Tiféret Israel Synagogue

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Tiféret Israel Synagogue, Caracas, Venezuela.

Tiféret Israel Synagogue is a Jewish synagogue located in El Recreo, close to Plaza Venezuela in Caracas, capital of Venezuela. It is also the headquarters of the Israelite Association of Venezuela.



In 1954, the Sephardic Jewish community of Caracas reached an agreement to buy private land in Maripérez, Caracas, in order to build a synagogue to replace the one located in the El Conde area, which had to be demolished as part of the construction of the Bolivar avenue, the main highway during that time. Finally in 1956 the first stone was laid; the synagogue was formally inaugurated and opened to the public in 1963, and since then has served as a religious temple for the Jewish community of Caracas.

In late January 2009, the synagogue was desecrated and vandalized by a criminal gang. [1] The attack followed escalating tensions between the Israeli and Venezuelan governments after the Gaza–Israel conflict of 2008–2009. [2] Three former policemen and three civilians were found guilty and sentenced to ten years in jail. [3]

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  1. "Grupo armado asalta una sinagoga en Caracas" (in Spanish). EFE. Archived from the original on 26 August 2014. Retrieved 22 August 2014.
  2. "Venezuela Expels Israeli Envoy After Gaza Invasion". Bloomberg. 6 January 2009. Retrieved 22 August 2014.
  3. "MP logró condena de 10 años para 3 ex policías y 3 civiles por robo a Sinagoga en Caracas" (in Spanish). Ministerio de Justicia. 23 July 2011. Archived from the original on 26 August 2014. Retrieved 22 August 2014.

Coordinates: 10°29′56″N66°53′18″W / 10.4990°N 66.8883°W / 10.4990; -66.8883