High Holidays in Suriname, South America

High Holidays in Suriname, South America

image: Hanukah tradition of lighting the candles every night in many menorahs

Hanukah tradition of lighting the candles every night in many menorahs

We are grateful that Rabbi Shimon Moch again led our High Holidays in 2016. Rabbi Shimon is a long time friend of our community, since the days when he was the rabbi of the Hebrew Congregation of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. We had a lovely Hakafot ceremony in Simchat Torah and Sukkot was celebrated in our beautiful Sukkah, attached to the synagogue. We also celebrated Hanukah with our tradition of lighting the candles every night in many Menorahs.

Unfortunately, this year Purim fell on a long weekend holiday in Suriname and we had to cancel our traditional community Purim party as many young families were out of town. Visiting Suriname in the last few months, we were blessed with the visits of Chai members and ex-members of the community who emigrated over the years to Israel.

Pearl Lipton and Henry Silver from Toronto, Canada had a wonderful visit in Paramaribo, the Jewish Savannah (Jodensavanne) and in Kabalebo, a small resort deep in the Surinamese jungle; Sharon Valpoort from Amsterdam, Holland and her two young daughters Hava and Sarai are visiting her family.

Baruch Lionarons from Jerusalem, Israel was also visiting his family and friends in Suriname. Baruch, an economist, made Aliya to Israel over 30 years ago and lives with his wife and three daughters and son in Jerusalem. Baruch was kind enough to put into writing a summary of his visit. You can read the complete text of that summary (and the complete newsletter) here: kulanu.org/suriname/chai_news_201704.pdf.

image: Juliette Emanuels

Juliette Emanuels

Juliette Emanuels (aside), who lives in Jerusalem, Israel with her three daughters and their families, decided to celebrate her 90th birthday among her family and friends who still live in Suriname. She boarded the plane from Tel Aviv to Amsterdam and then to Paramaribo all by herself and is currently having a wonderful time. She'll be back in Israel for Passover. We wish Juliette many more years of good health and happiness!

image: The 2016 Sukkot service at the Neve Shalom synagogue, Paramaribo, Suriname

The 2016 Sukkot service at the Neve Shalom synagogue, Paramaribo, Suriname