On November 6, two newly restored jewish cemeteries were inaugurated in Ponta do Sol and Penha de França in Ribeira Grande, Santo Antão. The event was attended by the United States Chargée d’Affaires, Marissa Scott, the President of the National Assembly of Cabo Verde, Jorge Santos, the Mayor of Ribeira Grande, Orlando Delgado, the President of Cabo Verde Jewish Heritage Project, Carol Castiel, the Rabbi of Lisbon, Natan Peres, the Chargé d’Affaires of Israel, Daniel Aschheim and several jewish descendants from Cabo Verde.
“The jewish presence in Cabo Verde was very important for the economic development of this country. These two monuments go beyond mere historical-cultural symbolism to signify opportunities for social and economic development through the growth of religious tourism. “- Chargée d’Affaires Marissa Scott.