Jamaica will host the inaugural Jewish Diaspora of the Caribbean International Conference to be held in Kingston from January 12-14, 2010. The event will feature scholars from the United States, Jamaica, France and Israel, who will be addressing a wide range of topics from cultural history to Caribbean Jewish identity and heritage. “Jamaica has a respected and vibrant Jewish movement that has aided in the development of the country,” said John Lynch, Jamaica’s Tourism Director. “It is therefore important for us to support this conference that seeks to provide a greater understanding of the Jewish Community, not only in Jamaica, but in the wider Caribbean. We hope this event will also position Jamaica as the preferred destination for faith-based travelers.”
Following the event, from January 15 -16, participants can engage in a post-conference program that includes tours of prominent sites in Kingston that are of significant and historic value to the Kingston Jewish Community. From a tour of the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, where Jewish refugees from the Holocaust were housed during World War II, to Kiddush and Dinner with Kingston’s Jewish Community, conference participants will have a chance to explore and embrace the history of the Kingston Jewry.
“The Jewish Diaspora of the Caribbean” sponsors include: The United Congregation of Israelites of Kingston, Jamaica, The Jamaica Tourist Board, The Institute for Sephardic Studies of the Graduate Center, CUNY, The University of the West Indies, The American Sephardi Federation, The International Survey of Jewish Monuments, The Commonwealth Jewish Council, Laurence and Ronnie Levine and Dr. John deMercado.
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Photo of Nidhe Israel Synagogue in Barbados by S. Mendez. One of the oldest synagogues in the Western Hemisphere, it was built in 1654. http://www.flickr.com/photos/39360369@N05/3641364844/in/photostream/