This Day in Jewish History / Suriname’s Jews win autonomy unmatched until Israel’s founding
The privileges granted to the Jews reflected the economic contribution the community made to the colony.
On August 17, 1665, the English governor of Suriname extended a series of special privileges to the Jewish settlers of the colony. These privileges, which remained in place for more than 150 years, made Suriname’s Jewish community the world’s only one with political autonomy until Israel was founded in 1948, according to the community’s website.
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