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.
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.
Excellent service, very friendly and helpful, fast responding and very patient. Highly recommend. I will choose them again next time if needed.
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!
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Mr. Joshua Pex is knowledgeable and Professional. I really appreciate his courteous and direct approach.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
I can highly recommend these services!
Every time we turned to Joshua we always got a professional quick and helpful respond.
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.
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.
competent consulting, fast processing, reliable, warm & good team. highly recommended
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.
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
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.
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.
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Extrmely friendly, professional and helpful. A big thank you to Irina especially from the Jerusalem office. Highly Recommended.
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.
Very knowledgeable and professional
Communities of Algerian Jewish expellees arrived on the North African coast from Spain in the 14th and 15th centuries. They suffered frequent violent and deadly pogroms on the Iberian Peninsula, culminating in the mass Jewish expulsion in the year 1492. About 20,000 Jews chose to emigrate to Algeria in hope of finding a more tolerant, comfortable, and better life.
Descendants of these Algerian Jewish expellees from Spain and Portugal are eligible for Portuguese citizenship! Our law firm represents these descendants today. We can help you obtain a Portuguese passport and citizenship of a European Union member state.
Iberian-Jews in Algeria
Jewish expellees from Spain thronged to Algeria as early as 1391, at the height of the pogroms carried out that year in southern Spain. The Jewish refugees settled in coastal cities such as Tlemcen, Algiers, Oran, and Constantine, among others. There they joined small existing Jewish communities or established large, wealthy exile communities of their own. The first wave of exiles brought with it the great Rabbis of that period. These included such luminaries as Rabbi Ephraim Ankawa, Rabbi Yitzhak Bar Sheshet, Rabbi Shimon Ben Tzemach Doran, and Rabbi Yitzhak ben Moshe Halevi – known by his nickname Profiat Duran, a name given him by the French Inquisition when he appeared to convert to Christianity.
As soon as they arrived, these Rabbis immediately and decisively influenced the local Jewish way of life by making new Sephardic halachic rulings. Most of the expellees settled in the city of Algiers. They helped trigger an economic boom in the city, which only a few years later would become a capital city and financial hub in the Ottoman Empire.
Algerian Jewish expellees in the 16th century
The second wave of Jewish expellees emigrated to Algeria after the final mass expulsion of 1492. In addition, a steady flow of conversos (Jews forcibly converted to Christianity) continued immigrating from Portugal, France, Italy, Constantinople, and other places. The Spanish monarchy, the wealthiest monarchy in 16th century Europe, maintained a large navy which enabled it to rule the Mediterranean Sea. As a result, Spain controlled several port cities in North Africa, such as Tlemcen and Oran in Algeria.
Unlike Jews in Spain, Algerian Jews were permitted to remain in these cities, thanks to the important administrative and economic roles they played. In the end, however, after a century of settlement, drastic charges of spying for the Muslims were levelled at the Jews, leading to their expulsion and migration into the interior of the Muslim country.
Integration and economic activity of the Algerian Jewry
Algerian Jews made their living primarily by working as gold and silversmiths, peddling, selling sewing notions, brewing alcohol, and brokering, as well as by minting gold and silver coins for the local ruler, Hadai. In time, the Jewish expellees integrated into the Algerian Jewish communities and became one Sephardic bloc. When the Ottomans took control of Algeria during the 16th century, the Jews’ social conditions improved somewhat, but their economic status did not. The Ottoman Empire was known for its oppression of lands it conquered, as well as the heavy taxes with which it burdened its citizens.
The Jewish subjects were vulnerable to attacks from Ottoman soldiers and spontaneous murders in the city streets. However, it seems that Algerian Jews found their place among the Algerian population; for example, Jews found more in common with the local courts than with the Rabbinical courts. This seems to indicate that they enjoyed an egalitarian social standing with the local authorities.
Finally, Algerian Jews contributed intellectually to the local culture. Their poetry was respected and Andalusian melodies were played at local festivals and weddings.
Additional articles on Jewish expelled communities whose descendants are entitled to Portuguese citizenship:
- The culture of Jewish expellee communities in Italy
- Spanish Jewish expellees in the Ottoman Empire
- The life of Jewish expellees in Morocco
- The Spanish expulsion – stories of the Jews of the Iberian Peninsula
- Jewish dishes found in various countries but originating in Spain
Our thanks to Jonathan Gabrielov for his help in writing this article on Algerian expellees and additional articles on other sepharadic Jewish communities.
Contact the law office for emigration to Portugal
Our law offices specialize in helping descendants of expellees to obtain Portuguese citizenship. If you have proof that you are among those entitled to receive a Portuguese passport, we will be happy to assist you. Contact the law offices in Jerusalem or Tel Aviv to arrange a consultation.