Descendants of Colombia crypto-Jews convert to rediscover their roots

ABOUT 300 Jews belong to the Jewish community in Bello, a small city in Colombia.

They attend synagogue, keep the Jewish dietary laws, and study the Torah.

Less than 30 years ago, the community members did not understand themselves to be Jewish—but since then, many have rediscovered the Jewish roots and hidden traditions that their grandparents had camouflaged, fearing persecution, and embarked on a journey back to Judaism.

Their synagogue, which blends in with the other cement homes in a modest district, is used daily by the members of the congregation as the centre of their Jewish life, house of prayer, and meeting place.

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