Let them make Me a sanctuary that I may dwell amongst them. ועשו לי מקדש ושכנתי בתוכם ועשו לי מקדש ושכנתי בתוכם Exodus 25
Who we are… The Jewish Community of Bermuda (JCB) emerged as a result of a United S tates Naval B ase situated on the island during World War II. In the past, the JCB consisted mainly of naval officers and their families. O ther Jews on the island were always welcomed to join in the S ervices provided by the B ase. In the last 20 years, the percentage of civilians to officers and their families gradually changed. In 1994, due to US budget cuts, the B ase was closed. Our community is now made up solely of Bermudian residents and their families, and expatriates who are S ephardim and Ashkenazim who are O rthodox, C onservative, and R eform and come from 15 different countries. The population of Bermuda is about 65,000. Our community currently consists of about 120 people (including children).
Where we are… Shabbat services are hosted by various community members once monthly, typically the f irst F riday of the month. Hebrew School meets weekly at a members home. A T orah T ots program for preschoolers is held on F riday afternoons. C hildren are prepared for B ar and B at Mitzvah. We conduct High Holidays services at a rented hall under the leadership of our visiting rabbi. We arrange a communal Passover Seder at a rented hall. We mark the other major holidays with special community events including S ukkoth celebration, S imcha T orah parade, Lag B-O mer picnic, H anukkah dinner, and P urim party complete with costumes and a reading o f the Megillah.
Our challenges… We depend on the hospitality of some of our members to conduct Shabbat Services, Hebrew School and many Holidays. The hall rental for High Holidays and Passover Seder is quite expensive and difficult to arrange. Keeping kosher is complicated as stores do not sell kosher products. Due to a lack of a dedicated facility, our community is less centralized and visible in the community. Raising children with a Jewish identity in an overwhelmingly C hristian environment, including C hristian prayers said in both the public and most private schools, has been another challenge for us.
How do we get there? We found a building with a 15-year lease and possible extension beyond that time. The building is centrally located. The building requires extensive renovation and furnishing. Refurbishing will be done in 3 phases. Total projected cost for all 3 phases: $450,000
How do we get there? Phase I - Critical Estimated Cost of Phase I: $95,000 Includes: – – Rent prepayment and initial operating expenses – – Flooring and carpeting – – New doors – – Air conditioning system – – Security system – – Ner Tamid (Eternal Light) – – Railing and fences
How do we get there? Phase II - Essential Estimated Cost of Phase II: $140,000 Includes: – – Kitchen renovation, including appliances, flatware, 2 sets of dishes, pots and pans – – Lighting – – Sanctuary sound system – – Furniture – – Window treatments – – Signage
How do we get there? Phase III - Important Estimated Cost of Phase III: $215,000 Includes: – – Audio-Visual and IT Equipment – – Parking lot (incl. excavation) – – Sanctuary furniture (chairs, bookshelves…) – – Memorial Wall and Tree of Life – – New windows – – Building of an Ark and a new Bimah – – Refinishing bathrooms
When we have raised the funds and renovated the building… When the synagogue is singing and the kitchen is cooking delicious kosher food and the library is lending and the school room is teaching and the hall is dancing and the office is buzzing and the people are praying…
People will probably call it a multi-purpose Jewish community centre. But we won't.
One thing have I desired of God; that I may dwell in the House of God all the days of my life. אחת שאלתי מאת ידוד אותה אבקש שבתי בבית ידוד כל ימי חיי Psalm 27
How can you help? We appreciate donations of any amount. Here are ways you can donate: Make a cash donation or write a check to JCB Building Fund For US citizens and corporations, please contact us if you wish to make a tax-deductible donation Our contacts are: – – Fiona Elkinson: Phone: 441-505-3000 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com – – Andre Perez: Phone: 441-535-5896 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com