NEWS FROM COMMUNITIES

Portugal

Portuguese Jews celebrate the High Holidays safely and together

The Jewish Community of Lisbon (CIL) was able to bring together a congregation of almost 200 people who were present and took part in the religious services performed at the Shaaré Tikvá Synagogue and at the Hotel Fénix, in strict compliance with social distancing restrictions.

Portugal’s government steps back from plan to restrict nationality law

The ruling party of Portugal has stepped back from an attempt to severely limit applications for citizenship from descendants of Sephardi Jews of Portuguese origin.

Improve citizenship procedures without affecting rights, say Portuguese Jews

Representatives of the Jewish community of Lisbon (CIL) met with members of the Portuguese Parliament to discuss potential changes to the Nationality Law regarding the descendants of Sephardic Jews.

Portugal finally recognises consul who saved thousands from Holocaust

Portugal finally granted official recognition to its "disobedient diplomat", Aristides de Sousa Mendes, that saved thousands Jews from the Holocaust by issuing them visas. Portuguese parliament decided a monument in the National Pantheon should bear his name.

Portuguese Jewish community donates film profits to Israeli food bank

The Jewish Community of Porto, donated the proceeds of a locally-produced YouTube historical documentary covering centuries of the history of the Jews in Portugal to the Food Bank of Israel.

New restrictions proposed for citizenship for Jews of Portuguese descent

A proposed amendment to a law that grants citizenship to Jews of Portuguese origin would put limitations on their eligibility by imposing residence requirements.

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