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In Praise Of Sephardic Rabbi’s Stand On Homosexuality – Jewish Week

| July 7, 2017

Throughout their vibrant history, Sephardic Jews have had the strength and fortitude to hold the communitys diverse perspectives together. That is, until May 8.

Retired Tucson woman puts twist on Sephardic roots with mariachi music – Jewish Post

| July 6, 2017

Koreen Johannessen, 70, had some difficulty retiring.

Unnamed clergy call for UK’s top Sephardic rabbi to be fired – The Times of Israel

| July 2, 2017

A group of rabbis in London have called for the countrys top Sephardic rabbi to be fired over his comments welcoming growing acceptances of homosexuality. Rabbi Joseph Dweck, who serves as senior rabbi at Londons S&P Sephardi Community, came under fire after saying at a lecture last month that societal acceptance of homosexuality is a fantastic development because it opens the door to a more loving society

Easy Chocolate Cake For The 4th From The First Jewish-American Cookbook – Forward

| July 2, 2017

Rabbi Deborah R. Prinz Recreation of chocolate making at Colonial Williamsburg. Chocolate was a Jewish immigrant food to the American Colonies, so you can build on those chocolatey Jewish roots when planning your 4th of July menu starting with the Colonial Jewish-American Chocolate Cake recipe below.

Paramus Sephardic Community Welcomes Rabbi David and Ariel Pardo – Jewish Link of New Jersey

| June 29, 2017

Earlier this month, the Sephardic Congregation of Paramus (SCOP), located on 140 Arnot Place, welcomed a new rabbi, David Pardo, and family into their community. SCOP, which started off as a small Sephardic minyan in Congregation Beth Tefillah, branched off last year to grow as its own shul, having purchased the building that used to house Khal Adath Jeshuruns minyanim. A Los Angeles native, Rabbi Pardo attended UCLA and later moved to New York City to pursue semicha at Yeshiva Universitys Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary

For Turkey’s youngest Jews, ancestral tongue fading away – Al-Monitor

| June 28, 2017

Istanbul Jewish community members Eftali Pinto (L) and Aviel Kohen (9), use shofars, musical instruments made from horns, during the reopening ceremony of the Great Synagogue in Edirne, Turkey, March 26, 2015.(photo byREUTERS/Murad Sezer) Author:Nazlan Ertan Posted June 28, 2017 For the young generation of Sephardic Jews in Turkey,their ancestral tongue, Ladino, is just a few words for Grandma's cuisine, a line or two from old songsand some snappy insults. UNESCO considersLadino, also known as Judeo-Spanish or Judezmo,a severely endangered language

The Many Lives of Belgrade’s Old Synagogue – Balkan Insight

| June 27, 2017

The Zemun Synagouge was home to a rock and live music club during the 60s. Photo: Goran Boroja Few traces are left of the Jewish synagogues that were present in Belgrade before the outbreak of World War II.

The Sephardim-Part II Three sources of Hispanic civilization – Heritage Florida Jewish News

| June 23, 2017

Angel Pulido The arts, sciences, technology, literature, architecture, navigation, mapmaking, mathematics, astronomy, philosophy and art that flourished in Medieval Spain are often credited to Islam but this is a distortion of the role played by adherents of all three religions. The United Visigothic kingdom of Spain prior to the Muslim invasions had inherited five centuries of Roman civilization and had made use of the achievements of the Greeks and earlier Carthaginians as well as the Assyrians in agriculture, irrigation, mathematics, time keeping, the calendar, mining, architecture, road building, mosaic art, pottery, jewelry, law and civic responsibility. The Muslim conquerors who arrived in 711 had inherited these same arts and sciences on their path of conquest across the Byzantine empire, the Near East and Christian-Roman North Africa.

Sheva Berachot for Lini and Yehoshua (Josh) Schulz at Shaarei Orah – Jewish Link of New Jersey

| June 22, 2017

What a simcha to see Shaarei Orahs own Joshua Schulz marry a wonderful young lady, Rachel Lina (Lini) Sassen, this past week in Israel! The young couple returned for sheva brachot in New Jersey this past week, concluding at a seudah shelishit at Congregation Shaarei Orah, the Sephardic Congregation of Teaneck. It is especially gratifying to see Joshuas beautiful development from a young boy at Shaarei Orah to his emergence as a charismatic, young ben Torah

Joseph Dweck, a Leading Sephardic Rabbi in London, Steps Down … – Tablet Magazine

| June 20, 2017

Rabbi Joseph Dweck, the head of the S&P (Spanish and Portuguese) Sephardi Community in London, was giving an online lecture last month when he said that the acceptance of homosexuality is a fantastic development in our society and that it has forced us to look at how we deal with love between people of the same sex. He added: The world is moving towards love. And if youre not on the bandwagon, well then fine, you can stay back.

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