Wednesday, January 16, 2008


I am delighted to report that the U.S. government last month granted the Cape Verde Jewish Heritage Project, Inc. tax exempt status! This means contributions to the newly created nonprofit organization are deductible under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Now we must undertake the challenging task of fund-raising to execute the Project's major objectives:

  • Restoring, beautifying and preserving the small Jewish cemeteries that dot the archipelago

  • Documenting the stories about the Jewish immigrants and their descendants through archival research and extensive interviews culminating in a book.

  • Promoting Jewish Heritage tourism to Cape Verde.

A website called is under construction. We are in the process of forming a board of directors and outlining an action plan for information dissemination and fundraising. Descendants of the Jews of Cape Verde from the United States to Portugal to Cape Verde are intimately involved in all phases of the project. Meantime, we are accepting donations in any amount and for any aspect of the Project. Contributions may be sent to the Cape Verde Jewish Heritage Project Inc., 400 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Suite 812, Washington, DC 20001. Feel free to earmark your donation for a specific aspect of the project. We will also be targeting foundations dedicated to preserving Sephardic heritage and culture.


Carol Castiel said...

Congratulations on this extraordinary achievement and good luck in raising the funds. I know you can do it! In the words of Jimmy Cliff, "You can get it if you really want, but you must try, try and try, try and try, and you'll succeed at last...."

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