Zamora: recognition of its Sephardic past

Spain flag pressFour decades of conferences, exhibitions, celebrations and gestures with the Jewish zamoracommunity have motivated the award of the medal of the Four Synagogues to the province. The Sephardic Community of Jerusalem, which this year celebrates 750 years of life, has just gotten nozamora.jpgtificar the recognition to Zamora by means of a letter addressed to the Diputación, understanding that it is the institution that represents all the municipalities. The logo will be handed out next July 3, in the context of the fifth congress on the Jewish legacy, which will be entitled “Zamora in the Sephardic memory”.
In the letter sent from Jerusalem, the Sephardic Community values ​​the trajectory of “four decades” promoting “the discovery, study and dissemination of medieval and later Zamoran Judaism through converts and their relations with Portugal and other entities.” It is Abraham Haím himself, president of the oldest Sephardic group in Israel, who signs the letter sent to Mayte Martín Pozo, president of the provincial institution.
As the Sephardic Community summarized in an accompanying document, the first efforts to recover the Jewish legacy started in 1981, with the celebration of the Congress “The Forgotten Spain: the Jews” organized by the Ramos de Castro Foundation.
From the capital to Sanabria
A year later, the Historical Archive develops an exhibition of historical documents on the Jewish presence in Zamora. Between 1994 and 1997 the Caminos de Cervantes and Sefarad congresses took place in Puebla de Sanabria and Braganza. And by the end of the 1990s, in 1996 the installation of La Marina del Miliario was commemorated to commemorate the 1100th anniversary of repopulation, where the Jewish presence is recognized.
In the first decade of 2000 there were also two other milestones in the way of the diffusion of ancient Hebrew culture. It is the signage of the main street of the Jewish quarter of Toro and the placement of another mill on the Jacobean Routes, which included the town of Entrala as a “gate” of the Jews to Portugal.
The last lustrum has been perhaps the one of greater activity sustained in the time about the Sephardic past. Indeed, five years ago Professor Jesus Jambrina began a series of annual congresses that have brought together experts from Israel and the United States. Exhibitions, routes through the capital and La Raya and concerts of Sephardic music have completed an intense task of spreading the Jewish past.


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