"My family learned
and now I'm living it!"
The community's young rabbi,
only three months in office,
also comes from a Moroccan fam-
ily, but studied at a Chabad
yeshiva in Brooklyn. His all-black
dress code reflects this experi-
ence and his congregants
have jocularly lengthened his
name from "ElFassi" to
Although almost microscopic
compared to that of Baltimore —
not to mention New York or
Los Angeles — Barcelona
Jewry has a remarkably active
religious, social, cultural and ath-
Like Jewish enclaves of simi-
lar size, from Bombay to Salt
Lake City, the Comunidad Is-
raelita de Barcelona proves that
it takes a small critical mass to
establish a viable, even vibrant,
Jewish communal existence.
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that a Jewish boy
or girl is too
friendly with an
outsider, we send
them to Israel.
AND TOUR SOUTHFIELD'S
Traces of the old Jewish
community of the Middle Ages
are found mainly at two sites.
One is the name of the city's
landmark Montjuic, or Jews'
Mountain, which was the main
site for the 1992 Olympic Games.
More insistent reminders are
found in the names of the
narrow, winding roads and his-
torical markers of the city's Call,
or old Jewish quarter, found in
the old Gothic Quarter of
About 60 miles northeast of
Barcelona lies Girona, hometown
of the great 13th-century scholar
Nachmanides, and a thriving cen-
ter of Jewish life in the Middle
Ages. Now bereft of Jews, Girona
bears striking reminders of past
Much of the medieval Jewish
quarter has been restored and
many artifacts of the era are on
display at the Catalan Museum
of Sephardic Culture.
The Barcelona Jewish Com-
munity publishes a six-page pam-
phlet on its past and present. ALso
available in English from the
Spanish National Tourist offices
in the United States is the guide
"Viajes por la Espana Judia: A
Trip through Jewish Spain."
Hadassah Magazine's "The Jew-
ish Traveler" has a lively chapter
on the history of Barcelona Jew-
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