Sephardi World Weekly

Sephardi World Weekly

Sephardi World Weekly shares brief introductions and links to timely, thought-provoking articles on Greater Sephardi history, the arts, and current affairs.

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12 January
Andalusian Orchestra of Ashdod Achieves Recognition, British Jews Read Bitton, and Persian Artist Preserves Esther’s Children

05 January
Special Traditions of the Syrian Sephardi Community, Restoring Egypt’s Synagogues, an Algerian-Jewish Refugee’s Love Song


29 December
Manhattan School Revitalizes Classic Sephardic Tradition, Moroccan Minhagim, and a Shabbat Piyyut’s Andalusian, Algerian, and Moroccan Provenance

22 December
Restoring Kolkata’s Synagogues, Candle Lighting on Djerba, and the Spice Route

15 December
The Economist Features Andalusian Festival’s Message of Moroccan Jewish & Muslim Coexistence, Ethiopian Sounds at Hullegeb Festival, & Ocho Kandelikas

08 December
Removing the Shroud from Greek Jewish History, Retrieving Moroccan Jewish Documents, and The Jew of Malta

01 December
Remembering Iraq’s Last Jews, From Exile to Exodus, Post-1967 Jewish Life in Arab-Majority Lands, and Jewish Warrior Weekend

24 November
A Seattle Sephardi Thanksgiving, Sephardi-Israeli Jazz in Downbeat, and Sexias’ Sephardi Thanksgiving Sermon

17 November
Surviving Saddam, Sephardim Straining for Unity, and Saving the Forgotten Jews

10 November
Moroccan Model for Middle East Coexistence, Restoring the Mellah of Marrakech, and a Moroccan Filmmaker’s Memories

03 November
Keeping Ge’ez Alive, Kurdish Jewish in Israel, and Moroccan Avinu Malkeynu

27 October
Crypto-Jews, The Midnight Shofar, and Converso Comeback

20 October
Betrayal of Algerian Jews, Morocco’s Jewish Past and Future, and Shalom Bollywood

11 October
A Spanish Odyssey, Last of the Paradesi Jews, and Ashorer Shira

29 September
ASF & StandWithUs Honor Hero of Operation Magic Carpet, Dangoor Stands Against BDS, Guardian of Iraqi Jewish Memory, & Andalusian Moroccan Kol Nidrei 

15 September
Looking at Zion, Mimouna in Newsweek, Portugal’s Sneaky Life-Saving Sausage, and Tunisian-Sephardi Adon HaSelichot

08 September
Israel and Alaska Airlines Saved Yemen’s Jews, Mexico and Moral Courage at UNESCO, Sephardi Montreal, and Revivo Project’s Selichot Medley 

01 September
From Tehran to Qualcomm, 70th Anniversary of Iraqi Flight to Freedom, and Françoise Atlan’s Avinu Malkeinu

25 August
Modigliani’s Sephardi Identity, Mementos of Sephardi Exiles, Greece’s City of Ghosts, and Sephardi Selichot on Tel Aviv’s Pier

18 August
Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Great Fire, The Rise and Fall of Jewish Salonica, and Remembering the Jerusalem of the Balkans

11 August
Baghdadi Inventor of a Muslim Country, Diarna Research Expedition to Egypt, Serero Sings for Moroccan Ambassador, and Kolkota’s Jewish Architecture

04 August
Life on the Rock, Spanish Sephardi Museum, and Central Asian Tu B’Av Songs

28 July
An Island of Jewish-Muslim Friendship in New York, Ethiopian-born Jews on Life in Israel, and Adon Olam on the Charango

21 July
Salonica’s New Holocaust Museum, Island Haven for Turkey’s Jews, and Yo Era Ninya 

14 July
Rescuing Salonica’s Jewish Tombstones, Istanbul’s Once-Cosmopolitan Kuzguncuk, and Yo Menamori D’un Aire

07 July
Shalom Bollywood, Recognizing Indian Jews, and a Bombay Cantor’s Song of Freedom

30 June
Syrian Sephardi Star-Spangled Piyyut, A Sephardi American Patriot’s Passion, and Salvador’s Sacrifice for American Liberty

