South America The IAJGS International Jewish Cemetery Project mission is to catalogue every Jewish burial site throughout the world. Every Jewish cemetery or burial site we know of is listed here by town or city, country, and geographic region is based on current locality designation. Tue, 23 May 2017 10:39:31 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb CASSIPORA A republic in northeastern South America on the Atlantic; achieved independence from the Netherlands in


Cassipora Cemetery [Aug 2015]



]]> (Ellen Renck) Suriname, formerly Dutch Guiana Thu, 06 Aug 2015 18:09:57 +0000
JODENSAVANNE Jodensavanne was an attempt to establish an autonomous Jewish territory in Suriname, South America. Jodensavanne is located in Para District, about 50 km south of the capital Paramaribo, on the Suriname River.


  • Cemetery: "Findings of the work of the expedition team indicate that the cemetery may have existed prior to the 1667 exchanged of Suriname from the English to the Dutch and that the cemetery was active for over two hundred years. Many of the deceased were rabbis, their wives, and hazans. Epitaphs indicate that women held leadership roles, including that of plantation master and hazan (who most probably led the women in prayer). One epitaph describes an individual plantation owner as "virtuous and honorable" and states that he died subsequent to beating his "rebellious Black slaves." Imagery expressive of identity of the deceased includes mohel, mother, Levite, Cohen, youth and Spanish noble Imagery expressive of the ideologies of the community includes messianic hope. Tombs with Hebrew and Portuguese (or Spanish) languages epitaphs are not translations of each other. Rachel Frankel and Aviva Ben-Ur hope to publish the findings and documentation as a complete archive. Prior this expedition, two inventories have been attempted by others, but none has been published. Source:
  • Beth Haim Cemetery [Aug 2015]
  • Freeman's Cemetery [Aug 2015]

    • Jodensavanne's second Jewish cemetery is located a few miles north of Casipora Cemetery. It was established subsequent and adjacent to the community's second synagogue built in 1685. The community's first synagogue is believed to have existed within close proximity of Casipora Cemetery. Despite the establishment of the second cemetery, some families and individuals continued to use Casipora Cemetery. Source:
]]> (Peter Strauss) Suriname, formerly Dutch Guiana Sat, 01 Aug 2009 01:11:33 +0000
PARAMARIBO The capital and largest city and major port of Surinam More

Synagogue Neveh Shalom. All synagogues in Paramaribo. Cemetery photos and descriptions.[July 2011]

Old Sephardic Cemetery stones @ Neve Shalom Synagogue

JOWBR burial listings [July 2011]

  • The Cassipora Cemetery: In November 1998, the International Society for Jewish Monuments began an emergency effort to save the oldest Ashkenazi cemetery in Suriname, founded in the early 18th century. The site has about 400 large gravestones. The cemetery is overgrown and in disrepair with half used as an illegal sand quarry with holes as large as swimming pools." Securing the site and clear overgrowth that hides illegal activities from public view was their plan. A systematic documentation of the site was planned. Gravestones date at least from 1727.' ISJM worked with the Suriname Jewish community and architect Rachel Frankel to develop a Master Plan for the protection and preservation of all of the historic Jewish sites in the country. ISJM asks for tax-deductible contributions of any amount. Checks, to be made out to ISJM, should include the message 'Suriname cemetery' and be mailed to 123 Clarke Street, Syracuse, NY, 13210. "Suriname Jewish Cemetery in Danger: ISJM Begins Fund-Raising, Documentation". ISJM Jewish Heritage Report. Volume II, no 3-4, Spring-Summer, 1998. [March 2002]

    • The oldest known Jewish cemetery in Suriname hidden in the savannah jungle about 5 km south of the Jodensavanne (about 50 km south of Paramaribo along the Suriname River). The site, about 275 by 250 feet. has 216 tombstones out of an estimated 400+ burials that have been discovered and cleared from the jungle. The gravestones date from 1666 to 1873. Inscriptions are in Hebrew, Portuguese, Spanish, Aramaic and Dutch. Almost every gravestone has the letters "S" or "SA" engraved (Portuguese word Sepultura means tombstone or grave) with the full name for a man and for a woman, her given name and then the full name of her husband or father. The date of death (both the Hebrew and Gregorian) follows and then an acronym such as SAGDG (May his/her soul delight in glory.)

    • Old Ashkenazi Cemetery [Aug 2015]

  • Jodensavanne Cemetery: Beit Haim: The Beit Haim (House of Life in Hebrew) is about 135 yards long and 70 yards wide, past the foundations of the Bracha v' Shalom Synagogue. 462 tombstones out of about 900 burials have been discovered and cleared from the jungle. The gravestones date from 1683 to 1873. Most are marble, limestone, blue and brown stones imported from Italy, engraved in Amsterdam, and shipped to Suriname. The poor Jews had wooden grave markers leaving graves unmarked today.
  • New Ashkenazi Cemetery [Aug 2015]

    New Sephardic Cemetery [Aug 2015]

  • [UPDATE] Holocaust Memorial [March 2016]

]]> (Peter Strauss) Suriname, formerly Dutch Guiana Sat, 01 Aug 2009 01:11:51 +0000