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Plans Underway to Restore One of Oldest Jewish Cemeteries

Plans are now being made for the restoration of the Jewish cemetery here, one of the earliest Sephardi burial grounds in the New World. Rabbi Isidoro Aizenberg of Caracas, Venezuela, who was instrumental in the recent restoration of the Jewish cemetery in Coro, visited the island in order to help the local Jewish community draw up a project to save this historic monument from its present state of decay. He met Prime Minister Errol Barrow, who expressed his government’s interest in this endeavor as well as in any future work on the old synagogue building, now used for offices. The oldest identifiable stone in the Barbadian cemetery dates from 1660 and belongs to Aaron de Mercado, a Portuguese Jew, like most of the 350 people buried there. The cemetery is located at the site of the original synagogue, Nidhe Israel, built in 1679.

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