Sarasota Sister Cities offers tastes of Sephardic cooking and culture – Sarasota Herald-Tribune

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Tel Mond, Israel, a Sarasota Sister City, possesses a significant Sephardic Jewish population. Historically identified with the Iberian Peninsula and North Africa, Sephardic Jews are found throughout the world today but especially in Israel, France and the U.S.

In late February, the Tel Mond Sister City Committee sponsored a Tastes of Sephardic Cooking and Culture program at Arts Center Sarasota. The sold-out gathering featured a range of dishes prepared by local chef Liora Bruck. Guests not only learned about the origins of different recipes but also about the dispersion of Sephardic Jewry following the Spanish Inquisition in 1492, and many remarkable personalities of Sephardic descent.

The initial Jewish settlement in colonial America occurred when 23 Sephardic Jews arrived in New Amsterdam (today New York City) in 1654 after fleeing the Inquisition in northern Brazil.

The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee is the principal sponsor of the Tel Mond-Sarasota Sister City relationship. Sister Cities Association of Sarasota (SCAS) fosters people-to-people connections between Sarasota and Perpignan, France; Vladimir, Russia; Tel Mond, Israel; Dunfermline, Scotland; Xiamen, China; Mrida, Yucatan, Mexico and Rapperswil-Jona, Switzerland. SACS's "citizen diplomacy" facilitates cultural, educational and trade exchanges that often lead to lifelong friendships.

Submitted by Jonathan R. Katz

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