The President of the Israelite Community of Ceuta, José Bentolila, received the Medal of Autonomy from Mayor Juan Vivas.
The award, also given to the other faiths of the city, Christians, Muslims and Hindus, is a recognition of the contribution of religious communities to prosperity and harmonious coexistence in the autonomous city.
The Jewish community of Ceuta, a small Spanish enclave located on the northern coast of Africa, has a rich and storied history dating back centuries. Ceuta, with its strategic location at the crossroads of Europe and Africa, has been a melting pot of cultures and religions, and the Jewish community has played a significant role in its diverse tapestry.
Historically, Jews in Ceuta have contributed to the city’s cultural, economic, and intellectual life, engaging in trade, scholarship, and communal activities.
Today, while the Jewish community may be smaller than in its heyday, it continues to preserve its heritage and traditions, serving as a testament to the enduring resilience and cultural richness of the Jewish people in this unique corner of the world.