First Public Kaddish since 1412 in the Toledo Major Synagogue

Achinoam Nini (Noa)singing inside the Major Synagogue

“The most beautiful and grandiose of the synagogues that the Jews had in Spain”

Amador de los Ríos. Historian

There is no doubt that the past 11 December 2018 (3 Tevet 5779) will be remembered as a milestone in the relations between the Catholic Church of Spain and the Jewish Community of this country.

In an intimate and welcoming ceremony, a representative the Archbishop of Toledo addressed the audience in a very affectionate and open tone, speaking of this ancient Greater Synagogue of Toledo.

David Hatchwell, as President of the HispanoJudia Foundation, responded in other words with a message of Peace and Concord.
The event was closed by the famous Israeli singer Noa (Achinoam Nini), who delighted the attendees with 3 magnificent performances that gave proof, not only of his excellence as a singer, but of the powerful acoustic capacity of the Major Synagogue of Toledo.

Rabbi Moshe Bendahan, Spain Chief Rebbi, recited a Psalm of King David Book and a Kaddish, Jewish prayer for the Memory of those who are not alive, and translated into Spanish. This was a magical moment that had not taken place in this Synagogue since 1412.

Among those attending this ceremony were Milagros Tolón, Mayoress of Toledo, Alberto Ruiz Gallardón, former Minister of Justice and Vice President of the Hispanic Jewish Foundation, Stuart Weitzman, member of the Jewish Hispanic Foundation and Javier Cremades, founding partner of the Cremades & Calvo-Sotelo Lawyers.

Crown Esther Award for Toledo Sephardic Museum

2018-12-10 19.21.15In the year 2006, the joining of the efforts from Spain central and local government, and EU Authorities, was able to create “Centro Sefarad Israel” (Sefarad-Israel Centre). This Public Institution is dedicated to promote the development of the friendship and cooperation between the Spanish and Israel societies on one hand; on the other hand Centro Sefarad Israel also research about the Sephardic Culture as a alife area of the Spanish Culture.

Since the year 2016, Centro Sefarad Israel gives the Crown Esther Awards dedicated to those institution/person considered to have a special involving in the areas that this Centre represents.

“Spain without Sepharad is nothing”

Santiago Palomero, Director of Toledo Sephardic Museum

This year, this Award has gone to Sephardic Museum of Toledo (El Transito Synagogue) and I had the pleasure to be invited to the ceremony.

The Ceremony as opened by Santiago Palomero, Museum Director, and at the end, Migue Luca and Esther Bendahan gave the Award to santiago Palomero.

Tu boca en los cielos: TVE presents one of the best approach to the North Morocco Jewish Life

After the Explusion, in 1492, we lost Spain, but we won Sepharad.

http://www.rtve.es/m/alacarta/videos/otros-documentales/otros-documentales-cielo-tu-boca-sefardies-del-magreb/4869147/?media=tve

Happy Rosh Chodesh and Hanukah at Or Hayeladim

2018-12-09 09.32.20This Sunday, 7th day of Hanukkah we had a special Shachrit at Or Hayeladim Congregation. This nice Congregation in the North East of Madrid is running for 16 years already offering a Modern Orthodox Jewish atmosphere everyday and taking special care about kids learning.

At the end of Shachrit service we could enjoy a breakfast with Sufganiyot, Churros and Buñuelos!!!!

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Noah Gordon´s The Physician. A very recommended Spanish Musical

The Physician by Noah Gordon Last week, I had the opportunity to see the Musical show “The Phisician” (“El Médico”) in Madrid, based on the Noah Gordon´s novel with the same title.

Previous criticism was very good, but my impression was excellent. Almost 3 hours show going like a snap in a very well conducted, music, orchestra, make up, clothing and specially singers!!!!

If you have the opportunity, don´t miss it.

Madrid lights the Hanukah

Last Monday, december 3rd, we could see in Madrid the lighting of second Hanukah evening. Rab Mosher Bendahan SHLITA, Chief Rabbi of Madrid, Mr.Leon Benelbas, President of Madrid Jewish Community and many other relevant personalities attended to this ceremony with a big audience of Madrid and tourist people who enjoy about it and the sufganiyot served later.

 

 

What Happen on December 3rd 1763?

TouroSynDecember 3rd 1763: Foundation of Touro Synagogue in Newport, Rhode Island-MA-.

Through the early and middle 1700s, Newport rose in prominence and importance, taking a leading role in the shipping and mercantile trades of the American Colonies. By 1758, the Jewish population had grown sufficiently that there was a need for a house of worship. The Congregation now known as Congregation Jeshuat Israel (Salvation of Israel) engaged Newport resident Peter Harrison to design the synagogue. Harrison, a British American merchant and sea captain, was self-tutored in architecture, studying mostly from books and drawings. He had already completed the building of Newport’s Redwood Library and King’s Chapel in Boston. Construction began on the “Jews Synagogue” in 1759. At the same time, Harrison was also building Christ Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts and the Brick Market in Newport.

 

Ceuta: Hanukkah Lighting 5779-2018

WhatsApp Image 2018-12-04 at 11.01.10.jpeg Again this year we can see how the Jewish Community of Ceuta, this small city in North Africa (by the way my birthplace), lighted the Hanukah in the street showing the miracle to all the city inhabitants. Good job guys!!!

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Dance performance by a local Dance Academy during the Lighting Ceremony
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Member of Jewish Community and Local Government lighting one candle.

 

And you, dear reader, are maybe wondering: “Where is Ceuta?”.  Let me show you…..

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See you there during your next Holidays?????

 

 

 

 

What happen on Oct 28th 1910?

Foundation of the first Kibbutz in Israel, called DEGANIA.

kibbutz degania“On the 25th of Tishrei, 5671 (1910) we have arrived, ten men and two women, to receive the inventory from the “labor conquest group”. We have proceeded to establish an independent settlement of Jewish workers in the national homeland – a Commune.”

What happen on Dec 1st 1347?

peste negraI would like to highlight only December 1st 1347 as  the date in which the Back Death arrived to Europe from the commercial routes of Asia through the ports of Messina, Genoa and Venice. The origin of thi disease was the North of India and only in one year finished with one third of the european population.

Jews were blamed as an excuse to organize massive persecutions, specially in those areas where Jews were business success.