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  • Letter from Dijon, France

    October 14, 2014 | 3:21 pm

    On my first day traveling in Dijon this past spring, I bounded into the hotel lobby and casually reached for a newspaper lying on the reception desk. The front-page headline of Le Figaro riveted my attention. Quickly, I devoured the story. It described an unprecedented upsurge in...

  • Shas taps new spiritual leader who derided Modern Orthodox

    April 21, 2014 | 1:20 pm

    Shalom Cohen, a rabbi known for his hostility toward modern Orthodox and secular Israeli Jews, was appointed spiritual leader of the Orthodox, Sephardi Shas Party.

    Cohen, leader of the Porat Yosef religious seminary, was named president of the Shas Council of Torah Sages on...

  • Israel’s AG: Eliyahu’s candidacy for chief rabbi legally indefensible

    July 16, 2013 | 10:46 am

    Israel’s attorney general said the candidacy of Shmuel Eliyahu for Sephardic chief rabbi of Israel raised legal difficulties and could not be defended by his office.

    While Yehuda Weinstein cannot officially bar Eliyahu from running for chief rabbi, the attorney general said...

  • Venezuelan president: My grandparents were Jewish

    May 14, 2013 | 1:19 pm

    Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro, denying that his government has an anti-Semitic bent, said his grandparents were of Sephardic Jewish descent.

    “My grandparents were Jewish, so many of the Maduros, same as the Moors [Muslims], converted to Catholicism in Venezuela,” Maduro...

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  • Venezuela Jews unveil new main Sephardic synagogue

    March 18, 2013 | 9:31 am

    The Jewish community of Caracas officially dedicated the Venezuelan city's new main Sephardic synagogue, Tiferet Israel Este.

    Hundreds gathered Sunday at the multimillion-dollar synagogue in the Las Palos Grandes neighborhood for the ceremony led by Isaac Cohen, the chief rabbi...

  • Viva Ladino! Mormon student promotes upcoming UCLA conference on Judeo-Spanish

    By Mark Paredes

    February 22, 2013 | 11:00 pm

    When I arrived in Israel as a young diplomat, Ladino saved me. Although I had studied Hebrew for six months at the Foreign Service Institute in Washington and with a private tutor in Mexico, the rate at which Israelis spoke Hebrew was a little too rapid for me to follow at first....

  • Studying Sephardic roots

    January 9, 2013 | 12:11 pm

    Adina Jalali, a 15-year-old student at Yeshiva High Tech in Los Angeles, has many Ashkenazi friends, but when her parents recently offered her the chance to visit Israel for the first time, she opted for a trip that would resonate with her Sephardic upbringing. 

    Over winter...

  • In Marseille, one of France’s poorest cities, Jewish charity is booming

    November 26, 2012 | 12:23 pm

    Standing with dozens of hungry people in a 
breadline, Collette Quidron counts her blessings. 


    “I enjoy coming here,” says Quidron, a Holocaust survivor with diabetes. “I know everybody and there’s always someone to talk to. If you’re Jewish and need tzedakah, Marseille is as...

  • Amar: Better to pray alone than with Reform

    September 19, 2012 | 9:38 am

    Israel's Sephardic chief rabbi, Shlomo Amar, said in a Rosh Hashanah message that it is better for a Jew to pray by himself than with Reform Jews.

    Amar made the comment in a pre-holiday interview with the right-wing Orthodox newspaper Makor Rishon that was published Sunday.

    ...
  • Like ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’? You’ll love Judaism

    By Danielle Berrin

    August 29, 2012 | 11:27 am

    The rabbi is a book lover. So it was an innocent question when he asked his congregant what she was reading, tucked ever-so-discreetly between her palms, as she sat in a chair in a synagogue hallway. Was that a bead of sweat trickling down her brow? Was she trying to hide the...

  • Chief rabbi will fight non-Orthodox rabbis’ salaries

    June 18, 2012 | 10:44 am

    Israel’s Sephardic chief rabbi said he will fight the state’s agreement to pay the salaries of some non-Orthodox rabbis who lead their communities.

    Rabbi Shlomo Amar said in an interview with the haredi Kol Berama radio station on Sunday night that he would convene the Chief...

  • Meet the filmmakers of the French megahit “The Intouchables” [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 3, 2012 | 12:21 pm

    These are heady times for the French-Jewish filmmakers Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache.  Harvey Weinstein snatched up the rights to their French-language odd couple dramedy, “The Intouchables,” following The Weinstein Company’s penchant for purchasing Gallic fare such as the...

  • From L.A. to Casablanca and back again

    March 29, 2012 | 5:35 pm

    On May 16, 2003, a series of suicide bombings struck Casablanca. The target: Jews. Luckily, the suicide bombers were not particularly savvy, and the Jewish targets they struck were empty for Shabbat. Although no Jews were killed, nearly 30 Muslims died as a result of the blasts. In...

  • Bouskila Takes Leadership At Sephardic Educational Center

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    April 20, 2010 | 2:54 pm

    Rabbi Daniel Bouskila, who left Sephardic Temple in February after a 17-year tenure at the Westwood congregation, was hired into a leadership position at the Sephardic Education Center (SEC), an international educational and cultural group headquartered in Los Angeles with a campus...

  • Israel’s relationship with the Palestinians

    April 1, 2010 | 1:39 pm

    Israel ’s relationship with the Palestinians mirrors that in the early 20th century between the government of Greece and the large Sephardic Jewish community of Salonika (modern Thessaloniki). Growing up as a boy whose four grandparents immigrated to the United States from Salonika...

