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Surinam Jewish Community Collection

Identifier: I-94

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains manuscripts and printed material in English and Dutch relating to the Jews of Surinam.

The manuscript material consists of a transcript of Recueil der Privilegien Vergunt an die van de Portugeesch Joodsche Natie in de Colonie van Suriname, which lists the privileges granted to the Jews by the Dutch (1746); the text of services commemorating the visit of the Governor-General of Surinam to Congregation Neve Shalom (Lofzang, by S.J. Rudelsom, June 2, 1785; Plechtige Vreugde Gezangen en Gebeden, by Tobias Tall, December 23, 1822); and typewritten and English summaries and exact Dutch copies (one typewritten, one manuscript) of correspondence of a controversy involving married women in Surinam going about with uncovered heads (1786).

The printed material consists of various programs of special services and other celebrations held in the synagogue (1854-1958); of unusual interest is a service held to commemorate the emancipation of the slaves (1863); programs commemorating the establishment of the Armbestuur and the Armenfonds (1885-1935); a detailed description of the Jewish rite of circumcision (1830?); inaugural sermons (1858-1951); special prayers for burials (1854); the by-laws of the Jewish community (1896?); special postage stamps commemorating the Jewish community (1968) and other printed material on its history.


  • Creation: 1746-1968

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to all researchers, except items that may be restricted due to their fragility, or privacy.

Use Restrictions

No permission is required to quote, reproduce or otherwise publish manuscript materials found in this collection, as long as the usage is scholarly, educational, and non-commercial. For inquiries about other usage, please contact the Director of Collections and Engagement at

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1 Boxes

1.95 Linear Feet

Language of Materials


Dutch; Flemish


This collection contains manuscripts and printed material in English and Dutch relating to the Jews of Surinam.

Guide to the Surinam Jewish Community Collection, 1746-1968
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Repository Details

Part of the American Jewish Historical Society Repository

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