Courteous, clear, efficient service.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
When you hear Decker,Pex,Ofir &Co, you hear 10+ class services, luxurious professionals, confidentiality and exclusive attention to your needs.
Mr. Joshua Pex is knowledgeable and Professional. I really appreciate his courteous and direct approach.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Excellent service, very friendly and helpful, fast responding and very patient. Highly recommend. I will choose them again next time if needed.
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!
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!
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.
competent consulting, fast processing, reliable, warm & good team. highly recommended
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 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
I can highly recommend these services!
Every time we turned to Joshua we always got a professional quick and helpful respond.
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.
Very knowledgeable and professional
For over four hundred years, Morocco was home to the most creative and intellectual Jewish community throughout the Lands of Islam. This was also the largest diaspora that settled in Muslim terrain prior to the establishment of the State of Israel. In the 1940’s there were an estimated 300,000 Moroccan Jews, many of whom resided in the port city of Tetouan.
The Jews of Tetouan and the Spanish-Portuguese connection
The following article provides a brief review of the history of the Tetouan Jewish community from its beginnings in 1492 as a result of the Spanish Expulsion and the ensuing mass migration of Iberian Jews to neighboring Morocco, until the end of the Jewish presence in the city, following the large wave of Aliyah (immigration to Israel) in the mid-20th century.
Our law firm in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv specializes in the procedure for obtaining a Portuguese passport for descendants of Spanish expellees. Our lawyers have a wealth of experience in the legal aspects of immigration and will be more than happy to help you with all the necessary paperwork to file an application for a Portuguese passport. Once we ascertain that you are entitled to a passport, we believe that our combined profound knowledge and professional record in this field will guarantee you a much simpler and effortless path through this process.
The history of the Jews of Tetouan – Portuguese passport for Jews of Moroccan descent
1492 was a watershed for Spanish Jewry, marking the sad end of a golden age of 700 years of unparalleled (apart from Babylonian Jewry) prosperity and success for the local Jewish population, thanks to their ability to excel in a broad variety of disciplines in the fields of humanities and art. Between a third and a fifth of the 250,000 Jews living in Spain at the time are believed to have migrated to Morocco, which provided them with a warm, welcoming home, and treated them as equals, following hundreds of years of persecution and anti-Semitic violence in the Christian states of the Iberian Peninsula.
One of the cities reached by the early expellees was Tetouan, located on Morocco’s Mediterranean coastline. The Jewish expellees came to the city together with a large number of Andalusian Muslims who had also been expelled from Spain. Similarly to the Jews expelled from Spain, these Muslims too were considered to be intelligent and well-off.
Thanks to the similar cultural background they brought with them from the aristocratic Spanish society of that era, these two communities developed mutual respect for each other. Together, they established the city of Tetouan with the help of the local Wattasid rulers, who encouraged the early expellees to come to their country in order to develop the economic sector there. They rebuilt the city from the ruins left behind by the Spanish following years of raids and skirmishes against the Forces of the Crescent. Having said that, the official year of the city’s foundation is 1511, as this was when it was actually reestablished from its former state of ruin.
The Jewish community in Tetouan
Although most of the Jews expelled from Spain arrived in Morocco penniless (due to a royal decree instructing all those subjects expelled from Spain to leave their property and money behind in the Christian state), those who came to Tetouan were of a more established economic status from the outset. They included numerous professional craftsmen and artisans, as well as many wealthy merchants who continued to trade mainly with their former home countries of Spain and Portugal, in addition to key Italian cities, the states of the Ottoman Empire and within Morocco too.
In the 16th century, following the city’s transformation into an international trade center, the number of Jews there increased significantly. The city was referred to by the Jews as “Jerusalem de-Marruecos” – Jerusalem of Morocco. Elegant synagogues were built in the city streets, which right until the 20th century were considered to be the cleanest and most well-kept streets throughout Morocco. The community grew there and developed into a leading authority in a variety of fields such as – knowledge of the holy scriptures, Torah-related literature, commentaries on the Bible and the Talmud, Zionist thinking, etc. The city boasted a long line of renowned rabbinical figures, including Rabbi Moshe Halevi, Rabbi Menachem Abudraham, Rabbi Zabarro and Rabbi Haim Bibas to name just a few. In the 18th century there were no less than seven synagogues in Tetouan, a fact that attests to the immense strength and vibrancy of the Jewish community there.
Jewish community life in Tetouan – obtaining a Portuguese passport for Sephardic Jews expelled from Spain
As is the case with the majority of Jewish communities in Morocco, the Jews of Tetouan also chose to live throughout their history in distinct Jewish quarters called mellah. The mellah was usually located in a compound enclosed by stone walls and in a similar manner to the Jewish ghettoes in Europe, it served as the focal point of Jewish life. Here they ran markets, yeshivot, schools, the ritual slaughterhouse, the religious court or Bet Din. Until the Jews there made Aliyah to Israel, they strictly adhered to the Sephardic traditions of their ancestors and retained their Sephardic family names. Here are just a few of these names, prevalent in Tetouan – Bibas, Bentolila (Tolila is the Arabic name for the Spanish city of Toledo), Vidal, Abudraham, Falcon, Almoshnino, Crudo, Taourel, Kazes, Halfon etc.
Throughout the Jewish community’s existence in Tetouan, the spoken language there was Haketia, a local Sephardic dialect that the Spanish Jews had spoken prior to their expulsion. This Spanish-based tongue incorporated Hebrew words, and when the Jewish expellees reached Morocco, they added words from local Berber-Arabic. According to linguistic/philological research, the vocabulary of this language comprises 60% borrowed from Spanish, 30% Berber-Arabic and 10% Hebrew and Aramaic. The conquest of Tetouan by the Spanish kingdom in 1860 marked the beginning of this language’s decline as the local Jews gradually began to speak more and more Spanish. Clear evidence of this may be seen, amongst others, in the translation of popular Jewish scriptures such as haftarot and megillot in the local synagogues into Spanish. In the mid-20th century, the Jews of Tetouan decided to emigrate en masse to Israel although some did decide that Aliyah was not for them, and consequently moved to France, and either North or Latin America.
Contact us about obtaining a Portuguese passport for Tetouan Jews of Moroccan descent
If your family originates from Tetouan you are entitled to a Portuguese passport and the lawyers at our office will gladly help you cut through the red tape to obtain it. A Portuguese passport offers you many advantages to considerably improve your quality of life and that of your children, and open doors for you into a variety of new domains.