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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.
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 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.
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I highly recommend this firm, especially Oded Ger.
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!
Very knowledgeable and professional
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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.
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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.
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The Jewish Canadian diaspora started out as a mixture of Spanish, Portuguese, French, English and German immigrants. They arrived to the New World to settle and do business while free of persecution. Before other Jews arrived from around the world, the Sephardi community stood alone in Canada for almost 70 years. This Jewish Sepharadic community influenced the development of Canadian society, including contacts with the royalty in England. Over time, the Jewish Canadian community grew and spread from the Atlantic coast to the Western Canadian provinces. They developed and enjoyed excellent religious, spiritual and social culture, continuing to this day.
This article includes historic information about the Jewish community in Canada and discusses obtaining Portuguese citizenship for Canadian Jews. Our immigration lawyers can help you obtain Portuguese citizenship based on the Spanish-Portuguese law of return. So far, over 10,000 Israelis and foreign residents were able to receive a Portuguese passport.
The Expulsion from Spain and the New World
The Jewish people remember 1492 as a year of grief and shock. The large and thriving Spanish communities were expelled after 700 years of intellectual bloom in scholarship and science. Following the great expulsion, the Jews were dispersed to all corners of the earth. Some eventually came to live in the Caribbean, where Columbus discovered a new world on the same year the expulsion took place. As the new continent was colonized, the expellees traveled to its southern parts, both from the Caribbean and from the Netherlands in Europe. There, they were able to establish a Jewish colony in North-Eastern Brazil, in the City of Recife, which was under Dutch regime for 24 years.
This changed in 1654 – the year of the Portuguese conquest, establishing the Inquisition in Brazil. The Jews fled, as their settlement in the Portuguese colonies in South America was forbidden. Upon their expulsion, some Jews from the Recife community came to the “New Netherlands” colony on the Eastern shores of the USA – the modern day New York, New Jersey, Boston and Rhode Island area.
Sephardi expellees in Canada
The new Sephardi Portuguese community in Canada was called “Kehal She’erit Israel”. Some of the community traveled north over the years and came to the area of Canada (this name was first used to describe the south-eastern part of the country, between the Hudson Bay and the Atlantic). In Canada, the Sephardi / Portuguese community was first officially acknowledged in Montreal on December 30, 1768, under British regime. This regime, unlike the French Dominion and the Spanish and Portuguese colonies, accepted Jews in its various colonies. The Spanish and Portuguese colonies went as far as to forbid Jewish traders from setting foot in the settlements unless they converted to Christianity. We should note that before the Sephardi community in Montreal was established, there was a Jewish settlement in Nova Scotia, Canada, next to the US border. However, this community was not as organized and financially established as the Montreal community.
Social and economic integration of the Jewish community in Canada
For some time, as the Sephardi communities resided in Montreal, they enjoyed economic and political privileges, thanks to the civil rights granted to them by the British. After almost 1500 years under Christian regime in various countries, these Jews were finally considered equal citizens, integrated in society, without fear of persecution for their religious lifestyle. They also held trade relations with London, dealing in the fur, clothing and weapons business. Jewish notables owned major real estate projects and served as high-ranking military officers.
The community included affluent, leading and famous men in Canada, such as Aaron Hart, an Ashkenazi Jew who was the richest Jewish trader in the country, and one of the Sephardi community founders; Joseph de la Peñha – an honorable trader who received land in the Labrador Peninsula from the King of England, William III; and Rabbi Abraham de Sola, who served as the spiritual leader of She’erit Israel congregation in Montreal. He was also a lecturer, scientist and professor in the Arts and Languages Academy of McGill University, Montreal. He was a known philanthropist who supported the Jewish settlement in the Land of Israel and Persia.
The first Sephardi synagogue was built in Montreal in 1777 and was called the “She’erit Israel” synagogue. This synagogue served as the sole house of prayer for the Canadian Jewish community until 1838, when an Ashkenazi synagogue was built for Jews of French, German and Polish descent. It was called “Emanuel”. Over the years, the Sephardi communities in Canada continued to be a crucial element of Canadian society, contributing in the fields of medicine, biology, computers, history, physics, and more. These days, the Sephardi communities dispersed in all Canadian provinces include roughly 30,000 Jews, out of a Jewish Canadian population of 375,000 in total.
Additional information about the expellees’ communities in the diaspora:
- Sephardi Expellees in the United States of America
- Sephardi Congregation in Bosnia
- Turkey and its Sephardi Communities
- Sephardi Expellees and their Settlement in Bulgaria
- Sephardi Rabbinic Jews in Egypt
We thank Mr. Jonathan Gavrielov or his assistance in research and article writing for this and other articles about the Spain and Portugal communities in the diaspora.
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