History of the Jews in Honduras
Jews have lived in Honduras since the times of the Inquisition. Today, some 40–50 Jewish families live in the country. The community is concentrated primarily in San Pedro Sula and Tegucigalpa. Other families are found in the port city of La Ceiba.
Due to the power of the Catholic Church in Honduras, few Jews migrated there during the Spanish Colonial Period. In the 1920s, a few German Jews settled in Honduras as a result of invitations from the government. Beginning in the 1940s some Ashkenazic Jews fleeing World War II came to Honduras thanks to the influence of local Jewry.
On 3 August 1997, the community in San Pedro Sula dedicated the Maguen David Synagogue to serve as a community centre for future generations.
With the 2009 Honduran constitutional crisis, the local Jewish community became embroiled in the controversy. Rumors swirled throughout the Honduran media of Jewish and Israeli involvement in the coup d'état. A commentator on Radio Globo, David Romero, suggested on the air that perhaps it would have been better if the Jews had been exterminated in the Holocaust. His comments drew ire from ousted Honduran president Manuel Zelaya, the US Embassy in Tegucigalpa and the Anti-Defamation League.
Recently, Rosenthals have been implicated with longstanding corruption and other crimes. Yankel Rosenthal, a former minister of investment, was arrested on October 6th, 2015 after landing at Miami airport. He, together with his cousin Yani and uncle Jaime Rolando, a four-time presidential candidate and newspaper owner, were also charged with money laundering and other services that support the international narcotics trafficking activities of multiple Central American drug traffickers and their criminal organisations.  Seven of their businesses were labelled under the US Kingpin Act as "specially designated narcotics traffickers". They have been accused of transferring drugs money between accounts in New York and Honduras between 2004 and 2015.
- List of Honduran Jews
- History of the Jews in Latin America
- List of Latin American Jews
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