Venezuelan jewish expats make SIB their home

From the Canadian Jewish News 03/22/2013

SUNNY ISLES BEACH, Fla. — Sitting outside a Starbucks coffee shop in this small city north of Miami Beach, Paul Hariton recalls the dramatic night in 2002 when he and his wife decided to leave their native Venezuela.Leftist leader Hugo Chavez had just returned to power following a failed coup and the Haritons feared the political fallout. “We thought he was gone already,” said Hariton, 56. “We came back from a big opposition demonstration in the city centre where several people were shot, including one member of the community. A girl was shot in the head. She survived.” The next day the Haritons were in Florida. Eleven years later they’re still here.

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