By John Smith • 27 February 2020 • 15:22
Visit of Yosef Ben Abraham
Credit: Mijas Comunicacion
SPAIN and the South in particular has a long history of settlement from various cultures going back to the Romans and of course the Moors ruled in the area for centuries before being largely defeated by Catholic troops.
Through much of the history of Spain there has been a Jewish community mainly made up of Sephardim, who are considered to be a Jewish ethnic division.
Ironically, considering the division that exist in the 21st Century, the Sephardi Jews were relatively well treated during the Moorish times and it was only in the 15th Century that the re-emergent Catholics tried to banish them from the Iberian Peninsula.
A popular speaker, Yosef Ben Abraham, manager of the Sephardic Memory Centre in Granada, recently visited the IES La Cala de Mijas to talk about the Jewish heritage in Andalucia and to discuss the contents of his book Our history in history.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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