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Tunisian Jewry

Tunisian Jewry can point to a uniquely rich heritage. Traditions passed down through generations of Tunisian Jews recount that the first Jewish settlers came to Tunis in the 9th century BCE, arriving in war-galleys built and sailed by seafarers from Phoenicia / Lebanon. The 8th century CE ushered in the golden age of Tunisian Jewry,…

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Spanish Jewish Expellees in Turkey

Spanish Jewish expellees in Turkey brought with them great economic capital and were considered members of the European bourgeoisie. As they settled in Turkey, the Spanish expellees made Ladino into the Jewish mother tongue, and their intellectual and diplomatic skills enabled them to gain significant influence over the sultans and their policies. Are you seeking…

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Sephardi expellees in Egypt — Portuguese citizenship

Egyptian Jews can point to an ancient history spanning more than 2,500 years. In the early Middle Ages, the Jewish community in Egypt was on the verge of extinction due to increasing Islamization. But thanks to the large communities of Sephardi expellees in Egypt from the Iberian Peninsula (Portugal and Spain) at the end of…

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Descendants of Spanish expellees in Israel

Spanish expellees in Israel? Yes, some of the Jews expelled from Spain and Portugal at the end of the 15th century came to the Holy Land and settled there. Throughout history, the Jewish population in the Land of Israel witnessed dramatic fluctuations. From the destruction of the Second Temple to the foundation of the State…

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How can I work in Israel without making Aliyah?

The law firm of Cohen, Decker, Pex, Brosh specializes in immigration, visas, and Aliyah to Israel. As we help obtain Israeli work visas for foreign specialists, members of the general public often ask us “How can I, as a non-Jew, work in Israel”? In this article we will explain the laws and practical process involved…

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Sephardi U.S Jews – Portuguese Passport Eligibility

Sephardi U.S Jews established the first Jewish communities in North America. In the beginning, the United States Jewish community was comprised of Spanish expellees and converts from Western Europe and South America. When the Sephardi community settled down in the coastal cities of what will be known as the USA, it earned the name “Kehal…

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State sponsored Giyur for non-residents of Israel

State sponsored Giyur allows non-Jewish foreign citizens to convert into Judaism. The converts are also considered Jewish in terms of the Law of Return and therefore are eligible to immigrate to Israel. This form of immigration is open to non-Jewish citizens and residents of Israel (who are not Palestinians or East Jerusalem residents). However, those who…

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The B-5 investment visa in Israel for US citizens

The B-5 investment visa, implemented in May 2019, allows US citizens to invest in a business venture in Israel and obtain legal status in Israel. The investors and their families can live and work in Israel while the business is active. The visa is applicable even to foreign citizens who are not entitled to Aliyah…

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Unaccompanied minors traveling abroad from Israel – Parental approval

Unaccompanied minors traveling abroad without having both their parents with them present a legally sensitive issue for border control and immigration authorities at airports and border crossings. Parents who want to send their children abroad accompanied by relatives and friends must ensure their documents are in order. Border control officials at the Ben-Gurion Airport and…

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