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

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.)

  • 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.
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