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About The Jamaica Jewish Archives

By 1672, Jamaica’s Jews had established a cemetery across the bay from Port Royal in Hunt’s Bay. Hunt’s Bay Cemetery is the oldest known cemetery in Jamaica. By the nineteenth century, dozens of Jewish cemeteries ringed the island.

In 2007, Ainsley Cohen Henriques, former President of Kingston Jamaica’s United Congregation of Israelites, requested Caribbean Volunteer Expeditions, under the leadership of Rachel Frankel, to inventory and document Jamaica’s historic Jewish cemeteries. The work is ongoing.

The Jamaica Jewish Archives collection includes cemetery inventories. Each cemetery inventory includes a detailed scaled cemetery map and for each gravestone there are digital and 35mm photographs, an existing conditions assessment, and transcription and translation of the epitaph. The collection also has out of print publications and archival documents relating to Jamaican Jewry.