2017-06-07 / Voice at the Shore

Jewish life in Caribbean featured in JCC photo exhibit


This photo of a Jewish cemetery in Curacao that dates back to 1659 is part of the exhibit. Photo by Wyatt Gallery. This photo of a Jewish cemetery in Curacao that dates back to 1659 is part of the exhibit. Photo by Wyatt Gallery. “Jewish Treasures of the Caribbean,” a photography exhibition by award-winning photographer Wyatt Gallery, will be on display at the JCC in Margate from June 10 through July 28.

The exhibition captures the fascinating and little-known history of the Sephardic Jewish communities of the New World, as seen through the remaining historic sites in Barbados, Curaçao, Jamaica, Nevis, St. Croix, St. Thomas, St. Eustatius, and Suriname. According to Gallery, these Jewish communities date back to the early 1600’s and are home to the oldest synagogues and Jewish cemeteries in the Western hemisphere.

Once home to thousands of Sephardic Jews who played a major role in influencing the American Revolution and Jewish life in the New World, these historic communities are now facing extinction. According to Gallery, “Only 5 synagogues remain and almost half of the original cemeteries are either falling apart, or have been lost to natural disasters, vandalism, pollution, and the elements of time.”

For more information on the exhibition, contact the JCC at (609) 822-1167. 

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