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Jews in the Jungle: The Community of Suriname

Hosted By: Qesher

Discover the surprising and fascinating story of the Jews of Suriname, the oldest existing Jewish community in the Americas. It all began with the establishment of the Jewish community in Amsterdam by Portuguese and Spanish Jews in the late 16th century. Thousands of them moved to Dutch Brazil (Recife), and three groups continued to what is Suriname today, clearing the jungle and starting sugar plantations. Participants will also learn the role of the community in saving Jews during WWII and what life looks like today for the small and isolated Jewish community in Suriname.

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There are Jewish communities all around the globe with their own unique history, culture, places, and most of all, people and stories. All of them different, but sharing so much. The aim of Qesher is to connect these different Jewish traditions, not just to know of each other, but to learn about each other. We believe that there is great value in creating a deeper understanding within the Jewish world and exploring Jewish experiences and identities in all their diversity.
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