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History of the Jews in Mozambique


History of the Jews in Mozambique

The history of the Jews in Mozambique, until 1975, was closely connected with the history of Judaism through the former Portuguese empire, particularly those elements of it operating on the coastlines of the Indian Ocean. By the time the first Portuguese ships entered this ocean in the late 15th century, Jewish merchants and persons connected with sea work had lived on, and next to, this ocean for many centuries. As a European presence deepened by the late 19th century in the Portuguese East African colonial capital then called "Lourenço Marques", a cluster of Jewish persons of diverse backgrounds were living there.[1]

One synagogue

After 1900, the same history became closely connected with the identity and operations of what became the Maputo Hebrew Congregation Synagogue. The Maputo synagogue traces its congregational records to 1899, when political upheavals connected with the

  1. ^ a b c "Maputo's Hebrew Congregation Synagogue: A Description and Short History". Retrieved 2015-04-30. 


[1] With other organized religious organizations then operating in Mozambique, the Maputo congregation was dispersed in 1975-1976 by the revolutionary


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