23 June
Laura Kadoorie School Tennis Match, A Spanish Angel at Cairo, Post-67 Persecution, and Abuhatzeira Piyyut

16 June
The Farhud Remembered, Libya’s Forgotten Jews, Syrian Food in Exile, and If the Doors are Locked

09 June
Salonica’s Rise and Fall, An Egyptian Jew in 1967, and Yemeni Jewish Rescue & Reunion

02 June
A Sephardi Family’s Escape from WWII, Exiled from Iran, Mexico & Moral Courage, and Iraqi Shavuot Piyyut

26 May
A Shavuot Story, Sephardi Pirkei Avot Tradition, and Iraqi-Kurdish Pilgrimage

19 May
Modern-Day Moses’, Greece’s Vibrant Jewish History, and Dangerous Ideas at Berkeley

12 May
Europe’s Oldest Sephardi Community, From Tehrangeles with Love, and Gibraltar’s Convivencia Tribute to Morocco 

05 May
ASF Honors Mexican Diplomat’s Moral Courage, Algeria Denies R’Enkaoua Pilgrimage, Indonesian Jews Strive to Survival, & NYSJFF Opening Night 

28 April
Special Yom HaShoah Edition: Holocaust Memories in Ladino, Moroccan King’s Moral Stand, and Professor Devin Naar’s Search for Uncle Salomon

21 April
Passover Discovery: Ethiopian Exodus Tapes, Crossing the Red Sea in Ladino, and Israelis Celebrate Mimouna

14 April
World’s Oldest Jewish Library, Atlanta’s Sephardi Synagogue, and Moroccan Shirat HaYam

07 April
Full House at NY Sephardic Jewish Film Festival, Saving Iraqi Judeo-Arabic, The First Jewish Americans, and Moroccan-Israeli Haggadah!

31 March
Lebanon’s Forgotten Jews, Culture-Driven Development in Morocco, and an LA Ladino Chorus Commemorates Passover

24 March
Greek Citizenship, Iraqi Judeo-Arabic, 100th Anniversary for Detroit Sephardim, and Enrico Macias’ Ya Rayeh!

17 March
André Azoulay to Receive ASF Pomegranate Award, Spanish Jews Seeking Ibn Shushan, Salon-Style Sephardic Plays in LA, and Elkayam at Essouira Festival

10 March
20th NY Sephardic Jewish Film Festival, Brazilian Anousim, and Moroccan Esta Noche de Purim

03 March
Sephardic History Under Siege, Reclaiming Judeo-Spanish, and Purim Piyyutim

24 February
Sudanese Stories, Snake Rabbi’s Hillula, and The British Library’s Judeo-Persian Bibles

17 February
Stars over Morocco, Reviving Egypt’s Jewish History, and Ladino Concert in Spain

10 February
Sephardi Statue of Liberty, Persian Jews in the Land of the Free, Saving Seattle’s Ladino Legacy

03 February
Mosul’s Synagogues after ISIS, Chasing Challah in Mumbai, David Serero Sings Adio Querida for Portugal’s President

27 January
Sephardic Stories from Salonica, Shanghai, and Suriname

20 January
Border State Crypto-Jews, Moroccans Regret Jewish Emigration, and 16th Century Piyyut

13 January
LA’s Sephardi Past, Spanish Judaism in the Inquisition and New World, and Sephardi Atlantic Stories

06 January
Argentina’s Sephardim Look to Spain, El Mellah of Marrakech, and Revivo Project’s New Shabbat Medley



30 December
Hidden Sephardi Hanukkah History in Spanish Foods, Sephardi Sources for Hanukkah Heroes, and Hillula of Moroccan Jewish Saint Buried in Egypt

