Seattleite in line to be first U.S. Sephardic Jew to get Spanish citizenship

Seattleite in line to be first U.S. Sephardic Jew to get Spanish citizenship

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Seattle’s Doreen Alhadeff returns home after becoming the first American to reach the final stage of a process that allows Sephardic Jews to become Spanish citizens, that nation’s effort to make amends for the expulsion of Jews during the Inquisition.Seattleite Doreen Alhadeff got back from Spain on Feb. 15 with a historic accomplishment in hand: She had become the first American — and now one of only seven people in the world — to reach the final stage of a process that allows Sephardic Jews to become Spanish citizens.A week earlier, the 65-year-old real-estate broker had presented a notary in the seaside town of Torremolinos in southern Spain with documentation showing she had met all the requirements of a Sephardic citizenship law that went into effect in October.A Seattle rabbi had testified to her Sephardic heritage. She had passed Spanish language and culture tests. And she had demonstrated a special interest in Spain by living there for two months last year to prepare for a conference she helped organize.

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