A town in northern Spain is preparing to hold its first Passover Seder since
The ritual dinner will take place in the old center of the town of
Ribadavia on March 25, the first Seder night, and is being organized by the
municipality’s tourism department in partnership with the Center for Medieval
Studies, a Ribadavia-based association that researches the history of Iberian
Jews prior to their expulsion during the Spanish Inquisition that began in
Historian Abraham Haim, the center’s honorary president, will
conduct the Seder, according to a report by La Voz de Galicia, a local
newspaper. The public is invited; a seat costs about $40, the newspaper said.
The city expects a few dozen people will attend.
The project is aimed at
increasing tourism to Ribadavia and “breathing new life into its old Jewish
Like many Spanish cities, Ribadavia used to have a sizable
Jewish population before the Inquisition, in which Jews were forced to emigrate
or convert. Since the 1990s, several cities and towns in Spain and Portugal have
undertaken tourist projects that highlight their Jewish past.
Judith Cohen, a scholar of Sephardic Jewry, wrote that Ribadavia had two Jewish
households remaining, neither of them Sephardic.