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Haiti doesn't have a Rabbi or a synagogue. There is a Torah scroll that is stored in the house of Gilbert Bigio, a Haitian tycoon with financial interests in steel, telecommunications, banking, oil and food. He is one of the richest citizens in Haiti and the de facto leader of the Jewish community on the island. Bigio owns the land where Israel recently established its emergency hospital to treat the victims of the earthquake, according to Amos Radian, Israeli Ambassador based in the Dominican Republic with the mandate to represent Israel before Eastern Caribbean nations. Ruben Bigio, aged 37 and son of Gilbert, is happy to have had the possibility of helping victims of the earthquake tragedy of January 2010. Haiti is home to about 20 Jews, half of which are members of the Bigio family. All the Jews in Haiti survived the earthquake.

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