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Sephardim... Part One. by Rebecca Weiner

The descendants of Jews who left Spain or Portugal after the 1492 expulsion are referred to as Sephardim.


Lawrence Siegel's 'Kaddish- I am Here' to be performed at Yad Vashem... European Jewish Press. August 30 2011

A unique concert featuring the stirring words of Holocaust survivors, performed by the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, soloists and choirs from Israel and the United States, will take place at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem on September 8.


Child Holocaust survivors meet in Poland. The Jewish Culture Festival Singer's Warsaw... August 2011

... Warsaw....(AFP) August 21 2011---Jews from around the globe who survived Nazi German genocide as children during World War II met in the Polish capital Warsaw Friday, for a four-day annual conference for child Holocaust survivors.


Conductor Daniel Barenboim to be Nobel nominee....European Jewish Press. August 2011

... Buenos Aires AFP-14 Aug. --Argentine-Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim will be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for using music to bring peace to the Middle East, supporters announced.


Tisha Be'av: A day of fasting and lament... by Rachel Sarenka Smith. Jerusalem Post, August 9 2011

... Tisha Be'av, one of Judaism's two full fast days along with Yom Kippur, is traditionally the date in the Jewish calendar on which the First and Second Temples were destroyed, respectively in the sixth century BCE by the Babylonians and the first century CE by the Romans.


Ruins from ancient Syrian synagogue put on display in Israel after 63-year delay... By Ran Shapira Tags. Haaretz, July 17 2011.

... An archaeological exhibit slated to open on Mount Scopus in 1948 finally kicked off last month with a display of tiles from the famed Dura Europos synagogue.

Painted tiles from an impressive ancient synagogue in Syria, along with other archaeological artifacts, went on display on Mount Scopus last month - after a 63-year delay.


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