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Jerusalem - Israel Rejects Aliya For Venezuelan Group Claiming To Be Jewish Converts

Published on: January 11, 2017 08:30 AM
By: Jerusalem Post
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Jerusalem - Nine Venezuelan Jews were disappointed and surprised by the recent rejection of their applications for aliya, but will not give up on their dream to move to Israel, a member of the group told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday.

Juan Ferreira (real name withheld), who is considered the leader of the small community of converts from the rural town of Maracay, said the three families intend to do “the same thing that the Jewish people we now belong to have done throughout their history.”

The Interior Ministry told the Post that the reason for the rejection was that the applicants were not affiliated with a recognized Jewish community and their preparatory conversion process had not been conducted in an acceptable community framework.

“We are going to trust in God and fight for our right to be Jews in the land of the Jews,” Ferreira said. “We have a halachically accepted conversion with a Beit Din [and] we have belonged for almost 19 months to a traditional Jewish community located in Valencia, the Carabobo State in Venezuela.”

Lauding the Valencia community, which the families joined in June 2015, Ferreira said they were warmly welcomed from the beginning.

“This small community has taught us that the values of Judaism exist and are applied,” he said.

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Speaking on behalf of the two families who have children, Ferreira expresses their desire to raise their children in a Jewish environment and to have Jewish grandchildren.

They wish for them to “through their own experiences accept the decision that their parents made for them, and experience a Jewish life both religiously and intellectually – not just the antisemitism which we inherited by uniting our destiny with the Jewish people,” he said, stating that the Venezuelan government is “100% antisemitic.”

He also pointedly said that antisemites are unlikely to ask whether or not they are converts before persecuting them.

Ferreira explained that when they began their conversion, they did not intend to make aliya but instead hoped to establish a Jewish Masorti community in Venezuela. “Unfortunately, this objective could not be obtained due to the deteriorating situation in Venezuela,” he said.

The group began studying for their conversion in 2011, well before the country’s economic disaster.

Ferreira also addressed a report he read saying that the Interior Ministry was suspicious of the group’s intention to make aliya, believing it was a means of escape from financial problems.

“It’s no secret that my country, Venezuela, is going through difficult times. We have gone from being an oil power to a potential humanitarian collapse,” he said, but added that this should not make their wish to find a better life for their children invalid or suspicious.

He pointed out that “Israel is Israel, thanks to immigration.”



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 Jan 11, 2017 at 10:06 AM Anonymous Says:

I am not sure about the validity of the people in question. But one thing is for certain; Israel identifies a Jew according to terms established by Zionism vs our Holy Torah Lehavdil.

The Jewish Nation was only created when Hashem bestowed upon us the greatest treasure of all; the Torah.

Blood, nationality, race, color does not determine the legitimacy of the Jew, but if is a adherent to the Torah.

But Zionism, changed it all. Their racial gibberish that a Jew is to be determined by the land they live in and blood surging through their veins, is basically the antithesis of Judaism.

Alll the modern founders of Zionism explicitly stated that Israel will be the 'bloodbank of Jews. And that when a Jew is considered a Jew.

Read their writing.

The Zionist goal is to change our status as the am hanivchar, but we won't let them.

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 Jan 11, 2017 at 10:25 AM kenyaninwhitehouse Says:

falasha mura II.

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 Jan 11, 2017 at 11:19 AM True yid Says:

Who cares if they fought to exist? It doesnt serve Netanyahus purpose! He needs pomp with a mass aliya by bessere Europen jews. He doesnt beed them! Hes a total hypocrite cuz he need no jews! Hes a total goy himself sittig at the helm of his medinah he calls Israel. What a true shame! But who would b shocked? People adhering to their religion mean nothing by him. Thats not enough to b granted an aliya. Come to the US. We respect our religion. Israel today is the land of hate while every other nation will welcome you if you go thru proper channels. Israels not looking for you Theres nothing they can benefit from ur Aliya so they dont care at all. What a sad irony but never shocked at them.

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 Jan 11, 2017 at 11:49 AM Esther Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

I am not sure about the validity of the people in question. But one thing is for certain; Israel identifies a Jew according to terms established by Zionism vs our Holy Torah Lehavdil.

The Jewish Nation was only created when Hashem bestowed upon us the greatest treasure of all; the Torah.

Blood, nationality, race, color does not determine the legitimacy of the Jew, but if is a adherent to the Torah.

But Zionism, changed it all. Their racial gibberish that a Jew is to be determined by the land they live in and blood surging through their veins, is basically the antithesis of Judaism.

Alll the modern founders of Zionism explicitly stated that Israel will be the 'bloodbank of Jews. And that when a Jew is considered a Jew.

Read their writing.

The Zionist goal is to change our status as the am hanivchar, but we won't let them.

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Wrong! Adherence to the Torah is not what determines Jewish status. The Rambam says a Jewish sinner remains a Jew. Being born from a Jewish mother or geyur k'halacha are the determining factors.

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 Jan 11, 2017 at 12:57 PM Anonymous Says:

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Esther Says:

Wrong! Adherence to the Torah is not what determines Jewish status. The Rambam says a Jewish sinner remains a Jew. Being born from a Jewish mother or geyur k'halacha are the determining factors.

You didn't get the point. The Rambam writes that a Jew remains a Jew as long as he believes in the thirteen principles. For sinning we have repentance, of course. But if someone doesn't believe in the fundamentals of Judaism, he is not considered. Go check it out.

And the point was that the Jewish nation was not inaugurated, by yittzias Mitzrayim nor was it when they entered Eretz Yisrael, but when they received the Torah.

Go check it out.

And, we are a nation ONLY because we recieved the Torah.

Race, land, culture or any items in nationality is NOT part of our identity.

And, yes, the Zionist goal is to change that.

Check out the writing of Herzl and Jabotinsky.

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