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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.

Chief rabbi intervenes in Orthodox rabbis’ row over homosexuality – The Guardian

| June 19, 2017

Ephraim Mirvis, the UKs chief rabbi, said public fallout from the dispute has been deeply divisive and damaging. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA The Orthodox Jewish community in the UK has been divided by a bitter row after a senior rabbis comments about homosexuality led to accusations of heresy and corruption. The disagreement over a lecture given by Joseph Dweck last month has led to an intervention by the chief rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, who said he was concerned about the public fallout from the dispute which has been deeply divisive and damaging for our community

Trying to Save Ladino – Tablet Magazine

| June 18, 2017

I expected, over the course of a three-day conference in Mexico City about global Sephardic culture, to hear more Ladino. ButI was surprised, if not a little disappointed, to hear mostly Spanish being spoken at Erensya, an annual meeting run by the Madrid-basedSepharad-Israel Center.

Fallout For England’s Top Sephardic Rabbi Over Statements About Homosexuality – Forward

| June 16, 2017

Getty Images Rabbi Joseph Dweck, the chief Sephardic rabbi of the United Kingdom, speaks at a World War I remembrance ceremony. (JTA) The United Kingdomstop Sephardic rabbi has stepped aside from the day-to-day activity of the countrys Sephardi rabbinical court amid a furor over his statements about homosexuality. Rabbi Joseph Dweck, who serves as senior rabbi at LondonsS&P Sephardi Community, came under fire after saying at a lecture last month that societal acceptance of homosexuality is a fantastic development

Which Siddur to Use When Visiting a Sephardic Kehilla – Jewish Link of New Jersey

| June 16, 2017

The excitement is palpable. Eitan Shushans bar mitzvah will be held this coming Shabbat, im yirtzeh Hashem, at Congregation Shaarei Orah, the Sephardic Congregation of Teaneck! A large crowd is expected, including many Ashkenazic guests. A typical dilemma faced by Ashkenazic guests is which siddur to use for the tefillot that Shabbat morning

Rescue Ladino, The Language Of Sephardic Jews – Forward

| June 13, 2017

Ladino, the language of Sephardic Jews, also represents a culture that has survived hundreds of years and is still relevant today. And more people need to know about it. Ladino is a pan-Mediterranean language that crosses geographic, linguistic and cultural boundaries

Orthodox Cry Foul As British Chief Sephardic Rabbi Praises Acceptance Of Gays – Forward

| June 13, 2017

Getty Images Rabbi Joseph Dweck, the chief Sephardic rabbi of the United Kingdom, speaks at a World War I remembrance ceremony. (JTA) The United Kingdomstop Sephardic rabbi becamethe center of an international controversy after he praisedsocietal acceptance of homosexuality as a fantastic development

Book award shines a light on the diversity of Jewish culture – AroundtheO

| June 9, 2017

University of Oregon Clark Honors College professor Monique Balbuena was recognized by the Jewish Book Council for her most recent work, Homeless Tongues: Poetry and Languages of the Sephardic Diaspora. Balbuenas book was a finalist in the category of Sephardic culture for the National Jewish Book Awards, the longest-running and most prestigious Jewish literature awards. Sephardic refers to Jews whose ancestors originated in the Iberian Peninsula, which includes Portugal and Spain

Mexico City Mayor Trumpets Country’s Sephardic Heritage – Forward

| June 8, 2017

RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) The mayor of Mexico City praised his countrys Sephardi heritage during the opening of the global biennial Erensya summiton Tuesday. In Mexico we have history, we have inheritance, we have language that comes from Sephardi history, Miguel Angel Mancera said.

Why Were Shaarei Orah Members Returning Home Early Shavuot Eve? – Jewish Link of New Jersey

| June 8, 2017

Ashkenazic Jews are accustomed to seeing Sephardic Jews return late on Shabbat and Yom Tov evenings.


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