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In Jamaica, the Jewish future is in conversions & intermarriages

From 1849, there were enough Jews serving in the House of Assembly that it didn’t meet on Yom Kippur.

When Jamaica achieved independence from Britain in 1962, its 1st ambassador to the U.S. was a Jewish businessman & lawyer, Neville Ashenheim.

By Debra Rubin


KINGSTON, Jamaica (JTA) Marie Reynolds used the living waters of Kingston’s Rockford Mineral Baths for the ritual immersion required to complete her conversion to Judaism, formally becoming a member of one of the oldest Jewish communities in the Western Hemisphere: Jamaican Jewry.


The tiny, racially mixed community — “200 souls,” as Jewish community leader Ainsley Henriques puts it — may well depend on Jews by choice like Reynolds. Continue Reading »