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  • Despite Chavez’s Reforms, Most Caracas Jews Do Well

    The question of whether Jews have a future in Venezuela seemed far from the minds of the 900 or so people at the wedding of Jessica Horowitz and Alberto Israel. On Saturday night, a day before a crucial referendum on Venezuela’s constitution, Jews at the Union Israelita de Caracas synagogue in suburban San Bernardino were… More ▸

  • As Chavez Goes Authoritarian, Venezuela Jews Fear for Future

    Venezuelans heading to the polls in a little less than three weeks will be voting on some rather drastic changes to the nation’s constitution. The amendments that are expected to pass will abolish presidential term limits, allowing President Hugo Chavez to be re-elected indefinitely, and give Chavez’s government total control over Venezuela’s Central Bank, many… More ▸

  • Under Chavez’s Rule, Jews Fear for Future in Venezuela

    The floor of the small synagogue in the center of Coro, the oldest Jewish house of prayer in Venezuela, is covered in a thick layer of sand intended to recall the Children of Israel’s time in the Sinai Desert. It is also, however, a symbol of the transience of Jewish settlement in South America. Jewish… More ▸

  • In Venezuela, Jewish Journalist Tries to Hew an Independent Course

    He’s a prominent Venezuelan self-described leftist who calls United States foreign policy toward Cuba foolish and supports Bolivian President Evo Morales. The Bush administration revoked his visa to enter the United States. Asked why, he joked to JTA, “Perhaps I’m a danger to El Imperio.” Yet Teodoro Petkoff is no protege of Venezuelan President Hugo… More ▸

  • Venezuela’s Chavez to Break Ties As Verbal War Escalates with Israel

    Last month, shortly after Iran’s president again declared that Israel should be wiped off the map and that the Holocaust was mostly Zionist propaganda, Venezuela’s president embraced Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Tehran, calling him a “true friend and brother.” Last week, Hugo Chavez equated Israel’s aerial bombardment of Lebanon with Nazi war crimes and recalled his… More ▸

  • Neo-nazism is Fashionable in Modern-day Venezuela

    Venezuela is seeing troublesome manifestations of neo-Nazi sentiment and activity as never before, according to the Latin American Jewish Congress. A report published in the group’s bulletin says that swift action by the Confederation of Jewish Associations of Venezuela succeeded in preventing a public meeting from taking place in the center of Caracas last month… More ▸

  • Jews Reported Safe in Caracas

    Despite widespread rioting last week, the Jewish community in Caracas is relatively safe, according to Rabbi Pinchas Brenner of Caracas, Venezucla. Brenner told the World Jewish Congress that “the community is well, although Jewish establishments and stores suffered from the riots, as did others.” More ▸

  • Jewish Leader Appointed Venezuela’s Culture Minister

    The President of Venezuela has appointed Paulina Gamus as the nation’s Minister of Culture, the first time in the country’s history a Jew has achieved a Cabinet-level post, the World Jewish Congress reported Tuesday. The appointment of Gamus is engendering particular enthusiasm within the Jewish community, not only because it represents a further example of… More ▸