virtually on a large screen by clergy from the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue in New York City, and it brought together Ramot family members and friends from all over the world including Israel.  Rafi read his Bar Mitzvah parsha (Va’Yikra, the first chapters of Leviticus) from our prized Czech Torah scroll, while his grandparents and other family were called to the Torah for virtual aliyot.  Considering all the moving parts involved, the service proceeded smoothly and everyone heard and saw everyone else.  We should all take great pride in our expanded outreach to the broader Jewish world at a time when we are otherwise isolated in the global COVID crisis.

We invite all other visitors to our community to inform us of upcoming family simkha’s and we’ll do everything we can to help you celebrate!

MATZOH- We still have 30 Regular Matzoh and 6 Gluten free Matzoh left. If anyone needs them please call Sheraton Mall office at 437-0970 ext 1.

HOLIDAY TREATS – For those of you preparing for your own Seder, these potato kugel cups look absolutely amazing!

https://jamiegeller.com/recipes/potato-kugel-cups/

ZOOM SERVICES – We will be holding services on ZOOM tomorrow evening, March 26th, 2021 at 6:30pm.
Please click the link below to join us; for the pass code please email bjc@jewishbarbados.org.
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/95083597091

Please see the below link for a copy of our siddur.
https://www.bethshalomnb.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Shabbat-evening-SIDDUR-SIM-SHALOM.pdf

Shabbat Shalom and Happy Passover!

Sharon Oran

President, Barbados Jewish Community