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Stories from Jewish Barbados, the Pearl of the Caribbean

Hosted By: Qesher

Join this tour of Jewish Barbados. Visit the restored Nidhe Israel synagogue (1654), its adjacent cemeteries, and the recently discovered Mikveh. Learn how a group of Sephardic Jews, fleeing the Portuguese Inquisition in Brazil, made their way to Barbados and secured the protection of Oliver Cromwell, the English Protestant leader. This early Sephardic community later grew with new arrivals from England and was key in developing the British sugar industry. After its decline and mass emigration of Jews from the island, a subsequent wave of Ashkenazi refugees formed the core of today’s tiny 50-person community, giving Neal the distinction of being 2% of the entire Jewish population of Barbados.

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There are Jewish communities all around the globe with their own unique history, culture, places, and most of all, people and stories. All of them different, but sharing so much. The aim of Qesher is to connect these different Jewish traditions, not just to know of each other, but to learn about each other. We believe that there is great value in creating a deeper understanding within the Jewish world and exploring Jewish experiences and identities in all their diversity.
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