Excellent service, very friendly and helpful, fast responding and very patient. Highly recommend. I will choose them again next time if needed.
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.
Very knowledgeable and professional
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.
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
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.
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!
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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I can highly recommend these services!
Every time we turned to Joshua we always got a professional quick and helpful respond.
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.
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.
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.
Mr. Joshua Pex is knowledgeable and Professional. I really appreciate his courteous and direct approach.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
Courteous, clear, efficient service.
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.
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.
competent consulting, fast processing, reliable, warm & good team. highly recommended
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.
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!
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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.
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.
Extrmely friendly, professional and helpful. A big thank you to Irina especially from the Jerusalem office. Highly Recommended.
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. We are an Israeli law firm that specializes in helping those whose ancestors were expelled from Spain and Portugal to receive the rights they are entitled to under law. In this article, Advocate Irena Vasilyeva explains the history of the expulsion from Spain and Portugal.
History of the Spanish Marranos
In the late 14th century the Spanish Jewry faced a danger of extinction by an eager Spanish mob, composed of tens of thousands of rioters. They were incited by the Archdeacon Ferdinand Martinez in Seville, who preached over the years against the alleged Jewish heresy, disloyalty, greediness, pride in wealth and interest-taking. The angry mob entered the Juderia, the Jewish Quarter, attacked the residents and robbed their property. Despite intervention by the Mayor of Sevilla and his orders that the rioters are prosecuted and punished, Archdeacon Ferdinand Martinez continued with the hateful incitement.
Three months later the rioters entered the Jewish Quarter, blocked both its exists, and set it on fine. About 4,000 Jews were murdered that day. Most of the survivors converted to Christianity or left Seville. These riots were the beginning of a cruel wave of riots, spreading in the course of three months to Castile, Aragon, Catalonia and Mallorca. The riots implied more than the price of life and property. This was a turning point in the Sephardi Jewish realm. Thousands of Jews started converting their religion. It is estimated that over 100,000 Jews truly converted (conversos) and seemingly-converted (marranos).
The Life of the Marranos and What Became of the Expelled Jews
The marranos continued to live together in crowded communities. They were wealthy and had great influence on matters of the State, the Church and the King’s Court. However, they continued to be hated as their true Christian identity was scrutinized. The Jewish communities around the world considered the marranos to be martyrs. The other communities retained contacts with the marranos and strengthened their belief in the God of Israel over the years of riots.
The Inquisition, on the other hand, was convinced that only final expulsion of all Jews from Spain may terminate the Jewish influence on civil life. The purity of faith became the national policy of the Catholic regime. On March 31, 1492 this resulted in the horrible verdict, the order for expulsion of all Spanish Jews. In 1497 Portugal announced on expulsion of all Jews. A minority of the Jews were saved from expulsion through baptism and conversion, increasing the number of marranos. However, most Jews refused to convert and were forced to exile. The expelled Jews chose not to convert and immigrated to countries where they were not forced to hide their religion. These were mostly countries under Muslim regime.
Expelled Jews Integration in the Muslim World:
Most expelled Jews who chose not to convert emigrated to Northern Africa and the Ottoman Empire. There, their cultural and religious achievements were prominent. They taught their format of prayers, traditions and customs to the local Jews. Although at first the local Jews retained the differences in prayer format and separation between synagogues of the expellees, over time the Sephardi traditions started to assimilate among the local Jews. As the communities mingled, they would choose a single representative Rabbi for the entire unified community.
One exception is the Tunisia Jewish community that chose not to adopt the Sephardi traditions, but preserve its own tradition. In the Muslim world these expelled sepharadic Jews enjoyed religious tolerance and the right to live Jewish life in the open, free to reveal their Judaism. At first, the expellees called the North African and Ottoman Empire Jews “Musta’arabi Jews”, since they thought they looked like their Arab neighbors. Today, the North African and former Ottoman Empire communities are called Sephardi communities, as they continue the traditions, prayers and customs that were prominent in Spain and Portugal before the expulsion.
Contact us to receive legal advice – Portuguese citizenship attorney
If your surname is included in the list of names of expelled Jews of Spanish descent or if you have documents proving that you are a descendant of expelled Jews, please contact us. Our Jerusalem and Tel Aviv based law firm would be happy to schedule a meeting and provide legal aid in obtaining Portuguese citizenship.