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News and updates about Sephardic Jewry

Changes to Portuguese Sephardi nationality law slammed

Reforms to program not seen as transparent with community unable to get response from government agency in charge.

Changes to Portuguese Sephardi nationality law slammed

New Spanish monument pays tribute to Jews expelled in 1492

A new monument has been unveiled in Murcia that pays tribute to the Jews expelled from Spain in 1492.

New Spanish monument pays tribute to Jews expelled in 1492

Sephardic citizenship bids at risk amid New Mexico Jewish community leadership ‘implosion’

'Implosion' of Jewish community leadership in New Mexico imperil's bids to secure Spanish citizenship for descendants of Sephardic Jews.

Sephardic citizenship bids at risk amid leadership crisis

Stephen Shalom, American Sephardic philanthropist, dies at 93

Stephen Shalom, a leader of the U.S. Sephardic Jewish community who promoted Middle East peace and religious  tolerance, died at 93.

Stephen Shalom, Sephardic philanthropist, dies at 93

Portugal tightens rules for citizenship for Sephardic Jews

Following Roman Abramovich scrutiny, Portugal tightens rules for Sephardic Jews applying for citizenship.

Portugal tightens rules for citizenship for Sephardic Jews

Over 90,000 descendents of Sephardic Jews have gained citizenship to Spain, Portugal

Spain and Portugal have naturalized more than 90,000 descendants of Sephardic Jews since 2015.

90,000 Sephardic Jews have gained citizenship to Spain, Portugal

The Mexican writer whose novels explore crypto-Judaism

Meet Angelina Muñiz Huberman, a Mexican writer whose novels explore Sephardic history and crypto-Judaism.

The Mexican writer whose novels explore crypto-Judaism

New Yorkers with Sephardic roots say Spain is breaking its promise of citizenship

With thousands of applications rejected and more placed on hold, some New Yorkers with Sephardic roots accuse Spain of breaking its promise.

Sephardic New Yorkers: Spain is breaking promise of citizenship

The Jews of Morocco, FDR, and the Nazis: A troubling episode

The full story of how FDR treated the Jews in Morocco and elsewhere in North Africa after the 1942 Allied liberation. Op-ed.

The Jews of Morocco, FDR, and the Nazis: A troubling episode

Glitch 'approves' Sephardic requests for Spanish citizenship

Computer glitch causes thousands of pending applications for Spanish citizenship by Sephardic Jews to appear to have been approved.

Glitch 'approves' Sephardic requests for Spanish citizenship

Shas presents: The association of Sephardic sextons

The purpose of the association is to strengthen Sephardic Jewry through the sextons of Sephardic synagogues throughout Israel.

Shas presents: The association of Sephardic sextons

Portugal okays 10,000 requests for citizenship by Sephardic Jews

Portugal has approved about a third of approximately 33,000 applications for citizenship under 2015 law for descendants of Sephardic Jews.

Portugal okays 10,000 requests for citizenship by Sephardic Jews

CA group looks to preserve legacy of Mideast Jewish communities

Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa launches joint effort to preserve histories, traditions of Mideast Jewish communities.

CA group looks to preserve legacy of Mideast Jewish communities

Spain, Portugal naturalize 5,000 Sephardic Jews

Nearly 5,000 people have become citizens of Spain or Portugal thanks to laws on the naturalization of descendants of Sephardic Jews.

Spain, Portugal naturalize nearly 5,000 Sephardic Jews

MK declares war on anti-Sephardic discrimination

MK Margi calls to set up investigations into schools that refuse to admit Sephardic girls and fire recalcitrant principals.

Shas MK declares war on anti-Sephardic discrimination

Conference celebrates Biton Report

Bennet: "It's not a favor to Mizrachim, it's a favor to all the nation of Israel."

Conference celebrates Biton Report

Israel working to redeem property in Arab world

Israel on verge of recovering millions in lost Jewish property in Arab countries, Iran.

