Great lawyers Joshua Pex and Nechama and Michael Deker who really want to help you and I have very trustful relationships with them. All my cases they took they won. Thank you and let’s keep working together
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.
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.
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
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 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 & 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 & 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.
competent consulting, fast processing, reliable, warm & good team. 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.
Mr. Joshua Pex is knowledgeable and Professional. I really appreciate his courteous and direct approach.
We (myself and my husband) came to Mr. Joshua Pex – for his professional advice – and we received such human warmth and caring attitude, that our hearts melted …
His attention to our details and our situation peculiarities, combined with his professionalism and knowledge, helped us to map out what needs to be done on our part: we appreciate and recommend You, Mr. Joshua!
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.
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.
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.
I can highly recommend these services!
Every time we turned to Joshua we always got a professional quick and helpful respond.
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 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
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.
The team at Decker, Pex & 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!
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!
Courteous, clear, efficient service.
Excellent service, very friendly and helpful, fast responding and very patient. Highly recommend. I will choose them again next time if needed.
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!
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.
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
I cannot recommend Nechama enough! Her expertise, professionalism, and dedication to her clients is unparalleled. From the moment I reached out to her, she provided clear and concise communication, and helped me navigate through a complex legal issue with ease.
Throughout the entire process, Nechama went above and beyond to ensure that I was informed and comfortable with every decision. She demonstrated a deep knowledge of the law, and was able to offer sound advice that ultimately led to a positive outcome.
What sets Nechama apart is her compassionate and empathetic approach to her clients. She truly cares about the well-being of her clients, and it shows in the way she handles every case.
If you are in need of a lawyer, I highly recommend Nechama.
We have been working with Decker, Pex & 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.
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.
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.
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.
Sergei m Vashkevich
We came to Mr. Joshua with so many questions (and most of all, with so many concerns and worries) …
When we explained our case to him, first of all, he calmed us down and helped us to see the big picture, which took away our fears;
Then he presented us with a detailed explanation and a few options to explore, and a timeline, how things work and necessary steps to undertake on our part,
We thank and highly recommend Mr. Joshua for showing us so much empathy, care and professionalism (!)
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 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.
The Portuguese Jewish community in Germany was initially concentrated in Hamburg, in northern Germany. It first numbered some 600 Jews, whose arrival helped breathe new life into the Hamburg economy. These Jews had connections with European royal houses in Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Poland, Lithuania, Denmark, and more. The community notables were known for their great wealth, talent in influencing the ruling powers, and high level of education. They rose to the top in almost every free / aristocratic enterprise to which they turned their hand.
Portuguese passport for descendants of the German Sephardic Jewish community
Descendants of the Portuguese Jewish community in Hamburg and throughout Germany are eligible for a Portuguese passport. Contact our law offices and make an appointment regarding obtaining Portuguese citizenship.
What are the advantages of a Portuguese passport?
- The option to reside in and freely move between the countries of the European Union.
- Travel to the U.S. – without obtaining a visa in advance..
- A work permit in EU countries.
- Entering and staying in Britain without difficulty (until Brexit takes effect).
- Establishing a business or owning real estate in European countries.
The Portuguese Jewish community in Germany:
Iberian Jewish emigration to Hamburg began in 1590. Portuguese emigrants arrived in the area from the neighboring Antwerp and Amsterdam, then under control of the Dutch Republic. With the renewal of hostilities between the Spanish and the Dutch in the 80 Years War, part of the Portuguese Jewish community was forced to emigrate to Hamburg. This happened for two primary reasons: first, because of damage to the Jews’ trade business, which relied on exporting and importing to and from the Iberian Peninsula; and second, their being suspected of spying for the Spanish side, and their resulting fear of the Dutch authorities. As a result, some 120 Sephardi families and 50 Ashkenazi families came to live in Hamburg.
Persecution of Sephardi Jews in Germany
In the first 100 years of their settlement there, the Portuguese Jews in Germany were obligated to hide their religion because of the “Ban on Demonstrating the Despised Religion,” a law instituted by the local authorities in Hamburg. As a result, the Portuguese Jews were compelled to live as forced converts, as they had done in Portugal. Despite this, the German residents did not stop at merely relegating the Portuguese Jews to a low social status, but continued to complain to the authorities that they did not want to live next to Jews.
