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Encyclopedia > Jodensavanne

Jodensavanne was an attempt to establish a autonomous jewish territory in Suriname.


Jodensavanne is located in Para district about 50km south from Paramaribo on the Suriname River. The word Para- in English, is an affix of ancient Greek and Latin origin, mostly used as a prefix. ... Colonial style houses, Waterkant, Paramaribo. ...


In 1639 the English government allowed Sephardi Jews from Holland, Portugal and Italy to settle the region, coming to the old capital Torarica. In the year 1652 a new group migrated under the leadership of Lord Willoughby came to Suriname and settled in the area Jodensavanne. A third group came 1664 after their expulsion from Brazil and then French Guyana, led by David Nassy. Sephardim (ספרדי, Standard Hebrew Səfardi, Tiberian Hebrew ardî; plural Sephardim: ספרדים, Standard Hebrew Sfaradim, Tiberian Hebrew ) are a subgroup of Jews, generally defined in contrast to Ashkenazim and/or . ...


The Jewish community acquired great internal autonomy,a dn dedicated to the sugar-cane plantaion. The Congregation Bereche ve Shalom was organised and between 1665 and 1671 was built the first wooden synagogue and 1685 a second was made of importated brickstone.


In the mid-XVIII century Jodensavanne entered into decline and most of its population moved to Paramaribo. The colony strived to survive until it was destroyed in 1832 by a fire.


 
 

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