Sefarad Centre’s tenth anniversary: ties beyond history

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Sefarad Centre’s tenth anniversary: ties beyond history

Maite Pagazaurtundúa, Member of the European Parliament, gets the Crown of Esther Annual Award for her commitment to justice and freedom.
Maite Pagazaurtundúa, Member of the European Parliament, gets the Crown of Esther Annual Award for her commitment to justice and freedom.

The Sefarad-Israel Centre, the most important public institute for the knowledge of and cooperation with the Jewish community in Spain is celebrating its tenth anniversary. The celebrations included remembering the Holocaust and praising social efforts to fight anti-Semitism.

Established on 18 December 2006 by the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), the Region of Madrid and the City of Madrid, the Sefarad-Israel Centre fosters the understanding of Jewish culture in our country and helps cement Spain-Israel ties.

Its activities include lectures and talks, book presentations, exhibitions, shows an concerts, culinary events, and technology or business forums.

The anniversary gala, held in the gardens of the Cañete Palace, was attended by Luis Cueto, Madrid City Council General Coordinator; Cristina Cifuentes, President of the Community of Madrid; Alfonso Dastis, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation; Daniel Kutner, Israeli ambassador to Spain; Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón, former Mayor of Madrid; and Miguel Ángel Moratinos, former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation.

At the gala, Maite Pagazaurtundúa, Member of the European Parliament, was given the Crown of Esther Annual Award for her commitment to the defence of justice and freedom.

Spanish citizenship for Sephardic Jews

The centre’s activities for this year include a photo exhibition titled ‘2007-2017: A Decade Building Bridges Between Spain and the Jewish World’50 images showing the most representative events, meetings and figures of these past ten years. The exhibition will be open to the public at Cañete Palace in Madrid until 31 October.

At the gala, they also mentioned the 2015 Nationality Act for Sephardic Jews of Spanish Descent – an amendment to the civil registry code granting Spanish citizenship to Sephardic Jews of Spanish descent with no need to renounce their other citizenship or live in our country. According to Sephardic organisations, this act could benefit as many as 3 million people.

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