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Jews first arrived in Guatemala in the 16th century. The German emigration of the mid-19th century and the 1965 Jewish refugees arrival from Cuba impacted current population. Almost all of Guatemala's 1,000 Jews live in the capital, Guatemala City, with a few more in Quetzaltenango and San Marcos.  There are about 800 Ashkenazim and 200 Sefardim, but the community continues to shrink due to assimilation, immigration, or intermarriage. Casa Hillel Jewish Community and Casa Hillel Synagogue (Comunidad Hebrea/Beit Ha-madrij Hillel at 12 Avenida 17-21 Zona 1, Colona Mariscal. President Mario Valdez. Rabbi Jacques Cukierkorn, the rabbi at a temple in Kansas City, Missouri has been assisting in the conversions for the past six years. Comunidad Judia Guatemalteca - Phone: 011 502 2 360 1509. Centro Hebreo/Shaarei Binyomin; 502 2 360 764. Israelita Maguen David is Sephardic. [July 2009]

CEMETERY:  Cementerio General de Guatemala . [July 2009]

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