Events around the “Sofer Synagogue”-Toledo

In the Jewish religion, the sofer is the writer who transcribes the Torah and an expert in Hebrew casofer-sinagogalligraphy. The sofer is also a synagogue built in Toledo’s Jewish quarter at the end of the 12th century and probably destroyed two centuries later during the “Anti-Jewish Revolt” of 1391. Forgotten for centuries, less than a decade ago, French archaeologist Jean Passini found The remains that proved its existence and around that discovery was conditioned the place of the Sofer.
With this background cultural context, the Toledo City Council has set up a program of activities for Saturday mornings (until the end of May) that carries the explicit title: “Music, theater and flowers in Sofer space”. The program is part of the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the declaration of Toledo as a World Heritage City by Unesco.

This Saturday was the inauguration of “Music, theater and flowers in space Sofer” and it acted the pianist Andrés Tejero and the saxophonist Diego Sánchez. All dressed up with a small market of flowers mounted by the florist El Edén (whose headquarters is on Avenida de Portugal, number 18).

“What we want is to live the street and therefore we have many cultural activities in the street. Spaces for the enjoyment of young people, families and anyone who wants to get closer, “said Mayor Milagros Tolón, who approached the square.
Also this Saturday, the Consortium of the City of Toledo, dedicated to the guarantor of the local heritage, dedicated its day of open doors to show for free the archaeological remains that lie below this square. You know, the once synagogue of the Sofer, but not only because there are also Islamic remains and even the Roman era.
Tolón was accompanied by the ex-president of Castilla-La Mancha, José Bono; The exalcalde of Toledo and president of the Royal Foundation of Toledo, Juan Ignacio de Mesa; The secretary general of the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces in Castilla-La Mancha, Tomás Mañas, and the director of the School of Art of Toledo, Martín-Caro Sagrario. These authorities discovered an information totem pole in which the program of “Music, theater and flowers in space Sofer” can be read until the end of May.
A calendar in which the students of the School of Art will have a leading role, as they will organize three workshops: on lighting installation, graphic design and pottery.

Presentation of the book “The Return of the Bassat”-“El retorno de los Bassat”

alcalde-de-castrillo-mota-de-judiosThe mayor of Castrillo Mota de Judíos, Lorenzo Rodríguez, attended the presentation of the book “The return of the Bassat” at the Sefarad Center in Madrid last Januray 12th.

The book tells the life of the Bassat, Sephardic, who after having had to leave Spain in the fifteenth century, travel during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries Bulgaria, Turkey, Austria, Germany and France, return to Spain and the Coen, Romanian Jews Established on the Greek island of Corfu, who also have to emigrate to Italy and France, before one of its members arrives in Barcelona in 1905. Vicenç Villatoro is the author of this book that goes through the years of “The Return of the Bassat “By the hand of Luis Bassat.

In the presentation of the book, Lorenzo Rodriguez coincided among other celebrities with Albert Rivera, president of Citizens, or David Hatchwell, president of the Jewish Community of Madrid.

Castrillo will present his projects in Madrid

Taking advantage of the visit to the capital of Spain, the mayor of Castrillo Mota de Judíos specified the date of the presentation of the projects of Castrillo Mota de Judíos in Madrid. The date chosen is no other than 27 February and the place will be the Sefarad Center itself, in the main street of Madrid. The presentation aims to present the project of the small Burgos municipality to Madrid society, with special interest in the important Jewish community of the capital.

The Spanish Jewish community asks Carmena to have with Israel the gestures of other European cities

berlin_bandera_israel09012017The Spanish Jews have asked Carmena, mayor of Madrid, that Madrid should not be an exception to the European cities that honor Israel when it suffers attacks.

In a letter sent to Manuela Carmena last week, the president of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Spain, Isaac Querub, asks the mayor of Madrid to “take note of acts of solidarity with the countries hit by terrorism” that have Made in other European capitals like Berlin or Paris, which projected images of the Israeli flag in monuments or public buildings after the last attack in Jerusalem.

The letter includes photographs of these acts and also recalls that the Madrid City Council itself did the same after the attacks in the Sala Bataclán and other parts of Paris on 13 November 2015.

Querub explains that this type of actions “have become a way of expressing repudiation for terrorist barbarism,” and tells the mayor that the Spanish Jewish community was surprised “to have found no symbol of this attitude in the maxim Madrid institution after the bombing in Jerusalem last Sunday 8 January.

“For all this,” the letter concludes, “we urge the Madrid City Council to join this wave of solidarity and also project the Israeli flag on the facade of the building when terrorism is abused with the Israeli population.”

