Caribbean

  • In a Corner of the Caribbean, Trinidad’s Jews Keep the Faith

    Hindu temples, Muslim mosques and Catholic churches can be found all over this oil-exporting island famous for Carnival, callaloo soup and calypso. But don’t look for synagogues in Trinidad — there aren’t any. No more than 55 Jews live here, despite the fact that Trinidad & Tobago’s 1.3 million inhabitants make it the second-largest English-speaking… More ▸

  • Hurricane Dean Turns Reunion in Jamaica into Family Nightmare

    A Jewish family’s annual reunion on the white sand beaches of Jamaica turned into a nightmare when a deadly hurricane ripped across the Caribbean, killing at least 28 people and leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. The Alberga family had converged last week on the idyllic island from Britain, Canada and Cameroon on… More ▸

  • Jews and Muslims Near Caribbean Go About Their Business Peacefully

    While conflicts in the Middle East make the prospect of peaceful coexistence between Jews and Arabs seem distant, a walk along the crowded streets of this trading zone shows Jews and Arabs can get along. Inside the stores here — wholesale distribution centers for Asian goods seeking Latin American importers — businesses run by Orthodox… More ▸

  • Around the Jewish World in Caribbean, Conversion Offers

    Conversion is offering a way to keep Jewish life alive in the tiny Jewish communities of the Caribbean and Central America, though not without potential hazards. As more of these communities — some numbering as few as 20 members and located in isolated Jewish outposts such as El Salvador and Bahamas — are able to… More ▸

  • Caribbean Becomes a Sea of Love, or at Least Friendship, for Jdaters

    Staying on a small resort on a small island, entertained by life-size Jenga games when it rained and a larger-than-life trapeze when it didn’t, dozens of JDaters experienced the leisure of unhurried life off line. The idyllic environment of a Caribbean vacation at Club Med became an ideal setting for coming together. Take Alicia 36,… More ▸

  • As Castro Ails, Jews in Cuba, Miami Watch with Baited Breath

    Cuban Jews on both sides of the Florida Straits are reacting with emotions ranging from joy to sadness to unbridled patriotism following the announcement that Fidel Castro — for the first time in 47 years — is no longer president of Cuba. An official statement read Monday on Cuban TV said Castro, who turns 80… More ▸