The population of Be’er-Sheva is blessed with Jews from all over Latin America and other Spanish-speaking countries , as well as people with a Ladino heritage, who enrich our local culture.
Video-clip on Be’er-Sheva in Spanish at: https://unitedwithisrael.org/es/video-beer-sheva-la-capital-del-desierto-de-israel.
Spanish speakers and culture
“Gente” (lit., people) is the association for immigrants from Spanish-speaking countries that also publishes the Gente Latinoamericana Spanish newspaper. It has an ongoing project called: “Comunidad de apoyo” that tries to find the best residential solutions for the elderly. “Gente” also usually holds dinner-dance parties once or twice a year for all the members. The clubhouse is located on Yisra’el Yish’ayahu St. adjacent to the “Rimonim” Elementary School in Yud-Aleph – Ophelia 10:00-12:00 & 17:00-19:00, 050-7248002.
“Olei Be’er-Sheva” also an immigrant union for Jews from Latin America, Spain & Portugal, with a clubhouse in the Old City at 38 Gershon St. They also publish a digital newsletter and hold a couple of events each year – Office hours: 8:30-12:30, 08-6278758 or Gil 052-4708433.
Conservative Congregation “Eshel Avraham” in Tet has a sizable Spanish-speaking membership and offers classes, clubs and consultations in Spanish, as well as in Hebrew – Claudio Beiter 08-6420989.
Ladino speakers and culture
The Moshe David Gaon Center for Ladino Culture was founded in 2007 at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in cooperation with the University of Granada in Spain. The Gaon Center teaches Ladino, promotes Ladino culture & provides student scholarships for research on Ladino culture, as well as organizing occasional Ladino cultural events open to the public- 08-6479677. Some key academics at the center are: Prof. Tamar Alexander-Frizer, Dr. Yaakov Bentolila & Dr. Eliezer Papo.
The National Authority for Ladino Culture in Be’er-Sheva is represented by Roni Arazi and Shlomo Ventura – firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com.
Yosi Moustaki (b.1939-) is a well-known singer/song-writer who was born in Cairo, Egypt, fled with his family during the Israeli War of Independence in 1948, and reached Be’er-Sheva, Israel in 1949, among the first 500 Israeli families to settle here. He has a special repertoire of Ladino music and folklore. In 2010, the City of Be’er-Sheva showed its appreciation, honoring him as an “Esteemed Citizen” and, in 2012, he also received a “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Union of Israeli Artists.
Every year in July, memorial ceremonies are held, remembering the 115 victims of the Hizballah terrorist bombings that occurred in Buenos Aires, Argentina in July 1994 at the Israeli Embassy and at the “Amia” Jewish Community Center.
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