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Posts by אירנה וסילייבה

The Moroccan Expellee Community and Portuguese Citizenship

The Jewish Moroccan expellees represent Sephardi Jewish authenticity. This community of Jews who originated from Morocco display the most distinct form of the expellee culture. If you are of Jewish-Moroccan descent, you are probably entitled to a Portuguese citizenship! The Moroccan expellee community – the expulsion of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews to Morocco After…

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Traditional Sephardi Garments – Portugal passport

Traditional Sephardi Garments, just like traditional food and the Ladino language are among the cultural characteristics passing over the generations among the descendants of Spanish expellees. These days, those who can prove that their families were expelled from Spain or Portugal are entitled to Portuguese citizenship and passport. Dreaming about a European passport? The law…

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Marranos – who were the Spanish Converted Jews?

Who were the marranos? In Sephardi-Jewish history, marranos were Jews who converted to Christianity to avoid persecution, but continued to observe traditional Jewish life in hiding. The term was originally derogatory, mocking the marranos and their descendants. These days, descendants of Spanish Jews have the option to obtain Spanish and Portuguese citizenship. Cohen, Decker, Pex…

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Portugal citizenship for Ashkenazi Jews?

Are European and American Jews entitled to Portuguese citizenship? Portugal citizenship for Ashkenazi Jews? Even those who are aware that Portugal gives citizenship to descendants of expelled Jews, may be surprised to hear this is possible. After all, the descendants of Jews expelled from Spain and Portugal all settled in the Middle East, right? Not…

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Italian Conversos’ descendants are eligible for a Portuguese Passport

Italian Conversos  – Jews converted to Christianity by force – came from Spain to Italy in the 16th century. The expelled Jewish communities were impoverished and physically and spiritually depressed. In Italy, which was full of small warring principalities, the expelled Jewish population managed to establish large commercial houses, promoting cultural growth and spiritual independence.…

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