Jewish Heritage

Jewish Film Festivals, Touristic Zionism, and the Jewish Diaspora

If you live in or near a major city in the United States, chances are you have access to a well-attended, high profile Jewish Film Festival. As a major part of the Jewish Diaspora and identities of American Jewry, film festivals have grown to number over 100 across the country in the past few decades. What …

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Bar and Bat Mitzvahs in Israel

Celebrate Bar or Bat Mitzvah in Israel Western Wall in Jerusalem The splendor and pomp of Bar and Bat Mitzvah celebrations in North America are a wonderful testament to the prosperity of the Jewish community. But there is an entirely different joy to be had in celebrating a young man or woman’s coming of age …

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Jewish Sephardic History in Portugal

Touring Through Portugal’s Jewish Sephardic History Padrão dos Descobrimentos (Monument to the Discoveries) in Belem, Portugal Photo by Ruth Shenkman Did you know that sunny, quiet Portugal once incubated one of the great Jewish intellectual traditions? For ten centuries, the streets and ports of the cities and the vineyards and the hills of the countryside …

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Sites of Jewish Heritage in Portugal

Sites to Celebrate Jewish Heritage in Portugal Portugal is a site of intense historical drama and persecution. For those who want to understand the history of Jewish communities in Portugal’s municipalities, there are several cities to explore. Lisbon In addition to its recognition as a global city, Lisbon, the capital and biggest city of Portugal, is also …

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