Expats: Venezuela’s Reluctant Jews

Source: Nowhere Magazine

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When Latin American liberator Simón Bolívar was driven into exile at the turn of the 19th century, he found refuge in the homes of Jews on the Dutch colony Curaçao, some 40 miles north of Venezuela. After Gran Colombia won independence from Spanish rule and Bolívar expanded the constitution to include religious freedoms, the Jewish community in Venezuela began to swell, building a significant presence in the country over time. But those numbers are diminishing today, as Jews flee the unstable nation in record numbers.

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