Meet the Jamaican Jewish leader who once took Louis Farrakhan to synagogue

Ainsley Henriques is a longtime leader in the Jamaican Jewish community.

Despite Jews living on the island of Jamaica for more than 200 years, the Caribbean island isn’t a logical hotspot for Jewish life. Yet Jewish life has thrived over the years. One man at the centre has been Ainsley Henriques, a longtime leader of Jamaica’s Jewish community—he’s worn many hats, including as the Honorary Consul of Israel in Jamaica, and met with many important figure, including Louis Farrakhan, whom he once took to a Shabbat service at the synagogue in Kingston.

To share that story and others, Henriques joins to discuss Jewry in Jamaica, the future outlook and the Jewish origins of Jamaica’s tradition of “Saturday soup”.


  • Learn more about the Jewish community in Jamaica
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