Barbados Jewish Community

President’s Message May 15 (21 Iyar)

Dear BJC Community:

Last night The Honourable Mia Amor Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados, addressed the nation with updates to our island’s Covid 19 protocols. Amongst the many measures of relaxing the guidelines, she included allowing religious services to begin again.

Does this mean that we will be resuming Shabbat services at Shaare Tzedek from next week May 21st, instead of coming together on Zoom?  Are Zoom Services going to become the “new normal”?  In the future, we will need to ask ourselves about our life style choices and make decisions.  We will update you during the week with any developments relating to next week’s services.

Mazel Tov to Neal Rechtman on the birth of his first grand-child Jane Marie Rechtman who was born on May 12th.  The proud parents are Joseph, Neal’s son and daughter-in law Abbie.

This is a reminder that the BJC annual general meeting will be held via Zoom on Sunday June 7th 2020 at 10:00 am. The zoom invite for the Annual General Meeting was sent to BJC members by email on May 10th. 2020. If you have not received this invite please email me – Please remember to settle any outstanding dues to be eligible to vote. Also please send in names of persons you would like to nominate to hold office on the Executive Committee.

Here is the link to join tonight’s Shabbat service on Zoom. Just click on it and follow the instructions.

When from 6:30pm to 7:30pm on Friday from Fri May 8 the (Barbados time)
Where (map)

You can down load the Sim Shalom Siddur that we use by clicking on

FYI: Counting of the Omer is found on page 55 of our Siddur

Here are a few Zoom best practices: When the service begins please mute your microphone.  Persons who are invited to do an English reading should un-mute during the reading and mute again when finished. Then at the end of the service everyone will un-mute as we all join (with soft voices) to chant Shalom Aleichem, and then we will close the service with fellowship.

Points of interest, updates & reminders:

  • Shabbat services this week have been cancelled. Join us virtually on Zoom.
  • Thomas Salamon’s D’var Torah this week will be posted to our website

The Parsha this week is BechukotaiLeviticus 26:3 – 27:34

  • Shavuot Festival begins evening of May 28th (6 Sivan)
  • Annual General Meeting (Sunday) June 7 th 10:30 am – on Zoom
  • Visit the BJC website
  • Ssupport Nidhe Israel Synagogue with your contribution. Please give today.  Cheques should be written to Bridgetown Synagogue 1654 Management Company Inc.

Shabbat Shalom

Scott Oran, President