23 December
Moroccan King Inaugurates Synagogue, Mexican Converso Diary, Egypt’s Crumbling Synagogues, and Moroccan Ma’oz Tzur

16 December
Flory’s Balkan Sephardi Flame, Hacham Ovadia’s Ethiopian Ruling, The Sephardic Book of Why, and Yemenite-Israeli Singer Remembered

09 December
35 Jews in Kastoria, A Sephardi in Israel’s Foreign Service, and Diarna Tour of Tighedouine, Morocco

02 December
The Sephardi World Weekly Remembers Greater Sephardic Communities in the Middle East and North Africa: A Special 30 November Edition

25 November
Persian-Jewish Philanthropist, Moroccan-Israeli Singer Celebrates Her Heritage, and Thanksgiving Piyyut

18 November
Santa Ana’s Hidden Sephardim, Shah Nasser e-Din’s Gift to his Jewish Doctor, Israel’s Persian Radio Show, and Persian-style Piyyut

11 November
Sephardic Communities in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Greece

04 November
Jerusalem is Home, Spanish Ghost Towns, Turkish Jewry in Decline, and Moroccan Baqashot

28 October
Escaping Iran, Baghdadi Synagogue in Mumbai, Bukharan Mutual Aid, and Darbuka and Oud-Infused Tehillim/Psalms 104

21 October
Salonica’s Stolpersteine, Egyptian Sephardi Stars, Brooklyn Syrian Sephardi Artist at Jerusalem, and Iraqi Sukkot Piyyut

14 October
Kol Nidre in Tunis, Bitton’s Radical Report, Moroccan Lemons for Sukkot, and Rocking El Nora Alila

07 October
Barefoot Iraqi Slichot, Halabi Israelis Condemn Assad, Tributes for Tunisian Rabbi, An American Jew in Kurdistan, and Yom Kippur Piyyutim

30 September
Crossing the Bosphorus, President of Portugal Visits ASF, Untangling the Tale of a Thessaloniki Orphan, & 100th Anniversary of Sephardic Brotherhood

23 September
Yemeni-Israeli Sisters in Vogue, Rhodes Paradise Lost, Recipe Saved, and Rosh HaShanah Selichot

16 September
Lower East Side Sephardic Story, Last of Calcutta’s Baghdadi Jews, and Remembering Cochin

09 September
Syrian Sephardic Community Continuity, Egypt Preserving Jewish Antiquities, and Yemeni Adon HaSlihot

02 September
Amazonian Jews, Israel’s Iraqi Defense Minister, Ethiopian Story in Israeli Schools, and Moroccan Yedid Nefesh

26 August
Fleeing from Syria, Revisiting Heskel House in Baghdad, Writing Judeo-Persian in LA, Remembering Jewish Life in Salonika, & Indian-Israeli Music Video

19 August
Joseph Aboudi’s Heroism, Diarna Situation Room, Spanish Inquisition in the New World, and Shabbat Piyyut

12 August
Baghdad’s House of Dreams Destroyed, Jews of Jamaica, Spanish Citizenship for 220 Sephardim, Eicha Reading, and Nabucco Reviewed

05 August
Last Six Egyptian Jews, Ben Ish Chai Sefer Rescued from Saddam’s Secret Service, Mysterious Mistake-filled English Siddur

29 July
Yemeni Jews on Alaska Airlines, Israeli Ex-Pats in Morocco, Portuguese House Commemorates Inquisition, and R’ Haim Louk Three Weeks Piyyut

22 July
Turkish Ladino Music, Libyan Holocaust, Lone Indian Jewish Rabbi, and Esim Ensemble

15 July
Special Edition: Sephardi Shakeup of Israel’s School Curriculum

08 July
Sephardi Sisters’ Spanish Citizenship, Sephardi Shakespeare, Studying Silabrios, and O, Barcelona

01 July
Azerbaijan’s Jewish Revival, Morocco’s Jewish Art, Tunisia’s Last Young Jews, and Dagestani-Israeli Video of the Week

