Ever wonder how life is for a Jew in the smallest country of America? (We’re talking about the continent, mind you.)

In some ways, it’s far better than living in a big community. In other ways, it’s just tough to be a Jew. An observant Jew, at least.

We’re the only recognized Jewish community, self-proclaimed Conservative. But I like to think we’re Conservative-Reform.

The community was founded almost 60 years ago, mostly by Jews from Alsace-Loren. Right now, more than 90% is comprised of Ashkenazi families. We had a rabbi that led the community until our civil war started in 1980. Most families fled to the USA and Israel. It wasn’t until 1996 that we had a rabbi again.

Since then, the community has started to flourish again. For all those years, we didn’t have full Shabbat services, only the Kabbalat Shabbat ones. Bar-mitzvot and haguim were held by an Israeli who could read Torah.

We’re just 100 in the whole country. No, not 100 families. 100 Jews! Yeah, it’s like a little kibbutz, where everyone knows everybody. So that makes it hard–almost impossible–to marry anyone from the community. Intermarriage is a must, so you might hope that your partner would want to become Jewish, or accept that your sons and daughters will lead a Jewish life. With whom are you going to fall in love here is a challenging decision.

More to come soon…