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May 19, 1588: The Spanish Armada

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The Jews of Spain had their revenge on the Inquisition and the Spanish monarch on this date in 1588 when the Spanish Armada arrived in Lisbon in preparation for an attack on England, and...
The Jewish community of Porto, Portugal, celebrates Shabbat at the main synagogue. Credit: Jewish Community of Porto.

Jews of Portugal and their recent rebirth

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Experts in global Jewish history believe that highlighting minority voices within the Jewish community has the power to honor its nuances and interconnectedness. JNS’s new series highlighting Jewish ethnic minorities aims to elevate their...
Sephardic Passover customs include Bibhilu, a Moroccan ritual. Photo courtesy of Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

Sephardic envy at Passover time

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Passover is here, and I am triggered. Every Ashkenazi Jew gets a little Sephardic-envy this time of year thinking about all the rice our fellow Jews will be eating while we suffer through a kitniyot lockdown....
Jewish community members at synagogue in Agadir City, Morocco. Photo by Abir Sultan/Flash90.

Moroccan Jews reflect on their heritage and tradition post-normalization with Israel

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Experts in global Jewish history believe that highlighting minority voices within the Jewish community has the power to honor its nuances and interconnectedness. JNS’s new series highlighting Jewish ethnic minorities aims to elevate their...

January 20, 1496: Decree of Expulsion Issued for Portuguese Jews

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Following the death of King Joao of Portugal in 1494, his son King Manuel I ascended the throne. When his legitimacy as heir to the throne was challenged, Manuel wished to marry Princess Isabel...
Jewish refugees at Ma’abarot transit camp, 1950. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Transforming trauma: How Jewish voices from Iran and Arab lands can be a bridge...

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With just the clothes on their backs and a few belongings hurriedly thrown into a sack, thousands of Jewish families were forced to flee from their homes after the declaration of the Jewish state...
Saul Berenthal (front left), 75, was born and raised in Cuba but left for Miami in 1960, following the 1959 Castro revolution. He is pictured here in Havana, cruising around in a classic 1950s American-made car. Credit: Courtesy.

‘Jewbans’ prosperous in America, while brethren in Cuba ‘hangs on the precipice’

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Experts in global Jewish history believe that highlighting minority voices within the Jewish community has the power to honor its nuances and interconnectedness. JNS’s new series highlighting Jewish ethnic minorities aims to elevate their...
Ruben Shimonov speaking at an event for the American Sephardi Federation in 2018. Credit: American Sephardi Federation via Facebook.

Ruben Shimonov is working to teach the ‘broader story of Mizrahim’

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Experts in global Jewish history believe that highlighting minority voices within the Jewish community has the power to honor its nuances and interconnectedness. JNS’s new series highlighting Jewish ethnic minorities aims to elevate their...
President of Murcia Fernando López Miras and president of the Hispanic Jewish Foundation David Hatchwell in the old synagogue of Lorca. Credit: The Hispanic Jewish Foundation.

Sephardi legacy to be newly emphasized in Murcia region of southern Spain

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The autonomous region of Murcia in southeast Spain recently signed a collaboration agreement with the Hispanic Jewish Foundation, aiming at showcasing the region’s longtime Sephardi legacy. David Hatchwell , president of the Hispanic Jewish Foundation,...

July 27, 1656: Baruch Spinoza Was Excommunicated

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Bento de Spinoza was a young merchant in Amsterdam, one of many Sephardic Jews in that city involved in overseas trade in the early 1650s. The specialty of his family’s firm, which he and his brother Gabriel had been...