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Get to know the volunteers, supporters and leaders that make Jewish St. Paul a great place to live

Sharon Benmaman, St. Paul Jewish Federation Vice President: My Path to Spanish Citizenship


In 2015, the Spanish government passed a law known as the Right of Return, allowing Sephardic Jews outside of Spain to apply for citizenship. The intent was to “right an historic wrong” and demonstrate that more than 500 years after the Inquisition began, Jews were once again welcome in Spain. I heard about the law when it passed but had not given it much thought.  However, a 2016 trip to Spain and Morocco to trace my father’s life changed that.

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Rick Linsk, St. Paul Jewish Federation President


Remarks by Rick Linsk at Federation’s 85th Annual Meeting
I want to spend a few minutes considering a question and looking forward a bit. First the question: Why are we here?

I don’t mean why are we all here together tonight on yet another Zoom call. But why are we here as participants in a Jewish community?


I suggest it’s because our project, the essence of what we do, starts with seeing each person as created in the divine image. Because we believe this, it shapes everything we do. It sparks our commitment to chai, to life itself. 

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