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.

Moises Bentata arts. Soon in Miami

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Madrid, March 2018. A moment of the opening with Moises Bentata, Esther Bendahan -Casa Sefarad Isarel- and Mercedes Bentata -family of Moises-

Aqua Art Miami Fair (USA)

Aqua Hotel – 1530 Collins Avenue – Miami Beach, FL 3313

December 5-9 | 2018

Moises Bentata’s works will travel to USA for exhibition during the Miami Art Week between next 5 and 9 of December.

The event which has been held yearly in Miami, gather the world’s most important art galleries and collectors. Moises Bentata will attend the AQUA ART MIAMI Fair after the recent agreement reached with the Van Gogh Art Gallery (Madrid).

During the Fair his latest art project “LETTERS OF TRUTH” will be premiered and exhibited to the public for the first time.

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As well as other recently creations, which his last work belonging to the series “a Tribute to Life” is highlighted.

CJM 5779 Januca Awards

“Yes, there were synagogues in Toledo, but why they were called as Santa Maria la Blanca or El Tránsito?”

In the evening of Dec 1st (one day before the Hanukah celebration) took place in Madrid the ceremony of 5779 Hanuka Award. This year the Jewish Community of Madrid (CJM) decided to homage to Mr.Juan Ignacio Mesa Ruiz, nowadays the President of REAL FUNDACION DE TOLEDO (Toledo Royal Foundation) whose Honor President is the King of Spain, D.Felipe de Borbón.

The ceremony was very emotive and charming, but I have to highlight one moment, I would say, by far, tha the speech of thanks of Mr.Mesa, where the brilliant awarded also showed himself as great speaker with fresh, warm and extremely sincere words that touch the heart of every attendant.

I would also want to highlight the play of CJM Chorus, an amateur chorus made up of several members of the Jewish Community and very sharply directed by Mercedes Benzaquén. Specially the Hatikva at the Ceremony closing was a ideal touch together with the Spain National Anthem. Congratulations guys!!!

At the end of the speech of Mr. León Benelbas, President of Jewish Community of Madrid, was a reference to the Old Mayor Synagogue of Toledo (Nowadays Santa Maria La Blanca Church/Synagogue) that I really hope that Mr. Mesa has been able to note.