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JOWBR burial listings [July 2011]

Beth Haim Cemetery. 2007 photos.[August 2009]

Nidhe Israel Cemetery: Spanish-Sephardic. The cemetery in Synagogue Lane dates from 1654 to 1929 and then again from 1932 on. In 1934, a developer partly destroyed the site. A concerned Gentile, Eustace Maxwell Shilstone, arranged to have the cemetery put in perpetual trust in the deeds of the islands. Then, he copied 374 epitaphs that were later published by the Jewish Historical Society of England. All tombstones were translated into English.

Select "Barbados" link: "…the old Jewish cemetery, containing some of the oldest Jewish graves on the American continent, was restored for use." [rev September 2005]

Picture Collection; American Jewish Archives, 3101 Clifton Ave. Cincinnati, Ohio 45220-2488, phone (513) 221-1875.

"The Jewish cemetery on Barbados is believed to be the oldest Jewish graveyard in the Western Hemisphere with citations dating back to the 1660's. Graves of several famous people are there, including Samuel Hart, son of the American Moses Hart, and Mosseh Haym Nahamyas (Moses Nehemiah), who died on Barbados in 1672 and was the first Jew to live in Virginia (AJA 18)." source: "History of the Jews of the Caribbean", by Ralph G.Bennett, article [October 2003]

  • Shilstone, Eustace M. Monumental Inscriptions in the Burial Ground of the Jewish Synagogues at Bridgetown, Barbados. xxxiii, 205 p. illus., fold. plan. 22 com. LOC call # F2041.S55. The book can be ordered from Barbados Jewish Community, P.O. Box 424 Bridgetown, Barbados ($20 US). Synagogue and cemetery are both in Synagogue Lane. Source: " This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ".
  • BOOK: Shilstone, Eustace M. Monumental Inscriptions in the Jewish Synagogue at Bridgetown, Barbados with Historical Notes from 1630. NY: Macmillan, 1988 (ISBN 0-333-48620-X). Paperback edition in 1988 covers 1630 to 1925. David Fox would be happy to make limited index checks. Source: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
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