Feb

27 2014

Beth Am Jewish Presence in Latin America & Caribbean/Continuing Education

7:00PM - 9:00PM  

Congregation Beth Am 2030 W. Fletcher Ave.
Tampa, FL 33612
813-968-8511 admin@bethamtampa.org

Contact Victoria Cain-Stull
813-968-8511
admin@bethamtampa.org

Thursday, February 27•7:00 PM – Instructor: Nancy Himmelgreen
We are all familiar with the history of American Jews, but what about Jews in THE Americas? This presentation will provide an overview of the patterns of migration and the present status of Jewish groups in several major Latin American and Caribbean countries. Did you know, for example, that Argentina has the 5th largest Jewish population in the world? Or that the first synagogue in the Americas, dating back to 1636, was built in Recife, Brazil, while the country was still under Dutch rule?   Or that Venezuelan Jews are presently seeking refuge in Colombia, where converted Jews from the Iberian Peninsula (i.e., “marranos”) first settled in the 16th century when Colombia, Venezuela, and Ecuador were a unified country? Join us as we explore together these and other interesting facts about our common heritage.