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The Moroccan Jews of Cape Verde: The Preservation of a Unique Heritage

Hosted By: Qesher

The story of the Jews of Cape Verde is a continuation of the larger Sephardic/Moroccan Jewish Diaspora. A former Portuguese colony, the Republic of Cape Verde lies in the Atlantic Ocean about 300 miles off the coast of West Africa. After Portugal abolished the Inquisition, Moroccan Jews started immigrating in the mid-1800s. Carol Castiel, founder of the “Cape Verde Jewish Heritage Project” will explore the historical, economic, and political reasons for this migration, discuss why the practice of Judaism was not sustained in the long run, and address the efforts taken to restore and preserve Cabo Verde’s several Sephardic cemeteries.

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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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