The Jews of Eighteenth Century Jamaica

Published on May 14, 2021
Many of the records of the Jamaican-Jewish community were lost in a fire in 1882. Using the last wills and testaments composed by Jamaican Jews between 1673 and 1815, Stanley Mirvis has recovered much of this history. Jews were seen as white by enslaved people but as 'other' by the Christian elite. In his talk he will explore the social and familial experiences of Jamaican Jewry.

Jamaica’s Jews put down roots as traders, planters, pen keepers, physicians, fishermen, and metalworkers. He reveals how their presence shaped the colony as much as they were shaped by it. Many Jamaicans have Jewish

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