Jewish Traditions of Portugal

Old Synagogue in Center Portugal

Since ancient Roman Portugal, Jewish communities have been integral to Portuguese culture and heritage. For centuries, mountain villages in Portugal have served as a refuge to Jewish families fleeing persecution and preserving their traditions.

Rural Jewish Communities in Portugal

Belmonte Synagogue - David Star - Crypto-Jews

The rural Jewish communities in Portugal were significant for Portuguese Jewish history. Some of these Jewish communities reaches back over the XIV Century. After the expulsion of Jews from Spain in 1492, some of them came to these lands in the Beira Interior. As a result, rural Jewish communities in Portugal became necessary to position themselves as Jewish and preserve their Jewish identity.

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