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Today in Jewish History - August 17 / Av 25

1665 August 17, SURINAM

Surinam Synagogue
Courtesy of CQ-link
The small colony, recently occupied by the English, gave full rights to the Jews (mostly Spanish and Portuguese refugees) to practice Judaism and run their own affairs. This remarkably liberal charter was transferred over to the Dutch when they conquered the colony as a means of encouraging the Jews to remain.


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