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City in Spain invites everyone to its first Passover dinner in 500 years

By Mason White 5:28 PM March 12, 2013
Map of Ribadavia 

By: Debbie Gross
The city of Ribadavia, Spain, is inviting everyone to its first Passover dinner since the Spanish inquisition in 1492, the year in which Jews were expelled from Spain.

The Passover dinner will be held on the first night of Passover, which comes out on March 25, 2013. The dinner will be held at the Birrán resort restaurant.

The event was organized by the Center for Medieval Studies, as well as the municipality’s tourism department, according to local press reports.

Like many Spanish cities, Ribadavia used to have a significant Jewish population before the Spanish Inquisition, in which Jews were forced to leave the country or assimilate. Since the 1990s, several towns and cities in Spain and Portugal, have been carrying out tourism projects highlighting their Jewish past.

The Passover ceremonial dinner will be led by Doctor Abraham Haim, who is a Sephardic world historian. The dinner will feature dishes typical of Jewish culture, including kosher wine and matza.

The event is open to anyone wanting to know more about Judaism and about Passover, and all you need to do to join is register by phone 988 470 902 or email The dinner price is about $40 per person.

Besides sharing Passover dinner, visitors can participate in a guided tour of the Jewish Quarter. There will also be a bonus tour for those who want to stay overnight in Ribadavia, after dinner.