The German residents demanded the expulsion of the Portuguese Jews, repeatedly informing on them to the church priests, accusing them of religious or financial infractions (tax evasion). The clerics brought the residents’ accusations to the legislators at City Hall, who ruled that the Jews could stay.
However, their only reason for rejecting the residents’ claims and allowing the Portuguese Jewish community to remain in the city, was the economic benefit obtained from the high taxes levied on the Portuguese expellees. For example, at the beginning of the 17th century, a tax of some 1,000 marks was levied on the Jewish business owners. By the end of that century, the tax rate had gone up to as much as 6,000 marks. The Jews found themselves “drowning” in debt to the government, and some of them emigrated to other European countries as a result.
Economic success of the Portuguese Jews in Germany:
When the Portuguese forced-convert communities came to Hamburg, they adapted themselves well to the local and international market. Thanks to their excellent ties with Spain and Portugal, they were the first, and almost exclusive, importers of commodities such as sugar, tobacco, spices, cotton, coffee, grain, olive oil, and even arms arriving from the far-flung Spanish and Portuguese colonies. Jews were the founders of “Hamburg Bank” in 1619; official ambassadors of the Swedish, Polish, and Portuguese kingdoms; authors, doctors, astronomers, shipbuilders, and craftsmen in weaving, metalworking, etc.
The Jewish expellees had a particular advantage which enabled them to climb the German social ladder and become a social elite in Hamburg: their command of the Spanish and Portuguese languages, which were the most potentially valuable in business during this period. The Portuguese Jewish immigrants contributed greatly to trade in Hamburg and eventually became the undisputed leaders in this sector. Before 1611 three synagogues were built in Hamburg, in memory of the three Portuguese communities that united into one community which became known as Beit Yisrael (House of Israel).
Notable Portuguese/Spanish Jews in Germany:
Rabbi and rabbinical judge of the Sephardic community in Hamburg. Studied medicine and science at Padua University in Italy, which was considered the most outstanding center of learning in Europe in those years. His science teacher was the famous astronomer Galileo Galilei, who is referred to as “my teacher” (“rabbi”) in Delmedigo’s writings. Before his appointment as the rabbi of Hamburg, he served as the doctor for the Prince of Lithuania. He was also a philosopher, mathematician, writer, musical researcher / theoretician, critic of Kabbalah and an expert in languages: Greek, Latin, Italian, Spanish, and more. The “Hida” (Rabbi Haim Yosef David Azulay) said of him, “He was wise in all fields of wisdom and outstanding in all wisdom – numbers, geometry, philosophy, astronomy, logic, medicine, a Torah sage, in Talmud and commentaries, an outstanding preacher, with wide knowledge.”
Rodrigo Da Castro – (1550-1627):
A doctor and descendant of a famous Portuguese medical family which served at the palace of the Portuguese kings for at least 4 generations. Studied medicine and philosophy at Salamanca and Evora Universities. When he completed his studies, the Portuguese monarch Philip II asked him to travel to eastern India to collect herbs for medical research and study. However, he refused the King’s request because of the persecution of the Inquisition and the pogroms which broke out at that time. He fled to Antwerp with his wife and children, where he succeeded in inventing medications by combining herbs and acquired a name for himself among Jews and local residents. In 1594 he moved with his family to Hamburg, where he made his living as a successful doctor.
Benjamin Mosafa – (1606-1675):
Famous doctor in Hamburg, philologist (researcher of ancient manuscripts), lexicographer, and alchemist. He was a physician to the kings of Denmark, including Christian the Fourth and Frederick the Third. Wrote several books, including a medical text in Latin, a work entitled “Sea Water”, dealing with high and low tides, for the King of Denmark, a prayer-book, and a Hebrew dictionary. He also knew Greek, Spanish, and German. He was a member of the Rabbinical study center in Amsterdam.
Additional articles on Portuguese and Spanish expellee communities in various countries:
- Spanish Jewish community life in Croatia
- The Spanish-Jewish settlement and its influence in Syria
- Spanish Jewish expellees’ success in Romania
- Spanish expellees put an end to the danger of Jewish genocide in Libya
- The distinguished Spanish-Jewish community in Algeria
Contact attorneys regarding Portuguese citizenship
Our law offices have over 30 years of experience in the field of immigration. The office maintains ties with the Portuguese Jewish community in Lisbon and in Porto, who provide the recommendation letter required to establish eligibility for a Portuguese passport.
We will be happy to perform an immediate eligibility check for you. Call us to set up an appointment with an attorney in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem.