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Venezuela’s Jews: Dealing with the Crisis, with Isaac Nahon-Serfaty

Venezuela’s Jews: Dealing with the Crisis, with Isaac Nahon-Serfaty

ENGLISH CORNER, CON LINDA JIMÉNEZ – This week’s trivia question:  How has the recent crisis in Venezuela influenced the issue of Jewish identity there?

Isaac Nahon-Serfaty is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Ottawa in Canada.  He was born into a Sephardic Jewish family in Tangiers, Morocco, and his family moved to Venezuela in 1968, when he was six years old.  He recently gave a talk at Centro Sefarad-Israel in Madrid, titled “The Labyrinth of Judeo-Sephardi Identity. Reflections from a Venezuela in Crisis”, in which he analyzed the historical and genealogical complexities of Sephardic identity in that country.

He spoke with us about the history of the Jewish community in Venezuela, and how they are dealing with the current political, social and economic crisis there.

Read an article that Nahon-Serfaty wrote about multiple identities.