I was privileged to have been invited as a guest speaker by Centro Sefarad - Israel in Madrid, to an event which took place on 4th July, 2017.
The panel included Miguel de Lucas, Director of Casa Sefarad-Israel, and Alicia Moral, Ambassador of Spain in Harare.
As you might well imagine, I was overwhelmed with emotion as this acknowledgement symbolically represented my Sephardic ancestors’ journey in exile finally coming full circle back to Spain, centuries late. #Madrid #
I was honoured to have been invited to meet with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain, His Excellency Mr. Alfonso M. Dastis Quecedo, who welcomed me back to Spain as a Sephardic descendant. His recognition of my lifelong dedication, as a Jew of Spanish descent, towards perpetuating our ancient Judeo-Spanish culture and language, Ladino, on behalf of my ancestors, marked the pinnacle of my Judeo-Spanish journey. #Madrid #Sephardic
After a warm welcome by the Mayor of Avila, Jose Luis Rivas, a live press conference was held with journalists and television media.
I was also honoured to be hosted at a lunch reception after that in the old city of Avila. How lovely it was to begin my journey retracing my Judeo-Spanish ancestors’ footsteps in the medieval Jewish Quarter in Avila! #Sephardic #Madrid