Shavei Israel | Caribbean

Caribbean Tag

Over the past weeks, we’ve introduced you to some of the far-flung Jewish communities we profile on the Shavei Israel website but with whom we are not actively involved. This week we turn your attention to the Caribbean and the small community on the...

Suriname is located on the northeastern coast of South America, bordered by the two Guyana’s and Brazil. Dutch is the official language of the country. At just under (64,000 square miles) Suriname is the smallest sovereign state in South America. It has an estimated population of...

The Jewish community of Puerto Rico dates back to the days of the Spanish Inquisition when this Caribbean island was discovered during Columbus’ second voyage to the New World in 1493. On board were a number of Anousim (Jews who were forced to convert to...

[caption id="attachment_12726" align="alignleft" width="324"] Jamaican synagogue[/caption] Jews from the Iberian Peninsula, but mainly Portugal, settled in Jamaica beginning about 1530 to avoid the Inquisition. At this time, the island was a Spanish territory. In Jamaica they continued to profess being Catholic, but they were able more...

[caption id="attachment_6637" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Synagogue in Cuba"][/caption] Like many of the Caribbean islands, Cuba also received its first Jews inhabitants when they sailed along with Columbus at the time of the Spanish Inquisition. Ben Frank provides a thorough background in Hadassah magazine. The first Anousim arrived in...