Jerusalem Post Article About Barbados
I really didn’t know much about the history of Jews in Barbados, but I do now. Once again, thanks to a search engine alert – this time MSN – I stumbled across a fascinating article about the Nidhei Israel Synagogue that is also a history of Bajan Jews.
Things I never knew about Jews in Barbados…
- The first Jews were Portuguese who arrived in 1627 fleeing from Brazil. They built the first synagogue in 1654.
- By 1845, only 70 Jews remained on the island as most had left for the United States.
- In 1925, the last Jew left Barbados and it seemed that that was going to be the end of Jewish history on the island.
- In 1931, Moses Altman arrived from Poland – fleeing the coming storm, and he became the first of the “new Jews” on Barbados.
There is lots more Barbados history in the Jerusalem Post article… Jewish Island Spirit.
Photo: Restored Nidhei Israel Synagogue