24 June
Sephardi Othello, Prophet Nahum Endures, Rare Spanish-Jewish Pottery Portrait, and Indian-Jewish Shabbat Piyyut

17 June
From Spain to Salonika, Ladino’s Last Words, Indian Jews in Israel, and Born in Alamo

10 June
On the Road to Zion, Fun Moroccan Forum and Festival, Sephardi Pirkei Avot, and Turkey’s Secret Medieval Messianics Survive

03 June
Farhud Remembered, Babylonian Jewish Revival, Iraq N’ Roll, Tunisia’s Lag b’Omer Battle for Tolerance, and a Syrian-Sephardi Voice

27 May
Greek Jewish Festival, Synagogues Restored in Salonica and Destroyed in Damascus, Israeli-Greek Music, and A Morocco-Sephardi Othello

20 May
Tickling the Ivory in Tunisia, Bene Israel Confirm Jewish Genetics, and Zion Golan Celebrates R’Shabazi

13 May
Moroccan Jews Protest UN, Yom HaShoah in Iraqi-Kurdish Capital, and Synagogue Reconstruction at Crete

06 May
Remembering Yom HaShoah in Sephardi Lands, Baghdadi Heritage in Israel and India, and Passover as an Indian Festival of Freedom

28 April
Israeli Mimouna, Syrian 7th Day of Passover Song, Origins of Sephardi Had Gadya, and Music from the Motherland

22 April
Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean, Soy Sefardi, and Musta’Arab Passover Piyyut

15 April
Portuguese Holocaust Hero, A Moroccan Man’s Broad-Minded Mission, Tasty Tunisia/Libyan Tradition, and Ladino Had Gadya

08 April
A New Mom’s Ladino Music, Yemeni-Israeli Jewish Stories, Ethiopian Orphan Miss Israel, and Bukhari Kadesh Urchatz

1 April
Renowned Iraqi Sculptor, Kuwaiti Singer Opens Sephardic Festival, Rare Ethiopian Torah Scroll, and Passover Piyyut

25 March
Revealing Esther’s Secret, Rescuing Yemeni Jews, Reviving Sephardi Synagogues, and Realizing a Mizrahi Culture War

18 March
Watch Ema Shah’s Pomegranate Award Performance, The Sephardic Reach in Film, and Shabbat in Tehran

11 March
Kuwaiti Star Honored at Sephardic Film Festival, Photos from Opening Night, and Rawalpindi’s Lost Jewish History

4 March
Paying Vocal Homage to His Roots, Rabbi Playing the Oud, and Bollywood’s Jews

26 February
First for Spanish Citizenship, Iraqi Jewish Structure Survives as Shia Shrine, Harvard Fellowship for Hidary, and NY Sephardic Jewish Film Festival

19 February
Gad Elmaleh’s Sephardi humor, Devin Naar’s New Sephardic Studies Chair, Seattle’s Sephardi Refugee Rabbi, and Neta Elkayam’s New Andalussi Song

12 February
Flory’s Flame, Midnight Orchestra at 19th NY Sephardic Jewish Film Festival, Mizrahi Education in Israel, Caribbean Jews, and Abuhatzeira Piyyut

5 February
Ladino Language Legitimacy, Tel Aviv’s Syrian Artisans, Egyptian Memories, and Yemenite Piyyut

29 January
King Mohammed VI on Moroccan Co-Existence, Sushi Summit for American Jews and Moroccan Professionals, and an Andalusian Piyyut by R’Haim Louk

22 January
India’s Greatest Jewish War Hero, Sethu Remembers Jewish Friends, Bombay Chazzan’s Song of Freedom, and Indian-Jewish Genetics

15 January
Sephardic Journeys in Google Cultural Institute, Sephardi American Patriotism, Israel’s Culinary Revolution, and Istanbul Synagogue Reopens

8 January
Through the Eyes of an Anatolian Sephardic Woman, Egyptian Enlightenment, and Raphy ElMaleh, Morocco’s Only Jewish Tour Guide

