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  • Cruz, Bardem: Moral idiots

    By Dennis Prager

    2 weeks ago

    About 10 days ago, Penelope Cruz and her husband, Javier Bardem, signed a public letter in Spain along with prominent Spanish director Pedro Almodovar and other Spanish directors and actors accusing Israel of “genocide” and “extermination.”

    Some excerpts (unofficial translation...

  • Spain suspends arms sales to Israel over Gaza operation

    3 weeks ago

    The Spanish government “provisionally suspended” arms sales to Israel over its operation in Gaza.

    The country’s Interministerial Regulatory Board on Foreign Trade and Defense made the decision last week in Madrid, the Spanish daily El Pais reported Monday.

    Spanish arms sales to...

  • Spanish town named ‘kill Jews’ to seek Jewish studies center

    June 24, 2014 | 11:06 am

    The Spanish town in the process of changing its name because it contains the words “kill Jews” is promoting plans to open a Jewish studies center.

    Lorenzo Rodriguez, the mayor of Castrillo Matajudios in northern Spain, was scheduled to present the plan at a meeting Wednesday at...

  • Spanish city making ancient Jewish cemetery accessible to disabled

    June 13, 2014 | 11:35 am

    A Spanish municipality plans to make one of the country’s largest Jewish cemeteries accessible to disabled people.

    Work on the accessibility project began Wednesday at the Jewish cemetery of Lucena in the autonomous province of Cordoba in Spain’s south, Europa Press reported.

    ...
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  • Seeing Seville

    By Elyse Glickman

    June 4, 2014 | 11:42 am

    In Spain’s fourth-largest city, Seville, the Juderia (Jewish quarter) is a vibrant maze of brightly painted buildings, vest-pocket-sized parks, sidewalk cafes, flamenco-show venues and boutiques. 

    While this should come as no surprise — it is the area’s social and commercial...

  • They call me Matajudios

    March 26, 2014 | 10:13 am

    There is a town in Spain called Castrillo Matajudios, and in Colombia “Matajudios” is a common surname.

    The problem is, in Spanish one meaning of the name is “Kills Jews.” Which has led a Colombian emigre cashier in Argentina to attract the ire of a Jewish organization there.

    ...
  • 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...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 25, 2013 | 1:51 pm

    Israeli musician David Broza has been considered one of the most dynamic and vibrant performers in the singer/songwriter world.

     

    His charismatic and energetic performances have brought to worldwide audiences a fusion of the three different countries in which he was raised:...

  • WWFD: What Would Figueres Do?

    By Rob Eshman

    July 10, 2013 | 11:21 am

    I spent Egypt’s second revolution in Costa Rica, in the jungle. It’s amazing what the past of one country can teach you about the present of another.

    Our trip didn’t take us to San Jose long enough for us to visit the small but active Jewish community centered there. We landed...

  • Spanish town prepares first seder in 500 years

    March 11, 2013 | 6:06 am

    A town in northern Spain is preparing to hold its first Passover seder since 1492.

    The festive dinner will take place in the old center of the town of Ribadavia on March 25 and is being organized by the municipality’s tourism department in partnership with the Center for Medieval...

  • Israel faces European backlash over settlement plan

    December 3, 2012 | 7:49 am

    Israel faced concerted criticism from Europe on Monday over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's decision to expand settlement building after the United Nations' de facto recognition of Palestinian statehood.

    Britain, France and Sweden summoned the Israeli ambassadors in their...

  • Online anti-Semitism in Spain doubled in 2011, report says

    July 5, 2012 | 10:24 am

    Online anti-Semitism in Spain doubled in volume last year, according to a Spanish Jewish community monitor.

    In a report on anti-Semitism in Spain in 2011, the Observatory on Anti-Semitism in that country counted more than 1,000 anti-Semitic sites and web pages that it said were...

  • Humbly Luxurious

    By Michael Israel

    July 3, 2012 | 12:22 pm

    Luxury apartments for rent! Luxury car sale this weekend! Luxury socks, get them while supplies last! The term Luxury is almost as overused as the word gourmet, so much that it has almost lost its meaning. Truly luxurious food typically utilizes scarce or expensive ingredients, and...

  • Spain reaches out to American Jewish tourists

    June 27, 2012 | 1:09 pm

    Unless you can read artistically distorted Hebrew, you might not realize that the logo of a program by Spain’s tourism board spells out the four letters of “Sepharad,” the Hebrew word for Spain. And unless you know European geography, you might not realize that the distorted...

  • Stewing Over the Spanish Inquisition

    By Michael Israel

    June 25, 2012 | 1:33 pm

    The single most incriminating dish of the Spanish Inquisition, Adafina, is the first entry in Gil Marks’ inspiring tome, Encyclopedia of Jewish Food. Reviewing the more than 300 recipes in this incredible book, a few critical facts about Jews become clear. We have been kicked out...

