This website is a purely volunteer effort devoted to sharing information, interest and a sense of connection among Spanish & Portuguese Jewish communities around the world -- also known as Western Sephardim. With their special history, minhag, melodies, and cuisine, it is hoped that S&P and related communities will know more of one another and be able to share their knowledge and love of our mutual traditions. Any suggestions for this site are most welcome! You can reach us on the contact page.
THE HISTORY OF THE SPANISH & PORTUGUESE JEWS
Spanish and Portuguese Jews are a distinctive sub-group of Sephardim who have their main ethnic origins within the Jewish communities of the Iberian peninsula (in particular the converso or Marrano groups) and who shaped communities mainly in Western Europe and the Americas from the late 16th century on....Spanish and Portuguese Jews have a distinctive ritual based on that of pre-expulsion Spain, but also influenced by the Spanish-Moroccan rite and the Italian rite. (Read more....)