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Did you know that the grandmother of iconic reggae artist Bob Marley was Jewish?

Decades ago in Jamaica, Ellen Ann Broomfield, a Jewish girl of Syrian descent, married Albert Thomas Marley and gave birth to Norval Marley, who became a marine officer and plantation overseer.

At the age of 60, Norval married Cedella Editha Booker. Their child, Robert Nesta Marley, became a famous reggae artist known as Bob Marley.

It is estimated that thousands of Jamaicans have Jewish roots.

Watch and see how the Jewish-Jamaican connection began and where it is going!

The Jews of Jamaica

Little is known of Ellen Broomfield, a Syrian-Jewish woman who settled in Jamaica, but we do know that her grandson, reggae legend Bob Marley, was born on this day in 1945. On this occasion, we invite you to explore Jamaica's fascinating Jewish heritage. And present – including a symbolic visit to Israel from Bob Marley's son, musician Julian Marley. WATCH:

Posted by World Jewish Congress on Tuesday, February 6, 2018

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