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The Nassau Jewish community is funded by charitable giving of individuals just like you. Your support and partnership helps us continue our vital work for the community and many Jewish visitors. We receive no financial support from any outside office thus your generosity is most needed and appreciated.

Chabad is a 501(c)3 charity and all contributions are tax deductible.

Was a great Shabbat! Thank you Rabbi!

Charles K Virginia Beach

Thank You for the warm hospitality! It was a amazing to meet Jews from around the world at your table!

Sara Miller Los Angeles

Lovely week with Chabad of the Bahamas, culminating in a beautiful Erev Shabbat at the Rabbi's home and Shabbat services.

David & Edi Boxstein Vally Village, CA

We had such a wonderful Shabbat! Thank you for making our visit to the Bahamas that much more special!

Robert & Susan L Baltimore

Shabbat & Jewish Holidays

Join us as we experience Shabbat: "An Island in time on an Island in Paradise"

As the sun sets on the beautiful Island, we welcome Shabbat with a lively Evening service under the stars.

Services are followed by a delicious Shabbat meal, complete with the traditional Shabbat menu flavored with the Caribbean tropical twist, spirited song and great company.

Dine and relax in a peaceful setting, along with Jews from around the world.

Our home is open to all, and we do not charge our guests. However, we encourage you to contribute towards our activities; your generous partnership will enable us to keep our home open and assist many more visitors in the future.



Tourist Information

Welcome to The Bahamas!

Below are some answers to frequently asked questions.

1. Can I bring my own food into The Bahamas?

Yes. You can bring all food besides vegetables.

2. Is there a place that I can join for Shabbat meals?

Absolutely! Click here to reserve your spot!

3. Is there a daily Minyan?

Not at this time.

4. How far is Chabad located from the Atlantis?

10 to 15 minute walk (depending on which tower you're staying at)

5. What is the weather in the Bahamas?

We are blessed with warm year-round weather, with winter lows averaging a comfortable 70 degrees Fahrenheit and summer highs with high humidity at around 80–90, with a gentle dip at night of just 5 to 7 degrees.
Click here for today’s weather!

6. Does the Bahamas have a women’s Mikvah?

Not Yet. Consult with your family Rabbi about using the ocean.

7. Would my cell phone work in the Bahamas?

Yes. Extra costs might incur. Best idea is to get a local sim, if you need.

8. Where can I exchange money into the local Currency?

No need, you can use US currency here! Alternatively, you can use an ATM to get cash.

9. Is the tap water safe to drink in The Bahamas?

Yes -  yet bottled water is best.

10. I would like to combine my visit with a Chesed project any suggestions?

Absolutely! Contact Rabbi Bluming for some wonderful ideas.

Meet the Rabbi

Rabbi Sholom D. Bluming grew up in Brooklyn, NY and accomplished his undergraduate studies in the New York Chabad Rabbinical College. He continued his postgraduate studies in Paris, France and was ordained in the Rabbinical Seminary of Los Angeles, California in 2007.

During his rabbinical internship, he served a year in Buenos Aires, Argentina, teaching and creating educational programming for the local schools and community. As a visiting rabbi, he conducted holiday services for Jewish communities around the globe, including Russia, Japan, China, Colombia, Peru and Chile. In many remote communities, he offered the first Jewish event in decades.

In August 2010 under the direction of the Chabad headquarters in Brooklyn, Rabbi Bluming relocated to the tropical island of the Bahamas to serve as the country's first full time Rabbi. In a short period of time the community grew with a wide variety of educational programming, Holiday celebrations, Youth programs and Hebrew School, as well as social events for the wider Bahamian community.

His wisdom, engaging personality, and warm sense of humor along with his non-judgmental approach is what makes Rabbi Bluming so loved in the community.

About Us

The Bahamas has a long and rich Jewish History with Jews settling on the islands for many years. In 2010, Rabbi Sholom Bluming came on a summer visit to the Island and met with a few people in the community, After hearing the need for a Rabbi and community programs, Rabbi Bluming returned for the High Holidays and from there planted the seeds for the future community, which today has become one big Jewish family.

