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  • With Chavez gone, Venezuelan Jews look warily to future

    March 12, 2013 | 4:20 pm

    The eyes of a dead man stare at visitors passing through immigration at Simon Bolivar International Airport. They follow drivers making the trek along the tortuous four-lane highway through a mountain range leading to town. And they reappear at public spaces throughout this city.

    ...
  • Palestinian city names street after Chavez

    March 11, 2013 | 9:13 am

    A street in the West Bank city of al-Bireh was named for the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

    Al-Bireh Mayor Fawzi Abid made the announcement over the weekend during a visit to the Venezuelan embassy in the city to offer condolences for Chavez's death, the Palestinian Ma'an...

  • Long the bane of Venezuelan Jews, Chavez is gone. Now what?

    March 6, 2013 | 9:34 am

    For more than a decade, Venezuelan Jews have been holding their breath, subject to the whims of a mercurial president who used his bully pulpit to intimidate, rail against Israel and embrace Iran.

    There was the police raid of a Caracas school in 2004, allegedly to search for...

  • Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez dead from cancer

    March 5, 2013 | 2:23 pm

    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has died after a two-year battle with cancer, ending the socialist leader's 14-year rule of the South American country, Vice President Nicolas Maduro said in a televised speech on Tuesday.

    The flamboyant 58-year-old leader had undergone four...

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  • Growing the fruits of peace in El Salvador

    July 5, 2012 | 4:12 pm

    Don Israel speaks no English, and I speak almost no Spanish. But I understood him well enough to realize that, as I began to plant one of the mango trees that would be placed in his field that day,  he obviously thought I was doing it wrong. Our mutual patience eventually conquered...

  • Palestinian Authority, South Americans sign free trade pact

    December 21, 2011 | 10:45 am

    A bloc of South American countries has signed a free trade agreement with the Palestinian Authority.

    MERCOSUR, the political and economic consortium made up of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay, on Tuesday in Uruguay signed the first trade deal between the PA and nations outside of the Arab world, The Associated Press reported.

    Israel controls imports and exports from the West Bank and Gaza Strip, rendering the deal symbolic, according to the AP.

  • Jewish Agency establishes South American fund

    November 17, 2011 | 10:48 am

    The Jewish Agency has established a Fund for the Jewish Future to strengthen the connection of young South American Jews to Israel and to the global Jewish community.

    The program, announced Wednesday at the Jewish Agency Board of Governors meeting in Buenos Aires, will launch next...

  • Peru recognizes Palestinian state

    January 24, 2011 | 2:43 pm

    Peru joined several Latin and South American states in recognizing a Palestinian state.

    “Today the government communicated to the ambassador of Palestine in Lima recognition of the Palestinian state as free and sovereign,” Peruvian Foreign Minister Jose Antonio Garcia Belaunde...

  • Jewish conspiracy theories running amok in Honduras

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    October 5, 2009 | 12:29 pm

    Honduras—it’s not Venezuela—but Jewish conspiracy theories are gaining steam there in the wake of President Manuel Zelaya’s ouster from office. The Anti-Defamation League is on the case; among the popular theories is that Israeli soldiers and mercenaries worked with the rebel...

  • ‘The Longing’ documents crypto-Jews caught between two worlds

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 7, 2008 | 2:54 am

    When Gabriela Böhm set out to create her documentary, "The Longing: The Forgotten Jews of South America," several years ago, she hoped to profile an as-yet-undiscovered secret community of Crypto Jews -- descendants of Jews forced to flee the Spanish Inquisition who continued...
  • Under Chavez, anti-Semitism way up in Venezuela

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 8, 2008 | 12:19 pm

    And you thought Venezuela was such a nice place.

  • 300 ways to make it a multi-cultural seder

    By Amy Klein

    April 17, 2008 | 6:00 pm


    In this silent video excerpt from the book/dvd/cd combo '300 Ways to Ask the Four Questions' Marla Berkowitz explains new signs for Matzoh and Passover and then asks the Four Questions in American Sign Language (ASL).


    Fu san ede a neti disi de difrenti fu tra neti?

    That means, "Why...

  • Venezuela’s Jews prosper but keep wary eye on future with Hugo Chavez

    By Hal Weitzman

    March 29, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The floor of the small synagogue in the center of Coro, the oldest Jewish house of prayer in Venezuela, is covered in a thick layer of sand intended to recall the Children of Israel's time in the Sinai Desert. It is also, however, a symbol of the transience of Jewish settlement in...
  • A Passover Surprise in Patagonia

    By Robin Esrock

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "So, where are you doing the seder?" asks my mother, on the other end of my computer's crackly speakers.

    I had just arrived in Patagonia, a beautiful region of Argentina, blessed with sparkling blue lakes, snow-capped mountains and forests on fire with the colors of fall.

    My plan...

  • Eulogies:Benjamin Alan Eder

    February 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Benjamin Alan Eder died on Dec. 11, 2001, lost at sea along with three other men aboard the F/V Nesika, at age 21.

    Eder was born in Coos Bay, Ore., on March 22, 1980, and lived in Port Orford, Ore. until 1986, after which he moved with his family to Newport, Ore. He graduated...

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