THE JEWISH DIVERSITY COMMITTEE PRESENTS the last in a SERIES
THE CARIBBEAN JEWISH EXPERIENCE
376 Years of Jewish Life in Suriname
Jacob Steinberg, will introduce us to the fascinating history of the oldest continuously existing Jewish community in the Americas, the community of Suriname in South America. Our story will commence with the arrival of the first settlers in the old capital Torarica (1630s), then move on to the establishment and later decline of the Jodensavanne, an autonomous Jewish community that flourished in the jungle of the Amazon basin for almost two hundred years. We will end with a view of the Jewish community in Suriname as it is today.
Jacob Steinberg, a Canadian of Dutch heritage, an Israeli citizen, and multi-national consultant, has become part of the Surinamese Jewish community, helping the people to reconnect with mainstream Jewish life and to reinvigorate their small community. There are significant challenges in maintaining a Jewish life. Join us for the story, and the visual journey.