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  • Around the Jewish World After 500 Years, Jews Leaving Spanish Enclaves Near Morocco

    Growing anti-Semitism and poor economic prospects are threatening to extinguish two Jewish communities on the North African coast. After the expulsion from Spain in 1492, a small number of Jews escaped across the Strait of Gibraltar to two fortress cities that Spanish kings were establishing as beachheads in North Africa. Despite the Inquisition on the… More ▸

  • In Ironic Twist of History, Spain Now Attracting Argentine Jews

    It was standing room only in the B’nai Brith office that Madrid’s tiny, rabbi-less Conservative synagogue uses for its Kabbalat Shabbat services. After concluding prayers on a recent Friday night, Bet El’s congregation remained seated to talk about reports that tens of thousands of Argentine Jews — most of them members of the Conservative movement… More ▸

  • Around the Jewish World As Far As Jewish Past Goes, Reconciliation is the Word in Spain

    “Sepharad is your home.” Those soothing, welcoming words were pleasant to hear, especially from a non-Jewish Spanish official, the head of tourism in the small town of Castello d’Empuries in Catalonia in Spain’s northeastern corner. “Spain is your home,” the official had said, using the Hebrew word “Sepharad,” a symbolic reminder that 500 years of… More ▸

  • Spain Removes an Obstacle in Path of Israel’s Membership in U.N. Group

    Israel came a step closer to full participation at the United Nations when Spain dropped its objections to letting the Jewish state join the European regional bloc at the world body. Spain became the last E.U. country to drop its objections, Vice President Al Gore told Jewish leaders Sunday. “We welcome the news,” Malcolm Hoenlein,… More ▸

  • Italy to Ask Spain to Extradite Achille Lauro Hijacker Who Fled

    Italy will seek the extradition of a Palestinian convicted of the 1985 Achille Lauro hijacking who was recaptured in Spain. The chief of the Italian police anti-terrorism division said the Italian Justice Ministry was preparing an extradition request for Youssef Magied al- Molqi, adding that the request could take up to 45 days to process…. More ▸