AMSTERDAM (Aug. 18)
A commemoration service on Aug. 22 will begin a week of celebration in honor of the tercentenary of the Amsterdam Sephardi Synagogue. The commemoration service will be attended by Holland’s Crown Princess Beatrix and by Israel’s Sephardi Chief Rabbi Ovadia Yosef. Princess Beatrix will also inaugurate a week-long exhibition covering the synagogue’s 300-year history in the nearby Pinto House. This is the 17th and 18th century dwelling of the wealthy Amsterdam Sephardi Pinto family. The building has been recently restored to house the Amsterdam public library and cultural department offices. Lectures a concert of liturgical music, and special Sabbath services will be part of the celebration.