Sephardic Jewish Film Festival

The Sephardic Reach, Through Cinema

03/02/2016 - 09:06
Special To The Jewish Week

The first Jews in New Amsterdam, as New York City was once called, were Sephardim from Brazil who had escaped the dangers of the Inquisition in the New World by heading north to the more tolerant air of the Dutch colony. They had knowingly recapitulated the trajectory of many Sephardic Jews before them who had found refuge in the Netherlands. Consequently, the first synagogues in North America followed the traditions established in Spain and Portugal before the Expulsion in 1492.

Pramila (Esther Abraham), left, the first woman to win the title of Miss India, and Egyptian film star Leila Mourad.

In Praise Of Ronit Elkabetz

The great Israeli actress is a featured guest at this year’s Sephardic Film Festival.
03/07/2011 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Let us sing the praises of Ronit Elkabetz.

The actress, writer and director is one of the featured guests at this year’s Sephardic Jewish Film Festival, which opens on March 10, and her presence onscreen gives considerable life to several of the films in this year’s event.

Ronit Elkabetz
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