Sunday, February 24, 2008


Thanks to Cape Verdean Jewish descendants in Lisbon, we now have a beautiful logo for the Cape Verde Jewish Heritage Project, Inc. It is the creation of Rafael Benoliel. We are finishing the web site (which will hopefully be ready by mid-May) creating a promotional brochure, and finalizing the board of directors and advisory board. These tools are critical for the integrity of the organziation and for the all-important fund raising phase which will help to underwrite interviews with the descendants of Cape Verde's Jews (many of whom are elderly), to restore and preserve the small cemeteries that dot the archipelago, and to promote Jewish heritage tourism in Cape Verde. We have strong endorsement from the government of Cape Verde for this integrated effort.

By the way, if you have not yet read the series of excellent articles about Cape Verde that appeared in the Financial Times in November 2007, I highly commend them. You will glean insights about Cape Verde's growing economy, stable democratic government, development priorities (tourism), and it's special partnership with the European Union. Cape Verde is becoming an enticing tourist destination, especially for Europeans. Interestingly, there is a direct flight from London to the island of Boa Vista! Many UK residents are rediscovering and building second homes on the islands. I say "rediscovering" because in the 19th century, the British helped to construct the port in the island of Sao Vicente. At the time, Cape Verde was a Portuguese colony. Unlike their European rivals Spain and France, Britain and Portugal have always had good, peaceful relations throughout history. Because of their longstanding alliance, the two countries never fought a war. So, it is not surprising that the British are once again back in Cape Verde. This time though, they are dealing with Cape Verde as a sovereign, independent country.


Mr. Pay No Mind said...

Dear Carol,

My name is David Nadelman. I am so happy to see what you are doing. A little about me, I recently returned from three and a half wonderful years in Cape Verde. I am a Jewish American who was first in the Peace Corps and then stayed for another year and a half to open and operate an English language school. British investors bought our school which is still in operation today in Mindelo, S. Vicente. I have returned to the United States to begin my MBA at Brandeis.

I am ecstatic that your group exists because I have been working with some Cape Verdians in S. Antao to try and begin the process of restoration on a small Jewish cemetery. My email is please email me so that we can talk about our mutual goals. I am thrilled to have found you, please be in touch.

Carol Castiel said...

Hi David,

I have been waiting to hear from you. Please check out the and send an email. Thanks.

Nataniel Barros said...

Dear Carol,

My name is Nathaniel Barros and I'm from Cape Verde. I must say that I'm immensely grateful for your work about the history of Jewish people in the archipelago of Cape Verde.I have interest in this matter because my father is descendent of the family Benoliel from Boavista Island.
It will be my plaisir to stay in touch with you and share our experiences.
My e-mail is
Please, be in touch, I’m anxious to hear from you. Thanks
Best regards