We highly recommend Adv. Mike Decker and have know him for many years. He has helped our family with many battles over the years. We recently received our permanent residency after 23 years in Israel. We so much appreciate Mike’s representation of us.
If you need to solve any complicated legal issue in Israel, don't hesitate to contact them. Otherwise you will loose hours/days/weeks with things that they can solve in minutes. They helped me to obtain my expert working visa in Israel and even after that they responded further questions and gave me advices related to administrative issues in Israel which saved me a lot of time. Irena Rosenberg and Michael Decker worked on my case, they are very professional and helpful. They will not let you down, feel free to contact them.
Mr. Joshua Pex is knowledgeable and Professional. I really appreciate his courteous and direct approach.
Very knowledgeable and professional
Best lawyer house from Israel! I couldn’t dealt with my situation without their professionalism and effectiveness. Their dedication to every legal aspect and their drive it’s how a true lawyer house can be!
Working in European market and international now, I couldn’t dare to let myself wide my wings on countries unknown to me. Definitely they’ll be the lawyers representing me, my business at every international aspect and on personal development.
When you hear Decker,Pex,Ofir &Co, you hear 10+ class services, luxurious professionals, confidentiality and exclusive attention to your needs.
Joshua Pex was both an amazing human being and an inspiring human rights attorney. I reported directly to him for various activities I performed as in intern. I was impressed with his incredibly solid character. He is trustworthy, fair, and goes above and beyond to advocate for the vulnerable. He is completely trustworthy and high caliber in his work. His partners and employees are very blessed to work with him. I am honored to know them.
We were very satisfied with the service of Nehama. She was very professional in all her dealings and kept us informed all the way.
We highly recommend this law firm. They proved to be reliable, efficient and pleasant to work with.
Courteous, clear, efficient service.
I am delighted to report that my wife and I have just obtained our Israeli citizenship. We will be forever grateful for all of the help, guidance and support which Ariel Galili of Decker, Pex, Ofir & Co. provided through this process.
I am a Jewish, 80-year-old American, and my wife is not Jewish. We had started the process on our own back in November 2020 via the Jewish Agency and Nefesh B’Nefesh, but soon became entangled in the delays and often-changing regulations due to Covid-19. The pandemic also caused delays in obtaining the required apostilles for various documents from various state agencies and the US State Department.
We found Decker, Pex, Ofir & Co. On the internet and began working with Ariel in late November 2021. Ariel did a superb job of leading us through the process, helping us to understand which documents were essential, which would most likely be required, and which, though included on the list of required documents, were rarely required. He helped us several times to understand what was likely and unlikely to occur as “the next step.” Helping us manage our expectations was extremely useful to us.
Besides his knowing the laws, regulations and procedures, Ariel also made us feel that he was truly interested in helping us to successfully work through this process in as smooth, timely, and frustration-free manner as possible.
My wife and I strongly recommend anyone planning to go through this process seriously consider hiring Decker, Pex, Ofir & Co. and, specifically, Ariel Galili.
A really excellent firm. They knew exactly how to handle my situation effectively and efficiently, and we got the result I needed without much fuss. Adi Berger was a wonderful advocate for me and I am deeply grateful for her help!
We had a pleasure of working with Irena Rosenberg who assisted in getting our two U.S. born children registered in Israel and supported visa process for my wife in 2021. During the pandemic, my wife and I decided to move to Israel where I am originally from after living in the U.S. for over 20 years, but we had no idea how to go about securing visas before and after arriving in Israel. Irena is knowledgeable, reliable and competent lawyer who always had answers to all our questions which made us feel confident that everything would be fine with her assistance. We are now happily living in Israel and are so grateful to have Irena who is a genuinely nice person as our lawyer.
Josh has been helping me on and off for a few years now. I have needed legal advice and assistance with immigration due to a complex situation of mine, and he has been extremely available and responsive, honest and clear about my route and how to proceed. Very much recommended!
competent consulting, fast processing, reliable, warm & good team. highly recommended
The team at Decker, Pex, Ofir & Co have been awesome to work with in helping our US company establish banking in Israel and in providing counsel for legal needs in Israel. I highly recommend!
We were very pleased and content with the services of this law firm. They supported us 100% and solved our case successfully, we couldn't be happier.
Incredibly knowledgeable, approachable, accessible, and evident across the board that they truly care about the people they are helping. They are quick to respond, engaged, and obviously top-notch lawyers. I couldn't recommend them highly enough. Thank you, Joshua and Itamar for your help with our Joint Life Application. You were a calming energy during a storm - always breathed a sigh of relief after speaking with you. It is so difficult to get straight answers from the Misrad Hapnim, but you guys are straight shooters. I appreciate your candor and evident integrity. Hope to work with you in the future, and will send everyone I know in need of legal aid your way. Thank you for your guidance and support.
