Hugo Chavez

After Hugo

With Chavez gone, Venezuela's dwindling Jewish population looks to future amid political and economic uncertainty.

03/13/2013

The eyes of a dead man stare at visitors passing through immigration at Simon Bolivar International Airport. They follow drivers making the trek along the tortuous four-lane highway through a mountain range leading to town. And they reappear at public spaces throughout this city.

A pedestrian walking underneath a poster showing the eyes of the late leftist leader Hugo Chavez in downtown Caracas. JTA

WJC Pulls Lauder’s Name From Chavez Condolence Statement

03/11/2013
Staff Writer

No sooner did the World Jewish Congress issue a statement saying its president, Ron Lauder, and its Latin American Jewish Congress president had sent condolences to the family of the late Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez than Lauder’s phone began ringing.

Ronald Lauder. Getty Images

Iran Declares Day Of Mourning For Hugo Chavez, Foe Of Israel

03/06/2013

Iran declared a day of mouring Wednesday for Hugo Chavez, the longtime president of Venezuela who often spouted anti-Israel rhetoric and befriended Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Venezuelan Jews Report Shift in Tone From Chavez Government

12/29/2010
JTA

CARACAS, Venezuela (JTA) -- On a balmy tropical evening in early December, a few hundred families, mostly of Moroccan descent, gathered to inaugurate the first phase of what eventually will be a grand, two-story marble shul located in a wealthy Caracas neighborhood.

Among them, Claudio Benaim’s family beamed as Benaim stood with Rabbi Isaac Cohen as he recited a prayer into a microphone and affixed a mezuzah on the synagogue’s doorpost. Others admired the new flat-screen TVs listing daily prayer times.

Iran’s Diplomatic Aggression: A New Cause For Concern

10/27/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and other Iranian leaders make so many shocking statements that many people focus only on their words. But the real action and cause for concern lie in their deeds. Iran is embarking on an increasingly aggressive campaign of diplomacy that would be replete with irony were it not so dangerous.

Let’s examine Iran’s actions this month alone.

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