|MAPUTO (formerly Laurenço Marques):|
The capital and largest city of Mozambique, situated in the extreme south of the country and facing the Indian Ocean. Most of the Jews lived in Lourenco Marques [Maputo] since settlement at the turn of the century by South African Jewish refugees exiled by President Kruger's government for their pro-British activities. In 1926 a synagogue was consecrated in Lourenco Marques.
Maputo Synagogue. [January 2004]
1975 Mozambican independence saw the departure of the Jewish community. The cemetery's avenue of frangipani and a towering mango tree fell into disrepair and was vandalized. The synagogue became a warehouse. In 1989, a local non-Jewish businessman organized a campaign to return the synagogue to the few Jews left in the country. Restoration work began. (Mozambique's haroset is based on local cashews.) The community met on Sunday mornings since 1992 to remove tons of trash from the cemetery, plant new trees, and build walls. Source: [September 2002]
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