The relations of the Madrid City Council and the Jewish world have gone through complicated moments thanks to some councilors like Guillermo Zapata and his famous tuits or to the relationship with the BDS movement that have not a few parties and organizations within Agora Madrid; But there have also been meeting points such as that Carmena itself adhered last March to the agreement of mayors against anti-Semitism.

Visitors record into the Toledo Sephardic Museum

sinagoga_del_transito7The Sephardic Museum received 41,072 more visitors in 2016 compared to the previous year.

The Toledo museum has the highest number of visitors last year, reaching a total of 322,317 visits, according to the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport has published. This significant increase may be due to the increase in visitors that Toledo had last year, promoted, among other things, to have been the Spanish Capital of Gastronomy 2016.

His permanent exposition explains the history of the Jews in our country, from his arrival in the Roman peninsula to his expulsion in 1492 by the Catholic Monarchs, at which time the Sephardic Jewish community originated.

The museum is located in the Jewish Quarter of Toledo, in the Synagogue of Tránsito.
Among the sixteen museums managed by the General Subdirectorate of State Museums, under the Ministry, the figure of 2016 reflects that the visits were of 8.7% more, reaching 2.8 million visitors.

The most visited museum of the state network in 2016 was the National Archaeological Museum, with 507,253 visitors. It is placed on the podium despite the fact that, compared to the previous year, it has dropped by almost fifty thousand visitors. In addition, it is very difficult to return to achieve the figures of two years ago, when it reopened its doors to the public after being closed for remodeling. In only nine months it reached 768,836 visitors.

Second is the Sephardic Museum, followed closely by the Altamira Museum and the Museo del Greco (285,990 and 236,887 visitors, respectively).

The National Museum of Sculpture, which housed 33,308 new visitors in 2016, and the Museum of the Costume, with 29,766 more visitors, is the number of museums that have increased their visitors from one year to the next, behind the Sephardic Museum. .

In addition, in the main Spanish museums the number of visitors was increased in a generalized way with respect to the previous year. The Museo del Prado, Reina Sofia, Thyssen Bornemisza or Guggenheim, among others, closed the 2016 with more than 8.8 million visitors.

Found in Lleida a large single XIII century Jewish jar

lleida-tinajaThe archaeological excavations carried out by the municipal services of Lleida in the Jewish quarter in the Center Històric of the city have brought to light the remains of a rich burning house in which it has been located, a jar of which is not known The same in Spain.
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Archaeological excavations carried out by the municipal services of Lleida in the Jewish quarter in the city’s Center Històric have brought to light the remains of a rich house burned by Christians on 13 August 1391, in which Located, among other pieces, a jar leaning on a square base of which no other is known in Spain.

The large pot of the thirteenth century, which was found inside the building, served to store water and was supported on a base in the form of a stand, unique in all Spain, as reported by the City Council in a statement.

In addition to the house’s furnishings there are also many other pieces such as cooking pots, ceramic pieces that made crockery and defense weapons like a sword, an ax and what could be a handgun.

The Mayor of Lleida, Àngel Ros, the Vice Chancellor of Research of the Universitat de Lleida (UdL), Jaume Puy, and the Deputy Mayor Fèlix Larrosa visited the UdL Archeology Laboratory on Tuesday in which the pieces will be restored .

Ros explained that work is already under way on the elaboration of a new framework agreement between the Archaeological Services of La Paeria and the UdL with the objective of both institutions to continue working and deepening in the recovery and restoration of the architectural heritage of the city .

The filming of “La judía de Toledo” begins

la-judia-de-toledoA team formed by almost 40 people, including technical staff, assistants, actors and extras, was commissioned to shoot “The Jewel of Toledo”, in two days of intense work that have transferred to the 12th century several locations in Cuenca and His province. The courtyard of the Limousine located behind the Cathedral of Cuenca, the church of Paper mills and several rooms of the castle of Garcimuñoz have been the chosen scenes, reports the producer in a statement. Jesús Marco, Elena Saiz, Raquel Racionero and Pablo Ibáñez are the actors that give life to the main characters of the short film, which has had the direction of photography of Javier F. Gallego, with the direction of art of Agrimiro Saiz of the group CONCA and With José Luis Palacios at the head of the sound. All of them have worked on the project together with director Cuenca Dorian Sanz, in what will be his second short film after “Denomination of Origin: The Earth”. This new work is an initiative of the production company Dojo Producciones, in close collaboration with the historical recreation group CONCA, which has been in charge of creating the atmosphere and maintaining the temporal rigor of each scene. Both the dress of the period, nobles, plebeians and kings, as each element present in the set has been carefully detailed so as not to break the historical vision that has been tried to maintain at all times.