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  • 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...

  • Let My People Merlot

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    In the beginning, there was sweet wine. Really, really sweet wine.

    But as the kosher market broadened, a trickle of new wines targeted to a more sophisticated audience began to raise expectations among Jewish wine lovers.

    Now kosher wines have entered a third era, in which many...

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  • We’re Off on the Roads to Sepharad

    By Lisa Alcalay Klug

    January 20, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    An authentic medieval mikvah rests near a stone bridge and the picturesque river it spans in the Catalonian city of Besalu. Clearly marked signs identify the newly renovated "call," or medieval Jewish quarter, in the nearby city of Tortosa. And the restored cobblestone streets of...

  • What’s Portuguese for Cohen?

    By Marcus Moraes

    April 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    A major new tool can help Brazilians learn about their possible Iberian Jewish origins: the "Dictionary of Sephardic Surnames," a 528-page tome featuring some 17,000 surnames of Sephardic Jewish families from Portugal, Spain and Italy and their descendants.

    Written in Portuguese and...

  • March 11 Attack Hit All Europe

    By Philip Carmel

    March 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    This time it was Spain, one of the principal European allies of the U.S.-led war in Iraq and a strong supporter of Israel's efforts against Palestinian terrorism.

    Following the suicide bombings in Madrid, which left more than 200 people dead and some 1,400 wounded, even countries...

  • For Love of the Dance

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 11, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Or Nili Azulay often gazes at the faded photograph of her late grandmother, who was widowed in her 20s. "Her huge, expressive eyes are filled with strength and struggle," the Israeli dancer-actress said. "She looks like Bizet's 'Carmen,' although she is wearing nothing fancy, only a...

  • A Rude Awakening in Spain

    By Amanda Susskind

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    We are trekking through Toledo, Spain, happily reverting for a moment to a band of carefree tourists when we are halted in our tracks by a sight we had not expected. A series of stickers appended to street signs depicts a Jewish star with a slash through it -- the international sign...

  • Get Lost in Girona

    By Tammy Weisberger

    August 16, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Girona (pronounced heh-row-na) is a small, culturally rich town in Catalan, Spain -- and is the perfect place to get yourself gloriously lost. Old Town Girona will toy with your sense of direction until you find yourself happily meandering through medieval alleyways, Gothic churches...

  • Remembering the Lincoln Brigade

    By Tom Tugend

    January 20, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The long-ago voices of Paul Robeson, Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie crackled over a loudspeaker, once more spurring on the soldiers of the International Brigades and vowing the defeat of Franco's fascists in the Spanish Civil War.

    Most of the 200 people gathered at the University of...

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