Venezuela's Sephardi Chief Rabbi Sends Condolences to Family and Friends of Hugo Chavez

But Rabbi Isaac Cohen, who had met with the president several times, declined to answer probing questions about the Jewish community's relationship with Chavez.

The Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Venezuela, Isaac Cohen, on Wednesday night sent condolences to the family and friends of President Hugo Chavez, who died on Tuesday, saying, “This is pain for the family and for all the people of Venezuela.”