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Origin And Development Of Judaism Essay

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Fig. 1 how Judaism came to the Caribbean.
Fig. 2 challenges faced by early Jews.
Fig. 3.1 development of Judaism in Jamaica
Fig. 3.2 the Hillel Academy School

1. To trace how Judaism came to the Caribbean

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Settlements in the New World offered opportunity for many Jews, where the hoped to escape persecution faced in Europe.”


Ariel Scheib states that challenges faced by the early set of Jews were that “they were prohibited from holding public offices and had to work on their Sabbaths, they were not allowed anymore to worship in public, the burning down of the synagogues in Kingston, the destruction of the synagogue Montego Bay, Jamaica by an earthquake.” This impacted on the Jews lives causing them to hook up causing synagogues to attempt to merge. The Shaare Shalom was destroyed by an earthquake this impacted the Jews that they thought about reconstructing it, so that they were able to worship the God of heaven that they refer to as Yahweh.

Fig. 2

According to Carman et al, “Judaism in Jamaica developed after the Jews found freedom to thrive and practice religion in Caribbean countries.” However Scheib states that approximately two hundred Jews reside in Jamaica but only 75 attend High Holiday services. Females weren’t allowed to be a part of the minyan but in today’s society they are welcome for practical reasons. Since the jews were granted the the right to have public worship the established a school with the name Hillel Academy School.

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According to Lucy Carman, et al, “Judaism came to the Caribbean around the same time as Christopher Columbus (1493). Jews were persecuted and killed in Spain, and later in Portugal, as a part of inquisition. Many Jews fled to the Caribbean and some became parts of Columbus’ crew. On Caribbean islands Jews found freedom and peace to practice religion.” While R. Bennett states that “Judaism came to the Caribbean in around 1492 when Christopher Columbus landed in the new world where Jews were expelled from Spain and re-settled throughout the world. For many Jews, settlements offered an opportunity for many Jews where they hoped to escape persecution they had been subjected to in Europe. Lucy Carman also said that” Judaism came to the Caribbean through the emigration from Brazil. Where most of the Jews that arrived in the Caribbean were Sephardic Jews- Jews who originated from the Iberian Peninsula (modern day Spain, Portugal, Andorra, Gibraltar and France.) other European Jews came to Caribbean during the second war. Around 1664, large numbers of Jews began arriving in the Caribbean from Brazil; they fled to Brazil in order to escape persecution in Portugal.

Fig. 2
According to Ariel Scheib, challenges faced by early Jews were: “they were prohibited from holding public office and had to work on their Sabbaths the burning down of the synagogues in Kingston, Jamaica and the destruction of the synagogue in Montego Bay, Jamaica, by an earthquake and a hurricane.” The Jews were allowed to worship in public and hold public offices but in 1783 they were prohibited from holding...

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