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The Jews of Ethiopia
By Ellen Minsky - March 8, 2009

The Beit Israel or the "House of Israel" is the name given to the Jewish community originating in Ethiopia. One of the Ethiopian legends contained in Kebra Negast, or "Book of the Glory of Kings," says that that Ethiopians are descendants of Israelite tribes who came to Ethiopia with...

The Jews of Venezuela
By Mike Martin - March 1, 2009

The Jews in Venezuela can trace their origins back to the days when groups of marranos or secret Jews emigrated to Caracas and Maracaibo in Venezuela from Portugal and Spain. But the first permanently settlers in Venezuela likely lived in Tucacas having arrived from the Dutch colony of...

The Jews of Canada
By Mike Martin - February 20, 2009

The first known Jews in Canada were likely British soldiers who came to Canada to fight in the French and Indian War around 1760. The first Jewish settlement in Canada was established within the next few years after the British took over the city of Montreal and in 1768 Jews in...

The Jews of Russia: Part I
By Mike Martin - February 15, 2009

There are records showing the existence of Jews in southern Russia and the surrounding areas of Ukraine, Armenia and Georgia as early as the 4th century. These included settlements of Jews from Armenia to the Crimea and they likely came to these parts of the world following their...

The Jews of Italy
By Tammy Schwartz - February 9, 2009

The first recorded Jews in Italy were likely ambassadors sent to Rome by Judah Maccabee in 161 BC or later Jews sent by Simon Maccabus to strengthen the alliance between the Judeans and the Romans against the marauding Greeks. After these times many other Jews ended up in Rome as...
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