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  • Nicaragua’s Tiny Community Splits over Who is a Jew

    Bitter divisions over who is a Jew threaten to split Nicaragua’s tiny Jewish community. At an April 30 assembly to elect a new board of directors, relations between the 50 Jews in the country deteriorated after two people whom some consider non-Jews were elected to the board. The assembly decided to allow anyone who "feels… More ▸

  • For Jewish Teens, Building Houses in Nicaragua Offers Sense of Purpose

    ? Aching from lugging cinder blocks and not having seen a flush toilet in days, the Jewish teenagers from posh New York City suburbs could have been forgiven for complaining about building simple houses in this rural Nicaraguan outpost. But the only complaints they offered were about their own upper-middle-class lifestyles back home and the… More ▸

  • Around the Jewish World Sandinista Leader Ortega Returns to Power, Worrying Nicaragua’s Jews

    The return of Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega after his victory in Nicaragua’s presidential election has the country’s tiny Jewish community on edge. During Ortega’s last stint in power, as head of the left-wing revolutionary government from 1979-90, the entire Jewish community fled into exile while the Sandinistas built cozy relations with the PLO and other… More ▸

  • Nicaragua to Restore Ties with Israel

    Nicaragua will restore diplomatic ties with Israel, broken by the former Sandinista government in protest against Israel’s invasion of Lebanon in 1982, the Foreign Ministry reported Sunday. It said an understanding to that effect was given by Nicaragua’s newly elected president, Violeta Barrios de Chamorro, in a conversation with a senior Israeli diplomat, David Turgeman,… More ▸

  • New Jewish Agenda Plans Mission to Nicaragua, Reiterates Call for PLO Talks, Enters Soviet Jewry Fra

    New Jewish Agenda (NJA) decided at its biennial convention here last week to send a Benjamin Linder Brigade to Nicaragua in December to reopen the confiscated Managua synagogue as a Jewish cultural center. Most of Nicaragua’s tiny Jewish community fled the country when the Sandinista-led revolution ousted Gen. Anastasio Somoza-Debayle, the military dictator, in 1979…. More ▸