The Moroccan Jews of Cabo Verde - Preservation of Memory #events #sephardic


Many Sephardic Jewish families migrated to Cape Verde from Morocco and Gibraltar in the mid-19th century. Carol Castiel learned about this history while working at the Africa-America Institute. Many of her grantees came from Jewish families such as Levy, Benchimol, Wahnon, and Anahory. Inspired by her students to learn more about Cabo Verde’s connection to the Jewish world, Carol travelled there in the early 1990s and joined forces with Januário Nascimento (Auday family of Tangier) who was pressing for the restoration and preservation of the country’s small Sephardic burial grounds. The Cape Verde Jewish Heritage Project was established in 2007 to honor the memory and document the contributions of the Sephardic Jews of Cabo Verde.


Carol Castiel is Director of Current Affairs Programming at the Voice of America. She hosts and produces a newsmaker interview programme, Press Conference USA, and a discussion programme, Encounter. Carol also oversees the production of Issues in the News, Voice of America’s roundup of the week’s top stories. She holds an M.A. degree in International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh and is proficient in French and Portuguese. Before joining the VOA in 1999, Carol previously worked as a consultant/freelance journalist. She was also a contributing editor to the London-based West Africa Magazine. From 1984 to 1992, she managed scholarship programs for Portuguese-speaking Africa at the Africa-America Institute (AAI) in New York City.


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