1 January
Ladino’s Last Words in Turkey, Turkish Island Delight, Once upon a time in Ankara, and Ladino Song of the Week




25 December
British Museum’s Egyptian Jews, Sephardi Author’s Tunisian Prize, and Iraqi Motza’ei Shabbat Piyyut

18 December 2015
Sephardic Sources for Chanukkah Heroes, Israel’s Herculean Rescue of Ethiopian Jews, and the Unlikely, Provocative Origins of some Piyyutim

11 December
A Happy Tunisian Hatikvah, Mahia Menorah, Sephardi Chanukkah Foods, Bollywood’s Baghdadis and Bene Israel, and Bukhari Ma’oz Tsur

4 December
Spain’s King Welcomes Sephardim, Sudan’s Last Jews, and Letters from Shanghai

27 November
Iraqi Coca-Cola a Symbol of Coexistence, Israel Commemorates Mizrahi Experience, Ethiopian Jewish Refugees, and Special Sephardi Thanksgiving Sermon

20 November
Sounds of the Oud, Iranian-Israeli Film, Turkish Crypto-Jews, and Moroccan Museum a Model for Coexistence

13 November
A Sephardic Man of Honor, Last Jews of Spain, and Knesset Reconnects with Anousim

6 November
How Iraqi-Jews Became Strangers, Judeo-Persian Women Painters, Sephardi Lives, and an Atlas Mountain Piyyut

30 October
Cairo-Born Israeli Bridal Fashionista, Fish & Chips’ Sephardi Origins, Azerbaijan’s Jew-Loving Muslims, and Piyyut of the Week

23 October
Judeo-Arabic Blessings and Curses, Baghdad Mystery, and Bangladeshi Jews

16 October
Lost Rhodian Paradise, Last Jews of Cairo, Singapore’s Jewish Crown Jewel, and My Heart is in the East Piyyut

9 October
Fleeing the Hijab, Shanghai Ghetto, Magrebi Etrogim, and Yemenite Shabbat Piyyut

2 October
Latino Jews, Celebrating in Cairo, Invitation to Istanbul, and Museum of Moroccan Judaism

25 September
Georgia on Israeli Minds, Moroccan Etrogim, Seattle’s Sephardi Printer, and Piyyut for Sukkah

18 September
Shofar Blowing in Cairo, Rosh HaShanah in Tunisia, and The Sephardi Report Launch Party

11 September
Returning to Rhodes, Kuwaitis Remember Lebanese-Jewish Golden Age, and Rosh HaShanah Piyyut

4 September
Curaçao’s Sephardi Paradise, Spain’s Second Most Visited Museum, and Israel’s Mizrahi Happiness Revolution

28 August
A Moroccan Jew Saves Sex Slaves from ISIS, World’s Largest Ladino Library & Museum, Judeo-Persian Language and Literature, and American Sephardi Blues

21 August
An Egyptian Sports Club’s Sephardi Founder, India’s Proud Jewish History, and the Waning of Yemenite Women Wailing in Israel

14 August
Reviving Ladino, French Resistance, and Tunisia’s Jewish House of Remembrance

7 August
Spanish Citizenship Symbolism, Morocco’s Blue City, and Greece’s City of Ghosts

31 July
Moroccan Artist Censored, Saving Damascus’ Jewish Culture, Iran’s Vacant Embassy… in Israel, and Yemeni Tu B’AV Piyyut

24 July
Seattle Sephardim React to Spanish Citizenship, Sephardic Genetic Testing, Spanish- Moroccan Kinah, and Chicago Defender in Israel

17 July
France’s Cop from Constantine, Old Baghdad’s Jewish Ghosts, and Beta Israel’s Ancient Jewish Roots

3 July
A Sephardi-American Patriot’s Passion, Jews “Hot,” Brotherhood “Not” in Middle East, and America’s Oldest Synagogue

