The Unlikely Legacy of Judaism in the Caribbean

by Betsy Blumenthal for Conde Nast Traveler

 

Photographer Wyatt Gallery's new book documents the rich history of the region's centuries-old Jewish communities.

 

The story of the Jewish people is, and always has been, one of resilience. And perhaps nowhere is this legacy of perseverance more evident—or surprising—than in the Jewish communities of the Caribbean, whose sacred sites photographer Wyatt Gallery has amassed in his new book, Jewish Treasures of the Caribbean: The Legacy of Judaism in the New World. To him, offering a reminder of the Jewish people's struggles to persist in the practice and safekeeping of their faith is more important now than ever: "From the 1500s until the 1700s," he says, "Jews couldn't enter anywhere; no one wanted us. [Now,] we need to look out for those who are in trouble, and those who are refugees, because we were once refugees."


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