This afternoon, I landed in the former Kazakh capital of Almaty as part of a Chabad delegation to the central Asian republic.
With borders still shuttered due to the pandemic, Chabad Chassidim and rabbis received special permission for a small group to enter the country (for less than 24 hours) on a chartered flight, for which I am grateful to have been sponsored a seat.
Now, you may be wondering, what brings a Caribbean rabbi to Kazakhstan, the world’s largest landlocked country?
Today is the 20th of the Hebrew month of Av, which marks the 77th anniversary of the passing…
Ever fast roped out of a helicopter to join Chabad for Rosh Hashanah?
Well, that's exactly what senior navy officer Ken wanted to do!
In late September of 2019, the USNS Comfort III reached our beautiful island with a small contingency of Jewish service members.
As part of a six-month deployment to Central/South America and the Caribbean, the navy ship was here to serve the medical needs of the Venezuelan refugees and the developing nations in the region.
As we were preparing for the holiday, we received notice that Hurricane Lorenzo (located approximately 450 miles off the coast heading back…
I sat for three hours at the non air-conditioned ferry terminal on our island’s capital of Castries, along with about another one-hundred people, waiting for our packages from the nearby French territory of Martinique.
Some people were waiting for packages with clothing or European electrical appliances, amongst other items not available locally. I was waiting for milk.
Milk? What do the other 180,000 island residents do? There’s plenty of milk in every supermarket, but Chalav Yisrael milk is impossible to come by. The island doesn’t have its own milking facilities, so we cannot supervise our own run.
In the past…
Six Reads on the Secret Jewish History of the Caribbean
To help you get started on your Jewish Caribbean library, we’ve curated six books that will inspire, enlighten and educate the keen reader on the little-known history of North America’s first Jewish communities.
Is there a Caribbean Jewish book that you recommend? Comment below!
Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean
How a Generation of Swashbuckling Jews Carved Out an Empire in the New World in Their Quest for Treasure, Religious Freedom - and Revenge.
In this lively debut work of history, Edward Kritzler tells the tale of an unlikely group of…
Rabbi and Chabad rep on the beautiful Caribbean island of St. Lucia. Aussie born, living the island life.