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  Jewish and Kosher Venezuela    
 
 
  VENEZUELA  
 

Jewish Presence in Venezuela
Rabbi Moshe Perets
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From the time of the Spanish conquest there are Jews in the American continent. The first ones were forced converts to Christianity who sometimes kept their Judaism in secret. The first openly known Jews in Venezuela lived in Tucacas, who in the eighteenth century traded in that Dutch-controlled port in the state of Falcon. Some time later the Spanish conquered Tucacas, and the Jewish community, along with the general population, fled. After the independence of Venezuela, some Sephardic Jews came from Curacao to the city of Coro, where their cemetery has been in use for 150 years continuously.

While the community in Coro started shrinking, the community in the capital city of Caracas started to flourish. Many Jews came mainly from northern Morocco and Eastern Europe, while others came from Central Europe, Israel and Syria. Some Jews came from neighboring Colombia, Cuba and Argentina.

Around 50 years ago the first synagogue in Caracas was erected, in the neighborhood of El Conde, and from then around ten Sephardic and Ashkenazi synagogues were built, in the neighborhoods of San Bernardino and La Florida to the west, and Altamira, Los Palos Grandes and Los Dos Caminos.
These days there are 4 mikvaoth, three Jewish schools, 4 cemeteries, a few kosher establishments and two kollells in Caracas, a synagogue, Jewish school and cemetery in the city of Maracaibo, and synagogues in the cities of Porlamar, San Cristobal and Valencia. There are some 10.000 Jews residing in Venezuela today.

Most of the Jews who came to Venezuela came from Torah-observant homes, but some years ago it was already hard to find a religiously-observant family. In the aprox. last 10 years many people, young and old alike, started going back to their roots, returning to their Judaism. In some neighborhoods it a common sight that people go around their activities with a kippah on their heads, the Shabbath is observed in many homes, and people are keeping the laws of kashruth.


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