- Laura Arnold Leibman
Mapping the Western Sephardic Diaspora in the Caribbean (Religion in American History Blog Post)
Deep in the Surinamese jungle lies the ruins of what was once the prospering plantation town of Jodensavanne--Jew's Savanne. Just past the bricks that made up Beracha ve Shalom ("Blessings and Peace") synagogue, are two early cemeteries--one Jewish (below), one African. Deeper into the forest lies a third cemetery, the Cassipora Jewish cemetery. All three cemeteries harken back to the sepulchral traditions of ancestral homelands even as they adapted to changes in what it meant to be Jewish. As such they are a good example of both religious continuity and change within American religion. To read more, check out my post on the Religion in American History blog.