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Exhibit of Sephardic Culture Opens in Ancient Toledo Synagcgue

April 23, 1965
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Many Spaniards, Jewish and non-Jewish, have been highly impressed with an exhibit being shown now in Toledo, illustrating the richness of Sephardic Jewish art and culture. The exhibit is being displayed at the El Transito Synagogue in Toledo, the so-called Samuel Levi Synagogue, built there during the height of Jewish influence in Spain, prior to the 1492 edict expelling the Jews from that country. The Hispano-Jewish Museum has been installed in the El Transito Synagogue.

Among the items on display is a reproduction of the 14th Century Saravejo Haggadah., which is illuminated with 69 miniatures showing Bible scenes. Included also is a map of medieval Jewish ghettoes of Spain, as well as medieval burial tiles found in Toledo’s old Jewish quarter.

Some of the exhibits were prepared by the Community Service, sponsored jointly by the American Jewish Committee, the Anglo-Jewish Association and Alliance Israelite Universelle, of France. Through its Paris office, the American Jewish Committee has been working with Jewish communities throughout Spain to help them strengthen their religious and cultural resources.

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