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New UN Secretary-General Not an Enemy of Israel

2 Shevat 5777 – January 29, 2017
Guterres said in video message that 'the Holocaust was the culmination of millennia of hatred, scapegoating and discrimination targeting the Jews, what we now call anti-Semitism.'

What Is Hidden Is Never Lost: Rapa-Dreidels, Portugal, And The Marranos

25 Kislev 5777 – December 24, 2016
Dreidels are my talisman, my touchstone. They reassure me in the most innocent and delightful way that our miracles will continue. And so, wherever I am, anywhere on the globe, I look for dreidels.

Israeli UN Ambassador Danny Danon Welcomes New UN Secy-Gen Guterres

4 Tishri 5777 – October 6, 2016
Israel's UN Ambassador Danny Danon urged the UN Secy-Gen-elect to appoint an envoy to combat anti-Semitism.

Antonio Guterres, Former UNHCR, Unanimous Pick for New UN Secy-Gen [video]

4 Tishri 5777 – October 5, 2016
Former Prime Minister of Portugal, Antonio Guterres, is chosen to succeed Ban Ki-moon as UN Secretary-General in January 2017.

UNESCO to Question Jewish Ties to Western Wall in Arab-Sponsored Draft...

5 Tammuz 5776 – July 10, 2016
The draft refers ten times to Al-Haram Al-Sharif, exclusively using the Islamic term for Temple Mount, without any mention that it is the holiest site in Judaism.

Fallen Soldier’s Family Suing to Ban Hamas Prisoners from Watching Soccer...

The family petitioned the court saying the decision to make all the TV channels carrying the game tonight available to security prisoners, most of whom are members of Hamas, is repugnant.

‘Venice, Jews and Europe 1516-2016’ Opens in Venice

13 Sivan 5776 – June 19, 2016
The first ghetto's area was defined by two gates which were opened in the morning to the sound of the bell in St. Mark’s belfry, and closed at midnight by four Christian keepers, paid by the Jews.

Muslims Demand Equal Terms after Spanish Law for Jewish Return

20 Adar I 5774 – February 20, 2014
Several Muslim families currently residing in North Africa are candidates for receiving Spanish citizenship.

How to Say ‘Disgusting Abuse of Public Trust’ in French?

2 Tammuz 5773 – June 9, 2013
Playing the usual black-is-white games, the catalog notes say the people depicted are "those who lost their lives fighting against the occupation.”

Masorti Rabbis Perform First Conversions in Lisbon

19 Iyyar 5773 – April 29, 2013
For the first time in the history of the Masorti movement, its rabbis performed conversions to Judaism in Portugal. The two conversions were performed in...

March 31 and Dona Gracia

20 Nisan 5773 – March 31, 2013
March 31 is not a day that particularly stands out in Jewish memory at first glance, but it is actually a day of some significance.

Securing Our Future Through Historic Jewish Communities

11 Sivan 5772 – May 31, 2012
Since becoming the first ordained rabbi in Jamaica in thirty-three years, I have been working tirelessly with my community to build a Jewish future on this tropical island. Every Jewish community wants to survive and indeed thrive, but there is a particular importance to the preservation and development of the world's small, history-rich Jewish communities.

Hebrew Inscription Provides Oldest Archaeological Evidence of Jews in Iberia

8 Sivan 5772 – May 29, 2012
Discovered in a Roman-era excavation near the city of Silves, Portugal by archaeologists from the German Friedrich Schiller University Jena, the discovery predates the previous oldest evidence of Jews in Iberia by nearly a century.

Antisemitism on the Rise in Europe

15 Iyyar 5772 – May 7, 2012
The virus of antisemitism persists in haunting Europe. In recent months, antisemitism has been exhibited all too often in European countries, not just in theory but in practice.

Putting the Oy Back into ‘Ahoy’

16 Tishri 5769 – October 15, 2008
They did not sing "Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Manischewitz," nor do they ever seem to appear in any of the Disney films about pirates in the Caribbean.

David Mendes And Zipporah Nunes Machado

18 Tammuz 5767 – July 4, 2007
One of the truly amazing aspects of Jewish history is that there were Jews who secretly maintained as much religious observance as they could while living under the merciless eye of the Inquisition in Spain and Portugal.

The Jews Of Portugal: Contemporary Sites And Events (Part Two)

12 Shevat 5767 – January 31, 2007
In the first article on the Jews of Portugal, we reviewed the glorious periods of the history and depths of persecution to which Jews were subjected during the Inquisition.

Early Caribbean Jewish Communities (Part I)

12 Tishri 5767 – October 4, 2006
Places like Barbados, Curacao, Jamaica, Tobago, the Lesser Antilles, and St. Eustatia probably conjure up, in the minds of many Jewish Press readers, visions of vacation resorts.

Escape From The Inquisition

1 Kislev 5766 – December 1, 2005
"In 1478 at the request of the Spanish sovereigns Ferdinand and Isabella, Pope Sixtus IV (1471-84) issued a papal bull allowing for the creation of the Spanish Inquisition.

Aaron Lopez, Colonial American Merchant Prince

3 Tishri 5766 – October 5, 2005
One cannot fully appreciate the life and accomplishments of Aaron Lopez (1731-1782) unless one is familiar with the history of the Inquisition.

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