History of the Jews in Palau

The history of the Jews in Palau is a relatively recent development, beginning with the arrival of the Israeli-born couple Tova and Navot Bornovski, and their children, who moved to Palau in 1993 to operate the Fish 'n Fins diving center and the Barracuda Restaurant. The family expanded and added two children, who were the first recorded Jewish children born on Palau. Both children have native middle names.[1]

The most prominent Jewish citizen in today's Palau is Larry Miller, Associate Justice on the Palau Supreme Court.[2] Stuart Beck, a Jewish-American lawyer that helped negotiate the Compact of Free Association which established Palau as an independent nation in 1994, holds honorary citizenship and was named Palau's first Permanent Representative to the United Nations in 2003.[3]

Two cyclists from Palau represented the country at the 2009 Maccabiah Games, marking the first time that Palau sent athletes to that international sporting event.[4]

Related reading


  1. Medovoy, George (25 November 2011). "Pacific Paradise, With Gefilte Fish". The Jewish Week. Retrieved 27 November 2010.
  2. "Palau". The Jewish Virtual Library. Retrieved 7 August 2013.
  3. http://www.palauun.org/ Palau UN website
  4. Sokolow, Moshe (6 December 2012). "I've Got Friends in Low-lying Places...". Jewish Ideas Daily. Retrieved 7 August 2013.

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