With the burst of development over the past few years, the Nassau community is growing rapidly. Our community is mostly comprised of people who have relocated here from around the world. Our holiday programs & communal events creates the perfect setting to make friends, celebrate Jewish occasions and honour personal milestones.

The special combination of cherished traditional values and contemporary ideas, successfully meet the needs of the modern day Jewish family. Our unique approach and unconditional acceptance of every Jew, regardless of affiliation or background, has created a dynamic and flourishing Jewish community.



Mission Statement


To promote and strengthen Jewish awareness, pride and identity by providing educational, cultural and social activities and services to all Jewish individuals and families regardless of affiliation or background.

Chabad of the Bahamas is a branch of worldwide Chabad Lubavitch, the world’s largest network of Jewish educational and outreach organizations. It is a vibrant and dynamic force in Jewish life, and its programs touch the lives of millions of people in thousands of communities throughout the world. Treasuring the infinite value of every individual, Chabad of the Bahamas is committed to enriching the lives of every single Jew on the island through its multiple programs and educational, social and religious services.


Kosher Food

You'll be surprised to find that there is quite a variety of kosher food products in the local grocery stores!

Super Value on Mackey street (5 minute drive from Atlantis)

Carries a large selection of US brand foods and much of it is Kosher.

Hebrew School

The Samantha and Sarah Nadal Hebrew School is an exciting and innovative educational program in The Bahamas. Our program enjoys a well-earned reputation as a trendsetter in creative Jewish education for children ages 5 through 13. The Hebrew School has exciting new programs and dynamic and loving staff. To enroll your child, click here.

Mission Statement

The mission of The Samantha and Sarah Nadal Hebrew School is to provide and promote the highest quality Judaic education to a diverse community of Jewish children.

Our aim is to nurture and build the foundation of your child(ren)'s Jewish identity through our interdisciplinary educational approach. The focus of our dedicated teachers is to inspire a two fold love.  A love for learning and and a love for Judaism while fostering a feeling of familiarity within their heritage for each individual child.

A well-balanced Hebrew School education will develop in our students a commitment to using Torah values as a guide to the decisions of life, community, and life-long learning and teaching.

Jewish Lifecycle

Baby Naming / Bris Circumcision Ceremony
  
There are few joys that are greater than, as a parent, welcoming a new child into the world. The bris (for boys) and naming ceremony (for girls) gives families, friends and the entire community the opportunity to celebrate the new life. It is also an important event in marking the entrance into covenant with God and the Jewish people. Chabad of the Bahamas delights in the birth of each baby in the greater Jewish community. We will facilitate, arrange, assist and familiarize the family with the entire process to make it the experience and the joy it is meant to be.
Bar & Bat Mitzvah Celebrations
 
“Son or daughter of the commandment,” Bar/Bat mitzvah is the process of being recognized as an adult in the eyes of the Jewish community.

At the age of thirteen for a boy and twelfth for a girl young people become responsible for the mitzvot. Bar/Bat mitzvah preparation focuses on synagogue skills, Jewish Holidays, and What it means to be a proud Jew in todays society. These fundamentals are essential for a child to fully participate in adult Jewish life.

Contact the Rabbi to start planning the dream celebration.   
Weddings

Mazal Tov!  Congratulations on your engagement. We hope your happiness will continue to grow and that you will succeed in laying the foundations for a warm, loving and nurturing home. Our Rabbi is available to officiate at your wedding. Please contact us for more information.
Funerals

King Solomon said, "There is a time for all under the heavens - a time to love, a time to journey, a time to plant, a time to reap, a time to rejoice and a time to mourn." The Rabbi is always there especially in times of need. To offer comfort, guidance and bereavement support, assistance in preparation, officiating at the funeral, the Shiva service etc.

Click here to contact for more information