Jewish Caribbean Communities to Confer, Plan for Jewish Survival

Under the auspices of the American Section of the World Jewish Congress, representatives of nine Caribbean Jewish communities will meet in Curacao Aug. 29 to Sep. 1 to discuss their common problems and to plan together concerning cultural and educational programs.

This was announced here today by Jacques Torczyner, chairman of the WJC-American Section. He expressed the hope that among the bone fits that will emerge from the meeting will be a common program to enable the small Caribbean communities not only to share their resources with each other, but also to use available human resources of the vast Jewish community of the U.S.

Lavy M. Becker, honorary consultant to the WJC on Small Jewish Communities, has visited every Jewish community in the Caribbean at least once, and the decision to convene the upcoming conference was taken as a result of a visit he made to the area last fall. Becker will be one of the participants in the conference. Yitzhak Pundak, Israel Ambassador to Guatemala, will be the speaker at a dinner session, and Rabbi Martin Levin, the newly-appointed rabbi of Shaarei Tsedek Congregation. Curacao, will be the leader at an Oneg Shabbat study session.

There will be a number of separate meetings with Jewish teachers from the various islands to discuss with them their special requirements. The Jewish population of the Caribbean is about 5000, the largest communities being those of Puerto Rico, Curacao, Jamaica and Surinam.

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