Join us as we explore three more Western Sephardi communities that have spread around the globe.
Yaakov Baruch was born in Jakarta, Indonesia. His grandmother's family came from the Netherlands. In 2004 Mr. Baruch opened a synagogue for the Jews of the Netherlands who remain in Indonesia.
Dr. Hakham Yehonatan Elazar-Demota was born in Miami. He comes from a long line of Sephardic families from Spain, Portugal, and North Africa who established themselves in the Caribbean. He is trained as a Hakham, shochet, and mohel. The Sephardic community in La Romana, Dominican Republic was established in 2013. Today there are over 50 families that gather there. The synagogue was established in 2017 in its current location. Members from the community built the hekhal, teba, and a wooden menorah for Hanukkah.
The Hebrew Congregation of St. Thomas was founded by nine Sephardic Jewish families of Spanish and Portugese descent. Today, it is the oldest synagogue building in continuous use under the American flag and the second oldest in the western hemisphere. Rabbi Michael Feshbach has been leading the congregation since 2017.