  • Man-o-Man-o-Sephardic

    By Rob Eshman

    October 22, 2009 | 7:56 pm

    Food crosses boundaries.  We all have appetites, we all have a genetic compulsion to look at what’s on someone else’s plate, and most of us are willing to try anything once.  One taste leads to another, and before you know it there is Peruvian sushi and lattes in Koreatown and boba...

  • Talk like a pirate—talk like a Jew?

    By The Web Guy

    September 18, 2008 | 5:42 pm

    Tomorrow is Talk Like A Pirate Day, which means it’s time to resurrect one of our most popular articles—the story of Jean Lafitte—Sephardic Jewish pirate of the Caribbean.

    Here’s an excerpt from Adam Wills’ fascinating article:

    Lafitte ... establish[ed] a pirate kingdom in the swamps...

  • Sephardim are rational—Ashkenazim, not so much

    By JewishJournal.com

    March 3, 2008 | 4:04 pm


    From an essay in Zeek—A Sephardic Answer to Modern Jewish Identity
    By David Rabeeya:

    ” . . . Ashkenazic authorities traditionally have placed a “fence around the Torah,” enlarging restrictions in order to be sure not to risk breaking the original rules. At least in the...

  • Rabbi Meir Abehsera: Remembering the possible Jew

    By David Suissa

    January 10, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Rabbi Meir Abehsera passed away in Jerusalem on June 6, 2014. He is survived by his wife, Claude, and seven children. This is a column that David Suissa wrote in 2008 about his relationship with Abehsera.


    You might call it the slap that launched a very interesting life.

    Meir...

  • Flamenco and tango melodies strike Jewish chords

    By Robert David Jaffee

    September 27, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Ethan Margolis, co-founder of Arte y Pureza (Art and Purity), a Seville, Spain-based flamenco troupe, says three influences stand out as soon as you begin reading about flamenco: Sephardic, Arabic and Indian. Margolis, whose company will perform at the Barnsdall Gallery Theater on...
  • Meme’s in the kitchen, making memories

    By David Suissa

    September 8, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    I remember the moment well. I had just picked up my 74-year-old mother at LAX, and as we entered my new house in the Pico-Robertson neighborhood, I proudly showed her the new kitchen.

    Compared to her kitchen in Montreal, this one was the size of the Roman Coliseum. It took her about...

  • I bet you can’t nosh that bagel in Ladino, bubbaleh!

    By Anita K. Kantrowitz

    November 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Noshing on a bagel while shlepping his groceries, the klutz fell on his tush.

    Need a translation? Probably not.

    A majority of Americans not only know exactly what that sentence means -- including the four Yiddish words it contains -- they've even noshed on quite a few bagels...

  • Ahoy, mateys ! Thar be Jewish pirates!

    By Adam Wills

    September 14, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    There's no arrr-guing that pirates are in.
     
    As of last weekend, Disney had plundered $1 billion worldwide with "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," and International Talk Like a Pirate Day -- that's Sept. 19, for you landlubbers -- has gone from an inside joke between two...
  • A Mother’s Pride

    By Susan Freudenheim

    July 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    A few weeks ago as the school year ended, my daughter stood on the bimah in the chapel of our synagogue and, with four of her fellow fifth-graders, led her Jewish day school's Monday Tefillah services. Four girls and a boy shared the honor, and their radically varying sizes bespoke...

  • Mayor Carries Torah to <br>Vandalized Tarzana Synagogue

    By Adam Wills

    July 9, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    On Sunday, in the intense heat of a mid-summer day, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, carried a Sephardic Torah for one-half mile along city streets in Tarzana to a new Persian synagogue that had been the victim of an anti-Semitic attack just two days earlier. Police are still...

  • Memories and Music

    By Roberto Loiederman

    April 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Before going inside, every visitor had to sign a waiver agreeing not to sue in case, say, a stray piece of wood or plaster fell on them. It felt, for a moment, like myself and the other members of the audience were embarking on a risky enterprise. But Boyle Heights' Breed Street...

  • Jack and Katy Seror: Help Knows No Age

    By Meira Held

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

     

    At first glance, 87-year-old Jack seror and his wife, Katy, are a kind, yet unassuming elderly couple, members of Sephardic Temple Tifereth Israel and loving grandparents. However, they are also leaders of the Greek Jewish community that resisted and survived the Nazis to...

  • Rhodesli Keep the Faith in L.A.

    By Beverly Gray

    October 6, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    As a student at Cal State Northridge more than 30 years ago, Aron Hasson wrote a paper about the Sephardic synagogues of his ancestral homeland, the Greek island of Rhodes. His professor was so taken with Hasson's research that it ended up in a history journal.

    Hasson paid his first...

  • Sephardic Dinner Spices Up Holiday

    By Judy Zeidler

    September 22, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    As Rosh Hashanah approaches, I am reminded of our trip to Italy a few years ago. We arrived in Milan in the early afternoon and checked into our hotel, planning to attend Rosh Hashanah services that evening at the Sephardic Synagogue.

    We were relaxing in our room, and were surprised...

  • Seders: Not Just for Pesach Anymore

    By Rahel Musleah

    September 22, 2005 | 7:59 pm

    Every holiday has its aura. Pesach has a scrubbed cleanliness; Purim, a cookie-dough indulgence, Sukkot, a back-to-nature thankfulness. Rosh Hashanah has its aura, too. For most of us, it's one that begins a season of awe, judgment and repentance.

    For me, the start of a new year is a...

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