For Venezuelan Jews, a New Home for Rosh Hashanah

2665888018In Venezuela, Fanny Hausmann celebrated Rosh Hashanah by cooking honey-and-apple cakes, visiting the elderly and gathering with family and friends.

This year the customs will be quite similar: She will attend service at the synagogue Wednesday to bring in the Jewish New Year and then host a big dinner for more than two dozen relatives.

The only difference: They’ll be celebrating in the Miami suburb of Aventura, where thousands of Jewish Venezuelans have settled after fleeing the government of the late President Hugo Chavez, who was outspoken in his opposition to Israel.

“We passed the tradition from there to here,” Hausmann, a mother of three, said as she prepared her shopping list Tuesday.


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