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. Wed, 24 May 2017 04:20:40 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb CARACAS The capital and largest city of

The Jewish community of Caracas <Unión Israelita de Caracas> has about 10,000 members, 20+ synagogues, one Jewish day school, one Jewish community center and three main cemeteries ("Guarenas," "Cementerio General del Sur" and "Cementerio Del Este"). Jewish burials usually are scheduled from morning until about 3pm.  The unveiling of the gravestone is usually eleven months after the burial before which generally the deceased's family does not visit the cemetery. Tombstones are inscribed in Spanish with Hebrew for the deceased's names and dates. Additional information on the gravestone is the family's choice. The back of the majority of tombstones have a very small inset to light a memorial candle.Each cemetery has different sections under the administration of the three main synagogues.The Ashkenazi synagogues are UIC and Rabinato.One of UIC's sections is the oldest cemetery in Caracas with about 30 tombstones dating from 1930.The other UIC section opened with a burial on December 5, 1937.AIV is Sephardi. [February 2009]

  • Cementerio General del Sur, the oldest and largest, contains four Jewish sections: UIC manages two, Aiv one, and Rabinato one. Total graves are 2,365 with space for a few more. (Aerial view)[February 2009]
  • Jewish sector, Cementerio del Sur
  • Cemeterio Guarenas: "Gan Menucha" section's first burial was on April 17, 1997. Now about 300 graves leave room for up to 3,000.The AIV section with some 180 graves from 1953-1971 is inactive and replaced by Cementerio del Este.The Rabinato section is still active with first burial on October 18, 1972. Currently, the total 755 graves leave room for up to 1,500. [February 2009]
  • Cementerio del Este: about 500 graves. Cementerio Del Este (Aerial view) [February 2009]
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CORO: Falcon Jews emigrated from the Caribbean island of Curacao to this northern port city in 1827: Henríquez, Capriles, De Sola, Cardozo, and Seniorfamilies.  David Abraham Senior bought a house in 1852 that was used as the local synagogue until the late 19th century. Sold to the state in 1986, after 1997, the landmarked structure has been a museum called Casa de Oración Hebrea (House of Jewish Prayers).

CEMETERY: The cemetery dates from 1832 when Joseph Curiel (1796-1886) established it for his 8-year-old daughter, Johevet Hannah Curiel, on land then outside the city and now on Zamora Street. Used mostly for non-Jewish burials now, fewer than thirty Jewish gravestones exist, those of the Fonseca, Chumaseiro, Capriles, Maduro, and the Curiel families, and a possibly Polish woman from the 1940s. The cemetery testifies to the community's assimilation. Most of Coro's small Jewish community of 168 emigrated after violent rioting. In 1970, the cemetery was restored by the Asociacion Israelita de Caracas. The locked cemetery keys are in the Museo de Arte Alberto Henríquez. A large Mogen David markes the cemetery entrance. photos [May 2009]

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SAN CRISTOBAL: Tachira [San Cristóbal] Official seal of San Cristóbal San Cristóbal is capital of Táchira state.


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    Cementerio de la Colonia Hebrea de San Cristóbal / Hebrew Cemetery Colonia de San Cristobal, Calle 16 Ciudad de San Cristóbal. The known Jewish community in town dates from 1933. The active Conservative cemetery was established in 1960. Families in other nearby cities used this cemetery. Cemetery burials are indexed and computerized. Cemetery Hours: 8:00 A.M - 6:00 P.M.   The caretaker has the key. Some burial cards have biographical data and/or next-of-kin information. All burial cards have health department information. The urban cemetery location on flat land is part of a municipal cemetery with a sign in Hebrew and Spanish.  The cemetery is reached by turning directly off a public road and open with permission of the Jewish Community. (Miembro de la Comunidade Judia) A continuous masonry wall with a locking gate surrounds the 162,50 m2 site. No separate sections. The earliest gravestone moved from another burial place dates from 1928. Thirty-five marble, granite, and limestone gravestones exist with four not in original locations are finely smoothed and Hebrew inscribed stones, flat stones with carved relief decoration and flat, low in-ground plaques. The present owner of the cemetery property is the local Jewish community and used for Jewish cemetery purposes. Properties adjacent to the cemetery are other cemeteries.  Occasional private visitors. The cemetery was vandalized occasionally in the last ten years. Past maintenance: cleaning stones, clearing vegetation, repairing wall, and repairing gate by some families in the local Jewish community. Current Care: occasional clearing or cleaning by individuals by a caretaker paid by the Jewish Congregation of Comunidad Israelita de San Cristóbal. No structures but sarcophagus and more than one ohel are present. Moderate threats: Vandalism (destruction/defacement of stones/graves and security (uncontrolled access.) The vegetation overgrowth in the cemetery is not a problem. Source: Bernardo Zinguer +584147414743.

  • Photos courtesy Bernardo Zinguer [February 2016]
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]]> (Ellen Renck) Venezuela Sun, 07 Feb 2016 13:38:23 +0000