I have been receiving services from this Law Firm for several years now and I want to say THANK YOU to the team, especially Joshua Pex. They are doing outstanding work. The services I have received for both our Israeli non profit association but also our social business have helped us solve many issues at hand and provided solutions in complicated situations. Personally, I am grateful for support in visa issues as a foreigner living now in Israel for many years.
We have been working with Decker, Pex Ofir & Co - Law Firm in Tel Aviv for many years very well. Because we appreciated their lawyers services, we recommended businesses and individuals again and again to go there as well.
Oded Ger did an excellent job by reviewing a modeling contract I was offered. Explained the bad clauses in the contract, and their possible consequences. Thank you for your amazing job, your professionalism, your consultation and honesty. You showed me from your experience how it can be done differently. It was the best decision choosing you as my lawyer.
I highly recommend this firm, especially Oded Ger.
I can highly recommend these services!
Every time we turned to Joshua we always got a professional quick and helpful respond.
Extrmely friendly, professional and helpful. A big thank you to Irina especially from the Jerusalem office. Highly Recommended.
I admire the Austrian citizenship team in Tel-Aviv branch! They deserve more then 5 stars!! They are very friendly and professional. I've got Austrian citizenship in 4 months for all family members which consists of 12 people! The entire team is very friendly and responsive. They are always answering questions and support during the process. I recommend to everyone. Was 100% satisfied.
Michael and Ariellah Waizman
For Advocate Joshua Pex.
We were in a devastating situation when my wife received an order from the immigration office to leave Israel within 30 days, without any explanation, after we have been married and in the process for six and a half years. We heard of Advocate Pex through a friend of a friend. We contacted Mr. Pex and he was ready to help us when he heard of our situation.
The service is amazing! Always ready to assist without regard to the time it takes. The advice Mr. Pex gave us was great, such as what to do, he gave useful links, and advice about which officials to contact. The price for the service was great!
The process until we received the extension for another year for my wife was not long (3 months). Things started moving once Mr. Pex came into the picture.
We highly recommend Advocate Joshua Pex! We achieved our goal and the fear of deportation has been lifted!
Marce Ruth St. Rey
Party time in the heart, my beloved husband received his residence after so much time of battles and faith. Gratitude, God has blessed us with wonderful beings who have accompanied us, including a "precious angel" who touched our hearts, our excellent and fantastic lawyer: Maria Chernin Dekel, sweet and wonderful human being, who has guided us and stayed On our side. side in this intense legal transit whom we bless on every occasion. God bless you dear Maria, you have exceeded your professional duty by containing us and collaborating with us in hard times, very hard, for that we want to thank you publicly, you are unique!!!
We bless and thank the entire team at Decker Pex Tal Ofir Law Firm.
Alexander P Gutterman
EU PASSPORT ! Big news! Thanks to Michael Decker and the other good people at the law office, as well as to the virtue of my ancestors, the cruelty of the Inquisition, reparations issued in the Iberian Peninsula, and etc, I am delighted to be on track for Portuguese and European Union Citizenship! A truly incredible development and one which brings me deep joy.
The best lawyer firm I’ve had dealt with. I would like to thank Anat Levi and Ariel Galili from the Jerusalem branch for all of their efforts and patience, we could not have been Able to reach to where we are now without them
Dongdiet & Nellie
We are very happy with the services. Somehow they managed to translate the law lingo into language we actually understand 😉 and their outstanding YouTube videos helped us to have a better grasp of what process we had to go through. Their patience, clear explanation and experience are very valuable. It's also very nice to know that you will receive response promptly; it made us feel we can really trust their services. We recommend all those looking for immigration lawyers to get in touch.
We were searching for a law firm that will be honest with us and really work hard for a satisfying result, it wasn't an easy task
We found them online; they were the only law firm from all of our searchings which were completely honest and NOT gave us just what we wanted to hear
Using them guaranteed honesty above all. A legal team that is friendly and cares for a superb result
They really care about helping their customers without any other interest
Nadia gave us service behind what we expected; she was professional which lead to fast and easy process with great result
We definitely recommend using them
Excellent service, very friendly and helpful, fast responding and very patient. Highly recommend. I will choose them again next time if needed.
The team of lawyers and assistants are incredibly professional. Aiming to give their clients the advice possible regarding the normative and the law of Israel. With well trained and professional secretary at the front desk to the lawyers team, I could say that I had one of the most professional services possible. I'm super glad of choosing Joshua Pex of Law office for immigration solution, lawyers to advise in my case, to me, it is remarkable.
I really recommend the law office's services. The service is very professional and efficient, the price is right. I am satisfied with the services I needed and happy to have known them.
