jamaica

  • Preserving the unique heritage of Jamaica’s Jews

    Descended from Marranos, pirates and slave traders, the Jewish community of Jamaica has dwindled to about 200 members. While its leader, Ainsley Henriques, is trying to preserve Jamaican Jewry’s unique heritage and traditions, he estimates that the community could disappear in the next 30 years. 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 ▸

  • Jamaican Jewish Leader Honored

    The government of Jamaica has announced that the spiritual leader of the Jewish community in the country, Ernest Henriques de Souza, has been named a recipient of the Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation in the field of religion, the World Jewish Congress reported today. To commemorate the 21st anniversay of Jamaica’s independence, the government struck… More ▸

  • Behind the Headlines the Jews of Jamaica

    – There are going to be changes in the Jamaican posture at the United Nations, I was told here by knowledgeable officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. These sources differ, however, in how major the change will be. The former government of Prime Minister Michael Manley, which was swept out of office in democratic… More ▸

  • Jews in Jamaica

    The Jews in Jamaica are integrated into the general life of the country and are making contributions to the welfare of the nation as a whole. This was reported here by Rabbi Bernard Hooker at a meeting of the Guild of Jewish Journalists held at the Jamaican High Commission. Rabbi Hooker, who for the past… More ▸

  • Hias, Jamaican Jews, Government Join to Aid Cuban Jewish Refugees

    The United Hias Service reported today that 1,000 Jewish migrants from Cuba had been given aid in Jamaica, West Indies, en route to the United States for permanent resettlement. James P. Rice, executive director, said he had conferred in New York with Granville de Leon and Felix Shalom, chairman and vice chairmen, respectively, of the… More ▸

  • Leader of Jewish Community Appointed Member of Jamaican Government

    Neville N. Ashenheim, who has held many offices here in the Jamaican Jewish community, was appointed today to the Cabinet of the Jamaican Government which is scheduled to achieve complete independence next August. He was also made a member of the Legislative Council, the body which will become the country’s Senate after it has achieved… More ▸