Chabad Opens Its Door in Barbados, 11th Center in Caribbean


Famous for pristine white beaches, temperate weather and friendly locals, Barbados has long been a favorite tourist magnet. Now the eastern Caribbean island nation has another attraction: its own Chabad-Lubavitch center, headed by Rabbi Eli and Sterna Chaikin, who moved to the island last winter.

“The Chaikins have been a blessing for me and my children,” says Liz Amsili, who was born in Israel, grew up in Columbia, and has lived in Barbados for the last 16 years. “We greatly enjoy celebrating Shabbat with them. They are a lovely couple, young and energetic; we are so lucky to have them here.”

The 26-year-old rabbi was born in Cleveland, Ohio, Sterna, 25, is from France and they have a two-year-old daughter.

Amsili’s two sons, ages 11 and 4, regularly visit the Chaikin home where…

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