Religious/Social Events

Like other Jewish communities, Sosúa’s settlers observed all High Holidays and Jewish celebrations such as Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, Passover, Sukkot, and Purim. Despite the religious homogeneity of Sosúa, the settlers did not isolate themselves from Dominican culture. Among the most prominent celebrations were the Dominican Independence Day and the secular New Year. In addition, prior to the assassination of the dictator Rafael L. Trujillo in 1961, the settlers’ presence was required for mass meetings held in his honor. Even most weddings were secular, as Sosúa settlers and their children often married Dominican natives.

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