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Venezuela Rescue Project

Venezuela Rescue Project

The Challenge Eighty percent of the Jewish population of Venezuela has left the country since Hugo Chaves became president in 1999. Nicolas Maduro Moros has been president since 2013, with his presidency under dispute since 2019. The country is engulfed in turmoil...
Victoria Australia Survey Project

Victoria Australia Survey Project

Our Challenge At least eight (and some say 16) Jews arrived in Australia on the First Fleet in 1788. Much of the documentation of Jewish lives in Australia has survived. Documentation of Australian Jewish life since then does exist, but what exactly has survived and...
Grandpa Didn’t Tell the Truth

Grandpa Didn’t Tell the Truth

by Sallyann Amdur Sack A well-known passage from the musical play Fiddler on the Roof illustrates how 19th-century Russian Jews felt about the czar: Rebbe, is there a blessing for the czar? A blessing for the czar? Of course…. May the Lord bless and keep the...
I Am a Marrano

I Am a Marrano

by Anne Cardoza As I sit in a synagogue service and pray, often I wonder what it means to be a Marrano. I know my grandmother told me she was a Marrano. Pauline, my grandmother, would sew Catholic medals and crucifixes in the hems of skirts and pillows. She would...