A trip to Jamaica can mean listening to reggae music and sipping rum punch by the pool, but it also can include a foray into Jamaica’s rich 350-year-old Jewish history and a chance to meet some of the 200 Jews who are still living in the island nation. According to an article in Jweekly.com, in 1700, there were more Jews in Jamaica than in all of North America, and by 1730, Jews represented 12 percent of the white population of the island. In the 18th century, Ashkenazi Jews began arriving from England and Germany, joining the Sephardi Jews who had begun to arrive a century earlier. In the early 20th century, some Jews came to Jamaica after the breakup of the Ottoman Empire.
You can read this interesting article by Renee Ghert-Zand at http://www.jweekly.com/article/full/70629/travel-in-jamaica-add-jewish-history-to-rum-and-reggae-itinerary.