Growing shul is full of Eastern promise

By Sandy Rashty, December 23, 2015

It's a midweek morning and Ghassan Cohen has a business meeting to attend. But first, he has to supervise some home improvements at the Ohel David Eastern Synagogue in Golders Green.


Spain gives citizenship to more than 4,000 Sephardim

By Josh Jackman, October 4, 2015

The Spanish government has granted citizenship to 4,302 Sephardim whose Jewish ancestors were expelled from the country in 1492.

Under the new law, which was passed in June and came into effect on Thursday, successful applicants may retain their original nationality as well as becoming a Spanish citizen.


Manchester father-of-four killed in road accident in Australia

By Naomi Firsht, May 28, 2015

A community mohel and father-of-four has been tragically killed after being hit by a car just a few months after moving to Australia with his family.

Dr Henri Sueke from Manchester was run over and killed while he was on his way to work. He was 36.

His wife Danni and four children are now on their way to Israel where the funeral will take place.


Portugal releases citizenship guide

By Richard Zimler, December 23, 2014

The Portuguese government has announced that descendants of Jews who managed to escape from the country following their forced conversion to Christianity in 1497 may now apply for citizenship.

Candidates must demonstrate either a link to an organised Sephardic Portuguese community or an emotional connection to Portugal through family history or language.


New Sephardi leader is 'good news'

By Simon Rocker, September 23, 2014

A string quartet greeted guests as they entered the historic candlelit sanctuary of Bevis Marks.


Portugal is now heart of a Sephardic revival

By John Krich, September 19, 2014

What do you do when you are the director of tourism in a region so remote that people visit only to see snow, and at that only once a year? You turn Jewish, that's what.


Britain's senior Sephardi rabbi Joseph Dweck starts work

By Marcus Dysch, July 4, 2014

Rabbi Joseph Dweck takes up his role as senior rabbi of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews’ Congregation today.

Since being elected to the position last year, Rabbi Dweck has been preparing to begin work in a full time capacity.

He will be joined in London by his wife, Margalit, and four of his five children.


Sephardis come together for Jewish Refugee Day

By Sandy Rashty, February 20, 2014

It was a room filled with palm trees, silk tents and people from the Middle East wearing Moroccan hats, kaftan robes and dresses covered in beads and sequins.

People chatted by the meat-laden buffet, watched a troupe of belly dancers and heard Israeli actress and singer Sari Alfi perform at the hotel in central London.


The enduring legacy of Rav Ovadia Yosef

By Joe Wolfson, October 11, 2013

Who was Rabbi Ovadia Yosef? An aged rabbi responsible for countless offensive statements (on Arabs, Ashkenazim and countless others he saw as opponents) and the head of a political party with a reputation for corruption? Perhaps.