The Sephardic Jews in Colombia arrived in this country in their thousands after the expulsion from Spain and Portugal. When this region was conquered by the powerful Spanish empire at the beginning of the 16th century any religious worship other than Catholic Christianity was forbidden in the Spanish colonies. As a result of this, and in the absence of any alternative, the many “anusim” Jews (forced converts) became integrated into the local Christian society, and presently count tens of thousands of Colombians among their descendants.
Our lawyers for emigration to Portugal, will accompany you throughout the process of receiving a Portuguese Passport. We will assist you in obtaining all the rights you are entitled to pursuant to the Portuguese Law of Return so that you, just like many others, will also enjoy the sought-after privileges that accompany obtaining Portuguese citizenship as a descendant of Sefardi Jews.
- The possibility of living in and moving from place to place in countries which are members of the European Union.
- Entry to the United States – without the necessity of obtaining a visitor’s visa for the United States in advance.
- The right to work without fear in the European Union countries.
- Entry to and residence in Great Britain without difficulty (until the Brexit procedure has been concluded).
- Setting up a business and/or purchasing real estate in European countries.
The Expulsion from Spain
On 2 January 1492 the Spanish military forces succeeded in conquering the last Muslim bastion in the city of Granada in southern Spain. Immediately upon the conquest of the city, the Spanish royal family decided to convert all the Muslim residents in the country to Christianity and to exile them if they refused. At the same time the royal family also considered the question of the fate of the Jews.
The friar Thomas de Torquemadaֹ, the Grand Inquisitor of the Church and a member of Jewish-convert family, is the personality who stood behind the bitter fate of the Jews. He entreated in the royal palace that the remaining Jews in Spain would constitute an obstacle to the population of the conversos (Jews who had converted to Christianity) which would lead to their return to Judaism and rejection of Christianity. Determined to expel all the Jews in order to prevent this, Torquemada succeeded in making the king and queen approve of his request, and in 31 March of that same year, the Spanish royal family proclaimed the expulsion of all the Jews in Spain, together with the Muslims who had refused to convert to Christianity.
The Persecution of the Jews Expelled from Spain in the New World
The Jews who had been expelled from Spain migrated mainly to the countries of the Mediterranean. Some of them even stayed in Spain and lived as anusim, while preserving mitzvot in secret in the face of the threat of the Inquisition. Since the beginning of the 16th century the anusim communities began to leave together with the Spanish fleets which were on their way to settle the continent of America. Even when the ships docked in the Caribbean islands, prior to their entry to the new continent, the anusim were detained and interrogated by the Inquisition, which was expert at extracting information from them. Once they had been recognized as Jews their goods were confiscated, they were put on trial and in many cases they were executed.
In 1550, the land of Colombia was called “the New Kingdom of Granada” and was ruled by the powerful Spanish entity. The anusim who arrived in Colombia settled in the northern port city of Cartagena and in the southern Cauca district. The surnames of the anusim comprised Espinoza, Arias, de Lima, Ramirez and others. At the beginning of the 17th century it was claimed that a secret synagogue was operating in Cartagena, in the home of the Pinto family.
Most of the Jews feared for their lives in the face of the ruthless Inquisition which automatically carried out executions for the offence of rejection of Christianity. As a result of this most of the anusim communities who had settled in Colombia at that time became integrated into local Christian society. Hence it may be said that presently several thousands of Colombian descendants are the descendants of the Jewish anusim communities and all of them are potentially eligible to obtain Portuguese citizenship.
Spanish Jews in Colombia
Until 1853, Christianity was the sole permitted religion in Colombia. But from the end of the 18th century, with the dilution of the Spanish power and following that the institution of the Inquisition, there was no religious enforcement in the country; thus other Sephardic Jews arrived in Colombia from the neighboring islands such as Jamaica and Dutch Curacao, and even openly observed mitzvot. Furthermore, among the Jewish migrants were industrialists, scribes and merchants, a considerable number of whom had abandoned their Judaism and married local women.
At the beginning of the 20th century several Spanish families migrated to Colombia from North Africa, Greece, Syria and Turkey and settled in the cities of Barranquilla, Riohacha, Santa Maria and Cartagena. Presently the number of Jews in Colombia totals about 8,000 persons, while 7,000 of them are Sephardic Jews, and most of them are centered mainly in the capital Bogota and in the cities of Cali, Barranquilla and Medellín.
Additional Informative Articles about the Communities of Jews Expelled from Spain in Various Countries:
- A European passport for Jews of Iraqi origin
- Sephardic communities in Jamaica
- Jews expelled from Spain and their activity in Poland
- Issuing a Portuguese passport for children
- A European passport for Jews of Moroccan origin
Our thanks to Mr. Jonathan Gavrielov for his help in writing this article and research on the subject of the additional articles.
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