Israel secretly working to redeem Jewish property in Arab world

Netanyahu reveals: 'I'm Sephardic'

PM exposes how a DNA test of his brother recently found his Lithuanian family has its roots in Spanish Jewry.

Netanyahu reveals: 'I'm Sephardic'

Spanish king honors Sephardic Jews

'How we have missed you,' Spain's King Felipe VI tells Sephardic Jewish representatives at historic royal palace meeting.

Spanish king honors Sephardic Jews expelled five centuries ago

Spain Expedites Citizenship for 4,300 Sephardim

Madrid finally makes 'legal hell' of Spanish citizenship easier for thousands of Sephardic Jews after pending paperwork stalled.

Spain Expedites Citizenship for 4,300 Sephardic Jews

Citizenship to Expulsion Descendants Approved

Spain's government approves draft law easing citizenship for descendants of Jews expelled in 1492. Law yet to be approved by parliament.

Spain Approves Law Granting Citizenship to Expulsion Descendants

Sephardic Leader, Spanish King Meet

Sephardic Community Council to be the liaison between Jews in Israel and Spanish government, leader tells Arutz Sheva.

Sephardic Community Leader, Spanish King Meet Over Citizenship

'No Massive Applications' for Spanish Citizenship

Despite thousands of inquiries by Sephardic Jews, Spain's offer of citizenship seems to have mostly symbolic value.

'No Massive Applications' for Spanish Citizenship

Knesset Passes Remembrance Day for Jewish Refugees

Knesset approval for annual day commemorating Jewish flight to Israel. ‘This has been overlooked for 60 years.’

Knesset Approves Annual Day of Commemoration for Jewish Refugees

'It's an Historical and Emotional Day'

Yehuda Azoulay and Raymond Saka speak to Arutz Sheva about the special event in which Congress celebrated Sephardic Jewry in America.

'It's an Historical and Emotional Day'player

Congressional Tribute to Sephardic Jews

Video: Congress celebrates the contributions of Sephardic Jews in America over 360 years.

Congressional Tribute to Sephardic Jewsplayer

Exclusive: Only Ladino Monthly Grows in Istanbul

Istanbul’s Sephardic Center has just produced the 100th issue of the world’s only Ladino monthly newspaper in the city's ancient heart.

Exclusive: World’s Only Ladino Monthly Flourishes in Istanbul

Bennett: Put Sephardi Heritage on Israel’s Bills

Bennett wants Israeli currency to showcase Sephardi heritage, too.

Bennett: Put Sephardi Heritage on Israel’s Bills

Polls: Israelis Prefer Neighbors Like Them

A poll released Sunday showed that Israelis prefer, in general, to live among those like them.

Polls: Israelis Prefer 'Known Quantity' in Neighbors

MKs Call to Document Jewish Refugees’ Claims

The stories of Jewish refugees from Arab countries must be recorded, and their claims noted, before it is too late, MKs warn.

Call to Document Jewish Refugees’ Claims in Arab World

Sephardic Hazzanut Website Promotes Jewish Music

There are no rock guitars or hip-hop beats, just simple acapella songs perfomed with traditional pronunciation by Faraj Samra.

Sephardic Hazzanut Website Promotes Traditional Jewish Music

Oud Festival To Feature Sephardic Music

The Jerusalem International Oud Festival will take place November 10th to November 19th at the Confederation House.

Oud Festival To Feature Sephardic Music

The New Middle East at a Glance

With Middle Eastern and Arab countries experiencing unrest, Arutz-7 presents a brief review on the Arabs – and Jews – in the various areas.

The New Middle East at a Glance-Leader by Leader

Special Interview-Yaakov Shwekey

Famous Hassidic singer Yaakov Shwekey speaks about music, performances, a new album dedicated to Sephardic music, and activity for special-ed kids.

Famous Singer Shwekey in Israel, Returning to Sephardic Rootsplayer