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The former Jewish settlement of Jodensavanne (Jewish Savanna) and the Cassipora Creek Cemetery located in the Para District, are historically, culturally and economically of global significance and have contributed intrinsically and widely to the Surinamese history.

The Stichting Jodensavanne, Jodensavanne Foundation (JSF), founded in 1971 and re-activated in 1998, was granted the legal rights
by the Government of Suriname to manage the monumental property (Bylaws, App. II).

Jodensavanne Foundation was established to manage, maintain and preserve the monumental sites Jodensavanne and Cassipora.


Protect and preserve the universally unique remains of the former Jewish town Jodensavanne and the Cassipora Creek Cemetery

Stimulate and implement research and documentation of the archeological sites and remains, including the former town plan and adjacent historical spots

Enhance strong partnerships with local, national and international communities and organizations to facilitate sustainable management of the sites

Build awareness and understanding; encourage appreciation, education and promotion, and facilitate access to the cultural heritage, in order to be a unique and enjoyable experience to all

Conserve the environmental and historic serenity of the sites



Harrold Sijlbing


A geographer, who has been involved with the foundation since 1997. He is the author of the Jodensavanne Management Plan and the forth-coming Jodensavanne Guidebook.


Stephen Fokké


He is a human geographer and the representative of the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture and the director of the Suriname Built Heritage Foundation. 

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Alvaro Tawjoeram


Bookkeeper and also representative of the Indigenous community of Redi Doti in Suriname.


Stanley Sidoel

Board member

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Henk Druiventak

Board member

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Jenna Wijngaarde

Board member

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