Worship at my congregation, Ayts Chayim Messianic Synagogue
Also known as Judeo-Espanol, is a very interesting language. Sadly it is considered a dead language. Ladino had its origins in 1492, when Jews were expelled from Spain. Over the centuries, the Spanish of the late 15th century as spoken by those Jews was influenced by various Mediterranean…
According to my grandmother, we are descended from Spanish Jews.
New York City| 2,000 Years of Jewish Life in Morocco: An Epic Journey
International symposium on Moroccan Jewry that will be taking place in New York City on Sunday, May 15 and Monday, May 16, 2011.
The ‘American Sephardi Federation’ will conduct a two-day international symposium entitled: ‘2,000 Years of Jewish Life in Morocco: An Epic Journey,’ at its home at the ‘Center for Jewish History’ in New York City. The symposium will feature international scholars from Morocco, France, Canada, Israel and the U.S., who, over two days, will present on many topics, a sample of which include: Berber, Arab and Sephardi.
The Diversity of Jewish Life in Moroccan History; Foreign Influences in the 20th Century; The French Jewish ‘Alliance’, the American ‘Joint’ and the Jews of Morocco; Moroccan Jews and the Law: Halakha, Shari’a and Consular Protection in the 19th Century; Moroccan Jewish Literary Creativity; Liturgy, Piyutim and Andalusian Music; Jews and Art in a Muslim Land; Between History and Memory: Jews in Moroccan Muslim Narratives.
The Role of Jewish Diplomats and Financial Advisers throughout the History of Morocco; Contributions of Moroccan Rabbis to Universal Jewish Thought; Old Wisdom for New Times: Insights from the Moroccan Rabbinic Tradition; Elijah Benamozegh: The Kaballah and Interreligious Discourse; Moroccan Jewry in the Diaspora: A Visual Passage; The Literature of Exile:
The Origins in Marcel Benabou’s Family Epic; The Moroccan Diaspora in Israel; The Moroccan Diaspora in the Americas.
The symposium, open to the public, is being held under the High Patronage of His Majesty Mohammed VI, King of Morocco and made possible through the generous support of the Edmond J. Safra
Philanthropic Foundation and with the assistance of Congregation Shearith Israel.
More about > www.americansephardifederation.org/morocco-symposium.html
The last thing I need is another shawl. But as I wandered down Istitklal Cadesi, the main shopping drag of modern Istanbul and I spotted bright red embroidered swirls dancing across soft black wool, I found myself lured into the Ipek Silk Shop, where soon enough I was presented with endless variations of my original object of desire. At least it is not a rug, I reasoned as the salesman performed the timeless ritual, shifting the textiles tenderly from one pile to another. Like all shopkeepers in the tourist centers, he—along with the brothers and cousins he worked with—spoke fluent English. “These make very good Christmas presents,” he commented, as I perused a stack of floral neck warmers. He paused and studied my face. “You don’t celebrate Christmas, do you?”
“No,” I said.
“Neither do we.”
How fortuitous to meet this genial Sephardic clan on my way to the headquarters of newspaper in Judeo-Spanish, also known as Ladino, the language brought to Turkey by the Jews after the Expulsion from Spain, and I asked the man, could we complete the transaction in it. Well, we understood it, he said, from hearing it growing up, but the language his family spoke was the same modern one I had learned living in Spain.
The encounter was a fairly accurate representation of the general state of affairs of Ladino among Turkey’s 20,000 Jews, I soon learned.
Read more in Tablet.
Vazquez is a surname that appears frequently among those of the Sephardic Jews who originated in Spain and North Africa. This was information I was not aware of, until a friend of Puerto-Rican heritage mentioned to me that, in the course of her own personal research, she observed “Vazquez”…
Mon peuple n’existe pas
exil de la mémoire
aux portes des camps.
My people do not exist
Banished from memory
at the gates of the camps.
Magnifique photo d’un jeune juive Marocaine en costume de l’epoque du Roi DAVID ( je le crois ) Leon OIKNINE
This website is great if you’re Latino/Hispanic and you’re looking to find out about your ancestry. There is a large index alphabetically with many Spanish, Portuguese, and French surnames belonging to several latinos throughout the world. Get on the website and find out!
Just go to:
SECTION I: SEPHARDIC NAMES SEARCH ENGINE (Buscar)