Back to Tarragona

Jerusalemite Yossi Bendor writes about returning to his ancestral home town in Spain.

February 20, 2014 10:46
Evyatar Banai

Close to the ruins of Tarragona’s of the ancient synagogue, Cal la Garsa, an inscription – in Hebrew and Catalan – memorializes those who were banished from Spain in 1492.. (photo credit: Courtesy)


As is the case with many Sephardi Jews – who will be offered instant Spanish citizenship when the draft bill that has been in the news lately becomes law – my family chose to leave Spain 1492, rather than stay and convert to Catholicism. Like others from the province of Aragon, who left via the port of Tarragona (a city close to Barcelona), changed their family name to “Tarragan.”


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