Community in Haiti - World Jewish Congress
Haiti

The "2021 Report on International Religious Freedom: Haiti", published by the U.S. Department of State, estimates that the Haitian Jewish community is comprised of only 20 individuals. The first Jewish immigrants came from Brazil in the 17th century, after Haiti was conquered by the French. Israel and Haiti maintain full diplomatic relations. In 1947, Haiti voted for the United Nations’ partition of Palestine and the creation of the State of Israel. Many Haitians have a lot of admiration for Israel and its struggles. The Israeli ambassador in Panama represents Israeli interests in Haiti. Israel maintains an honorary consulate in Port-au-Prince. Currently, George Bigio is the honorary consul of Israel in Haiti, and flies a massive Israeli flag outside his home.

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History and Demography

Luis de Torres, Columbus's Converso interpreter, was the first Jew to set foot in Haiti. The first Jewish immigrants came from Brazil in the 17th century, after Haiti was conquered by the French. In the beginning of the 20th century, Jews from Lebanon, Syria, and Egypt settled in Haiti, followed by Jews from eastern Europe in the 1930s. There has been steady emigration during the second half of the century. Most of the remaining Jews live in Port-au-Prince. The Jews of Haiti have never been able to establish a communal organization. Religious services are organized in a private home.

Relations with Israel

Israel and Haiti enjoy full diplomatic relations. Israel maintains an honorary consulate in Port-au-Prince and is represented by its ambassador in Panama.

Contact address: P.O. Box 687 Port-au-Prince Tel. 509 1 20 638

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