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  • Spain naturalizes 220 Sephardim, including Jerusalem’s chief rabbi

    August 8, 2016 | 3:38 pm

    The Sephardic chief rabbi of Jerusalem, Shlomo Amar, was among the latest group of recipients of Spanish nationality under that country’s law of return for descendants of Sephardic Jews.

    The Spanish nationality was conferred on Amar Friday, according to the EFE news agency, along...

  • Sisters from a prominent Sephardic family to get Spanish citizenship

    By Roberto Loiederman

    June 29, 2016 | 11:15 am

    It’s been more than 500 years since Yosef Elyashar, a rabbi in the Spanish town of Híjar, was expelled from his home country. Now, centuries later, two of his American ancestors are poised to become citizens again, thanks to a law passed one year ago by the Spanish government...

  • A sephardic Passover message: Peace, shalom, salam

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    April 20, 2016 | 12:54 pm

    For centuries, Sephardic-Mizrahi Jews of Arab lands lived in relatively peaceful coexistence with their Arab-Muslim neighbors. While never perfect, life for Jews in Arab lands never reached the horrible persecutions, pogroms or expulsions continuously experienced by Jews living...

  • New citizenship law has Jews worldwide flocking to tiny Portugal city

    February 11, 2016 | 3:45 pm

    Five years ago, this city’s tiny Jewish community was so strapped for cash it couldn’t afford to fix the deep cracks in its synagogue’s moldy ceiling.

    The Jewish Community of Porto was also too poor to hire a full-time rabbi because of its small size (50 members) and the paucity...

  • King of Spain honors Sephardic Jews in ceremony recognizing citizenship law

    November 30, 2015 | 3:00 pm

    Spain’s king honored Sephardic Jews at a ceremony recognizing a new law that confers citizenship on the descendants of those banished during the Inquisition.

    “Dear Sephardim, thank you for your loyalty,” King Felipe VI told representatives of Sephardim from various countries at...

  • New law offers Sephardim right of return to Spain

    By Roberto Loiederman

    July 23, 2015 | 6:28 pm

    On June 11, the government of Spain unanimously passed a law that attempts to right a historic wrong: It offers descendants of Sephardic Jews who were expelled from Spain in 1492 a less arduous path toward Spanish citizenship. Under the new law, Sephardim seeking Spanish...

  • Turkish newspaper tries to save dying Jewish language

    June 9, 2015 | 11:12 am

    Every time she prepares her newspaper for print, Karen Sarhon has her pick from dozens of submissions she receives daily from writers around the world.

    A desirable situation for any editor-in-chief, Sarhon says it is nothing short of unbelievable for her monthly, El Amaneser,...

  • Spanish Congress to vote on final amendments to Jewish citizenship law

    June 9, 2015 | 10:34 am

    Spain’s congress is poised to vote on final amendments that would make it possible for descendants of Sephardic Jews to apply for citizenship.

    The Congress of Deputies is scheduled to vote on the amendments on June 11, according to a statement published on the congress’...

  • Spain’s lower parliament passes Sephardic return bill

    March 26, 2015 | 11:14 am

    Legislation in Spain that would naturalize Sephardic Jews was approved by the country’s lower parliament.

    The legislation approved Wednesday goes to the country’s Senate for a vote. It is expected to go into effect in May.

    The draft bill was introduced in February 2014 by...

  • Reclaiming Sephardic music, culture on road to Spanish citizenship

    January 22, 2015 | 1:53 pm

    When Maya and Noa Dori were kids growing up in Israel, they used to spend Shabbat with their grandmother Lisa Romano. One night, as Maya tells it, they walked outside and “started to pinpoint the stars.” Their grandmother quickly swatted Noa’s hand, furious. 

    “She said, ‘It’s...

  • Shared history of persecution unites Mizrahi, Sephardic Jews

    By Karmel Melamed

    December 3, 2014 | 2:26 pm

    A band of young, Jewish musicians filled the halls of Hillel at UCLA with traditional Sephardic music as more than 120 local Sephardic Jews gathered at the center on Nov. 24 to commemorate Jewish refugees from Arab lands and Iran. Sponsored by the nonprofit Jews Indigenous to the...

  • STAR mixes tradition, values, fun for Sephardic teens

    By Karmel Melamed

    December 3, 2014 | 2:15 pm

    Who knew that playing paintball and taking trips to the Santa Monica Pier could be so … Jewish?

    Since 1998, mixing social activities with Judaic values has been at the core of the nonprofit group Sephardic Tradition and Recreation (STAR). Thousands of the area’s young Sephardic...

  • Spain OK’s bill for Jewish return

    February 7, 2014 | 1:53 pm

    Spain’s Jewish community congratulated the government for approving a bill proposing to facilitate the naturalization of Sephardic Jews of Spanish descent.

    On Friday, Spain’s government approved the bill, which was filed last month by the ruling Popular Party and proposes to...

  • French philanthropist aid to Iranians comes full circle

    By Karmel Melamed

    November 29, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Philanthropist Hubert Leven, a French Ashkenazi Jew who recently visited Los Angeles, has ties to the close-knit Iranian Jewish community that go back four generations.

    More than 100 years ago, the Alliance Israelite Universelle (AIU), a nonprofit educational organization his...

  • Group hopes Gaucher becomes household name

    By Lorelei Laird

    November 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    When Michael Margolis was 4, his doctor took his parents aside and told them he had a rare disorder called Type I Gaucher Disease. The disease, which strikes Ashkenazi Jews seven times more often than the general population, is a genetic disorder that robs patients of an enzyme that...
  • Shavuot Food : Turn Torah Fest into a Veggie Feast

    By Judy Zeidler

    June 9, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Shavuot, which marks the receiving of the Ten Commandments by Moses, was often referred to as the Jewish Thanksgiving or the "Feast of the First Fruits," a time when farm bounty and grains were brought to the ancient Temple. The harvest often included wheat, barley, grapes, figs,...

  • Avalon in August

    By Adam Wills

    August 17, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Catalina is only 22 miles across the sea from Los Angeles, but to many visitors it feels like a distant land. For one particular community of Sephardic Jews, it's that very feeling that has kept them coming back over the past 75 years.

    To Rhodeslis, Ladino-speaking Jews from the Greek...