Barbados Jewish Community

President’s Message – November 27

Shabbat Shalom!

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This coming Monday we will be celebrating Barbados’ 54th year of Independence! I have lived in Barbados for 40 years now and have seen so many changes. When I first arrived we had only one TV channel that came on at 5:30pm with “Days of Our lives” and ended after the news around 10:30pm. We had donkey carts filled with coconuts on the road and small shops instead of big grocery stores. Yet through all the changes, Barbados has remained a country with a vibration of love, integrity and determination. As Jews in Barbados, we have enjoyed a life of religious freedom, something we should never take for granted. Happy Anniversary Barbados!

Below is a link to the Jewish morning prayer of gratitude called the Modeh-Ani. As we begin to “recognize the good” even in small ways, it will undoubtedly lead us to noticing the good in other areas of our lives. Gratitude affirms. It has a way of multiplying. As we profess gratitude, the more reasons we will find to be thankful.

We have some menorahs and candles available for those who may need. Please contact Neal Rechtman at

This week we will ZOOM our Friday night service. Our next Friday night service at Nidhe Israel Synagogue will be on December 4th. Please note that all COVID protocols will be observed so please bring your face masks. Please note that we will continue our ZOOM services for those people unable to attend in person. ­

Our Hanukkah party will be held after services on Friday Dec 18th.  We need a count (catering is involved) so if you wish to attend please RSVP to if you wish to attend.

Zoom Friday night services from 6:30 pm tonight, November 27th. Please note this will be 5:30 EST.

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

Shabbat Shalom!

Sharon Oran

The Barbados Jewish Community