On this Spanish island, Purim used to be the biggest holiday for persecuted Jews

Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA, 03/12/2019

PALMA DE MALLORCA, Spain — On this island south of Barcelona, Jews celebrate Purim these days pretty much as they do most anywhere else in Europe — finally.

An Israeli singer in Amsterdam Creates the World’s First Ladino Pop Album

Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA, 09/18/2018

Noam Vazana wrote her upcoming album “Andalusian Brew” in Ladino.

Spain honours Ladino language of Jewish exiles

Sam Jones, The Guardian, 08/01/2017

Royal academy sets up Judeo-Spanish branch dedicated to preserving language spoken by people expelled 500 years ago

Museum dedicated to Spain’s Sephardic Jews to open in Malaga

JTA, JTA, 03/14/2017

Malaga’s growing reputation as an arts and culture hub is about to be boosted with the opening of a center dedicated to the philosophical legacy of Spain’s Sephardic Jews.

When Food Betrayed the Jews

Susan Barocas, Lilith, 07/01/2018

When the Jews left their Spanish homeland, they couldn’t take much with them, but they could and did take their heritage, their faith, their Ladino or Judeo-Spanish language, and their foods.


In Mallorca, descendants of Jews forced to hide their faith now run the community

Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA, 01/01/1970

Pinya is a chueta, the name in Mallorca for about 20,000 people whose Jewish ancestors converted to Christianity centuries ago during the Spanish Inquisition.

5 Catalan Cities Step Away From Spain With New Jewish History Network

RAPHAEL MINDER, The New York Times, 06/07/2016

The reunion

Marion Fischel, The Jerusalem Post, 03/09/2016

First Cordoba-born rabbi since 1492 expulsion set on reversing history

RENEE GHERT-ZAND, The Times of Israel, 02/09/2016

No Jews and Zionists allowed!

Jeffery Salkin, Religious News Service, 08/20/2015

Remember the Monty Python line: “No one expects the Spanish Inquisition”? But that’s precisely what happened to the ex-Hasidic reggae star, Matisyahu.

Spain Approves Citizenship Path for Sephardic Jews

Raphael Minder, The New York Times, 06/11/2015

MADRID — Seeking to redress one of the darkest chapters of Spain’s history, the Spanish Parliament on Thursday approved a long-awaited law devised to open the way for citizenship for thousands of Sephardic Jews whose ancestors were expelled in 1492.

Five Centuries After It Kicked Them Out, Spain Welcomes Back Sephardic Jews

Shira Rubin, New Republic, 05/20/2015

JERUSALEM—Spain expelled some 300,000 Jews in 1492. Now, if everything goes as planned, it’s about to invite their descendants back. And the move has got all of Israel buzzing.

In search of lost Jews

Bella Scharf Zelingher, New Jersey Jewish News, 04/15/2015