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Caribbean Haroset

This issue’s recipe comes from Hanna Abreu, whose ancestors arrived to the Dominican Republic from Valladolid, Spain, at the end of the 1700s. Abreu, who now resides in Florida, describes herself as “mother, chef, pastry cook and cooking enthusiast for as long as I can remember. I was first introduced to Mediterranean cuisine through Italian cuisine and it was love at first sight. Since then, I have done exhaustive research on the gastronomy of the Sefardi communities of the Mediterranean and Middle East and I try to recreate these delicacies especially for the Sabbath table and Festivals.” Enjoy! Ingredients: 2 red apples, peeled and grated 1/2 cup of shredded coconut 1/2 cup black raisins

Pesah Melodies (by Rev. A. Lopes Cardozo)

With Pesah approaching, below are several melodies recorded by the late Rev. Abraham Lopes Cardozo, an invaluable repository of the Spanish & Portuguese / Western Sephardic tradition, having been born in Amsterdam to a family who served the community there for many generations until his entire family was lost in the Holocaust. Rev. Cardozo’s life was saved only because he went to serve as Hazzan in Surinam. Rev. Cardozo went on to serve for more than 50 years as Hazzan at the Spanish & Portuguese Synagogue in New York, teaching many hundreds of Bar-Mitzvah students and was known to all as a kind and gentle man. You can read more about him here:

Venice Ghetto Celebrates 500th Anniversary

A ceremony on March 29 marked the 500th anniversary of the Jewish Ghetto in Venice, established by decree of the Venetian Senate in 1516. Paolo Gnignati, president of the Jewish community of Venice, said the anniversary was an opportunity to “emphasize the capacity and steadfastness of a group that, in spite of adverse conditions, and against all reasonable expectations, succeeded in making the ghetto a place where Jewish tradition could grow.” The ceremony begins a year of performances, conferences and other cultural events related to the anniversary.

Azores Synagogue Has One-Year Anniversary

In early April, a special ceremony was held to mark one year since the reopening of Portugal's oldest post-Inquisition synagogue, Sahar Hassamain, which was built around 1820. Joining the celebrations were the leadership of Philadelphia’s Mikveh Israel, Rabbi Albert Gabbai and Parnas Eli Gabay. Also in attendance were many local families whose ancestors were Sephardic Jews and who still retain some of their customs. Read more here:

Livorno Community Releases CD of Melodies

The Comunita Ebraica di Livorno has released a new CD of melodies, Niggun Livorno – Cento Anni di Composizioni Ebraiche a Livorno [Livorno’s Niggun – a Century of Jewish Music from Livorno], in memory of Rav Elio Toaff z’l (1915-2015). The melodies are sung by Hazan Daniele Bedarida and the Ernesto Ventura Choir directed by Maestro Paolo Filidei and include a significant selection of choir pieces by Jewish Livornese composers in the past hundred years. The CD is available for purchase ($15) by writing to

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