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I had unfinished business in Spain, going back 500 years – The Jewish News of Northern California

| January 4, 2020

Around 1492 my ancestors, the Papos, fled Iberia for the Middle East or southern Europe, along with hundreds of thousands of other Jews, in what became a vast Sephardic diaspora. Then, in the early 1800s, the Papo descendants moved to Jerusalem, thriving as rabbis and agronomists for more than a century, until World War I.

Istanbul Jews fight to save their ancestral tongue – The Jakarta Post – Jakarta Post

| January 4, 2020

If there's one thing Dora Beraha regrets in her twilight years, it is not passing on the 500-year-old language of Istanbul's Jews, Ladino, now on the point of extinction. "After us, will there still be people who speak this language?" says 90-year-old Beraha.

‘Uncut Gems’ Cuts Deep | Andy Blumenthal – The Times of Israel

| January 4, 2020

Yesterday, we went to see the new Adam Sandler movie, Uncut Gems. The movie is directed by Joshua and Benjamin Safdie, Sephardic Jews, and Adam Sandler, who is Jewish, plays Howard Ratner, a Jewish jewelry dealer in the famed NYC diamond district on east 47th street

The return of Jose Dominic – The Hindu

| January 4, 2020

Kenny used fish as bait and I took it, Jose Dominic says, his laugh filling the foyer of AB Salem House, his new 10-room guest house in Kochi. He is describing how he got seduced into a second innings as an entrepreneur, just a year after he stepped away from the leadership of the CGH Earth hotels group, which his father founded in 1954. AB Salem House is a historic building, just down the road from the famous Paradesi Synagogue, in Kochis Mattancherry or Jew Town area

Celebration Set for Boyle Heights on Final Night of Hanukkah – NBC Southern California

| January 4, 2020

Free public menorah lighting ceremonies will be held at various locations in Los Angeles County Sunday to mark the final night of Hanukkah, including in Boyle Heights, once the main center of Jewish life on the West Coast. "Chanukah on the Eastside," will be held from 7-10 p.m

Monsey stabbing suspect Grafton Thomas may be linked to earlier synagogue attack – New York Post

| January 4, 2020

Authorities are investigating whether Grafton Thomas, the man charged in a machete attack on Hanukkah celebrants in Monsey, is tied to a recent stabbing near a village synagogue, a law-enforcement official told The Post on Sunday. Details of the incident under investigation were unclear, but a 30-year man was beaten and repeatedly knifed while walking to the Mosdos Meharam Brisk Tashnad religious center in Monsey around 5:30 a.m. on Nov

Monsey Synagogue Stabbing Attack: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know – Heavy.com

| January 4, 2020

Twitter/ADLThe ADL took these photos of the scene of the Monsey stabbing attack.

Connecticut lawmakers looking to increase security at places of worship – FOX61 Hartford

| January 4, 2020

Please enable Javascript to watch this video WOODBRIDGE-- State lawmakers are looking to increase security at places of worship, this following a recent string of anti-Semitic acts.

‘When Any Jew Is Targeted, We Are All Targeted’: Activists Promote Upcoming New York Rally Against Antisemitism – Algemeiner

| January 4, 2020

The No Hate, No Fear rally in New York is being supported by the full range of Jewish organizations. Image: UJA Federation-New York. Ahead of this Sundays solidarity rally in New York City against antisemitism and hate, Jewish organizations and leaders have been actively promoting the event on social media

Callers threatened to burn down this restaurant with a drag brunch. The queens are dancing on. – Houston Chronicle

| January 4, 2020

WASHINGTON - At exactly 3:01 p.m., Miguel Barajas poured shots of tequila, lining them up on the bar. The 25-year-old general manager raised a glass to his staff, to the start of the last happy hour of the year at Taqueria del Barrio, a Latin American restaurant in the Petworth neighborhood of Washington. "Let's hope there's no phone calls," Barajas said.


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