26 June
A Sephardi Shylock, Egypt’s Jewish Ramadan TV Series, and Renaming Spain’s Castrillo Matajudíos (Camp Kill-Jews)

9 June
Spanish Citizenship for Sephardim, ISIS Threatens Shavout Shrine, and Libyan Jews

29 May
ISIS Threatens Jewels of Jewish Past, An Argentine “Adon Olam,” and Reversing the Spanish Expulsion

15 May
Brooklyn’s Sephardi Bibliophile, Yemeni-Israeli Book Prize Winner, and Egypt’s Multi-Everything Past

8 May
Sarajevo’s Baby Boom, Iran’s Jewish “Golden Age,” and Judeo-Argentinean Stew

24 April
Shalom Singapore, New Iranian-Jewish American Film, and Preserving a Portuguese Synagogue

17 April
Yom HaShoah Edition: Algerian-Jewish Resistance, Moroccan Vichy Camps, and a Libyan Survivor Remembers

9 April
Sephardi Ancestry Bill, Bamboo Seder Soup, Spanish-Moroccan Had Gadya

3 April
Passover is at hand! Erez Bitton’s Israel Prize, Babylonian Jewish Entrepreneurs, and Moroccan Synagogue Renewal

27 March
The New Yemeni-Israeli Sound, Homecoming for Catalonian Haggadot, and Preserving Morocco’s Audio Heritage

20 March
A Happy Bulgarian Anniversary, Coexistence in France, and NYSJFF Film Reviews

13 March
Waiting for Spain, Sephardim in Ottawa, and Saturday Night’s Film

6 March
Inspired by Esther, Algeria’s Missing Jews, and Purim Surprises

27 February
Yemeni Jews Endangered, Turkish Jews Eyeing Spanish Exit, and Hamilton’s Sephardi Schooling

20 February
ISIS Seizes Tomb of Ezra, Last Jews of Yemen and Djerba, and Danish Sephardi Medieval Mintmasters

13 February
Breaking Salonica’s Silence, Uncovering Conversos, and French Jews en Israël

6 February
Jewish-Algerian Heroes of the Holocaust, A Jewish Caribbean Jewel, and Making Syrian Bamia

30 January
Counting Stars for Spanish Citizenship, Iraqis Sing for Tu B’Shvat, Judeo-Persian Women Writers, and Morocco’s Lost Jews

23 January
Coveting Yemeni Jewish Jewelry, Sephardi Lives Reviewed, Back to Bukhara… in Queens, and Harlem’s Ethiopian Jewish Cuisine

16 January
Jérusalem est Charlie, ASF on Voice of Israel, and the Clandestine Flight of 100 Iraqi Jews

9 January
Saddam Hussein’s Pomegranate Juice Ink Torah Scroll, Mobilizing Persian Jewish Americans, and Djerba: A Sephardi Travel Destination

2 January
The Unlikely Phrase that Saved Persian Jews, Cooking in Tehrangeles, Saving Karachi’s Jewish Cemetery, and a Kuwaiti Muslim’s Chanukkah



26 December
Chasing Iraqi-Jewish Shadows, Moroccan Maoz Tzur, and Creating New Jewish World Music

19 December
Chanukkah in Iran, Hong Kong’s Iraqi Jewish Entrepreneurs, and New Dehli’s Minyan Troubles

5 December
Sephardi World Weekly: A Yemeni Minister’s Courage, Maghrabi Brotherly Love, and Indian Food

28 November
A Sephardi Thanksgiving Sermon, Remembering Jewish Zamora, and Morocco’s Hidden Jewish History

21 November
Jews in Arab Fiction, an Iranian-Israeli Hero, and Judeo-Persian Manuscripts

14 November
Jewish Henna, Salonika Remembers, and Celebrating Sigd

7 November
Mimouna’s Moroccan Jewish Caravan, Persians in LA, A Syrian Recipe, and the Roots of Andalusian Music

31 October
Cochin’s Last Jews, Lebanon’s Jewish Revival, a Tribute to North Africa’s Jewish Artists