Community in Bahamas - World Jewish Congress
Bahamas

In 2022, there were about 200 Jews living in the Bahamas, according to a Jewish Virtual Library survey. The Bahamas were first settled by the British in 1620, but at that time, relatively few Jews came to the islands. Luis De Torres, who was the official interpreter for Christopher Columbus, is thought to be have been the first Jew and European to set foot in the New World when the Santa Maria landed at San Salvador in 1492. He was fluent in ArabicHebrew, Chaldean, Spanish, Portuguese, French and Latin. After World War I, a few Jewish families from PolandRussia, and Britain settled in Nassau. Later Jews came to Freeport on Grand Bahama Island.    

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History and Community

The Bahamas were first settled by the British in 1620, but at that time, relatively few Jews came to the islands. Still, a Jew, Moses Franks, served as attorney general and chief justice of the islands in the 18th century. After World War I, a few Jewish families from Poland, Russia, and the United Kingdom settled in Nassau, the capital. Later Jews came to Freeport on Grand Bahamas Island. In Nassau there is a Conservative synagogue named for Luis de Torres, the Converso who served as Columbus's interpreter and who was the first European to set foot on the soil of the New World. In Freeport there is a Reform congregation. The two congregations are joined together in the United Bahamas Hebrew Congregation. There are some ancient Jewish graves in Nassau.

United Bahamas Hebrew Congregation P.O. Box F1761 Freeport, Grand Bahama Island Tel. 242 373 2008

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