Special Announcement + Update

April 30, 2013 at 1:44 pm Leave a comment

Dear Friends, 

Please see additions on all of the Pinterest Boards.

Dr. Joseph Bernard Jr. of Haiti new book Histoire Juive D’Haiti (Haiti’s Jewish History) will be released at the end of May. He plans to follow this French edition with an English version. At his request, we wrote the foreword to the book. To learn more about the author, our Tikkun Olam Award recipient #3, click HERE. Book ordering information to follow in another e-mail.

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Back cover translation: 

Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on July 5th, 1984, Joseph Bernard jr. studied Medicine at University Notre Dame of Haiti. Specialist in infectious diseases, he is assistant professor of Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Toxicology at the University Notre Dame of Haiti and the Faculty of Dentistry at the State University of Haiti. He is actually ending his minor in Psychology at the Faculty of Human Studies of the State University of Haiti. He started in 2009 his research on the history of the foreign communities in Haiti. 

Expelled from Spain in 1492 by the Alhambra Decree, the Jewish nation had to seek for other havens. The discovery of the New World was a golden opportunity, and some Sephardic families chose to settle in Hispaniola. Although they contributed to the prosperity of the Pearl of the Antilles, the French crown edited discriminative laws against the Jews of Saint-Domingue. The French revolution of 1789 was a turning point for the status of the Jewish nation, but the slave revolt of 1791 forced him once again to move abroad, for the sake of their lives. After 1804, other Jewish families settled in the new Republic of Haiti, led by the vast trade network of the Jewish nation in America. The Arab migration of the end of the 19th century revived the Jewish nation of Haiti, menaced of extinction by deculturation. And during the Shoah, the Haitian government saved the lives of hundreds of Jews from Europe by granting them the Haitian nationality. So many historic links between the Jewish people and Haiti, a country with no synagogue or Jewish town.

We are at the very earliest exploration stage of looking into the possibility of doing a documentary film based on our project. We welcome any recommendations or suggestions you may have for our new endeavor.

With our very best wishes and appreciation for your interest,

Harriet and Bill

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