Monthly Archives: April 2016

The Mimouna: A Post-Passover Celebration of Moroccan Jews–Rachel L.

Jewish people all over the world celebrate the universal holiday of Passover which prohibits the consumption of chametz (leavened bread) for eight days. Throughout the diaspora, Jews were scattered around the globe and had to merge within their societies, developing … Continue reading

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Jewish Weddings, Sephardi and Ashkenazi–Henry

While deciding what topic to choose for this blog post a lot of things ran through my mind, until I started to recall my best friend’s wedding which was very different from what I am accustomed to. My friend Daniel … Continue reading

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The Sephardic Jewish Presence in the South During and After the Revolutionary War–Ron

One of the more inspiring glimpses of tolerance in the United States was the acceptance of the Sephardic Jewish community in the south after the Revolution. Although there is a lack of scholarly research to really identify with census-level precision … Continue reading

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Cuban Jews–Rachel R.

Little is known about Cuban Jews until the 19th century. It is believed that marranos, Jews forced to convert to Christianity but still practiced quietly as Jews, arrived with Columbus in 1492. Later on Jews immigrated from Brazil to Cuba, … Continue reading

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Ashkenazi and Sephardi Passover–Shimmy

The Jewish holiday of Passover is approaching. Just like any other Jewish holiday there are many restrictions for the Jews such as not working or planting. However, on Passover there are many additional restrictions pertaining to what a Jew is … Continue reading

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Jews in Cuba–Leor

Many Jewish immigrants came to Cuba during the 1920’s. Cuba was the first country that allowed Jews who were escaping from the Nazi persecution that occurred beginning in 1933 in Europe to enter their country, unlike the United States who … Continue reading

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Doña Gracia Nasi Mendes–Mendel

Doña Gracia (c. 1510–1569) was an incredible woman. She was a wealthy converso who fought continuously to free Sephardi Jews from the clutches of the Inquisition. She was skillful in her efforts to support Jewish life, overcoming much adversity along … Continue reading

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