The Jewish Palate: The Jews of Puerto Rico

12.07.2011                      10.Tammus, 5771

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The Jewish Palate: The Jews of Puerto Rico

The mouthwatering flavors that make up the cuisine of the largest Jewish community in the Caribbean are numerous, chef Dennis Wasko finds.

Jewish history in Puerto Rico can be traced back to the 15th century and the Second Voyage of Christopher Columbus. Though it would take hundreds of years for a Jewish community to be established in Puerto Rico, many Jews settled on the island hoping to flee from the scrutiny of the Spanish Inquisition.
Puerto Rico has the largest and most diverse Jewish community in the Caribbean.  The island’s 3,000 Jewish inhabitants are mainly the descendants of Jewish refugees who fled from German occupied Europe in the 1930’s and 1940’s and from Fidel Castro’s Cuba in the 1950’s….