  • Spain, Israel mark 25 years of diplomatic relations

    January 23, 2012 | 10:29 am

    Spain and Israel at a ceremony in Madrid marked 25 years of diplomatic relations.

    Prizes were awarded at a Jan. 17 ceremony to individuals and institutions that have contributed to the coming together of the two countries over the last quarter century. Eighteen people received the...

  • German court rejects Demjanjuk extradition request

    June 15, 2011 | 1:04 pm

    A German court denied a request to extradite John Demjanjuk to Spain to stand trial on charges of being an accessory to genocide and crimes against humanity.

    In denying the extradition request on June 9, the Munich court questioned Spain’s jurisdiction in the case and also noted...

  • Spain’s high court overturns Nazi bookstore conviction

    June 6, 2011 | 12:11 pm

    Spain’s Jewish community has slammed a ruling by the country’s Supreme Court that overturns the conviction of four people connected to a Barcelona bookstore that sold Nazi literature.

    The four connected to the now defunct bookshop, Kalki, had been found guilty by a lower court of...

  • Spanish official gives first formal apology for Inquisition

    May 6, 2011 | 1:46 pm

    A Spanish official has given what is being heralded as the country’s first formal apology for the Inquisition’s killing of Jews.

    On the island of Mallorca, where 37 Jews were killed in 1691 for secretly practicing Judaism, the regional president offered the apology at a May 5...

  • As Spain builds monuments to its Jewish past, critics question motives

    April 4, 2011 | 2:56 pm

    Hidden among the maze of alleyways east of the Onyar River, the Museum of Jewish History stands as testament—if an inadvertent one—to the completeness of Spain’s destruction of its once-thriving Jewish population.

    Inside the museum, set in Girona’s last known synagogue, designers...

  • Israeli food event in Spain canceled over terror threat

    March 10, 2011 | 10:28 am

    An Israeli food event in Spain was canceled after threats from a Basque terror group.

    Israeli food month in the tourist city of Hondarribia, in the Basque region of Spain, was scheduled to begin Wednesday. It was canceled last week following threats from the ETA terror group, which...

  • Spain Indicts Demjanjuk for Crimes Against Humanity

    January 19, 2011 | 3:07 pm

    The Supreme Court of Spain has indicted accused Nazi war criminal John Demjanjuk on charges of being an accessory to genocide and crimes against humanity.

    The court on Jan. 14 requested an international arrest warrant for Demjanjuk, who is accused of being a Nazi concentration camp...

  • Rabbi reports from Saudi interfaith conclave: We must seize the moment

    July 30, 2008 | 3:30 am

    MADRID (JTA) -- When King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia announced his intention some three months ago to reach out to the leaders of the main religions of the world to convene an interfaith dialogue and to work together to address major global challenges, there was no shortage of...
  • Language institute helping Ladino revival

    By Jerome Socolovsky

    April 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm


    Daddo & the Ladino Voice (live)
    Click the BIG ARROW for "Adio Querida (Goodbye, My Love)"

    ::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Even at 94 and with eyes that barely see, Angela Pipano vividly recalls her memories of life as a child in Salonika, Greece.

    She remembers a city with more Jews...
  • Museum-hopping in Madrid, sans ham

    By Hilary Larson

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    What is the best museum town in the world? Paris comes to mind, as does New York. But as a certified art museum lover, I put my money on Madrid.

    Madrid, the proud and stately capital of Spain, is home to three of the finest collections of art anywhere: the Museo del Prado, the...

  • 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...
  • Rabbis, Imams Meet for Peace in Spain

    By Danny Wood

    March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    It's not often that the keynote speakers at a conference speak openly about the possibility that the meeting will fail.

    But speakers at the second World Congress of Rabbis and Imams for Peace, held last week in Seville, Spain, made it clear that if this year's event didn't lead to...

  • Glimpses of Jews’ Past in Andaluc­a

    By Beverly Gray

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Spain's Andaluc­a is romance. It's orange blossoms perfuming the air. It's golden drops of sherry sliding down your throat in a smoky bodega. It's fingers dancing on the strings of a flamenco guitar.

    This southern wedge of the Iberian Peninsula, known for whitewashed villages...

  • Holy Toledo!

    By Beverly Gray

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    My husband's family hails from Toledo, Ohio, a city that proudly claims kinship with Toledo, Spain. That's one reason I didn't want to miss this Castilian hill town 42 miles southeast of Madrid. There's also the fact that El Greco's "View of Toledo," a spectral view of the city's...

  • Jews Thriving on Peace of the Rock

    By Hilary Leila Krieger

    December 1, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Long before there was a State of Israel, there was a state of the Jews. Its name was Gibraltar, and it was ceded to Conversos -- Spanish Jews who had been forced to convert to Catholicism -- in 1474 at the urging of Pedro de Herrera of Cordoba, himself a Converso.

    Herrera convinced...

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