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Surinam Government Issues Postage Stamp Honoring Ancient Synagogue

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The Government of Surinam, at this capital of the newly autonomous state which until recently was known as Dutch Guiana, announced today that on April 1, it is issuing a new postage stamp to honor the Neve Shalom Synagogue, the house of worship of the oldest Jewish settlement in all of the Americas.

The Jewish settlement of Surinam was established in 1632, 22 years before the first Jewish refugees from Brazil set foot at New Amsterdam, later known as New York. The synagogue was founded in 1836. The postage stamp honoring the 125th anniversary of Neve Shalom bears a line drawing of the synagogue. Printed in yellow, blue, red and black, the stamp is of a 25-cent denomination. It was designed by a Dutch artist here, and printed in Holland.

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